My Squirrel Days
Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious, refreshing, and inspiring collection of essays “teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud moments” (Associated Press).“A pleasure. Ellie Kemper is the kind of stable, intelligent, funny, healthy woman that usually only exists in yogurt commercials. But she’s real and she’s all ours!” —Tina Fey“Ellie is a hilarious and talented writer, although we’ll never know how much of this book the squirrel wrote.”—Mindy KalingMeet Ellie, the best-intentioned redhead next door. You’ll laugh right alongside her as she shares tales of her childhood in St. Louis, whether directing and also starring in her family holiday pageant, washing her dad’s car with a Brillo pad, failing to become friends with a plump squirrel in her backyard, eating her feelings while watching PG-13 movies, or becoming a “sports monster” who ends up warming the bench of her Division 1 field hockey team in college.You’ll learn how she found her comedic calling in the world of improv, became a wife, mother and New Yorker, and landed the role of a bridesmaid (while simultaneously being a bridesmaid) in Bridesmaids. You’ll get to know and love the comic, upbeat, perpetually polite actress playing Erin Hannon on The Office, and the exuberant, pink-pants-wearing star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.If you’ve ever been curious about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite shows, what it really takes to be a soul cycle “warrior,” how to recover if you accidentally fall on Doris Kearns Goodwin or tell Tina Fey on meeting her for the first time that she has “great hair—really strong and thick,” this is your chance to find out. But it’s also a laugh-out-loud primer on how to keep a positive outlook in a world gone mad and how not to give up on your dreams. Ellie “dives fully into each role—as actor, comedian, writer, and also wife and new mom—with an electric dedication, by which one learns to reframe the picture, and if not exactly become a glass-half-full sort of person, at least become able to appreciate them” (Vogue.com).

My Squirrel Days Details

TitleMy Squirrel Days
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139781501163340
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

My Squirrel Days Review

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    Look, I really, really like Ellie Kemper as an actress and a person. I relate to her a lot as I have a similar upbeat, somewhat spastic personality and a tendency to pee when I laugh too much (TMI??). However, and there is no nice way to say this, sometimes you can be a funny, interesting person but not in a fill a book kind of way. My husband asked me why I wasn't in love with this book and I asked him, Would you want to read a book based on my life? He said no. Super quickly, I might add. Elli Look, I really, really like Ellie Kemper as an actress and a person. I relate to her a lot as I have a similar upbeat, somewhat spastic personality and a tendency to pee when I laugh too much (TMI??). However, and there is no nice way to say this, sometimes you can be a funny, interesting person but not in a fill a book kind of way. My husband asked me why I wasn't in love with this book and I asked him, Would you want to read a book based on my life? He said no. Super quickly, I might add. Ellie Kemper is very talented, but she had a lucky, bump-free rise to fame. She is from a very wealthy, cohesive family who supported her financially and emotionally; she went to Princeton where she was free to explore comedy; she got recognized for her talent early on and was cast quickly as an actress and model; and she met and married a great guy and remains happily married. As one white girl from a happy, moderately wealthy family who played mediocre field hockey to another, I say good for you! - but that journey isn't compelling to read about. Some parts of the book were really, really funny. Ellie Kemper is witty and smart, both things I adore, and some of her dialogue cracked me up. I liked the insights into The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and I related to her parenting sections, but I couldn't stop thinking that this book should have been written maybe 10 years from now when Ellie Kemper has more to say. I hate to say this, but the story wasn't funny enough to just be a funny memoir without a really interesting backstory about Ellie Kemper's rise to fame. I found her to be charming, but the book never rose above just okay for me. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    This was... fine. I laughed like two times, but the majority of the book read like Kimmy Schmidt took over Ellie Kemper’s body and wrote it. Maybe that’s just how she talks/writes, but it came across as very forced to me. Still a vaguely enjoyable read, but not exactly what I was expecting. When I read a celebrity biography, I expect funny stories about their life and also for them to talk about the shows/movies I know them from. In this book, there were a tiny chapter each for The Office, Kimmy This was... fine. I laughed like two times, but the majority of the book read like Kimmy Schmidt took over Ellie Kemper’s body and wrote it. Maybe that’s just how she talks/writes, but it came across as very forced to me. Still a vaguely enjoyable read, but not exactly what I was expecting. When I read a celebrity biography, I expect funny stories about their life and also for them to talk about the shows/movies I know them from. In this book, there were a tiny chapter each for The Office, Kimmy Schmidt, and Bridesmaids, and the rest were bland essays about rather uninteresting events from Ellie’s life. I still love her, but this book wasn’t the best!
