Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (best-selling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend.
You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all. What it's like to have stepchildren. And how she really feels about her mother. Yes, it's all in there. But Judy Greer isn't just a regular friend - she's a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she's peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don't worry - that's included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you'll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she's one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: "This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I'm not that special, and we're probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious."
©2014 Judy Greer (P)2014 Random House Audio
This book was on par with my absolute, hands down favorite "BossyPants". Judy Greer's stories are touching, funny, interesting and well narrated. As another small town Michigan girl, her early essays on growing up outside Detroit during the "John Hughes" era made me feel like we were besties exchanging memories. Love this book!!!
Bcause it's very funny.
The blind date with the man who would become her husband. Anyone who's been on a blind date can relate. She forgot what he looked like, after two hours of talking to him over dinner.
Getting to know her step children and her husband's ex.
When Ashton Kutcher bought Judy's dad a serious Harley, just cause Ashton's a good guy.
I'd be surprised if she doesn't become a major comedy star,after this book. She's really funny and you can't help but wish her the best.
There is something endearing about Judy Greer that makes her almost instantly likable. There is nothing mind blowing about the book as far as content, except to say that it made me like her more. Listening to this book is like making a new friend: you get to hear all the past stories, thoughts, ideas, dreams, hopes, and gaffes. it's a one sided relationship at this point, but you know, she IS an actress (hee, hee). Very enjoyable listen.
I think it was just too general - "I have a hard time with this, I really like that" … but lacking any specific details or stories to capture the listener's attention. (Aside from the motorcycle story, which was semi-interesting, but a little too gushy.) The entire chapter of reading emails about what a great friend she is was annoying. (Again, without specific stories or examples … just, "wow! you're really awesome!")
Probably not. I really enjoy Judy Greer as an actress, and because of the wide variety of characters she's played and people she's worked with, I was hoping to hear a collection of stories about her experiences. (Especially from Arrested Development! I would think that job alone would be full of interesting/funny tales!) Happily, she seems to have led a pretty charmed life - which is great - but makes for a bit of a tiresome read. Makes me really appreciate how difficult it is to be an engaging writer/storyteller. Not everyone can do it.
I expected this book to be more of a look into Hollywood and the author's time there. It really wasnt about much of anything. There is no behind the scenes insight, no talk of her various shows or roles. Judy's story is one you would want for your friends but not that interesting as a book. No gossip, no scandal, just small town girl from a nice family goes to college and then to Hollywood and a husband.
I am a fan of Judy Greer and really enjoyed her book. It is a nice light listen.
I love reading. For a long time, I snubbed audio books like so many others. How wrong and misguided I was.
She tends to complain more than necessary especially when you consider her occupation.
Yes. It may be more entertaining and less whiny as a movie
I loved the fact that Judy didn't sugar coat anything. She told her stories as raw and hilarious as they were and really gave her readers/listeners a chance to get to know her on a more personal level.
Go ahead and give it a listen!
Yes!! I finished this book in two days because it was so entertaining. I loved that Judy truly did tell her audience what it was like to be a professional actor - and not one that was told what to say, she really gave us a snippet of her real life! It was so refreshing to listen to, and she is a very funny woman who leads a very normal life! I loved every minute of this book.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. The author is upbeat but it's one dull story after another. I loved other books in this group (Bossypants, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) but I didn't even finish this one.
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I haven't listened to her other performances
Yes, yes, yes. In fact, I've already tweeted, Instagrammed, and Facebooked about it. I freaking loved it.
Um hello, Judy.
She's talking about herself in her own voice - what's not to like? She laughs at herself, shouts, it's like hanging out with her!
If you liked Tina Fey's "BossyPants" or Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" or Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" - you are going to LOVE this. She is pure magic. So many laugh out loud moments, sure she cusses now and again, but honestly, she's 100% hilarious, naturally talented, and is clearly someone I need to hang out with on a daily basis. I absolutely know what I know her from - she's in everything. And she should be - she's amazing. SO, SO, SO funny. Thanks for taking the time to write this, Judy. I absolutely loved it!
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