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Everyone knows Michael Jackson--the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson--the man. To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things--second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star's career, Jackson was at the cen Everyone knows Michael Jackson--the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson--the man. To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things--second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star's career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences. Until now. In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson's most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer's notorious and misunderstood lifestyle--from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him. As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was--a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor. What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson--a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.


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Everyone knows Michael Jackson--the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson--the man. To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things--second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star's career, Jackson was at the cen Everyone knows Michael Jackson--the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson--the man. To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things--second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star's career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences. Until now. In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson's most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer's notorious and misunderstood lifestyle--from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him. As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was--a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor. What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson--a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

30 review for My Friend Michael: Growing Up With The King Of Pop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Summer Lane

    I think by now everybody on planet earth knows that there was more to Michael Jackson than what was presented in the media. In fact, the media pretty much hammered and hounded him into seclusion, which although he was responsible for some of the media circus, he can never be blamed for the cruelty that was exacted on his personal integrity in the name of shock value. Frank Cascio, a kid who grew up with Michael and went on to become his business manager - but ultimately a literal brother to Mich I think by now everybody on planet earth knows that there was more to Michael Jackson than what was presented in the media. In fact, the media pretty much hammered and hounded him into seclusion, which although he was responsible for some of the media circus, he can never be blamed for the cruelty that was exacted on his personal integrity in the name of shock value. Frank Cascio, a kid who grew up with Michael and went on to become his business manager - but ultimately a literal brother to Michael - tells his story of growing up with the most famous entertainer in history. First off, I want to say that I think it was a big mistake to begin the book with the acknowledgment that he was a "white liar' or had a tendency to omit the truth or, as he said it, 'choose my words carefully.' That right away made me think, 'great. another book about Michael Jackson in which we wonder if the author is telling the truth or not.' But I was wrong. This Frank Cascio seems like an honest, decent guy who really cared about Michael and he did not, in any way, exploit his friendship with the man or defame him. He talked about Michael's positivity, his commitment, his ability to be a wonderful father and of course, their amazing friendship that endured for over 20 years. Frank was a man whose entire world revolved around Michael Jackson from the time he was 4 years old. And while this might be deemed unhealthy in some people's eyes, I would venture to say that Frank Cascio learned far more about life by living, by traveling the world, by dealing with difficult problems up front at an early age, than by doing anything else. Michael Jackson gave him a marvelous gift. Frank Cascio learned a lot from him...and I think we can ALL learn from Michael. While he may have had his eccentricities and certainly his share of problems, it would do the world a lot of good to bring the same kind of creativity, vision and empathy to our lives that he did. The world would be a better place.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Funny, Heartwarming, Charming, Insightful, Real & Compelling! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Hennigan

    The Cascio family certainly had unprecedented access to Michael Jackson throughout his career, and Frank Cascio was there for a lot of the events that created problems for Michael. At the same time, some of his accounts vary in detail from those told by others, so once again it is left to the individual reader to decide whose memory of events is more accurate. Some variations in details are explainable due to the passage of time and different perspectives, while others remain completely at odds The Cascio family certainly had unprecedented access to Michael Jackson throughout his career, and Frank Cascio was there for a lot of the events that created problems for Michael. At the same time, some of his accounts vary in detail from those told by others, so once again it is left to the individual reader to decide whose memory of events is more accurate. Some variations in details are explainable due to the passage of time and different perspectives, while others remain completely at odds with what we have previously been led to believe. I do wish that Frank had dwelt more on the good times he and his family spent with Michael, either on tour or at Neverland, or in the Cascio home, and less on the problems Michael, and Frank as both a friend and close associate, had to deal with. But then those problems did have an enormous impact on their lives, to the detriment of the health of both men, and, at times, to their longstanding friendship. Happily it survived, despite Michael's understandable paranoia (about people wanting to take advantage of him - as so many did) and some sibling rivalry between Frank and his brother Eddie. I'm just not convinced that this book lives up to the promise made on its cover 'An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man'- there was little that was 'ordinary' about Michael and Frank's friendship, certainly not once Frank was old enough to be fully aware of Michael's celebrity. And I don't really think Frank succeeds here in adequately conveying the 'extraordinary' nature of Michael Jackson, as is his stated intention. In trying to convey the ups and downs of their long association, the good times and bad (which could be very bad) the puzzling, perplexing and frustrating aspects of dealing with such a creative genius, in the end Frank Cascio probably tells us more about himself than he does about Michael. The great tragedy here is that Michael is not here to confirm, deny or otherwise comment on what has been written about him. And to be honest, Frank's account of his personality would leave us wondering if Michael was telling us what really happened, or what he wanted us to believe had happened; or perhaps what he had convinced himself had happened. I found the impact of this book to be a depressing one. And while Frank relates his dismay at how Michael at times believed ill of his long-time friend, fans can be excused for asking if, in the publication of this book, Frank Cascio hasn't inadvertently proven Michael's paranoia about him to be justified. THAT, I find, to be the saddest thing of all about this book. As fans, we must continue to trust our own instincts on what we know of MJ based not just on one or a number of (conflicting) books, but on the sum total of his life and work and dedication to his family and his fans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Stephens