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  • Krista Regester
    January 1, 1970
    You guysssss.These celebs keep trying to convince us that they have important stories to tell, but I just don’t know if they do! There are laughable moments in this but overall I spent a lot of valuable time reading about a brunch order that was missing it’s lentils. SPOILER ALERT: The lentils were just small y’all.
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  • Scott S.
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed Kemper's solid work in her comedic supporting roles on NBC's The Office and on the big screen in Bridesmaids and The Secret Life of Pets. Although it seems a little early in her career to pen a memoir - to be fair, she's not alone in this recent and burgeoning cottage industry for under-40 performers - I gave it a look since my community's library had it on their new release shelf.Well, it turns out that she can write pretty well, too. Kemper keeps the tone self-deprecating and down I've enjoyed Kemper's solid work in her comedic supporting roles on NBC's The Office and on the big screen in Bridesmaids and The Secret Life of Pets. Although it seems a little early in her career to pen a memoir - to be fair, she's not alone in this recent and burgeoning cottage industry for under-40 performers - I gave it a look since my community's library had it on their new release shelf.Well, it turns out that she can write pretty well, too. Kemper keeps the tone self-deprecating and down-to-earth in discussing childhood, schooling, and early jobs. She had a few interesting stories / anecdotes though minimal laugh-out-loud moments. It was a pleasant but conventional book.
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  • StMargarets
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Kemper is a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west. I can say this because I'm a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west and I recognize my own.Being a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west, being born into a very wealthy St. Louis family, going to Princeton, and then having your wealthy family support you while you wait to break into show business doesn't make for a very interesting memoir, however.From the author's telling and from what I've read in her Wikipedia entry her first 36 years have Ellie Kemper is a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west. I can say this because I'm a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west and I recognize my own.Being a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west, being born into a very wealthy St. Louis family, going to Princeton, and then having your wealthy family support you while you wait to break into show business doesn't make for a very interesting memoir, however.From the author's telling and from what I've read in her Wikipedia entry her first 36 years have been charmed. Not playing much for the field hockey team at Princeton and some disappointing auditions are the few clouds she acknowledges in her sunny life. And that's fine. It's kind of a breath of fresh air to read about someone who has done the right things and is rewarded for it.The book is episodic,with short chapters. although arranged in chronological order. Each one would make for a cute story to tell on the Tonight Show.The title refers to an incident as a child when she communed with squirrels in her back yard and ended up falling into a stream and having the squirrel laugh unsympathetically. By contrast, Mindy Kaling's memoir is called Why Not Me?, which spells out her philosophy of success and Tina Fey's is called Bossypants, which explains her drive and ambition. I wish EK would have reflected a bit more in her memoir, but that might be her sunny super power- just accepting what comes her way without guilt or worry.I wish her all the best as Kimmy Schmidt is winding down. I do like her on screen.
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  • Robin Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Kemper writes about her life and acting/comedy career. The parts I enjoyed the most were the ones about her awkward encounters with other people. These felt the most relatable and a few of them made me laugh aloud. While there were plenty of jokes, there were times I wished Ellie had used her platform to dig deeper into emotional content. The stories from her life that she recounted seemed a little shallow at times, and very safe. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of th Ellie Kemper writes about her life and acting/comedy career. The parts I enjoyed the most were the ones about her awkward encounters with other people. These felt the most relatable and a few of them made me laugh aloud. While there were plenty of jokes, there were times I wished Ellie had used her platform to dig deeper into emotional content. The stories from her life that she recounted seemed a little shallow at times, and very safe. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I JUST GOT APPROVED ON NETGALLEY BRB SCREAMING :D
