I find it interesting that the years surrounding River Phoenix's birth (the Vietnam War era) are quite similar to today. Phoenix's parents dropped out of "normal" society to be commune farmers. When they sought a spiritual way of life that didn't include drugs they joined the Christian group "The Children of God" when River was one-year-old, which they later realized to be a cult. I like that Edwards interweaves River's contemporaries stories to get the full story of what was going on in young Hollywood at the time. My favorite part of this book is when Edwards points out the "coincidences" or echoes as he puts it, that show up in River's work that foretell his life. He doesn't point them all out, but lets us find a lot ourselves. They show us that there is more going on in our world than just random chance, especially when we follow our hearts. --BEN
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