This Will Only Hurt a Little
A memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougar Town who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories...imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru" (The New Yorker).Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book 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?

This Will Only Hurt a Little Details

TitleThis Will Only Hurt a Little
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ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook, Biography

This Will Only Hurt a Little Review

  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, "Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer?" and then a minute later you think, "I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check." That is not something you'll think while reading Busy Philipps' book, which is going to either make it a book you love even more or a book that is even less your thing. You'll know best which kind of reader you are. Busy doesn't have a memoir because she's an actress who's had some high-profile tv work. Sh You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, "Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer?" and then a minute later you think, "I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check." That is not something you'll think while reading Busy Philipps' book, which is going to either make it a book you love even more or a book that is even less your thing. You'll know best which kind of reader you are. Busy doesn't have a memoir because she's an actress who's had some high-profile tv work. She has a memoir because she's become one of the breakout stars of Instagram Stories. And clearly the people behind the scenes decided not to clean up this book into a perfect and polished gem, but to let Busy be Busy the way she does on Instagram. Reading this book feels like you're sitting down with her at a party where she tells you a story about her life. It feels conversational and honest. It doesn't feel like a pre-packaged memoir in the slightest. The down side of this is that it can get rambly and lack focus, and for readers of celebrity memoir who just want some dirt and famous people stories, the first half of the book which dwells mostly on her teenage life before stardom will disappoint. The writing is unfiltered, and while real emotion shines through, there are times when I realized how rarely I read something that hasn't been edited within an inch of its life because this book feels so different from most of my other reading.The up side of this is that there is no holding back here. For the most part, Busy names names. Yes, James Franco really is a douche and he walked around the Freaks and Geeks set carrying a copy of Dante's Inferno. Josh Jackson is a mansplainer. She isn't presenting a cleaned up version of her opinions, she's telling you how she really feels. I honestly don't feel like I've seen any other celeb talk about their peers this way, usually they leave names out when they're telling a mean story and only name names when they're loving on someone. I read this book at breakneck speed, I suspect her fans will really enjoy it.
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  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable. Busy Philipps is one angry woman! She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have become more popular. She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny. Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person. She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable. Busy Philipps is one angry woman! She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have become more popular. She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny. Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person. She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van, having an abortion, taking drugs and getting drunk on a regular basis. I think this is very brave and I don't think I would ever tell anyone events like these, so I applaud her for this. Her writing is also good, it's very well paced and pleasant to read. Aside from this, the rest was a torture for me.I didn't enjoy the overall tone of the book. She resents her mother and sister, she hates her former co-stars who didn't pay a lot of attention to her, she is angry with the wardrobe team that once told her that she was fat, she hates all her ex boyfriends and she didn't hesitate to expose all the details of their sex life and emotional struggles. She comes of as insecure, but I don't think she knows this. She kept repeating that she absolutely never thought that she was overweight, but then she cried because she couldn't find leading roles and everyone was mean. Seems to me that wanting to be an actress comes with the knowledge that your physical appearance and delivery are the main thing. Why cry about it when you're not able to play the part?I didn't expect myself to feel protective of James Franco, but that happened as well. Her stories about him are really colored with negative personal experiences and that's okay. I believe her that she felt humiliated, BUT when she made fun of his gloominess and the way 'he walked around with Dante's Inferno'! Come on, what's wrong with an actor who is trying to read classics? This really colored my impression of Busy as an uneducated actress, on top of everything. Her conclusion is also unbelievable. She complained throughout the whole book that everyone in her life was somehow mean to her, but nevertheless, she finally made it! All by herself! She is unstoppable! I am all for women being confident and happy about themselves, but if you need to bring everyone else down in order to justify what happened to you, than you're just delusional. I am just waiting to see if this book will be nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. I would really be shocked.