  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    There comes a time in every sitcom actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When my number was up, I told myself that I would not blink. I would fulfill my duty as an upbeat actress under contract on a television series and serve my country in the only way I knew how. I would cull from my life the very greatest and most memorable of anecdotes, I would draw on formative lessons learned both early on and also not too long ago, I would paint for the reader a portrait of There comes a time in every sitcom actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When my number was up, I told myself that I would not blink. I would fulfill my duty as an upbeat actress under contract on a television series and serve my country in the only way I knew how. I would cull from my life the very greatest and most memorable of anecdotes, I would draw on formative lessons learned both early on and also not too long ago, I would paint for the reader a portrait of the girl, the teenager, the woman I am today, and I would not falter. I would write a book.Although this Author's intro is meant to be gently ironic, it feels like the most truthful passage in My Squirrel Days: Ellie Kemper was asked if she would like to write a book, so she did. What follows is a series of what Kemper calls “essays”, and what I would call “chapters”, in which she tells the story of her life in a tone of light self-deprecation. This reads less HAHAHAAAHAHAHH than an amusing conversation with a friend of a friend – nothing gets too personal and you don't feel any burning desire to probe deeper as you look at your watch and note that time is passing pleasantly enough – and for what it is, this book is fine. (Note: I read an ARC and quotes may not be in their final forms.) My voice has not been described as “warm” or “professional-sounding” as often as it has been described as “please speak more quietly”, so it is a testament to my skill as an actor that I successfully played a receptionist in an office for over four years on NBC. “How did you do it, Ellie?” a lot of people have not asked me. “Were the computers on set actually connected to the internet?” more people wanted to know. (Turns out, although I had never wondered: Yes, the computers on the set of The Office were connected to the internet and Kemper spent a lot of her time online shopping in the background.) Kemper seems to have been born under a lucky star, into a loving and well-off family. After what sounds like a trauma-free childhood, Kemper attended Princeton (where she fortuitously dropped out of field hockey to join the improv club) and then Oxford, and when she then still didn't know what to do with her life, Kemper's parents continued to support her so the budding comedienne could move to Chicago for an unpaid advertising internship (where her first attempt at writing copy was turned into a local McDonald's radio spot) and where she took intensive classes with various famous Chicago improv groups. After moving to NYC, Kemper continued to work on improv with her fellow Chicago alumni, appeared in a number of national TV commercials that allowed her to quit her one menial job, and after not being hired at SNL, she was offered the role on The Office. This bump-free career trajectory – and an acting CV that has two sitcoms, one theatrical movie release, and a turn as the cranky vet tech in a training video for vet techs – doesn't really feel dramatic enough or lengthy enough to merit a memoir at this stage in Kemper's life; but she was offered a book deal and she took it (and who could blame her?) I know that a lot of women wish that they had just a fraction of my tendency to fart from being so nervous ease on the red carpet; I understand that many fashion houses are desperate to forbid me from wearing a dress with their name on it because I will irrefutably lower their cachet for my face. But I value my privacy and I really am a lazy homebody at heart, so for these reasons, it fills me with happiness* to let other ladies rule the red carpet.*rage and envy While on the one hand My Squirrel Days has this persistently chipper and self-deprecating tone, every now and then Kemper tells a story about losing her cool with underlings, confessing that now she channels her “inner Kimmy Schmidt” to remain positive in the face of setbacks (even her mother had to tell her once that yeah, her job sounds hard, but it's a job that plenty of people dream of having.) While reading this book, I got the sense that Kemper was channeling the kind of cheerful and wholesome character that she is known for playing – smiling on the outside while concealing something more interesting at the heart of her – and while a pleasant reading experience, there's nothing really truthy or fascinating or universal to be found here. Still, I am not unhappy to have spent this time with what Kemper put out.
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  • Merry Mercurial
    January 1, 1970
    I’m sure network and Netflix studios are teeming with whiteboards on which the same set of adjectives are written (plucky, charismatic, strong yet sensitive, gritty yet unspoiled by modern living, unglamorous yet cuter than a button on an Easter tux worn by a monkey), meant to describe their next break-out TV heroine. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt works in large part because Ellie Kemper nails those whiteboard qualities in a way that feels authentic, no matter how horrifying her character’s origin s I’m sure network and Netflix studios are teeming with whiteboards on which the same set of adjectives are written (plucky, charismatic, strong yet sensitive, gritty yet unspoiled by modern living, unglamorous yet cuter than a button on an Easter tux worn by a monkey), meant to describe their next break-out TV heroine. