Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives

Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen?s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father?a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. The youngest of thirteen children in a devout Catholic family, Tina Alexis Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen?s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringin...

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Title:Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives
Author:Tina Alexis Allen
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Secrets of a Holy Father: A Family Memoir
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Jun 09, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

  • Hanje Richards
    Jul 28, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

  • Tammy
    Aug 12, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

  • Cheryl
    Mar 12, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

  • Arlene Allen
    Feb 23, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

  • Courtney Judy
    Dec 05, 2017

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

  • Carol Lee Coy
    Feb 25, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

  • Brent Soderstrum
    Mar 11, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

  • Marissa
    Sep 03, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

    Intoxicating, raw, honest. Beautifully written. Impossible to put down. Tina takes us on quite a journey. I've never encountered a story, or voice, like this one. A must read. Not just for lovers of memoirs, but lovers of a great story. The end literally brought tears to my eyes. Truly...

    A definite page turner that I found hard to put down. I am not usually a fan of memoirs, but Tina's story of secrets combined with her excellent writing skills kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. I'm hoping another book is in the works! ...

    Reading almost like a fiction religious spy thriller in the mold of Da Vinci Code, this memoir was touching and at the same time difficult to read. Every family has secrets, and in Tina's family those secrets run deep and create havoc in the lives of 13 children of devout Catholic pare...

    While good therapy for the author. I was not wowed by this book. A good memoir requires some distance and some contemplation. This described, but didn't think too deeply. ...

  • Erin Nudi
    Jul 22, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

    Intoxicating, raw, honest. Beautifully written. Impossible to put down. Tina takes us on quite a journey. I've never encountered a story, or voice, like this one. A must read. Not just for lovers of memoirs, but lovers of a great story. The end literally brought tears to my eyes. Truly...

    A definite page turner that I found hard to put down. I am not usually a fan of memoirs, but Tina's story of secrets combined with her excellent writing skills kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. I'm hoping another book is in the works! ...

    Reading almost like a fiction religious spy thriller in the mold of Da Vinci Code, this memoir was touching and at the same time difficult to read. Every family has secrets, and in Tina's family those secrets run deep and create havoc in the lives of 13 children of devout Catholic pare...

    While good therapy for the author. I was not wowed by this book. A good memoir requires some distance and some contemplation. This described, but didn't think too deeply. ...

    A real page turner. ...

  • Gary Ray
    May 08, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

    Intoxicating, raw, honest. Beautifully written. Impossible to put down. Tina takes us on quite a journey. I've never encountered a story, or voice, like this one. A must read. Not just for lovers of memoirs, but lovers of a great story. The end literally brought tears to my eyes. Truly...

    A definite page turner that I found hard to put down. I am not usually a fan of memoirs, but Tina's story of secrets combined with her excellent writing skills kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. I'm hoping another book is in the works! ...

    Reading almost like a fiction religious spy thriller in the mold of Da Vinci Code, this memoir was touching and at the same time difficult to read. Every family has secrets, and in Tina's family those secrets run deep and create havoc in the lives of 13 children of devout Catholic pare...

  • David Rubenstein
    Feb 26, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

    Intoxicating, raw, honest. Beautifully written. Impossible to put down. Tina takes us on quite a journey. I've never encountered a story, or voice, like this one. A must read. Not just for lovers of memoirs, but lovers of a great story. The end literally brought tears to my eyes. Truly...

  • Mary Nee
    Feb 08, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

  • Heidi Lynn
    May 06, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

  • Catherine Galvin
    Mar 16, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...

    When I saw this book being promoted on Meghan Kelly's talk show I thought it would be interesting. I was wrong, it's just full of debauchery and sin. Kudos to the author for being brave enough to share this with the world. But, the contents are just disgusting and not very interesting ...

    Intoxicating, raw, honest. Beautifully written. Impossible to put down. Tina takes us on quite a journey. I've never encountered a story, or voice, like this one. A must read. Not just for lovers of memoirs, but lovers of a great story. The end literally brought tears to my eyes. Truly...

    A definite page turner that I found hard to put down. I am not usually a fan of memoirs, but Tina's story of secrets combined with her excellent writing skills kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. I'm hoping another book is in the works! ...

