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 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 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
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'm not sure who would enjoy this book. The stories were unmoving and rambling.
I bought this book because I thought that there would be better stories, insider scoop stuff. Instead I had to listen to her talk about how she hated La traffic for 10 minutes.
There were no other characters really.
I was disappointed I spent $20 on this book.
Don't waste your money honey!
Nothing worthy of discovery. Why should I care about this person? Each essay has no purpose. No true insight into her or her craft.
I am pretty sure she is smart. She should show it.
The whole book. I want to hear about craft, life and the mix of th two. The book is shallow at best.
Wish I could get my money back.
No, too much inappropriate content.
I like her narration, and some of the stories were funny.
Her performance of narrating the book.
Some of it - I could have done with less of the insight into her partying life.
If you want to hear all about the personal life of the slutty best friend in a lot of modern chick flicks, then this is the book for you.
If I had to listen to one more self-indulgent childhood story in which she was made to seem the innocent victim, or one more name-dropping Hollywood quasi-drama, I thought I might scream. THERE IS AN ENTIRE SECTION OF JUST EMAILS WHERE SHE TALKS ABOUT WHAT A GREAT FRIEND / PERSON SHE IS. I was physically relieved, when it was over. Here's a thought: maybe the reason Judy Greer's acting career isn't as far along as she'd like it to be is that, at the end of the day, the more interesting people (who've lead interesting lives) make better artists?
I don't, liiiike, KNOOOOW? Like, could it BEEEE? That she ends every SENTENCE? With an upward inFLECtion? Liiiike, ya KNOW? Like the whole book is one big QUESTION?
(FYI: there is a section in the book where she talks about how she was "cured" of this habit in acting school. Umm. Might wanna take a refresher course, Ms. Greer.)
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