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt works in large part because Ellie Kemper nails those whiteboard qualities in a way that feels authentic, no matter how horrifying her character’s origin story, how absurd her comrades’ character arcs, how many silverfish rain down on her in her apartment whose origin is a question mark all its own. The show is one of TV’s better recent offerings, and I was sincerely looking forward to reading Ellie’s book.As is orthodox for comedians’ books, this one includes plenty of growing-up and rising-to-prominence stories. To really grab the reader, stories like these need loads of punched-up comedic detail, and we sometimes we get it—as in the chapter “Boss,” when Ellie recounts putting on a holiday play titled Christmas Magic with her sister and friend, the plot of the play involving plot-twist miracles that would fill Days of Our Lives writers with envy. She agilely replicates the high stakes her younger self felt and gives us a peek at the origin of her improv skills. Her comedy-in-the-details aptitude is also at work in the chapter “Hulk,” which shows what happens when Ellie does not receive the lentils Ellie was groomed to expect. At her strongest, she can turn even tripping over a speedbump (in the chapter “Diva”) into straight-up adorkable schtick.One thing I think you look for in a book like this is an answer to the question “Why you?” Why did Ellie Kemper make it when the comedy world is notoriously both sardine-packed and tough for women? The chapter “Improviser” gives readers the nearest thing to a complete answer. In this chapter, she describes life after graduating from Princeton. She took some time to study British literature at Oxford; then her love of improv resurfaced but hard, so she and a friend moved to New York. And . . . did well. They enrolled in classes, they completed the necessary steps to perform with house improv teams, they auditioned, they wrote, etc. While it’s actually nice to hear the story of someone making it through good ol’-fashioned sticktoitiveness, making smart decisions at double or more the frequency of superiorly dumb ones, and (as Ellie herself is sure to credit) a dab of luck, “Improvisor” isn’t a strong point in the book. It doesn’t have the inherent wow factor of a rags-to-riches story, and, hey, that’s certainly nothing to fault Ellie for. My own fantasy future for the world includes WAY fewer people, across the demographic spectrum, starting from “rags” in the first place; if the average memoir of tomorrow were a nice-starting-place-to-glitter-bomb-of-career-fulfillment story, for everyone, then yay. All the better.In the meantime, underdogs are easiest to rally behind. Having such a story isn’t enough, of course—you still have to be compelling—but if you don’t have such a story, you really have locate those details about your own history and arc that will connect with readers. And in a comedian’s memoir, the constant has to be humor. "Improviser" doesn't reveal an underdog, doesn't offer any particular insight to readers, and (the real issue) doesn't do enough dowsing for comedy.I liked her tone for the most part. Self-deprecating is an obvious route with comedy, and it can wear thin fast. While Ellie engages in some of this, she also shares flashes of genuine-sounding self-confidence; it's refreshing. While I enjoyed the book overall, I do wonder if waiting a couple more years—when she would conceivably have more projects to talk about—wouldn’t have been a good move. The material, on whole, is enjoyable, but it does sometimes feel stretched.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Colleen C
    January 1, 1970
    While I'm a self-professed lover of celebrity memoirs, I wasn't in love with Ellie Kemper's My Squirrel Days. Although there were a couple of entertaining essays, many of the topics were mundane and sometimes boring (e.g. complaining to waiters about a lentil and quinoa salad; joking about telling grandchildren about taking 500 SoulCycle classes). While I think any topic can be interesting in the hands of the good writer, I just didn't care much for style of writing in this collection. I also wi While I'm a self-professed lover of celebrity memoirs, I wasn't in love with Ellie Kemper's My Squirrel Days. Although there were a couple of entertaining essays, many of the topics were mundane and sometimes boring (e.g. complaining to waiters about a lentil and quinoa salad; joking about telling grandchildren about taking 500 SoulCycle classes). While I think any topic can be interesting in the hands of the good writer, I just didn't care much for style of writing in this collection. I also wish that Ellie had provided more detailed insight into working on the sets of The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (Note: Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for the opportunity to review this ARC ahead of publication).
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I like Ellie Kemper. She seems like a nice, fun person. But as far as her storytelling goes, I feel like not enough of the things she's experience in life are all that interesting. That sounds mean, I'm sorry. For me, I don't find improv that interesting, and she did a lot of that before becoming an actress. I didn't know that about her. I also thought her story about the times she's been to Europe & Japan a little dry. There were definitely some funny parts throughout the book and I want to I like Ellie Kemper. She seems like a nice, fun person. But as far as her storytelling goes, I feel like not enough of the things she's experience in life are all that interesting. That sounds mean, I'm sorry. For me, I don't find improv that interesting, and she did a lot of that before becoming an actress. I didn't know that about her. I also thought her story about the times she's been to Europe & Japan a little dry. There were definitely some funny parts throughout the book and I want to check out Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and even rewatch The Office. I did like that it wasn't full of language and she didn't feel the need to talk about her 'first time'. I liked that there were pictures, but there could've been more. People like pictures. But I hated the footnotes, because I just hate footnotes.