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  • ALPHAreader
    January 1, 1970
    ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ is Busy Philipps’ memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16. Confession – I instantly flipped to the “Is This It” (The Strokes) chapter of Busy’s memoir when it arrived. The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ chapter – because how could I not? This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live-Tweeting re-watch of all six seasons (#PaceysCr ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ is Busy Philipps’ memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16. Confession – I instantly flipped to the “Is This It” (The Strokes) chapter of Busy’s memoir when it arrived. The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ chapter – because how could I not? This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live-Tweeting re-watch of all six seasons (#PaceysCreek). We had all been in agreement that Busy’s character of Audrey Liddell had been a low-point in an already terrible final two seasons of a once-great show … but we were also all in agreement that upon re-examination as strong, feminist adults – Jen Lindley and Michelle Williams had been the true breakout star of that show, and we were all smitten with her and Busy Philipp’s best-friendship that had its start in Capeside. So I flipped to the gosh-darn ‘Dawson’s Creek’ chapter because I wanted goss – particularly on Busy’s sure-to-be-truthful observations as a late-comer to the show and how the dynamics played out by then. And she did not disappoint … or – maybe she did – but not in her gossip content delivery, just in shattering some of my teen idols; Josh really fancied himself “one of the guys” with the crew. The Creek’s very own mini George Clooney! He’s a good guy and just wanted to be well-liked but I wish I’d known the term “mansplaining” when I met Josh. His ability to turn a conversation into a dissertation was incredible.Oh. Josh. There’s also a lot of hints given about the tensions on set between the cast by this point, as Busy points out; One day, the whole cast was sitting around a table filming the Thanksgiving episode, and James looked at me and said, “See? You got lucky. Your show was cancelled after the first season.”’Gossip delivered. But the chapter offers a lot more than just the Dawson’s Creek revelations I had hoped for… Busy highlights the many ways she was made to feel inadequate about her weight and appearance on the show, particularly in being constantly compared to the “breakout star” of Katie Holmes. The chapter also takes a sharp turn when September 11 happens in the middle of a break from filming, and Busy needing to take a flight back to Wilmington from LA despite being terrified – as everyone was in those days – of getting back on a plane and then having to carry on with life and work. In the wake of it all. I felt so silly at work the next day, dressed in a costume for the Halloween episode. The world was fucking ending and I was trying to get Joey Potter to come to a party with me. I remember there were a lot of pep talks about how this is what we do. We make entertainment for people so that they can escape the real world for forty-three minutes a week. It’s not without value or merit. It’s important to not just tell stories, but also to remember to entertain. Any anyway, someone’s got to. May we well be us. And so we did. And she delves into how she started drinking as a coping mechanism for all the ways the world sucked, and she was made to feel shitty in her little corner of it. The chapter ends on a doozy of a scathing and on-point one-liner and it pulled me up short. Hang on. I was mostly looking forward to this memoir for the celebrity gossip, but … could it be that Busy is actually a good writer? Yes. She is. A damn fine one, in fact. I went back to the beginning and then I didn’t stop – I ended up reading the whole book through to 1AM when I finished, teary-eyed and a little weak from the punches she packed. This memoir is GOOD. Not just good … bloody brilliant! It’s up there with ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ by Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ for comedic memoirs … but it’s also more than that. It’s a memoir by an actress in the wake of #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein (who – yes – she knew, but not the extent of his depravity). An actress who is pulling no punches about the toxic masculinity and patriarchy upon which Hollywood is built and Busy acquiesced to for a long time. Case in point: Busy had the idea for the 2007 film ‘Blades of Glory’ and shared it with her boyfriend at the time who agreed they should write a script together … until he and his brother took the idea and ran away with it, even having the audacity to shop it around without Busy’s name on it, though she’d also contributed to the writing. Luckily she’d registered the idea with the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system and they ended up having to credit her, since there was a sufficient paper-trail proving her ownership (so it was fear of potential litigation rather than letting a woman own her damn work as the right thing to do!) Busy dissects these moments, and many more (including – yes – the one the media has chosen to pick apart in James Franco’s treatment of her on the set of ‘Freaks and Geeks’). But she doesn’t just talk about them in the context of Hollywood. Busy’s memoir – starting from when she’s a child and then a teenager in Scottsdale, Arizona through to her college years acting and early established career – is a searing personal critique of all the ways she tried to contain herself to please men in her life. Tried to be less than, quieter, prettier, thinner, agreeable, laid-back, loving … even at the expense of her own happiness and mental-health. It even results in her convincing herself that being raped at the age of 14 was something that she wanted from the boy, because she convinced herself to love him to make the event “okay” in her own mind. ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ isn’t just a memoir. It’s a searing, honest and fantastic examination of a young woman taking control of her life, career and identity. I also got this idea that it’s a little bit ‘La La Land’ meets ‘Lady Bird’ (a film I hated by the way, for its feeling directionless and pointless – but after reading Busy’s memoir I now wish more than ever that Greta Gerwig’s film had some of her beats and honesty to coral it). The most impacting chapter to me was ‘Tear in Your Hand’ (Tori Amos) which delves into Busy’s first true teenage love affair that ends with an abortion and then winds up somewhere miraculous. It’s a chapter that you feel down to your bones, and is so incredibly literary perfect – I want to see it reproduced in The New Yorker or made into an indie movie (again – better than ‘Lady Bird’ in all ways) or maybe even fictionalised into a contemporary YA novel. This is the chapter that sealed the deal for me – and not just because it shits all over James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’ wankery. But because it’s genius, perfectly crafted. That I read Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ right before delving into Busy’s memoir further highlighted this for me – the beauty in writing about the pain of teenagers and teenage girls in particular, the finesse and fierceness was all in this chapter. It makes me hope that Busy has another film-script up her sleeve, or another book – collection of essays, further memoir or fiction – I don’t care, I just want more of her words, thoughts and ideas.
