This Will Only Hurt a Little PDF/EPUB · Will Only

This Will Only Hurt a Little PDF/EPUB · Will Only


This Will Only Hurt a Little ⚦ [PDF] ✎ This Will Only Hurt a Little By Busy Philipps ✶ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson s Creek, and Cougartown who has become the breakout star on Instagram st A collection of Only Hurt Kindle Ï humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles This Will MOBI :Þ on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson s Creek, and Cougartown who has become the breakout star on Will Only Hurt ePUB ↠ Instagram storiesimagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru The New YorkerBusy Philipps s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friendBusy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it allI ve been waiting my whole life to write this book I m just so grateful someone asked Otherwise, what was the point of any of it.


10 thoughts on “This Will Only Hurt a Little

  1. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer and then a minute later you think, I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check That is not something you ll think while reading Busy Philipps book, which is going to either make it a book you love evenor a book that is even less your thing You ll know best which kind of reader you are Busy doesn t have a memoir because she s an actress who s had some high profile tv work Sh You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer and then a minute later you think, I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check That is not something you ll think while reading Busy Philipps book, which is going to either make it a book you love evenor a book that is even less your thing You ll know best which kind of reader you are Busy doesn t have a memoir because she s an actress who s had some high profile tv work She has a memoir because she s become one of the breakout stars of Instagram Stories And clearly the people behind the scenes decided not to clean up this book into a perfect and polished gem, but to let Busy be Busy the way she does on Instagram Reading this book feels like you re sitting down with her at a party where she tells you a story about her life It feels conversational and honest It doesn t feel like a pre packaged memoir in the slightest The down side of this is that it can get rambly and lack focus, and for readers of celebrity memoir who just want some dirt and famous people stories, the first half of the book which dwells mostly on her teenage life before stardom will disappoint The writing is unfiltered, and while real emotion shines through, there are times when I realized how rarely I read something that hasn t been edited within an inch of its life because this book feels so different from most of my other reading.The up side of this is that there is no holding back here For the most part, Busy names names Yes, James Franco really is a douche and he walked around the Freaks and Geeks set carrying a copy of Dante s Inferno Josh Jackson is a mansplainer She isn t presenting a cleaned up version of her opinions, she s telling you how she really feels I honestly don t feel like I ve seen any other celeb talk about their peers this way, usually they leave names out when they re telling a mean story and only name names when they re loving on someone I read this book at breakneck speed, I suspect her fans will really enjoy it


  2. Victoria Schwab Victoria Schwab says:

    A really surprisingly delightful one.


  3. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at grabbed this because I m always searching for something easy to listen to during my commute Confession time I never watched Freaks and Geeks and neither did any of you because it was cancelled for lack of viewers despite being critically acclaimed, so just stop lying about it or Dawson s Creek Really the only things I can recall Busy Phillips being in were White Chicks and Cougartown I didn t realize she was the exact same pers Find all of my reviews at grabbed this because I m always searching for something easy to listen to during my commute Confession time I never watched Freaks and Geeks and neither did any of you because it was cancelled for lack of viewers despite being critically acclaimed, so just stop lying about it or Dawson s Creek Really the only things I can recall Busy Phillips being in were White Chicks and Cougartown I didn t realize she was the exact same person in real life that she played in those rolesThe only thing I can say now that I ve finished Self awareness and accountability are real things It s a shame an almost 40 year old woman hasn t figured that out yet and instead seems to be A Okay being wholly unlikeable with zero redeeming qualities But at least she s internet famous, right sarcasm


  4. Scarlett Scarlett says:

    DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable Busy Philipps is one angry woman She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have becomepopular She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable Busy Philipps is one angry woman She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have becomepopular She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, having an abortion, taking drugs and getting drunk on a regular basis I think this is very brave and I don t think I would ever tell anyone events like these, so I applaud her for this Her writing is also good, it s very well paced and pleasant to read Aside from this, the rest was a torture for me.I didn t enjoy the overall tone of the book She resents her mother and sister, she hates her former co stars who didn t pay a lot of attention to her, she is angry with the wardrobe team that once told her that she was fat, she hates all her ex boyfriends and she didn t hesitate to expose all the details of their sex life and emotional struggles She comes of as insecure, but I don t think she knows this She kept repeating that she absolutely never thought that she was overweight, but then she cried because she couldn t find leading roles and everyone was mean Seems to me that wanting to be an actress comes with the knowledge that your physical appearance and delivery are the main thing Why cry about it when you re not able to play the part I didn t expect myself to feel protective of James Franco, but that happened as well Her stories about him are really colored with negative personal experiences and that s okay I believe her that she felt humiliated, BUT when she made fun of his gloominess and the way he walked around with Dante s InfernoCome on, what s wrong with an actor who is trying to read classics This really colored my impression of Busy as an uneducated actress, on top of everything Her conclusion is also unbelievable She complained throughout the whole book that everyone in her life was somehow mean to her, but nevertheless, she finally made it All by herself She is unstoppable I am all for women being confident and happy about themselves, but if you need to bring everyone else down in order to justify what happened to you, than you re just delusional I am just waiting to see if this book will be nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards I would really be shocked


