In The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, the siblings offer an account of a Tinseltown childhood remarkably free of malice, regret or self-pity ... The Howards are happy to marinate in their memories of their honorable parents, fraternal bonds and a business that has kept both of them employed for nearly their entire lives ... In an age when Hollywood’s highest-profile parent-child relationship is that between Britney Spears and her father, what could be more refreshing than the homespun horse sense of the Howard boys?
Fascinating ... In lighthearted prose, they fondly recall the years they spent in friendly competition ... Candid, humorous, and entertaining, this intimate account will be a hit with the brothers’ fans.
Written in alternating segments, the brothers offer crisp, mostly interesting insights into their separate trajectories into the entertainment business ... For the most part, the binary autobiographical approach works, with the alternating commentaries and interpreted memories from each author offering divergent yet complementary perspectives. A treat for movie and TV buffs, this dual memoir is wholesome and satisfying ... Fans of the Howards will revel in the details of their young ascents into the Hollywood spotlight.