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me cry within the first 100 pages but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. I have a huge appreciation for Busy’s realness and badass way of creating her life and overcoming obstacles. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC ❤ This book made me cry within the first 100 pages but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. I have a huge appreciation for Busy’s realness and badass way of creating her life and overcoming obstacles. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC ❤️
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  • Kait
    January 1, 1970
    This is the celebrity memoir you DREAM of reading--candid, engrossing, relatable. Busy is as entertaining and honest on the page as she is on screen.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this - you expect honesty from someone like Busy Philipps, but this thing is hysterically gossipy at times. So much shade. But what really hooked me was her honesty about herself and about her teenage years, from drug use and bad relationships to abortions and sex that blurs the line of consent. I devoured this.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most authentic ~celebrity memoirs~ I've read. As an avid consumer of her social media, I could tell this was truly Busy's voice, but it was also so much deeper than what she's shown us. At the very end, she tells us the real reason she started doing Instagram stories, and my heart shattered.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    I got this as an ARC through Goodreads Giveaways. I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been on a memoir/autobiography kick lately and figured I'd enter a giveaway for one. I know of Busy Philipps, I've seen her work on ER and Cougar Town, so I figured this could be a funny anecdotal book. Well it was funny...sometimes, but it was actually more tragic. I get where the title comes from. You know, it's one of those things parents say to little kids when it's actually going to be painful. Busy had qui I got this as an ARC through Goodreads Giveaways. I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been on a memoir/autobiography kick lately and figured I'd enter a giveaway for one. I know of Busy Philipps, I've seen her work on ER and Cougar Town, so I figured this could be a funny anecdotal book. Well it was funny...sometimes, but it was actually more tragic. I get where the title comes from. You know, it's one of those things parents say to little kids when it's actually going to be painful. Busy had quite the childhood. I wouldn't call it abusive as almost a little more like self inflicted. Her teenage years were full of bad choices and never really learning her lesson. It kinda screwed her up. In fact she drops the F Bomb like her own little 'shock and awe' campaign. I wasn't expecting it. Her teenage escapades were a little much for me too. As she finally gets into her Hollywood experiences I found it interesting, but again her past behaviors would come back to mess things up for her.It was interesting to read some things about her I never even knew like being best friend's with Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger (actually being their daughter's godmother!) or the fact that she basically came up with the story and idea for Blades of Glory but was cut out of writing credits by her crappy boyfriend.I would definitely say that if you're sensitive to crass, vulgar, and sexually explicit material, you'll want to steer clear of this book. Otherwise it was an interesting read. It's a great read if you're into analyzing human behavior and/or want to be a therapist/psychologist.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a digital review copy from NetGalley & the publisher*Every so often you come across a book that really resonates you. It makes you laugh, you bawl, you find a lot of similarities between yourself and the author. This book was that for me. This book felt like having a heart to heart with your best friend, sharing crazy stories and crying your heart out. It takes a lot of guts to talk about your rough patches and the times you mess up, so props to Philipps for writing about all the *I received a digital review copy from NetGalley & the publisher*Every so often you come across a book that really resonates you. It makes you laugh, you bawl, you find a lot of similarities between yourself and the author. This book was that for me. This book felt like having a heart to heart with your best friend, sharing crazy stories and crying your heart out. It takes a lot of guts to talk about your rough patches and the times you mess up, so props to Philipps for writing about all the different experiences she's had. I've been a huge fan of Philipps since I first saw her on Freaks and Geeks as a teenager and I've been following her career since then. Reading this did not disappoint. It was amazing from beginning to end and I cannot wait to see where life takes her next.