  5. Jenny Slorach Jenny Slorach says:

    This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress Highlights include Busy listing all of the times she s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don t get maternity leave For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent 3000 on Disney cru This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress Highlights include Busy listing all of the times she s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don t get maternity leave For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent 3000 on Disney cruise internet charges, and shrugging it off because her presumably retired parents paid for her trip Busy s complaints about having no money for a nanny for her first born child, but paid for and fired a wet nurse for falling asleep at 3am, and used her cleaning lady for childcare Nothing about this memoir was grounded in the real world, and the stories weren t at all as whimsical and interesting as her persona suggests Don t bother reading this


  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    So I know that Busy Philipps isn t known for her dramatic acting roles but BOY IS SHE DRAMATIC This memoir tells it likes it is, it s very much Busy s voice If you can get past all the high school dramatics than this could be a fairly entertaining read There s plenty of the good stuff in here, she drops a few big Hollywood names and most stories are pretty unflattering But honestly if you aren t fond of OTT histrionics maybe this could be wearying One thing that I noticed as a recurring the So I know that Busy Philipps isn t known for her dramatic acting roles but BOY IS SHE DRAMATIC This memoir tells it likes it is, it s very much Busy s voice If you can get past all the high school dramatics than this could be a fairly entertaining read There s plenty of the good stuff in here, she drops a few big Hollywood names and most stories are pretty unflattering But honestly if you aren t fond of OTT histrionics maybe this could be wearying One thing that I noticed as a recurring theme is that Busy cries a lot in the course of this book Like ALOT After awhile I m like cry me a river already WE GET IT You are a human emotional wreck Luckily I don t mind too much and I like her even if she s a major cry baby I have actually been known to stalk her Instagram page and have been a follower of hers for many years I just love her realness She s not perfect and doesn t pretend to be This book shows her to be a complete open book not afraid to point out her most humiliating moments There s many I love when celebs show real and don t try to pretend by only showing the glossy bits But if I m being totally honest here I couldn t stand all the attention seeking dramatics it s sad and a little desperate and it might have turned me off her and I will not be thinking she s totally a girl I would want to hang out with like I thought before reading this book


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book I never reach for celebrity memoirs, less out of literary snobbery andbecause the celebrities I m invested in do not usually write memoirs But I am a fan of Busy Philipps so I thought why not, let s give it a try.Busy states early on in her book that she s a natural born storyteller, that she knows when to embellish and when to omit details to keep her audience compelled, and I have to agree What this book lacks which I ll get t I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book I never reach for celebrity memoirs, less out of literary snobbery andbecause the celebrities I m invested in do not usually write memoirs But I am a fan of Busy Philipps so I thought why not, let s give it a try.Busy states early on in her book that she s a natural born storyteller, that she knows when to embellish and when to omit details to keep her audience compelled, and I have to agree What this book lacks which I ll get to in a moment , she makes up for with an immense skill at honing in on what exactly makes an anecdote worth sharing Whether it was dislocating her knee after being trampled at a school concert by eighth grade boys moshing to Nirvana, or confronting the creator of Modern Family years after he made a rude comment about Busy winning a Critics Choice Award for Cougar Town, she knows how to keep her reader hooked As I ve talked about before, I m not the best audiobook listener, but I don t think my mind wandered once while listening to this, and I managed to finish it in a week which is probably a record for me with audiobooks Even the least exciting of anecdotes were far from boring, because Busy manages to convince you that the stakes are always much, much higher than they actually are with an occasional tongue in cheek acknowledgement that maybe she was a bit melodramatic given the circumstances, but in the moment the minor calamity did feel like the end of the world.But the introspection didn t go much further than that, which is my biggest issue with this book The writing itself wasn t great but I assume that s par for the course with this kind of memoir, so I won t dwell on that What bothered mewas the constant self absorption and how it was never met with adequate reflection Though she certainly faced hardships and I don t want to dismiss that, for the most part Busy Philipps has lived a rather privileged life, which she really only acknowledges once toward the end of the book, when she wonders why she s dreading going on a paid Disney cruise that her mother arranged when so many people would kill for that opportunity There s a weird kind of dissonance between the persona that Busy has crafted on Instagram being down to earth and relatable and the extravagant life that she lives in Hollywood, and it s never really addressed I mean, of course celebrities aren t our friends, of course the lives of the rich and famous are never going to be perfect reflections of our own it s just the lack of awareness of that fact throughout this memoir that grated I don t think for a second that Busy is ungrateful for the life she leads, but I do think her gratitude is something that never fully translated to this text Ultimately I d really only recommend this one to fans of Busy, or to anyone who really enjoys celebrity memoirs in general I don t see this book winning Busy many fans who hadn t already been familiar with her work and her persona, but for those of us who enjoy her, it certainly didn t fail to entertain It just didn t do much else And though I consistently enjoyed it, I ended it feeling vaguely dissatisfied as its anecdotal nature left many questions unanswered did Busy stay close to Michelle after Heath s death, how is her relationship with Marc after counseling, did Busy look back on her teenage abortion when she was pregnant with her daughters, how did the people and the stories she talked about early on come to shape her later in life But it was a fun, entertaining read, and sometimes that s all you can ask of a book 3.5 stars