    I thought this was a pretty decent book. If your a die-hard MJ fan and been following him for years and years like I have... You know half of this stuff..maybe even more than half already! lol So nothing really surprised me. I still love him with all my heart & soul always and respect him. All and all I liked the book. It shows more of who Michael was as a MAN. Off stage & when no cameras are around. I like the funny lil stories like faking crying at the ugly museum LOL He seemed so playful & fu I thought this was a pretty decent book. If your a die-hard MJ fan and been following him for years and years like I have... You know half of this stuff..maybe even more than half already! lol So nothing really surprised me. I still love him with all my heart & soul always and respect him. All and all I liked the book. It shows more of who Michael was as a MAN. Off stage & when no cameras are around. I like the funny lil stories like faking crying at the ugly museum LOL He seemed so playful & fun. It also had some sad moments with the prescriptions and everything. My heart breaks for him over and over knowing he was in such pain in multiple ways sometimes mentally, emotionally, physically. He went through so much when he was here. I hope now he's found the peace & tranquility he so deserves. Love you MJ! Rest in peace.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meranda

    Omg one of the worst books I have read in a long time. This book was not my choice to read as it was chosen by my BFF who is a Michael fan as I am. Me being a big fan of Michael did not save this book. First of all, the book was poorly written and wasn't as cohesive and flowing as I like for books to be. Secondly, I felt slightly disturbed by the overall content of the book, but it was the same level of disturbance I felt about Michael when he was still alive. I never believed him to be a child Omg one of the worst books I have read in a long time. This book was not my choice to read as it was chosen by my BFF who is a Michael fan as I am. Me being a big fan of Michael did not save this book. First of all, the book was poorly written and wasn't as cohesive and flowing as I like for books to be. Secondly, I felt slightly disturbed by the overall content of the book, but it was the same level of disturbance I felt about Michael when he was still alive. I never believed him to be a child molester, just a seriously developmentally stunted individual who was a product of not having a childhood and being exposed to too much as a child. The only saving grace for this book was the glimpse into Michael as a humanitarian and how much he truly loved the world - but much of this, most people knew if they payed any attention to his music and life separate from the legal battles. With that said, Mr. Cascio, I did not enjoy having you reiterate this every third paragraph. On to the next one...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Niquest

    Of all the biographies out there on Michael Jackson this one definitely feels the most honest. Many biographies tend to be marred with exact dates, footnotes, endnotes, quotes from third parties and opinions from the biographer who never knew his subject. Most biographers view the people they are writing about as subjects or meal tickets. There isn't much heart that goes into writing and as a result their work becomes stale and textbook. Frank Cascio, a close assistant, adviser, and friend, mana Of all the biographies out there on Michael Jackson this one definitely feels the most honest. Many biographies tend to be marred with exact dates, footnotes, endnotes, quotes from third parties and opinions from the biographer who never knew his subject. Most biographers view the people they are writing about as subjects or meal tickets. There isn't much heart that goes into writing and as a result their work becomes stale and textbook. Frank Cascio, a close assistant, adviser, and friend, managed to write from his heart about Michael Jackson the person and not Michael Jackson the pop icon. It is very clear from the first few pages in this book that the story ahead will be blunt and honest. I can't say with 100 percent certainty that everything he writes is the way everything happened ( I didn't know MJ personally, you're shocked), but I have no reason or proof to suggest otherwise. This book spans the entire life of Frank Cascio up until the present and Michael Jackson's life from just after he created "Bad" and began working on "Dangerous". The book details how Michael was a second father, mentor, and best friend to Frank. Michael taught him important life and business lessons. When Frank became older he became Michael's personal assistant and most trusted advisor. Frank's life was Michael's life. Any questions you have ever had about Michael Jackson's drug use, kids, wives, sexuality, proposed pedophilia, or eccentric behavior are answered in this book. At it's core this a Thank You letter to a best friend. If you are a fan you will L.O.V.E. this book. If you are someone on the fence about Michael you will Love this book. If you like lists with three things in them, then this book is for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jowayria Rahal

