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Busy Philips loves herself that’s one thing you can take away from this book. I liked her a lot on Cougar Town (basically the only thing I knew her from besides being Michelle Williams plus one to the Oscars) I always thought she was funny and cute on that show and wanted to read about her. A few chapters in I got sick of the self congratulatory stories and put the book down. It stayed there
Busy, for me, has always been a cultural touchstone. To find out that it was a struggle, beyond the whole 'hollywood rejection is so horrible' cliche, but for someone who doesn't have (or lie and say they have) the actor's 'thick skin' was an interesting journey to read about. This is not your average 'yeah it was tough but I rose above it' story, this is so real that it makes those types of memoirs sound like fluff. For someone who has had such a hard time being accepted in Hollywood, I can say personally she was a key part of it for me; she was in a lot of things I was drawn to and therefore ever present in what I thought of as my generation in movies and TV. In my opinion the parts she did/is getting are part of a very specific universe plan. It's just still on its way.
Highly recommend! This book is charming, gorgeous, warm and honest, just like the author, Busy Philipps. I felt like what really set this book apart was how candid Philipps is about the challenges (and cruelty!) of Hollywood, relationships, and her insight into how this affects people and the larger culture. By now we've all heard about her experience working with James Franco; not everyone would have the courage to tell that story, or the others like it found in the book, for fear of the consequences, but that is what sets Busy apart. She can be fearless! And when she does have fear, she's not afraid to admit it...so, fearless again! Love her, love her book.
This book was a huge disappointment. I enjoy following Busy on social, and can appreciate her honesty and candidness - both online and in this book. However, I found the book to be overwhelmingly disjointed, poorly written, and narcissistic. It lacks in depth and sincerity, and felt like an excuse to name-drop in a series of uninteresting anecdotes. The book is full of self-adulation, which annoyed me and therefore made it hard to want to continue reading (although I did continue). I would definitely not recommend this book.
I loved this book! I read a lot of books, a majority of them being memoirs and autobiographies. This is one of the better ones I have read. I felt like I was sitting down to coffee with Busy and listening to her tell me about her life. You get a real sense of who Busy is (which you also get from her Instagram stories ;) ) Definitely worth a read!! This also kept me entertained while I waited all day to wait to see Foo Fighters lol
I’ve loved Busy since Cougar Town, and I have followed her on Instagram for a few years. I was so excited to read her book, I followed her through the writing process on Instagram and her book did not disappoint she is real, and funny and amazing. She makes you feel like your reading a friends life story. I devoured this book in two days!
Such a smooth and easy read. Great to hear the inner thoughts of an actress I’ve watched on tv for so many years. Obsessed with Cougar Town also and reading this it sounded exactly like her character Laurie
5.0 out of 5 starsBrutal, honest, but uplifting. BUY IT ;-)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
A week ago I’d never heard of Busy Philipps. I read an interview with her and thought the book sounded interesting. I’m male, aged 53, going on 54 and don’t own a tv. I loved this book. It’s just so brutal and honest. If this doesn’t touch you then you’ve a heart of stone. Spoiler alert: she lied, it hurt a LOT.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2019
This book came as a recommendation and I could not praise this book highly enough. An honest account of growing up, dealing with relationships, not being the prettiest girl in school and dealing with crippling insecurities and anxieties. I couldn’t put the book down even though I wanted to at times; it is shocking what women go through in the pursuit of being accepted by peers, partners and industry. Thank you Busy for sharing this book with the world.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2019
I tried the sample and it seemed that the book might be ok. After actually buying the book it just rambled on with a load of disjointed boring stories. Didn't like the swearing or the use of capitals. Utter drivel and no depth so I gave up. I don't do instagram so perhaps this is just not my kind of thing.
I have always liked Busy Philipps. I first came across her as Audrey on Dawson’s Creek and I thought she was fab and sassy from then on. Whilst I have dipped in and out of her career I have always admired how she presented herself in interviews or on her social media accounts.
I really loved her autobiography This Will Only Hurt a Little. Her warts and all account of how she made her way through the miasmic fug of Hollywood and all the ugliness that comes along with it: whether that be the negative body image issues she has had to endure before getting or being rejected for roles or the absolute criminal behaviour over artistic license. Busy Philipps really has seen it all.
Philipps’ candour is impressive. She doesn’t paint herself as completely innocent in all things, in fact it is her ability to show her less pleasant side that actually makes This Will Only Hurt a Little seem more balanced and therefore more believable.
What is also impressive is that she does not hold back when talking about her colleagues. For those who want to know the uglier side of some of her co-stars then I can guarantee Busy Philipps does not hold back.
Read this. Read it now.
This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps is available now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2018
Couldn’t express how much I loved this book ❤️ It’s simple If you like her Instagram stories you’ll love this book, if you don’t you won’t - because its very clear this is a book she wrote openly and honestly
I love busy Phillips so getting her book was a no brainer. It’s got it’s sad moments and happy moments looking into her crazy life. It’s honest, brutally so at times but that’s what makes it so gripping. I hope for another in a few years.
I loved Busy in Dawson's Creek and so was thrilled she had written a book about her life. Busy is funny and so lovable and honestly I'm gutted that it finished as feel like I have lost a friend but her Instagram stories will be a good extension on the book! I wish Busy and her family happiness in the future