  8. Erica Villagomez-Cloutier Erica Villagomez-Cloutier says:

    I m not sure exactly how I felt about this book I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I m not sure I actually liked it So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life Her teenage years were crazy and she didn t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life We ve all been there One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion That whole chapter was very moving and I m not sure exactly how I felt about this book I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I m not sure I actually liked it So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life Her teenage years were crazy and she didn t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life We ve all been there One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion That whole chapter was very moving and I felt like the story came to close With Busy s other stories I felt that she did not finish them She talks about her sister being awful to her when they were younger and she never understood why I was waiting for her to say her sister was bipolar or something But no, she says that as an adult she understands now So what dies she understand I m an older sister and I was never cruel to my sister Busy also talks about her relationship with her husband and how they would always hang out with his friends, but never her friends She also says when they would go out to parties with his friends he would just leave her by herself while he went to talk to other people This was another story that I felt was incomplete Did she address the situation with him as to why he only wanted to do stuff with his friends Why would he just leave her or not include her in conversations when they were at dinner But then she ends up marrying him and later wants a divorce, but ends up staying with him I felt this book was a library read


  9. Claire Reads Books Claire Reads Books says:

    This book was just okay For anyone who follows Busy Philipps s Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps s career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir while not exactly a tell all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors This book was just okay For anyone who follows Busy Philipps s Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps s career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir while not exactly a tell all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors from the 90s and early aughts Excepting some sobering reflections on being raped by her boyfriend at age 14 an encounter that has already been widely chronicled in the media , early chapters about Philipps s childhood in Scottsdale are immensely skippable Philipps had a pretty normal upbringing, which doesn t make for great copy Later chapters about her life in Los Angeles, trying to get a foothold in Hollywood, and the ups and downs of her acting career arecompelling but reaffirm what most of us already know entertainment is a brutal industry, especially if you re an actor, and especially if you re a woman Perhaps unsurprisingly, Philipps s storytelling style is far better suited to Instagram stories the personality, authenticity , and casual but confessional intimacy that Philipps has perfected on that platform doesn t come across the same way in print largely because Philipps isn t a particularly gifted writer, although her audiobook narration left something to be desired, too On Instagram, Philipps is a master of turning everyday L.A life into bite sized pieces of pop entertainment, but on the page, her stories often feel like non sequiturs that rarely lead to deeper introspection or a cohesive narrative beyond Busy Philipps s life story What s worse, where Philipps comes across as relatively down to earth and self aware on Instagram s vertical screen, here she often comes across as petty and self involved something about the tone of this book missed the mark, and although I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, other readers might not be so generous At the end of the day, Philipps is a performer and an entertainer, not a writer or a comedian, and this book is no Bossypants Philipps s already established fanbase will likely find things to enjoy here, but everyone else would do well to skip it