    Being a firm beLIEver , I find this books to be very hoax-related . Frank did a good job by writing this book about Mike , but I don't think that his aim was as pure as I picture it to be .. Anyways , I loved all the stories about the MAN , how he thinkS , jokeS , treatS his kids and all . I don't know about everyone else , but I was emotionally moved by the moments that Frank reminisced . I sometimes grew tired of Frank talking about himself being Mike's back-protector , I mean I knew beforehan Being a firm beLIEver , I find this books to be very hoax-related . Frank did a good job by writing this book about Mike , but I don't think that his aim was as pure as I picture it to be .. Anyways , I loved all the stories about the MAN , how he thinkS , jokeS , treatS his kids and all . I don't know about everyone else , but I was emotionally moved by the moments that Frank reminisced . I sometimes grew tired of Frank talking about himself being Mike's back-protector , I mean I knew beforehand that Frank was of a great importance in MJ's life .. But Frank talking about himself as if he was the God-of-getting-things-done -for-MJ .. come on ! I also hated it when he kept on talking about his family backing up Michael and all .. GOSH ! he's too lucky he wasn't in front of me .. What I loved about teh book is that it focused on Michael the person , the human being , and not on Michael the artist , performer and entertainer . I LOVED the pictures ! <3

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg Young

    Wasn’t a big fan of this book. Just was kind of dull and did not shed light on anything more than we already knew.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cole

    There’s something about Michael Jackson, like an inexplicable magic or a curious fascination. There’s the man and his music but then there’s also this mess of stories, truth, and lies. There’s a cultural narrative here that even 10+ years after his death seems relevant. There’s something both expansive and intimate at the same time. It’s like a groundless reality of art, wonder, and joy equally mixed with disillusionment, pain, and paranoia. Frank’s book is all of this. There’s something so raw There’s something about Michael Jackson, like an inexplicable magic or a curious fascination. There’s the man and his music but then there’s also this mess of stories, truth, and lies. There’s a cultural narrative here that even 10+ years after his death seems relevant. There’s something both expansive and intimate at the same time. It’s like a groundless reality of art, wonder, and joy equally mixed with disillusionment, pain, and paranoia. Frank’s book is all of this. There’s something so raw and human. You can feel the intensity and veracity of Frank’s relationship with MJ. You feel the magic and enchantment alongside the very real pain and devastation. However, there are wisps of moments that felt untrue. I don’t know if it matters, but there’s just the smallest hesitation in my mind that this is all exactly as Frank says it is. I’m not sure if it’s Frank himself or just the genre of MJ biography that makes me feel suspicious. Regardless, this feels like a real glimpse into the wounded genius—the imperfect human—that was Michael Jackson by someone whom genuinely cared for him.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda L McGoey

    My Friend Michael I always like Michael Jackson... have for many years. I seemed to have had some understanding of what his life may have been like growing up having missed his childhood. To me, it made sense. Some child actors grow up having drug and alcohol problems. Michael had morals and he shared his love with children... the ones he couldn't grow up and play with. With his popularity, he built his own world be could safely live in and enjoy watching and interacting with children. I never lo My Friend Michael I always like Michael Jackson... have for many years. I seemed to have had some understanding of what his life may have been like growing up having missed his childhood. To me, it made sense. Some child actors grow up having drug and alcohol problems. Michael had morals and he shared his love with children... the ones he couldn't grow up and play with. With his popularity, he built his own world be could safely live in and enjoy watching and interacting with children. I never looked at Michael as a pedophile... nothing close. He was fulfilling his needs of his inside child. Sadly so many people didn't understand him. I love his music, watching his performances when I can. I love and will always miss him. I'm happy to have read the author's first hand experiences and relationships along with his own family with Michael. Thank you, Frank.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie

