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Publisher's Summary

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “[T]he breakout star on Instagram stories.... [I]magine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker). 

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 large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all. 

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it?”

©2018 Busy Phillips (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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I wanted to like it so much...

I think Busy is fantastic and I am such a fan. But this book SERIOUSLY didn't do it for me. It seems VERY self-congratulatory. Story told by a privileged girl from the rough streets of some of the more upperclass suburbs of Phoenix and Chicago. She goes on a handful of auditions before making breakout performances. Always throws her knee out of socket (not exactly a life-altering injury to be moaning about in a book at least THREE times.) Everytime life gets a little hard, her mom puts her on a first class flight back to wherever she can escape the hardship. It just didn't speak to me, the "troubles" she experiences really don't seem troublesome. Not exactly a "she gets it" sort of memoir. Again, I really wanted to like it, but it hurt... ALOT.

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self indulgent and shallow

I felt like I was a therapist and Busy was in the therapist chair. This book had no depth. The story telling was overly dramatic and self indulgent (she was "devastated" and "heartbroken" throughout the book). When she started complaining about her nanny help, I totally lost any connection I had with the author.

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This DID hurt a little.....

I made it to section 13 but I couldn't stand her valley girl accent..
Not trying to be mean but that the only way I can explain it.....
She is also very entitled its just not my cup of tea....
I wanted to like this... but it was impossible for me...

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Pretty Good, But Feels Incomplete

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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  • Shana
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So great!

I ended up listening to this book in two sittings. The title is so perfect because there are some definite painful and uncomfortable parts that hurt my heart (I was crying in the first hour), but so much of it is burst out laughing hilarious.

People may think they have a good sense of who Busy is from her Instagram stories, but this is on a much deeper and more honest level. And she drops some very relateable truths, and I ended up feeling a real kinship with her.

Her narration is excellent. There were single sentences that made me laugh so hard because of her delivery. This is definitely one of my favorite audiobook experiences.

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This Didn’t Hurt at All

I loved this book! I had high expectations and she blew them away. Even with everything going on in the world, you don’t always get a truly raw telling, you get one here.

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A memoir of a brat who "sobs" everywhere she is

This is the most immature 39 year old I've ever heard still speaking as a 16 year old valley girl. She is constantly making bad choices and then running, sitting, laying, and standing on her head sobbing about them and yet never learning from them. An attention seeking brat who doesn't know enough about herself or her life to be writing a memoir about it. She sadly represents a whole generation of people who can neither feel anything real for anyone but themselves and has no clue why their lives are so screwed up as they make mistake after mistake and laugh off even the truly bad things that happened years ago and only bringing it out now because it seems to be the thing to do. As someone who was raped as an 18 year old, I knew exactly that I was being raped, my feelings about it never changed from moment to moment or year to year because I could actually Feel what was happening in my life. I don't know why we praise these people for their "realness" when they don't have a clue about what is real and what isn't. Are we praising her for being "brave" enough to share all the gory details of her life when it's easy to share your life when you can't feel your life and have no real attachment to anything that has ever happened other than it makes a good story. Ugh!

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Brilliant

I don’t normally read Memoirs, this is only my second so going in I really didn’t have any point of reference and let me tell you it was brilliant.

The way she writes it’s the way she talks. It is intriguing and insightful and funny. I couldn’t stop listening there were even times I took my headphones off and made my husband listen.

I am a fan of hers so it was one of the reasons I picked up this book but it was her story that kept me listening. From her highs to her lows and everything in-between I think she is dang fine actress and writer and I hope we see more of both from her.

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Ugh Shut Up! 😣

Don’t ramble on about what a good story teller you are- just tell a good story! Busy seems so over privileged and has no idea what a life struggle actually is. Don’t waste your credit unless you want to listen to an extremely wealthy girl whine about “feeling left out” and telling you how amazing she is. She’s a decent narrator, but it doesn’t redeem the narcissist story.

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Yes!

I tend to listen to heavy, self help and spirituality books on my long L.A. commutes. That ends now! This was so engaging, so fun and well read. I laughed, I cried, and sometimes gasped at various plot twists and surprise scenes (including The Boob scene!). Highly recommend for a great listen! Also, I found Busy’s story to be uplifting and inspirational in a way that I often seek out in the self-development genre.

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