  10. ALPHAreader ALPHAreader says:

    This Will Only Hurt a Little is Busy Philipps memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16 Confession I instantly flipped to the Is This It The Strokes chapter of Busy s memoir when it arrived The Dawson s Creek chapter because how could I not This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live Tweeting re watch of all six seasons PaceysCr This Will Only Hurt a Little is Busy Philipps memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16 Confession I instantly flipped to the Is This It The Strokes chapter of Busy s memoir when it arrived The Dawson s Creek chapter because how could I not This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live Tweeting re watch of all six seasons PaceysCreek We had all been in agreement that Busy s character of Audrey Liddell had been a low point in an already terrible final two seasons of a once great show but we were also all in agreement that upon re examination as strong, feminist adults Jen Lindley and Michelle Williams had been the true breakout star of that show, and we were all smitten with her and Busy Philipp s best friendship that had its start in Capeside So I flipped to the gosh darn Dawson s Creek chapter because I wanted goss particularly on Busy s sure to be truthful observations as a late comer to the show and how the dynamics played out by then And she did not disappoint or maybe she did but not in her gossip content delivery, just in shattering some of my teen idols Josh really fancied himself one of the guys with the crew The Creek s very own mini George Clooney He s a good guy and just wanted to be well liked but I wish I d known the term mansplaining when I met Josh His ability to turn a conversation into a dissertation was incredible.Oh Josh There s also a lot of hints given about the tensions on set between the cast by this point, as Busy points out One day, the whole cast was sitting around a table filming the Thanksgiving episode, and James looked at me and said, See You got lucky Your show was cancelled after the first season Gossip delivered But the chapter offers a lotthan just the Dawson s Creek revelations I had hoped for Busy highlights the many ways she was made to feel inadequate about her weight and appearance on the show, particularly in being constantly compared to the breakout star of Katie Holmes The chapter also takes a sharp turn when September 11 happens in the middle of a break from filming, and Busy needing to take a flight back to Wilmington from LA despite being terrified as everyone was in those days of getting back on a plane and then having to carry on with life and work In the wake of it all I felt so silly at work the next day, dressed in a costume for the Halloween episode The world was fucking ending and I was trying to get Joey Potter to come to a party with me I remember there were a lot of pep talks about how this is what we do We make entertainment for people so that they can escape the real world for forty three minutes a week It s not without value or merit It s important to not just tell stories, but also to remember to entertain Any anyway, someone s got to May we well be us And so we did And she delves into how she started drinking as a coping mechanism for all the ways the world sucked, and she was made to feel shitty in her little corner of it The chapter ends on a doozy of a scathing and on point one liner and it pulled me up short Hang on I was mostly looking forward to this memoir for the celebrity gossip, but could it be that Busy is actually a good writer Yes She is A damn fine one, in fact I went back to the beginning and then I didn t stop I ended up reading the whole book through to 1AM when I finished, teary eyed and a little weak from the punches she packed This memoir is GOOD Not just good bloody brilliant It s up there with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey s Bossypants for comedic memoirs but it s alsothan that It s a memoir by an actress in the wake of MeToo and Harvey Weinstein who yes she knew, but not the extent of his depravity An actress who is pulling no punches about the toxic masculinity and patriarchy upon which Hollywood is built and Busy acquiesced to for a long time Case in point Busy had the idea for the 2007 film Blades of Glory and shared it with her boyfriend at the time who agreed they should write a script together until he and his brother took the idea and ran away with it, even having the audacity to shop it around without Busy s name on it, though she d also contributed to the writing Luckily she d registered the idea with the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system and they ended up having to credit her, since there was a sufficient paper trail proving her ownership so it was fear of potential litigation rather than letting a woman own her damn work as the right thing to do Busy dissects these moments, and manyincluding yes the one the media has chosen to pick apart in James Franco s treatment of her on the set of Freaks and Geeks But she doesn t just talk about them in the context of Hollywood Busy s memoir starting from when she s a child and then a teenager in Scottsdale, Arizona through to her college years acting and early established career is a searing personal critique of all the ways she tried to contain herself to please men in her life Tried to be less than, quieter, prettier, thinner, agreeable, laid back, loving even at the expense of her own happiness and mental health It even results in her convincing herself that being raped at the age of 14 was something that she wanted from the boy, because she convinced herself to love him to make the event okay in her own mind This Will Only Hurt a Little isn t just a memoir It s a searing, honest and fantastic examination of a young woman taking control of her life, career and identity I also got this idea that it s a little bit La La Land meets Lady Bird a film I hated by the way, for its feeling directionless and pointless but after reading Busy s memoir I now wishthan ever that Greta Gerwig s film had some of her beats and honesty to coral it The most impacting chapter to me was Tear in Your Hand Tori Amos which delves into Busy s first true teenage love affair that ends with an abortion and then winds up somewhere miraculous It s a chapter that you feel down to your bones, and is so incredibly literary perfect I want to see it reproduced in The New Yorker or made into an indie movie again better than Lady Bird in all ways or maybe even fictionalised into a contemporary YA novel This is the chapter that sealed the deal for me and not just because it shits all over James Franco s Palo Alto wankery But because it s genius, perfectly crafted That I read Sally Rooney s Normal People right before delving into Busy s memoir further highlighted this for me the beauty in writing about the pain of teenagers and teenage girls in particular, the finesse and fierceness was all in this chapter It makes me hope that Busy has another film script up her sleeve, or another book collection of essays, further memoir or fiction I don t care, I just wantof her words, thoughts and ideas