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  • Cassidy Tooley
    January 1, 1970
    I did not know much about Busy before I read this book, except that she was on Dawson’s Creek and she’s BFF’s with Michelle Williams. I tend to enjoy celebrity memoirs so I thought I’d give it a go and WOW I’m so happy. This book made me cry and laugh and I felt as though Busy and I were sharing a bottle of wine and she was dishing the REAL shit she’s gone through as a woman and then as a woman who works in Hollywood. The first portion of the book focuses on Busy’s teenage years, and the subject I did not know much about Busy before I read this book, except that she was on Dawson’s Creek and she’s BFF’s with Michelle Williams. I tend to enjoy celebrity memoirs so I thought I’d give it a go and WOW I’m so happy. This book made me cry and laugh and I felt as though Busy and I were sharing a bottle of wine and she was dishing the REAL shit she’s gone through as a woman and then as a woman who works in Hollywood. The first portion of the book focuses on Busy’s teenage years, and the subject matter is sensitive and raw but I believe it NEEDS to be talked about and am proud and thrilled as a woman that she chose to share those stories. Busy, you just got yourself a new #1 fan.
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  • Carly Findlay
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea who Busy Philipps was until I read a review by Danielle Binks. And I’m so glad I bought the audiobook. I devoured it in a day. It was just so great. This Will Only Hurt a Little is an honest, funny and cleve memoir, with a big F you to the sexism in Hollywood. I loved hearing about Busy’s career - especially her tenacity and resilience. She also revealed a lot about her mental health and struggles against the screen industry’s push for the ideal weight. And her friendship with Mich I had no idea who Busy Philipps was until I read a review by Danielle Binks. And I’m so glad I bought the audiobook. I devoured it in a day. It was just so great. This Will Only Hurt a Little is an honest, funny and cleve memoir, with a big F you to the sexism in Hollywood. I loved hearing about Busy’s career - especially her tenacity and resilience. She also revealed a lot about her mental health and struggles against the screen industry’s push for the ideal weight. And her friendship with Michelle Williams is wonderful. I loved Busy’s narration of this book. It was sassy and funny and really emotional at times. It was like sitting down listening to a friend chat. I’m so glad I got to know who she is.
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  • BookChic Club
    January 1, 1970
    I'm such a huge fan of Busy Phillips so I was really excited to see that she had a book coming out. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I flew through it really quickly. Her writing style is compelling and easy, even when she discusses some heavier aspects of her life. But through it all, she's very honest and open with what she reveals, giving readers a deep inside look into her life and all the highs and lows she's experienced in her career and personal life. It really gives readers I'm such a huge fan of Busy Phillips so I was really excited to see that she had a book coming out. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I flew through it really quickly. Her writing style is compelling and easy, even when she discusses some heavier aspects of her life. But through it all, she's very honest and open with what she reveals, giving readers a deep inside look into her life and all the highs and lows she's experienced in her career and personal life. It really gives readers insight into what it's like for an actress. Definitely a fantastic read!
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  • Aisling
    January 1, 1970
    Mild Spoilers In This ReviewI was aware of Busy Philipps in a peripheral way. I knew she had been a part of Cougar Town, I had really liked her character on Dawson's Creek, but I was a kid when DC was first airing and had only seen her in a few scenes, and had seen her in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronnicles (though I had forgotten that until I read about it today in her book.) I didn't become a fan of hers until I re-listened to The Thrilling Adventure Hour. That's all it took for me to be Mild Spoilers In This ReviewI was aware of Busy Philipps in a peripheral way. I knew she had been a part of Cougar Town, I had really liked her character on Dawson's Creek, but I was a kid when DC was first airing and had only seen her in a few scenes, and had seen her in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronnicles (though I had forgotten that until I read about it today in her book.) I didn't become a fan of hers until I re-listened to The Thrilling Adventure Hour. That's all it took for me to begin following her Instagram account and ultimately pre-order this book.As soon as I got home to this book I ripped open the packaging.  The cover was beautiful.  It was so much more than I expected.  I had seen glimpses of it on Busy's instagram but had expected the public unsigned books would be something... Less. (I've never pre-ordered a book before, okay?)  I wanted to start reading it immediately.  I did.  I got through the first paragraph but I had to stop.   An OCD part of me made me do it.  I flipped quickly through the pages, made note of the songs titling the chapters, and made a playlist with them. I was ready. The book was so compelling.  