    This book is full of inside jokes, pranks, odd nicknames and other fun Michael Jackson shared with Frank Cascio. Much of it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with him being a superstar - this book gives you an inside view at Michael Jackson the human being. At times I was laughing out loud at the silly jokes Michael came up with. Having said that, Frank was also around for the darker times in Michael's life. He tells the story from a friend's point of view: the accusations, the addiction to This book is full of inside jokes, pranks, odd nicknames and other fun Michael Jackson shared with Frank Cascio. Much of it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with him being a superstar - this book gives you an inside view at Michael Jackson the human being. At times I was laughing out loud at the silly jokes Michael came up with. Having said that, Frank was also around for the darker times in Michael's life. He tells the story from a friend's point of view: the accusations, the addiction to propofol, the plastic surgery, as well as Michael's tendency to both trust and distrust the wrong people. While I still have my doubts about a few things mentioned later in the book, such as the authenticity of the "Cascio tracks", I'm very happy I read this book. It's a great read for anyone interested in the "man behind the mask".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I never really knew much about Michael Jackson the man besides the typical media headlines and hype that surrounded him in the 1990s and beyond. But my husband and I went to the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and it made me super interested to learn more about him. So I got this book and was sooooo happy I did! I really appreciated that Frank Cascio shared such precious memories of someone so dear to his heart and allowed us an insider’s look into what Michael Jackson was rea I never really knew much about Michael Jackson the man besides the typical media headlines and hype that surrounded him in the 1990s and beyond. But my husband and I went to the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and it made me super interested to learn more about him. So I got this book and was sooooo happy I did! I really appreciated that Frank Cascio shared such precious memories of someone so dear to his heart and allowed us an insider’s look into what Michael Jackson was really like as a person. I learned that he was kind, fascinating, misunderstood, and an extraordinary human being. I also loved finding out what Neverland Ranch was really like. I know I’m a little late getting on the band wagon, but I am such a big Michael Jackson fan now!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ania

    Surprising. That's how I could describe in one word how I find this book. A friend of Michael Jackson wrote a kind of a diary showing MJ not only as a star, but mostly as a living, breathing person whom most of us has never really known. Eccentric, yes, but was he crazy? If you want to hear more than what the tabloids say and see the other side of the coin, this book is going to give it to you. It's also a nice lecture for someone who has not been a devoted MJ fan but likes an interesting story. Surprising. That's how I could describe in one word how I find this book. A friend of Michael Jackson wrote a kind of a diary showing MJ not only as a star, but mostly as a living, breathing person whom most of us has never really known. Eccentric, yes, but was he crazy? If you want to hear more than what the tabloids say and see the other side of the coin, this book is going to give it to you. It's also a nice lecture for someone who has not been a devoted MJ fan but likes an interesting story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    melinda

    As an MJ fan, a lot of the information in this book wasn't new to me, but I think it did work to shed a light on the excruciating mental and physical toll the false allegations and constant harassment by the press and public had on him. Some of the scenes are truly heartbreaking and I often wonder how anyone could endure as much constant scrutiny as he did - especially when it was completely undeserved. As an MJ fan, a lot of the information in this book wasn't new to me, but I think it did work to shed a light on the excruciating mental and physical toll the false allegations and constant harassment by the press and public had on him. Some of the scenes are truly heartbreaking and I often wonder how anyone could endure as much constant scrutiny as he did - especially when it was completely undeserved.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allegra

    This book was everything I expected to hear all along, but it was good to hear it. Nothing really new to me, but just a very affirming read about an artist that I had respected since I was 4, and now I'm 40 and my daughter loves Michael. Overall, it's a good diversion. This book was everything I expected to hear all along, but it was good to hear it. Nothing really new to me, but just a very affirming read about an artist that I had respected since I was 4, and now I'm 40 and my daughter loves Michael. Overall, it's a good diversion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Must read Great read and gives a you a better understanding of MJ . I loved it. Definitely a must read. Thank you Frank sharing your relationship with the world. Your story upheld his legacy, it was honest and at the same time gave the world a true insight into his world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☁️Jess☁️