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10 thoughts on “This Will Only Hurt a Little

  1. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer and then a minute later you think, I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check That is not something you ll think while reading Busy Philipps book, which is going to either make it a book you love evenor a book that is even less your thing You ll know best which kind of reader you are Busy doesn t have a memoir because she s an actress who s had some high profile tv work Sh You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer and then a minute later you think, I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check That is not something you ll think while reading Busy Philipps book, which is going to either make it a book you love evenor a book that is even less your thing You ll know best which kind of reader you are Busy doesn t have a memoir because she s an actress who s had some high profile tv work She has a memoir because she s become one of the breakout stars of Instagram Stories And clearly the people behind the scenes decided not to clean up this book into a perfect and polished gem, but to let Busy be Busy the way she does on Instagram Reading this book feels like you re sitting down with her at a party where she tells you a story about her life It feels conversational and honest It doesn t feel like a pre packaged memoir in the slightest The down side of this is that it can get rambly and lack focus, and for readers of celebrity memoir who just want some dirt and famous people stories, the first half of the book which dwells mostly on her teenage life before stardom will disappoint The writing is unfiltered, and while real emotion shines through, there are times when I realized how rarely I read something that hasn t been edited within an inch of its life because this book feels so different from most of my other reading.The up side of this is that there is no holding back here For the most part, Busy names names Yes, James Franco really is a douche and he walked around the Freaks and Geeks set carrying a copy of Dante s Inferno Josh Jackson is a mansplainer She isn t presenting a cleaned up version of her opinions, she s telling you how she really feels I honestly don t feel like I ve seen any other celeb talk about their peers this way, usually they leave names out when they re telling a mean story and only name names when they re loving on someone I read this book at breakneck speed, I suspect her fans will really enjoy it

  2. Victoria Schwab Victoria Schwab says:

    A really surprisingly delightful one.

  3. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at grabbed this because I m always searching for something easy to listen to during my commute Confession time I never watched Freaks and Geeks and neither did any of you because it was cancelled for lack of viewers despite being critically acclaimed, so just stop lying about it or Dawson s Creek Really the only things I can recall Busy Phillips being in were White Chicks and Cougartown I didn t realize she was the exact same pers Find all of my reviews at grabbed this because I m always searching for something easy to listen to during my commute Confession time I never watched Freaks and Geeks and neither did any of you because it was cancelled for lack of viewers despite being critically acclaimed, so just stop lying about it or Dawson s Creek Really the only things I can recall Busy Phillips being in were White Chicks and Cougartown I didn t realize she was the exact same person in real life that she played in those rolesThe only thing I can say now that I ve finished Self awareness and accountability are real things It s a shame an almost 40 year old woman hasn t figured that out yet and instead seems to be A Okay being wholly unlikeable with zero redeeming qualities But at least she s internet famous, right sarcasm

  4. Scarlett Scarlett says:

    DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable Busy Philipps is one angry woman She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have becomepopular She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable Busy Philipps is one angry woman She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have becomepopular She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, having an abortion, taking drugs and getting drunk on a regular basis I think this is very brave and I don t think I would ever tell anyone events like these, so I applaud her for this Her writing is also good, it s very well paced and pleasant to read Aside from this, the rest was a torture for me.I didn t enjoy the overall tone of the book She resents her mother and sister, she hates her former co stars who didn t pay a lot of attention to her, she is angry with the wardrobe team that once told her that she was fat, she hates all her ex boyfriends and she didn t hesitate to expose all the details of their sex life and emotional struggles She comes of as insecure, but I don t think she knows this She kept repeating that she absolutely never thought that she was overweight, but then she cried because she couldn t find leading roles and everyone was mean Seems to me that wanting to be an actress comes with the knowledge that your physical appearance and delivery are the main thing Why cry about it when you re not able to play the part I didn t expect myself to feel protective of James Franco, but that happened as well Her stories about him are really colored with negative personal experiences and that s okay I believe her that she felt humiliated, BUT when she made fun of his gloominess and the way he walked around with Dante s InfernoCome on, what s wrong with an actor who is trying to read classics This really colored my impression of Busy as an uneducated actress, on top of everything Her conclusion is also unbelievable She complained throughout the whole book that everyone in her life was somehow mean to her, but nevertheless, she finally made it All by herself She is unstoppable I am all for women being confident and happy about themselves, but if you need to bring everyone else down in order to justify what happened to you, than you re just delusional I am just waiting to see if this book will be nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards I would really be shocked