  • Madge
    Apr 03, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

  • John Lansing
    Mar 16, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

  • Christine
    Mar 10, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

  • Caitlin
    Jan 16, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

  • Jim Fugitte
    Feb 27, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

  • Alfonso Gomez
    Sep 16, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

  • saras
    Jun 14, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

  • Melinda
    Feb 08, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

  • adriane barton
    Jul 16, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

  • Jan Carpenter
    Mar 18, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

  • Laura Larson
    Feb 06, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

  • Cavak
    Mar 04, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

  • Patricia Raicht
    Feb 24, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

  • Eric
    Feb 19, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

  • Liz Pardey
    Jul 24, 2018

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I could without a doubt see how family members would be displeased because this book was...

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I found myself easily able to identify with the author and relate to some of her strugg...

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years before mine. I loved the fact that she came out and then found out her father had ...

    Hiding Out is a raw, emotional story full of family secrets. Although it is nonfiction, it reads like fiction and flows smoothly. I was amazed at the resilience of Tina Alexis Allen and her ability to overcome such great odds. I would love to see this book made into a movie! ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff up. More than once I caught myself thinking "it would have been better if..." or "nah, ...

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ...

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done! ...

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery. ...

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don?t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or health and wellness. However, this really caught my eye when I saw it in the library. ...

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but judge people. I don't have a written memoir. Therefore, this is why I am not taking away...

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion. ...

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out. ...

    Disappointment The book begins quite interestingly but quickly reverts to simply foul language and graphic instances, all of which I believe to be simply a superficial attention getting hook into the reader's continuation with the book. This young lady chose alternate lifestyles whi...

    Not for you if you want to avoid sexual exploitation and abuse, intoxication and drug use, domestic abuse, and/or cursing. Boy, is there a lot of that in store for you in Hiding Out. I'm glad Allen was upfront about her current life before sharing her youth. Without it, I can imagine t...

    Memoirs aren't usually my cup of tea. Most are not much more interesting than my neighbor's life but Allen's life is over the top! The weave of being the youngest of 13, gay, with a gay father, and recovering is more than unique. It gave me an often unwelcoming look into what it means ...

    Wow. Think of the most private things you and your family may of done in your past and ramp it up about 10 levels then tell everyone about it in pornographic detail. Not sure why the author or publisher mailed me this book but I wish they hadn't. Tina Allen is the youngest of 13 fro...

    Memoir, when done well, is a deeply emotional experience not only for the writer who bares her soul but for the reader who is invited to witness the pain, joy, struggles, and successes of a person we would otherwise never know in such a profound way. Tina Alexis Allen has told her ...

    Tina Alexis Allen?s, Hiding Out, is a raw, brutally honest, tale of family betrayal, love, redemption, and secret lives lived. Add Vatican intrigue into the to the mix, and you?ve got a book that?s impossible to put down. Did I mention, it?s a memoir, and the shocking story is ...

    I give this 3.5 stars. I heard the author on CBC and found her captivating, so decided to check out the book. I really enjoyed it, and blew through it in two days. Allen's stories are at times incredibly heart-breaking, but other times funny and engaging. While my story is nowhere near...

    As a gay man and an agnostic Catholic, I found the read fascinating. I love memoirs, because it relates what happens to "real people," unlike fiction. I related to some of the stories that she related about her partners in her late teens and early twenties, the drinking and the discomf...

    3.5 stars (Trigger Warning: Graphic sex acts described) As with so many alcoholic families, there were many secrets and lies amongst the members of this large Catholic family with 13 children. This memoir takes the covers off the secrets and some of the truths are brutal. Writ...

    Excellent exploration of family systems I read this book as part of a therapist book club. It's a quick read that is enjoyable the whole book through. Ms. Allen writes beautifully from her young adult voice. Her father is easily personified and her mother evokes the need to be p...

    This book was not well written. We never really learn about the father and where he supposedly got all his money. It centers mostly on the author and how her life unfolded. Abuse, drug use, deception and double lives without much intrigue or real understanding of the who, what and wher...

    Very honest and very difficult. The author describes a period of her life when she both kept secrets and learned others -- her sexuality, childhood abuse, the lie that was her father's life . . . . The bulk of the book covers about a year although she ties up loose ends in the last cou...