    I absolutely loved this book! It was a complete rollercoaster of emotion but overall very heart warming and genuine. The Cascios were almost Michael’s escape from his stardom to being a normal, family man.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Habanek

    I love Michael Jackson and I loved reading this story <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hamed Pourkhorsandi Soufiani

    Very interesting book for every MJ fan. A good report about MJ's personality and also some of his problems with drugs in 90's and early 21th century. Very interesting book for every MJ fan. A good report about MJ's personality and also some of his problems with drugs in 90's and early 21th century.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hevenor

    I loved this book for bringing MJ to life in a whole new way

  21. 4 out of 5

    Citra Amelia

    To the fans of Michael Jackson -- I wrote this book to show you a personal side of Michael that you may or may not know. I hope you can appreciate the human being that he was behind enormous gifts and talents. For over twenty-five years, my family and I were blessed to experience the world from his perspective. Through Michael's eyes, the world was a very different place. He was the innocent. We were all very fortunate to have been blessed by his presence in this world. He wasn't only my friend M To the fans of Michael Jackson -- I wrote this book to show you a personal side of Michael that you may or may not know. I hope you can appreciate the human being that he was behind enormous gifts and talents. For over twenty-five years, my family and I were blessed to experience the world from his perspective. Through Michael's eyes, the world was a very different place. He was the innocent. We were all very fortunate to have been blessed by his presence in this world. He wasn't only my friend Michael; he was our friend Michael. That paragraph written by Frank at the beginning of this book. Once i started to read the book, i was bored by the prolog so i gave up and put this book down. But after some times, i started to read it again, skipped the prolog, jumped right away into the first chapter. Turned out, this book is very engaging. I am not a hardcore shipper of Michael Jackson, to be honest. But Frank Cascio wrote about how Michael revolved in his life, about how's exactly Michael's life looked like (the happy part, the weird part, the sad part)in very intense - emotional - blunt - natural - smooth way. Seems like this book had been written with honesty, Frank didn't erase the 'scars' that happened, even Michael's flaws. He let us know deeper about Michael's life. About how Michael connected and acted towards all the people around him, like his jackson family, his kids, his other families, his close ones, his employees, etc and vice versa. About Michael's unique personality. About how people took advantages from Michael. About the drugs habit. About Michael's frustation. About Michael's struggle. About Michael's betrayal in their friendship faith. He wrote this book through the eyes of someone's who close to Michael, so you can feel the happiness, the anger, the disappointments, the wishes that happened in between as the things that really intimate. It took me by surprised that Frank seemed used the real name for all the people in this story. No exception for all the people who let's just said made problem in Michael's life. But that is why i said this book had been written in natural way. Not all the books can have magical end line. But this memoar has it. For me, this book is one of the most moving memoars i've ever read. I really really enjoyed the read process. This book totally consumed my emotion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Davis

    I happened to come upon this book at the library as I always like to browse the Biography section and just grab whatever speaks to me. I have never been a fan of Michael Jacksons, but I wasn't not a fan either. I just really didn't know much about him. I knew him to be an artist that a lot of my teen pop idols looked up to (my teens were in the early 2000s) and enjoyed a lot of his songs, often being shocked when a song would come on the radio and would find out it was Michael Jackson. Throughou I happened to come upon this book at the library as I always like to browse the Biography section and just grab whatever speaks to me. I have never been a fan of Michael Jacksons, but I wasn't not a fan either. I just really didn't know much about him. I knew him to be an artist that a lot of my teen pop idols looked up to (my teens were in the early 2000s) and enjoyed a lot of his songs, often being shocked when a song would come on the radio and would find out it was Michael Jackson. Throughout my much younger years I did hear a lot of the eccentric things Michael did or was accused of, from hearing my mother gossip of the tabloid stories to others, although the sweet women that she is who sees the good and understanding in people, always defended him and always had an idea of where the blame should be placed or how to validate the things he did. So from hearing the gossip adult-versions of Lisa Marie, Debbie Rowe, Michael's skin condition, Neverland, his relationship with children, the disguises, dangling his baby over the balcony, etc. I wanted to hear the true story from someone who spent their childhood and young adults years with Michael. Frank Casico did an amazing job writing a tell-all book, not seeming to leave much out (if any) at all, without being nasty and exploiting anyone. You cannot read this book without finding a respect for Michael, the work he did, and company he kept, and the short-lived life he lived.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I'm a sucker for MJ biographies (as probably evident in my timeline). I read this one because the reviews were much better than I expected after the controversy about the Cascio songs, and I wasn't disappointed. The book not only gives a great glimpse of what MJ was like as a person, but also about the pitfalls of fame, leeches and yes-men wanting a piece of the wealth, and the sad effect that this ended up having on MJ and people around him. The book was honest, open and heartfelt, and an inter I'm a sucker for MJ biographies (as probably evident in my timeline). I read this one because the reviews were much better than I expected after the controversy about the Cascio songs, and I wasn't disappointed. The book not only gives a great glimpse of what MJ was like as a person, but also about the pitfalls of fame, leeches and yes-men wanting a piece of the wealth, and the sad effect that this ended up having on MJ and people around him. The book was honest, open and heartfelt, and an interesting read from beginning to end.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leanna