  5. Jenny Slorach Jenny Slorach says:

    This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress Highlights include Busy listing all of the times she s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don t get maternity leave For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent 3000 on Disney cru This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress Highlights include Busy listing all of the times she s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don t get maternity leave For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent 3000 on Disney cruise internet charges, and shrugging it off because her presumably retired parents paid for her trip Busy s complaints about having no money for a nanny for her first born child, but paid for and fired a wet nurse for falling asleep at 3am, and used her cleaning lady for childcare Nothing about this memoir was grounded in the real world, and the stories weren t at all as whimsical and interesting as her persona suggests Don t bother reading this

  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    So I know that Busy Philipps isn t known for her dramatic acting roles but BOY IS SHE DRAMATIC This memoir tells it likes it is, it s very much Busy s voice If you can get past all the high school dramatics than this could be a fairly entertaining read There s plenty of the good stuff in here, she drops a few big Hollywood names and most stories are pretty unflattering But honestly if you aren t fond of OTT histrionics maybe this could be wearying One thing that I noticed as a recurring the So I know that Busy Philipps isn t known for her dramatic acting roles but BOY IS SHE DRAMATIC This memoir tells it likes it is, it s very much Busy s voice If you can get past all the high school dramatics than this could be a fairly entertaining read There s plenty of the good stuff in here, she drops a few big Hollywood names and most stories are pretty unflattering But honestly if you aren t fond of OTT histrionics maybe this could be wearying One thing that I noticed as a recurring theme is that Busy cries a lot in the course of this book Like ALOT After awhile I m like cry me a river already WE GET IT You are a human emotional wreck Luckily I don t mind too much and I like her even if she s a major cry baby I have actually been known to stalk her Instagram page and have been a follower of hers for many years I just love her realness She s not perfect and doesn t pretend to be This book shows her to be a complete open book not afraid to point out her most humiliating moments There s many I love when celebs show real and don t try to pretend by only showing the glossy bits But if I m being totally honest here I couldn t stand all the attention seeking dramatics it s sad and a little desperate and it might have turned me off her and I will not be thinking she s totally a girl I would want to hang out with like I thought before reading this book

  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book I never reach for celebrity memoirs, less out of literary snobbery andbecause the celebrities I m invested in do not usually write memoirs But I am a fan of Busy Philipps so I thought why not, let s give it a try.Busy states early on in her book that she s a natural born storyteller, that she knows when to embellish and when to omit details to keep her audience compelled, and I have to agree What this book lacks which I ll get t I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book I never reach for celebrity memoirs, less out of literary snobbery andbecause the celebrities I m invested in do not usually write memoirs But I am a fan of Busy Philipps so I thought why not, let s give it a try.Busy states early on in her book that she s a natural born storyteller, that she knows when to embellish and when to omit details to keep her audience compelled, and I have to agree What this book lacks which I ll get to in a moment , she makes up for with an immense skill at honing in on what exactly makes an anecdote worth sharing Whether it was dislocating her knee after being trampled at a school concert by eighth grade boys moshing to Nirvana, or confronting the creator of Modern Family years after he made a rude comment about Busy winning a Critics Choice Award for Cougar Town, she knows how to keep her reader hooked As I ve talked about before, I m not the best audiobook listener, but I don t think my mind wandered once while listening to this, and I managed to finish it in a week which is probably a record for me with audiobooks Even the least exciting of anecdotes were far from boring, because Busy manages to convince you that the stakes are always much, much higher than they actually are with an occasional tongue in cheek acknowledgement that maybe she was a bit melodramatic given the circumstances, but in the moment the minor calamity did feel like the end of the world.But the introspection didn t go much further than that, which is my biggest issue with this book The writing itself wasn t great but I assume that s par for the course with this kind of memoir, so I won t dwell on that What bothered mewas the constant self absorption and how it was never met with adequate reflection Though she certainly faced hardships and I don t want to dismiss that, for the most part Busy Philipps has lived a rather privileged life, which she really only acknowledges once toward the end of the book, when she wonders why she s dreading going on a paid Disney cruise that her mother arranged when so many people would kill for that opportunity There s a weird kind of dissonance between the persona that Busy has crafted on Instagram being down to earth and relatable and the extravagant life that she lives in Hollywood, and it s never really addressed I mean, of course celebrities aren t our friends, of course the lives of the rich and famous are never going to be perfect reflections of our own it s just the lack of awareness of that fact throughout this memoir that grated I don t think for a second that Busy is ungrateful for the life she leads, but I do think her gratitude is something that never fully translated to this text Ultimately I d really only recommend this one to fans of Busy, or to anyone who really enjoys celebrity memoirs in general I don t see this book winning Busy many fans who hadn t already been familiar with her work and her persona, but for those of us who enjoy her, it certainly didn t fail to entertain It just didn t do much else And though I consistently enjoyed it, I ended it feeling vaguely dissatisfied as its anecdotal nature left many questions unanswered did Busy stay close to Michelle after Heath s death, how is her relationship with Marc after counseling, did Busy look back on her teenage abortion when she was pregnant with her daughters, how did the people and the stories she talked about early on come to shape her later in life But it was a fun, entertaining read, and sometimes that s all you can ask of a book 3.5 stars

