Though Mary Forsberg Weiland was living a life most people would kill for – worldwide fashion model, wife of modern rock icon – she was still exposed to perhaps the most toxic drug of all on a daily basis – her husband, Scott Weiland. In her new compelling tell-all, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Mental Illness, Weiland’s takes readers on an emotionally twisted rollercoaster that plays out in the vein of other rock star diaries, Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis’ Scar Tissue and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx 's Heroin Diaries.
Fall to Pieces follows Weiland’s damaging upbringing with her dysfunctional family to her entry into and rise through the world of high fashion, where she meets Scott, who ironically happened to be her driver during the early days of her career. From there they fell in love, Mary was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, began drowning herself in pharmaceuticals, had children and divorced.
Weiland isn’t as graphic as you may initially think given the context of the material or her life, and at times it even seems she is writing as if she’s on the outside looking in. Some of the stories are dark and disturbing (doing lines of blow off a toilet seat) and some are vastly intriguing (meeting Drew Barrymore during her rebellious younger years), but no matter what, Weiland is candid and brutally honest, always making the reader feel as if they are in the passenger seat to experience these trials and tribulations alongside her. It may be the stories she tells about the couples multiple attempts to get clean and sober that stand out the most however, and the tolls that process takes on a person’s psyche.
At times, Fall to Pieces is frank and sincere, as evidenced by Mary’s willingness to defend Scott throughout the book, and it’s clear that she still had a deep love for him. Fall to Pieces is an overwhelmingly real and endearing read, one recommended for all.