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
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.
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!!!
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.
Anecdotes about first cars (her's was a brand new shiny hot pink one with a vanity plate and she was very upset about this.) and the PAINS of living in the Hollywood hills. Ugh. Such a tough life. I get it, struggle is struggle, but this chick has worked with some of the most powerful people in show business. How is she still this boring??
The book was a work of vanity and some love was thrown in afterwards. (Said 'love' was Judy Greer's LOVE of her own voice.)
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!
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 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.
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!
Yes! Judy was just FUN to listen to. I loved hearing about her life as a actress, LA, her childhood, her marraige, her friendships. It was just like going to cocktails with that funny friend who just honest about what's happening in her life - and yours. Good comedy doesn't shy away from imperfections and the trials of life - it just helps us laugh at the absurdity of it. And I loved hearing it in Judy Greer's own wonderful voice.
Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kahling
yes - but since it's broken up into different ideas, i didn't have to! Perfect for my commute
try it! you'll like it!
Judy Greer hits just the right notes with her autobiographical book "I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star", part introspective and self-revealing, part instructive and thoughtful, always warm and funny. I came to this book with a minority perspective - I knew who Judy was, having remembered her name from dozens of TV and movie "co-starring" credits. But her self-identified target audience is the great majority of TV and movies fans who might see her and say "Hey, I know you from somewhere. What have you done that I've seen?" That awkward moment (for the actress) is the jumping off point for a collection of essays (more-so than a linear narrative) that gives the reader an insider view to making it (sorta) big in a lot of little roles that are often over-looked, but have a strong impact on why we actually enjoy the more lauded performances of her co-stars. There's also a lot of "this is showbiz reality" information for anyone aspiring to be a star (or a co-star) . Not exactly a caution, but a sober dose of this-is-not-as-glam-as-it-looks Big Sister talk that is as potentially inspiring as it is revealing. The book was a quick, fun read, but the audio version is read by the author herself, in the self-described nasal tones that she finds annoying (but many of her fans find charming). If you've never heard of Judy Greer and honestly have never remembered her from any performance, I think you will still find this an entertaining listen. And if you ever wished that the Judy Greer from all those romantic comedies was your best friend, instead of Jennifer Garner's (13 Going on 30) or Kathryn Heigel's (27 Dresses), these few hours will be a pure delight. Judy is becoming more well known now, and the new roles are verging on leading lady status. Here's hoping when she writes her next book it will be sub-titled "Confessions of a Star".
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