    It took me a while to read this book but it was well worth it. Seeing Michael through his friend's eyes was absolutely wonderful. I had no idea that Michael cussed so often! wow! Frank's story about the memorial was so sweet. He was so lucky to be close friends with a man as great as Michael. The picture of the Cascio family with Michael, Prince, and Paris was so precious! This is a good book. I'm glad I read it. It took me a while to read this book but it was well worth it. Seeing Michael through his friend's eyes was absolutely wonderful. I had no idea that Michael cussed so often! wow! Frank's story about the memorial was so sweet. He was so lucky to be close friends with a man as great as Michael. The picture of the Cascio family with Michael, Prince, and Paris was so precious! This is a good book. I'm glad I read it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    An extensive, funny and fascinating look into one of the most elusive figures of our time. Told through the eyes of somebody who knew him best, 'My Friend Michael' breaks down barriers and will leave you with a completely different perspective on the King of Pop. Detailing daily life on tour to family Christmases together, this book provides an insider perspective with so much intricate detail that may help you better understand Michael with all of his quirks and eccentricities. An extensive, funny and fascinating look into one of the most elusive figures of our time. Told through the eyes of somebody who knew him best, 'My Friend Michael' breaks down barriers and will leave you with a completely different perspective on the King of Pop. Detailing daily life on tour to family Christmases together, this book provides an insider perspective with so much intricate detail that may help you better understand Michael with all of his quirks and eccentricities.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teena

    This was a very good biography, although it is written from a somewhat biased perspective. Frank Cascio seems to have been a very loyal and honourable friend to Michael Jackson, but his memories of Jackson are likely remembered through rose coloured glasses due to his untimely death. I haven't been a Michael Jackson fan since I was 12, but I found this book very engaging. This was a very good biography, although it is written from a somewhat biased perspective. Frank Cascio seems to have been a very loyal and honourable friend to Michael Jackson, but his memories of Jackson are likely remembered through rose coloured glasses due to his untimely death. I haven't been a Michael Jackson fan since I was 12, but I found this book very engaging.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This was an interesting book. While there is no denying Michael Jackson was eccentric, this book made some of his quirks a little more understandable. It would be very hard for someone to lead this kind of life from the age of 5 and turn out perfectly normal. However, the subject of his plastic surgeries were never addressed. I guess there is no explaining that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine Reside

    I enjoy anything about Michael Jackson and this book was no different, but I do have some reservations about some of the comments made by the author as fact. Of course, only he knows the truth as Michael is no longer with us.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A fascinating look at the complicated life of Michael Jackson, this author knew him intimately from the age of five. The contradiction of Michael Jackson's musical brilliance, and conflicted psyche revealed that money does not always bring happiness and health. A fascinating look at the complicated life of Michael Jackson, this author knew him intimately from the age of five. The contradiction of Michael Jackson's musical brilliance, and conflicted psyche revealed that money does not always bring happiness and health.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Garcia

    You know how when your a fan of someone you've never met, you start to feel like you know that person? I've read many books about Michael, and I'm currently-reading this one. This book sounds like the Michael I know. Its a good book so far. You know how when your a fan of someone you've never met, you start to feel like you know that person? I've read many books about Michael, and I'm currently-reading this one. This book sounds like the Michael I know. Its a good book so far.

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