Memoirs have had a big part on my bookshelf for a while now but never have I gone through a book as fast as I got through THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE.  The morning after I got it, at 2am, I had to pull myself away from it, mid-chapter, knowing that if i didn't stop I wouldn't go to bed until it was finished.  Her stories kept me there completely, whether she was sharing about her traumas as a teenager, her struggles with anxiety, the difficulty of a job people prior to the internet age would have dreamed of, battling the misogyny of the world, the weirdly relateable way she brought her first child into the world. (I don't have kids but if I had a point to prove I would probably do it the Busy way.), or the really cruel betrayal of a shitty boyfriend. When I'm reading anecdotes from celebrities about meeting fans or other celebrities, there's always that underlying feeling that there's a certain amount of sugar-coating and ass-kissing.  Not with Busy.  She is honest about her interactions with others, her impressions on people she doesn't know but she's not afraid to admit when she was wrong in her judgement. And she sure as hell isn't afraid to call people out on their bullshit.  As her husband, Marc Silverstein tells her in the book, "You're a fucking badass, Busy. Such a fucking badass"She's also not afraid to call out her own shit. A lot of people would justify their misdeeds and try to shrug them off but she acknowledges them as being misdeeds and hurtful. Her recounts of her teenage years are so raw and they just are.  As a reader, an outsider, there was a near constant protectiveness of this kid I never knew, who is currently older than me and who I am familiar with as a fan.  I could ramble on, trying to convey how I felt during these passages but I won't. I can't. Reading this book left me feeling at points, cold, heartbroken, seething, overjoyed, hopeful, inspired and that it's OK to have a bluntness to me. As to her style of writing, it might nor be everyone's cup of tea but I didn't mind it. It was conversational. It was Busy. It was relateable. Reading her book has made me accept my own writing style, knowing that it doesn't have to be so polished all the time.It's been a long time since I wrote a review for a book. I eagerly recommend this one.
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  • Ali Martell
    January 1, 1970
    It is so hard to rate a book like this. But, listen, if you are planning to read this book, I highly suggest the audible version. Busy reading Busy was an incredible way to feel like she was sitting next to you, telling her truths. You can feel her emotion when she talks about her sister connecting with her daughter, and her meeting with the pope, and Heath Ledger’s death, and, well, everything.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly loved this memoir (took a star away for language and some graphic scenes). Everyone’s story is important, and I love reading about people who recognize their calling in life early. I was in tears with how her mother supported her, and I loved reading about how she overcame her trials and healed her life. She also is pro-hypnobirthing 🙌
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    This book. This woman! Busy Phillips’ raw honesty is both wildly funny and painfully heartbreaking. By page 11 I was laughing so hard I was crying, and then a few pages later I was just crying. Busy is a new kind of icon; the personification of authenticity; the type of woman I want in my corner; the type of woman I want to be. Well done, Busy Phillips, I love that this is who you are, now.
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  • Kristyn Kricket
    January 1, 1970
    You Guys! You have to be a fan to really enjoy this title, I did, but found the writing very conversational. It feels like she's sitting with you sharing stories over a frosty marg. I enjoyed the dishy stories where she named names.
  • Marika
    January 1, 1970
    Actress Busy Philipps has written a memoir that is both entertaining and enlightening. Busy IS that woman that you see on tv, irreverent, funny, smart and beautiful. She is also that rare species seen in Hollywood; a self effacing actress with a sense of humor who knows that she is lucky to be famous. Busy is very open about her struggles, both on the road to stardom and in her personal life. She also calls out by name some of the men who objectified/harassed women and who gave rise to the #meto Actress Busy Philipps has written a memoir that is both entertaining and enlightening. Busy IS that woman that you see on tv, irreverent, funny, smart and beautiful. She is also that rare species seen in Hollywood; a self effacing actress with a sense of humor who knows that she is lucky to be famous. Busy is very open about her struggles, both on the road to stardom and in her personal life. She also calls out by name some of the men who objectified/harassed women and who gave rise to the #metoo movement.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
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  • Jackie Bromagin
    January 1, 1970
    I've been waiting for this book since Busy announced it and I read it in a day. ....now what? Lol
  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    As far as celebrity memoirs go it doesn’t get better than this. Ruthlessly honest, compelling, and brave.