  8. Erica Villagomez-Cloutier Erica Villagomez-Cloutier says:

    I m not sure exactly how I felt about this book I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I m not sure I actually liked it So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life Her teenage years were crazy and she didn t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life We ve all been there One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion That whole chapter was very moving and I m not sure exactly how I felt about this book I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I m not sure I actually liked it So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life Her teenage years were crazy and she didn t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life We ve all been there One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion That whole chapter was very moving and I felt like the story came to close With Busy s other stories I felt that she did not finish them She talks about her sister being awful to her when they were younger and she never understood why I was waiting for her to say her sister was bipolar or something But no, she says that as an adult she understands now So what dies she understand I m an older sister and I was never cruel to my sister Busy also talks about her relationship with her husband and how they would always hang out with his friends, but never her friends She also says when they would go out to parties with his friends he would just leave her by herself while he went to talk to other people This was another story that I felt was incomplete Did she address the situation with him as to why he only wanted to do stuff with his friends Why would he just leave her or not include her in conversations when they were at dinner But then she ends up marrying him and later wants a divorce, but ends up staying with him I felt this book was a library read

  9. Claire Reads Books Claire Reads Books says:

    This book was just okay For anyone who follows Busy Philipps s Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps s career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir while not exactly a tell all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors This book was just okay For anyone who follows Busy Philipps s Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps s career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir while not exactly a tell all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors from the 90s and early aughts Excepting some sobering reflections on being raped by her boyfriend at age 14 an encounter that has already been widely chronicled in the media , early chapters about Philipps s childhood in Scottsdale are immensely skippable Philipps had a pretty normal upbringing, which doesn t make for great copy Later chapters about her life in Los Angeles, trying to get a foothold in Hollywood, and the ups and downs of her acting career arecompelling but reaffirm what most of us already know entertainment is a brutal industry, especially if you re an actor, and especially if you re a woman Perhaps unsurprisingly, Philipps s storytelling style is far better suited to Instagram stories the personality, authenticity , and casual but confessional intimacy that Philipps has perfected on that platform doesn t come across the same way in print largely because Philipps isn t a particularly gifted writer, although her audiobook narration left something to be desired, too On Instagram, Philipps is a master of turning everyday L.A life into bite sized pieces of pop entertainment, but on the page, her stories often feel like non sequiturs that rarely lead to deeper introspection or a cohesive narrative beyond Busy Philipps s life story What s worse, where Philipps comes across as relatively down to earth and self aware on Instagram s vertical screen, here she often comes across as petty and self involved something about the tone of this book missed the mark, and although I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, other readers might not be so generous At the end of the day, Philipps is a performer and an entertainer, not a writer or a comedian, and this book is no Bossypants Philipps s already established fanbase will likely find things to enjoy here, but everyone else would do well to skip it