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  • Ray
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Kemper is a delight, and her fun comedic energy is a joy to be around (especially when listening to her narrate the audiobook)... but no offense I wouldn't quite put My Squirrel Days in the high ranks of comedy writing memoirs. The book jumps around to silly stories about her childhood--like the squirrel story hence the title--family, acting, college years, early imrov work, etc. Eventually, she gets to marriage and motherhood. It's all quite charming, all hilarious and with a lot of heart Ellie Kemper is a delight, and her fun comedic energy is a joy to be around (especially when listening to her narrate the audiobook)... but no offense I wouldn't quite put My Squirrel Days in the high ranks of comedy writing memoirs. The book jumps around to silly stories about her childhood--like the squirrel story hence the title--family, acting, college years, early imrov work, etc. Eventually, she gets to marriage and motherhood. It's all quite charming, all hilarious and with a lot of heart. Nothing particularly scandalous or tragic seemed to have ever happened to her, which is fine because the lighthearted take on her life is what she was going for and it's always expressed well and quirky. Generally speaking, for the Hollywood stuff the book is probably more for fans of the Office than for fans of Kimmy Schmidt. There are more quips about Steve Carell et. al than Tina Fey. Which is a bit of a shame for me as a fan as I'm very into the latter. The Office is classic no doubt, but I find a lot more depth in the societal analysis (and ridiculousness) of Kimmy Schmidt's world.My Squirrel Days is pretty much totally apolitical, which can be a rare respite in books these days. Kemper even points this outright, how Kimmy's character has influenced her to be more optimistic in this contemporary era~The last chapter does get into the backstory of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt show with the pilot and Titus and everything, and was extremely interesting to me. It was rather late in the book though. So... in conclusion, I more recommend this book for fans of the Office and nothin necessarily wrong that :)
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  • Brandon Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    Like a Norman Rockwell housewife secretly plotting to murder her perfect family (WITH COMEDY), Ellie Kemper deliciously sets up and then undercuts her shucks-golly Midwestern persona in this charming collection of essays, loosely structured around the idea of the different "roles" she's played in her life. I found them totally charming and often laugh-out-loud funny. That's right Internet, I spelled out lol. DEAL WITH IT.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very on brand for the author. She put s forth stories that reinforce her public persona but does not disclose any information that is personal or meaningful.
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 48% - Ellie Kemper seems like a lovely person, but this memoir is just so, so average.
  • Girl Well Read
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Ellie Kemper is a comedian and star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared on the US The Office series. Her other written work includes writing for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. In this collection of essays, Kemper delivers some funny bits about her journey from the suburbs to Hollywood, and becoming a full-fledged New Yorker. My Squirrel Days is a heartfelt com A special thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Ellie Kemper is a comedian and star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared on the US The Office series. Her other written work includes writing for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. In this collection of essays, Kemper delivers some funny bits about her journey from the suburbs to Hollywood, and becoming a full-fledged New Yorker. My Squirrel Days is a heartfelt compilation with nods to nature, her upbringing, her career, her short stint in field hockey, and adulting. And because we are all a bit celebrity obsessed, she carefully name drops a few.Let me preface this by saying I did enjoy parts of the book. Ellie is charming and you can't help but associate her with that infectious smile, but I feel like her life is not overly interesting. The "Hysteric" essay was the worst in the collection (total and unnecessary filler). That being said, it is a quick read—she is so likeable and endearing. My recommendation would be to listen to the audiobook rather than reading it because you would get to experience Kemper's fabulous personality and humour that was lost on the page.
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  • Mehrsa
    January 1, 1970
    I love her on TV, but I could not take her character in a book. It felt false and grating.
  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    There wasn’t much to this book. I found myself thinking about other things while listening. It didn’t make me laugh...just amused me at times. I borrowed the audiobook from the library thankfully. I think this book would have been better later in her career after she had done more.
