Colton Haynes has treated fans to an exclusive extract from his memoir, Miss Memory Lane. The book’s title comes from the nickname friends used when Haynes demonstrated his amazing memory for recollections from his past.
Haynes, who shot to fame on Teen Wolf, has previously spoken about coming out as gay in Hollywood, the mental damage of trying to stay in the closet at the behest of industry insiders, and his own problems with substance addiction.
He’s earned himself a reputation for his honesty and candidness, serving as a role model for kids everywhere struggling with similar concerns. It’s one of the reasons that his memoir is eagerly anticipated.
Haynes took to Instagram to read the prologue to the book … and it’s left people wanting a whole lot more.
You can listen to him below. The reading kicks off at the 4.40 mark.
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The prologue finds him taking a car journey out of San Fernando Valley, passing places of significance to him: The shake shop where he used to study the B&W images of old movie stars on the walls; Cherokee Park, where his mom told him she took drugs for the first time as a 17-year-old runaway; The tower on Sunset Boulevard where he first saw his face on the side of a building.
In the trunk of the car are old notebooks, diaries and photos: “I’m trying to find something in my past, the way the detectives in the movies might search when they’ve just about to crack the case.”
He talks of driving deeper in the desert, past fields of wind turbines, outside of Palm Springs, “past the hotel where I kissed my husband’s face in front of 100 guests. Past the facility where I was wheeled in for 28 days, wearing Jackie O sunglasses.”
Literally and figuratively, he’s setting out on a journey down his own memory lane, retracing the many roads that led to where he now finds himself.
Simon & Schuster publishes Miss Memory Lane on May 31. It’s now available for pre-order.