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  • This Will Only Hurt a Little

  • By: Busy Philipps
  • Narrated by: Busy Philipps
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430

Busy Philipps’ autobiographical audiobook 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 friend. Busy 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 of all sizes.

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  • I wanted to like it so much...

  • By Amy Isbell on 10-18-18

Pretty Good, But Feels Incomplete

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Reviewed: 10-27-18

I think I'd like Busy in person. She seems like she'd be a breath of fresh air. Which is exactly why I got the book. But the book stopped short. It seems like it's a primer for her "real" book. This book sounds like a journal without resolution. Lots of activity but not a lot of reflection. So I can see why people say it sounds as though she's complaining page after page.

Busy's performance was what kept me going. She was entertaining and intriguing. But I think her real book is in Hollywood. I want to know more than her feelings and thoughts about working in a place that dismisses women. I want to know what she is going to do about it. I want to hear ideas and details. I really want to hear her say she's going to take the lead and continue to call people out and hold them accountable. I want to hear her rally cry. That's the book I want to read. Otherwise, it's pointing out a problem, shrugging your shoulders, and being okay with allowing the problem to exist.

To be fair, I just completed Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, so the bar was set incredibly high.

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