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  • Kate Vocke
    January 1, 1970
    I'm pretty sure I am not alone in my feelings that I feel like Ellie Kemper is my friend. I mean, she just might be the most fun, and happiest celebrity on the planet - free from scandal, always smiling, and just about as sugary sweet as one can be right? I was SO excited to read her book, and as much as she tries throughout to convince us that she's not all sugar and everything nice - but a bit more spice than most people realize ... well, I don't believe you Ellie!! Haha! Not one bit. Even if I'm pretty sure I am not alone in my feelings that I feel like Ellie Kemper is my friend. I mean, she just might be the most fun, and happiest celebrity on the planet - free from scandal, always smiling, and just about as sugary sweet as one can be right? I was SO excited to read her book, and as much as she tries throughout to convince us that she's not all sugar and everything nice - but a bit more spice than most people realize ... well, I don't believe you Ellie!! Haha! Not one bit. Even if it is true! Sorry!It's like those celebrities that have the tarnished images and try so, so hard to prove they're not bad, and try so hard to change their image after a scandal or rumor... by doing charity work, or smiling all the time or doing wholesome movies... Ellie is the opposite. She's trying throw some dirt on the squeaky clean with some silly cranky teenager stories, insulting other celebs, and not-so-sunny thoughts that go through her mind when someone tries to steal her Soul Cycle bike, but I'm just not buying it Ellie! Nor do I want to!!I am convinced she is EXACTLY like her character, Kimmy Schmidt. Cheerful, naive, and adorable. And I will carry that with me forever! It took me a bit to get into the book - I really don't follow bios well, when its about childhood or mom stuff - but I devoured the celebrity scoops and interactions and this book is chock full of them. I STRONGLY suggest getting the audiobook for this one. I read this in my head, with her voice - and I just think Ellie telling her own story, in her own voice, full or snark and wit and charm would be the icing on the cake that is her sweet, sugary life story!
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  • Olivia Cloer
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I love Ellie Kemper’s performance in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I didn’t like this book. Ellie Kemper is so boring and normal that she really doesn’t have any good stories to tell prior to her time on the office. For fans of the office, you’ll be wildly disappointed as she barely mentions it. Instead, sleep your way through stories about her boring, upper middle class childhood and her completely normal baby. If your boring friend from high school who only posts throwback Thursday As much as I love Ellie Kemper’s performance in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I didn’t like this book. Ellie Kemper is so boring and normal that she really doesn’t have any good stories to tell prior to her time on the office. For fans of the office, you’ll be wildly disappointed as she barely mentions it. Instead, sleep your way through stories about her boring, upper middle class childhood and her completely normal baby. If your boring friend from high school who only posts throwback Thursday nostalgia and pictures of her kids were a book, she would be this book.
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  • Kristyn Kricket
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to have gotten an excerpt a few weeks ago and I devoured it greedily, wishing I had more of it to read. Today, my wish was granted as I received an advance reading copy of the entire book from Edelweiss. I raced through My Squirrel Days giggling like a loon and plotting out ways I could be best friends with Ellie. If you're a fan of the essays by Tina Fey, Mindy Kailing and Amy Poehler, you will LOVE this book.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This book could not have been published at a better time in my life!!! Thank you SO much to Netgalley, Scribner and Simon & Schuster for approving me to read this e-arc!!! I highly recommend this quirky little memoir to anyone and everyone !! It just came out in October 2018, so what are you waiting for? First and foremost can I just shout from the rooftops that “ I love youuuuu Erin!!!!” Whoops, I mean Ellie...but I’m sure that she gets that a lot, right? I find it quite amusing that for th This book could not have been published at a better time in my life!!! Thank you SO much to Netgalley, Scribner and Simon & Schuster for approving me to read this e-arc!!! I highly recommend this quirky little memoir to anyone and everyone !! It just came out in October 2018, so what are you waiting for? First and foremost can I just shout from the rooftops that “ I love youuuuu Erin!!!!” Whoops, I mean Ellie...but I’m sure that she gets that a lot, right? I find it quite amusing that for the past four years my boyfriend, Jeremy, has been desperately trying to convince me to watch the show “ The Office” because he is such a huge fan and he felt that I would love it just as much. I, on the other hand was stalling. I enjoy watching shows like Dexter and Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy or The Walking Dead. Give me drama, show me gore! But....when I logged onto Netgalley and saw Ellie Kemper’s biography arc I devised a little game. ( At this point in time I thought her name in the show was Meredith, and I had no clue what she brought to the show). I told Jeremy that I had requested to read the book and if I was approved, I would binge watch each and every episode of The Office with him, BUT if I was denied to read her arc....he could never ask me to watch it again. Needless to say...I failed because here we are! However, this may be the one and