  10. ALPHAreader ALPHAreader says:

    This Will Only Hurt a Little is Busy Philipps memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16 Confession I instantly flipped to the Is This It The Strokes chapter of Busy s memoir when it arrived The Dawson s Creek chapter because how could I not This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live Tweeting re watch of all six seasons PaceysCr This Will Only Hurt a Little is Busy Philipps memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16 Confession I instantly flipped to the Is This It The Strokes chapter of Busy s memoir when it arrived The Dawson s Creek chapter because how could I not This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live Tweeting re watch of all six seasons PaceysCreek We had all been in agreement that Busy s character of Audrey Liddell had been a low point in an already terrible final two seasons of a once great show but we were also all in agreement that upon re examination as strong, feminist adults Jen Lindley and Michelle Williams had been the true breakout star of that show, and we were all smitten with her and Busy Philipp s best friendship that had its start in Capeside So I flipped to the gosh darn Dawson s Creek chapter because I wanted goss particularly on Busy s sure to be truthful observations as a late comer to the show and how the dynamics played out by then And she did not disappoint or maybe she did but not in her gossip content delivery, just in shattering some of my teen idols Josh really fancied himself one of the guys with the crew The Creek s very own mini George Clooney He s a good guy and just wanted to be well liked but I wish I d known the term mansplaining when I met Josh His ability to turn a conversation into a dissertation was incredible.Oh Josh There s also a lot of hints given about the tensions on set between the cast by this point, as Busy points out One day, the whole cast was sitting around a table filming the Thanksgiving episode, and James looked at me and said, See You got lucky Your show was cancelled after the first season Gossip delivered But the chapter offers a lotthan just the Dawson s Creek revelations I had hoped for Busy highlights the many ways she was made to feel inadequate about her weight and appearance on the show, particularly in being constantly compared to the breakout star of Katie Holmes The chapter also takes a sharp turn when September 11 happens in the middle of a break from filming, and Busy needing to take a flight back to Wilmington from LA despite being terrified as everyone was in those days of getting back on a plane and then having to carry on with life and work In the wake of it all I felt so silly at work the next day, dressed in a costume for the Halloween episode The world was fucking ending and I was trying to get Joey Potter to come to a party with me I remember there were a lot of pep talks about how this is what we do We make entertainment for people so that they can escape the real world for forty three minutes a week It s not without value or merit It s important to not just tell stories, but also to remember to entertain Any anyway, someone s got to May we well be us And so we did And she delves into how she started drinking as a coping mechanism for all the ways the world sucked, and she was made to feel shitty in her little corner of it The chapter ends on a doozy of a scathing and on point one liner and it pulled me up short Hang on I was mostly looking forward to this memoir for the celebrity gossip, but could it be that Busy is actually a good writer Yes She is A damn fine one, in fact I went back to the beginning and then I didn t stop I ended up reading the whole book through to 1AM when I finished, teary eyed and a little weak from the punches she packed This memoir is GOOD Not just good bloody brilliant It s up there with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey s Bossypants for comedic memoirs but it s alsothan that It s a memoir by an actress in the wake of MeToo and Harvey Weinstein who yes she knew, but not the extent of his depravity An actress who is pulling no punches about the toxic masculinity and patriarchy upon which Hollywood is built and Busy acquiesced to for a long time Case in point Busy had the idea for the 2007 film Blades of Glory and shared it with her boyfriend at the time who agreed they should write a script together until he and his brother took the idea and ran away with it, even having the audacity to shop it around without Busy s name on it, though she d also contributed to the writing Luckily she d registered the idea with the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system and they ended up having to credit her, since there was a sufficient paper trail proving her ownership so it was fear of potential litigation rather than letting a woman own her damn work as the right thing to do Busy dissects these moments, and manyincluding yes the one the media has chosen to pick apart in James Franco s treatment of her on the set of Freaks and Geeks But she doesn t just talk about them in the context of Hollywood Busy s memoir starting from when she s a child and then a teenager in Scottsdale, Arizona through to her college years acting and early established career is a searing personal critique of all the ways she tried to contain herself to please men in her life Tried to be less than, quieter, prettier, thinner, agreeable, laid back, loving even at the expense of her own happiness and mental health It even results in her convincing herself that being raped at the age of 14 was something that she wanted from the boy, because she convinced herself to love him to make the event okay in her own mind This Will Only Hurt a Little isn t just a memoir It s a searing, honest and fantastic examination of a young woman taking control of her life, career and identity I also got this idea that it s a little bit La La Land meets Lady Bird a film I hated by the way, for its feeling directionless and pointless but after reading Busy s memoir I now wishthan ever that Greta Gerwig s film had some of her beats and honesty to coral it The most impacting chapter to me was Tear in Your Hand Tori Amos which delves into Busy s first true teenage love affair that ends with an abortion and then winds up somewhere miraculous It s a chapter that you feel down to your bones, and is so incredibly literary perfect I want to see it reproduced in The New Yorker or made into an indie movie again better than Lady Bird in all ways or maybe even fictionalised into a contemporary YA novel This is the chapter that sealed the deal for me and not just because it shits all over James Franco s Palo Alto wankery But because it s genius, perfectly crafted That I read Sally Rooney s Normal People right before delving into Busy s memoir further highlighted this for me the beauty in writing about the pain of teenagers and teenage girls in particular, the finesse and fierceness was all in this chapter It makes me hope that Busy has another film script up her sleeve, or another book collection of essays, further memoir or fiction I don t care, I just wantof her words, thoughts and ideas

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