only time in my life that I’m ECSTATIC that I lost.....And so began my journey watching the show. I wouldn’t allow myself to begin reading the story until I had a feel for Ellie’s character! When she FINALLY joined in at the end of season 5 I was jumping for joy!! “ Thats Ellie! “ I said. My boyfriend looked at me like, “ Duh.”I found this book SO relatable!First let me just tell you all of the characteristics that I have found both Ellie and I have in common after reading her book :1. My cheeks ALSO look like “ they are storing nuts”... it seems my face is very resistant to losing its baby fat. But I’m 33 and still get carded, so who is laughing now?2. I also used to put on truly AMAZING performances for my family except instead of plays, mine were dance recitals.3. Hearing the words: tamagotchi , crimper, Skip- It ...IMMEDIATELY brought me back to my childhood days. We must be pretty close in age.4. Everyone ( and I do mean everyone ) has told me at some point in my life to “ speak more quietly.”5. I am extremely accident prone and can see myself easily getting stuck in a giant nostril, which also reminds me of how she had to back it out! I also came into this world butt- first Ellie! My mom needed a c- section. ( Sorry ma!)6. I believe Rose Byrne is gorgeous too!7. One of my favorite things to do is make lists. My work desk, my school projects, my daily activities, and even quick trips to the drugstore all require lists! I’m lost without them. 8. I can see how children’s names are becoming utterly ridiculous. It all began with Gwenyth Paltrow and her daughter Apple . That’s a girl right? Son...Apple? Not sure, but either way...absurd. I literally LOL-ed at Cabinet and Morph. Sadly, this is our future.9. I identify in being “ a natural born shut-in who dreads leaving the house.” It’s so comfy here, just bring me food.10. I share a love of exclamation points too, and don’t even realize how much I use them at times, until they’ve already been sent to my recipient, Oh well, at least I’m passionate !!!What I really enjoyed about this book : The pictures, the lists and schedules in her childhood hand-writing, going through the trials and tribulations of what it took Ellie to get where she is today—even working at a cupcake store called “ Crumbs” where she brewed teas, made lattes and couldn’t remember a thing about the damn cupcakes! One little failure though, where is the wedding picture?! Would have loved to see it!! My favorite part of the book is how she stops to address us personally every so often by saying...”Reader...” I don’t know about everyone else but sometimes when I’m reading a book my head starts to go off into la la land imagining who- knows-what , but calling us readers out, getting us to focus and come back to neutral ground was brilliant! Well done!I find myself trying to picture her early days on the Letterman Show, making pieces of toast with Dave & Paul’s faces on them. Maybe I should google this! I can also imagine her dangling out of a giant nose! Each and every time that I watch the office I wonder what each of those cast members is buying on their computers in the background! When I put this book down I immediately watched “Bridesmaids” once again and felt the need to yell out —- “ Thats graham crackers, vanilla pudding and whipped cream in her hair!” I was proud, I had behind the scenes information, but no one was impressed. Haha. I was. I also added “ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “ to “ My List” on Netflix and died laughing during the first episode! This may be my new show to binge watch, since I am now done watching The Office. I cried like a baby when it ended and I am so grateful to have watched each and every episode in a few short months. I could never attempt to count the amount of times I laughed so hard that I cried!So, thank you again for approving me for this book. I learned to love Ellie Kemper EVEN more than I already did, and I got to watch a show that I never in a million years thought would become an instant favorite!4.5 stars ! Well done...and keep kicking ass!
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  • April Overly
    January 1, 1970
    I did laugh and enjoy the stories, but rather than recommend this, I will recommend "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Bossypants." Ellie Kemper and comedian memoirs are great, but each is brought to its zenith through Tina Fey's writing.
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    ✔ true crime (...that a wholesim being such as Ellie exists 😭)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 starsThis was so enjoyable to listen to! Not sure if I intentionally listened to this after Tina Fey’s (something I’d do though) but they compliment each other so well. Laughed out loud and she really is such a lovable dork. Ellie is so humble and sweet too! And obviously love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 🙏🏼+10 points to Gryffindor for the Hamilton reference ✔️ true crime (...that a wholesim being such as Ellie exists 😭)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 starsThis was so enjoyable to listen to! Not sure if I intentionally listened to this after Tina Fey’s (something I’d do though) but they compliment each other so well. Laughed out loud and she really is such a lovable dork. Ellie is so humble and sweet too! And obviously love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 🙏🏼+10 points to Gryffindor for the Hamilton reference
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Cuando partió hablando como Kimmy supe que no iba a ser una buena biografía :(.Siento que no contó nada realmente importante o anécdotas buenas como en otras bios que he escuchado por ahí.
  • Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
    January 1, 1970
    Yikes, this memoir was not what I expected. It portrayed very awkward and cringeworthy at her trying to be funny...
  • Trianna
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5Aside from watching her on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I knew nothing about Ellie Kemper before reading this collection os essays. I enjoyed some of them, but most of them fell flat. She would relate two parts of her life into a single essay, which did not always work. My favorite of her essays were, Daughter, Hysteric, Bridesmaid, and Kimmy. I wish she would have talked about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more because one essay was not enough. Although, maybe she is savin 2.5/5Aside from watching her on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I knew nothing about Ellie Kemper before reading this collection os essays. I enjoyed some of them, but most of them fell flat. She would relate two parts of her life into a single essay, which did not always work. My favorite of her essays were, Daughter, Hysteric, Bridesmaid, and Kimmy. I wish she would have talked about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more because one essay was not enough. Although, maybe she is saving it for another book. I enjoyed learning more about her, but would have liked more pictures. *Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Julia V
    January 1, 1970
    (3.75) ... Despite what a lot of reviews said, this book is hilarious! I constantly found myself laughing out loud in public while reading. And turning to the person next to me to tell about vagina flies.Here's the deal, I may be biased on this book. I absolutely love Ellie Kemper, and find her easily annoying personality very relatable to my own. I really don't see how this book would be enjoyable to someone who isn't a fan of her personally. I went to her book signing where she talked a lot ab (3.75) ... Despite what a lot of reviews said, this book is hilarious! I constantly found myself laughing out loud in public while reading. And turning to the person next to me to tell about vagina flies.Here's the deal, I may be biased on this book. I absolutely love Ellie Kemper, and find her easily annoying personality very relatable to my own. I really don't see how this book would be enjoyable to someone who isn't a fan of her personally. I went to her book signing where she talked a lot about how she's not a comedian. So I think people just need to realize that this isn't some Bossy Pants part 2. The other reason I am biased is I live in and grew up in St. Louis.. so yes I LOVED it when she mentioned my childhood mall or little inside jokes that only the Lou crowd could catch. It was very fun to read as a St. Louisan. There is something truly midwestern about her story telling.My Squirrel Days is a book about Ellie finding her way in life and the world of Hollywood. Despite her many years or success and long list of accomplishments, she still feels like an outsider. And that is probably my favorite part of the book. It's like one of us normies snuck into the big leagues and is passing down fun secrets.Is half this book about her childhood home and Christmas pageants? Yes, but these are the important stories to Ellie, and I was more than happy to have her share them with us. I found interest in their simplicity, not everything has to be an SNL tell all. The biggest problem I had with the book was continuity. Sometimes the story would jump around within a single chapter. One second it's the office finale and the next she is describing her first day on the show. But I understand her order. It's what makes sense to the story of her development. I just wish it didn't make me question if I was re-reading so many times. Overall distracting, but not a deal breaker for the book.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Kemper keeps alive the spirit she gives us on screen. I found myself smiling, feeling twangs of my own nostalgia, through hers. Kemper sheds light on the everyday moments in Hollywood. Between takes and auditions, what an actors life is like on and off set, and what it’s like to have a job so rare not many can relate. I greatly enjoyed reading about her childhood, the moments of wild thoughtfulness that lead to a bit of chaos. Inspiringly honest moments of Childhood Ellie are a nice remind Ellie Kemper keeps alive the spirit she gives us on screen. I found myself smiling, feeling twangs of my own nostalgia, through hers. Kemper sheds light on the everyday moments in Hollywood. Between takes and auditions, what an actors life is like on and off set, and what it’s like to have a job so rare not many can relate. I greatly enjoyed reading about her childhood, the moments of wild thoughtfulness that lead to a bit of chaos. Inspiringly honest moments of Childhood Ellie are a nice reminder of the steps we take as humans, learning as we grow, figuring out our dreams, and going after them. This book made me love Ellie Kempereven more! Her spirit jumps off the pages, you can almost hear her telling the stories. “My Squirrel Days” is a thoughtfully written, personal book. I am very glad I read it, and feel honored to have received an advanced readers copy!I highly recommend this wonderfully enjoyable read! Thank you Scribner, Simon & Schuster & NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy! And Ellie Kemper for writing this wonderful work!
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  • Vini
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own My Squirrel Days is Ellie Kemper's first memoir. You might know her from The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt. Personally, I've never watched The Office but I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt like, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I've probably re-watched it about 6 times now. So when I saw that this ARC was available, I immediately requested it. I don't th I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own My Squirrel Days is Ellie Kemper's first memoir. You might know her from The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt. Personally, I've never watched The Office but I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt like, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I've probably re-watched it about 6 times now. So when I saw that this ARC was available, I immediately requested it. I don't think there was anything wrong with this book, it just felt that there was something missing. I would have enjoyed it more if I read it on audio. But, despite that, I really enjoyed it, there were some hilarious stories that made me laugh out loud.
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