  • Montana
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.You can find this book review and others at my blog https://montanasmusings.wordpress.comBusy Philipps is in most of the iconic 90s to early 00s movies and tv shows we all know and love, such as Freaks and Geeks and of course, White Chicks. When I got this book I remembered thinking I know who she is but she's never been the breakout star of anything, always playing the supporting role but never the lead. She's a recognizable face on the red carpet, *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.You can find this book review and others at my blog https://montanasmusings.wordpress.comBusy Philipps is in most of the iconic 90s to early 00s movies and tv shows we all know and love, such as Freaks and Geeks and of course, White Chicks. When I got this book I remembered thinking I know who she is but she's never been the breakout star of anything, always playing the supporting role but never the lead. She's a recognizable face on the red carpet, and yet, who is she?This book is by far one of the best celebrity memoirs. She truly bares it all in this book. Most of the time celebrities gloss over their personal lives and mention that they've had a hard time in Hollywood because of unnamed people (men). But Busy doesn't give a fuck. Busy names names and she couldn't care less about the repercussions. She's been in Hollywood for about two decades now and she's dealt with her fair share of assholes and she's DONE protecting them. I've never seen a celebrity name the various actors/directors/producers that have made their lives a living dream or a perfect nightmare in Hollywood, so it's refreshing to FINALLY see someone call out these (mostly) men for their shitty behavior. Hell yeah.What's interesting is that it wasn't her acting career that boosted her to the spotlight recently. It was her Instagram stories. She gets very real with her viewers on the social media app about her life and basically talks to the camera as if she's confiding with a close friend about the ins and outs of her daily life.At the end of the book, she reveals that her next goal is to become a nighttime talk show host, and honestly SHE'S PERFECT FOR THAT. She talked about it and immediately I could see her doing that. And of course when I finished the book I promptly followed her on all social media sites and am now rooting for her to be Jimmy Fallon's or Jimmy Kimmel's replacement. 
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars—This year I watched both Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks (as a new viewer), so I was really excited to read Busy's memoir. I've been following her on Instagram for the better part of this year, and have watched her document her life, including the writing of this book, so of course I wanted to know all of the scoop! And she's the kind of person you know will divulge it.At the start of the book, I was a bit unsure if it'd be all that I wanted it to be. I had really high hopes, and, 3.5 stars—This year I watched both Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks (as a new viewer), so I was really excited to read Busy's memoir. I've been following her on Instagram for the better part of this year, and have watched her document her life, including the writing of this book, so of course I wanted to know all of the scoop! And she's the kind of person you know will divulge it.At the start of the book, I was a bit unsure if it'd be all that I wanted it to be. I had really high hopes, and, in my opinion, the first 50-70 pages are a bit scattered, narratively. It's a bunch of stories from her childhood that don't necessarily feel like they fit together; the transitions feel forced.That being said, once she gets into her teenage years, the narrative flows more naturally. She's very open about her relationships and the experiences she's had in Hollywood and on her various shows, which is what you want to know in a memoir like this, I think. She writes like she speaks, which, again, I thought was a bit much at the beginning of the book, but works well when there's more structure later on. She talks to you like you know these people, because in a lot of the time, you kind of do (either from earlier chapters or from a general knowledge of famous people).Overall I really enjoyed it, and think if you're familiar with / interested in Busy or any of her projects, you'll find this a really raw and entertaining quick read.
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  • Laura Berendts
    January 1, 1970
    2 / 5 Dang. I LIKE Busy Phillips a lot. I love Freaks and Geeks, I like Dawson’s Creek, and I like her Instagram stories. I too thought her friendship w/ Michelle Williams was ~goals~. But this book, woof.First, it’s a celebrity memoir. And I should not have been fooled into thinking that because it was from a cool girl that it wouldn’t be mired with all the same issues that celebrity memoirs ALWAYS have. The biggest one that jumps out here, is that significant moments in Busy’s life just aren’t 2 / 5 Dang. I LIKE Busy Phillips a lot. I love Freaks and Geeks, I like Dawson’s Creek, and I like her Instagram stories. I too thought her friendship w/ Michelle Williams was ~goals~. But this book, woof.First, it’s a celebrity memoir. And I should not have been fooled into thinking that because it was from a cool girl that it wouldn’t be mired with all the same issues that celebrity memoirs ALWAYS have. The biggest one that jumps out here, is that significant moments in Busy’s life just aren’t narratively interesting. I’m positive that 9/11, and Trump being elected absolutely WERE important moments in here life, as they were for everyone, but she doesn’t offer any new insight here, so while I’m sure it’s TRUE, hearing “Trump was elected and I was scared and sad for my daughters” would be in everyone’s memoir and lacks impact here.The biggest issue though is that it’s written in suuuuuch a conversational tone. I’m sure this is a feature, not a bug for many readers and Busy fans, but it made it feel thrown together, or even dictated. Also, not sure this is cool to say because it does seem like she was pretty open and candid, but both Busy and her husband Mark come off like dicks in this book. But, maybe we all would if we honestly wrote about our lives from childhood – 36.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08...I have read a lot of memoir/essay books by funny ladies, and often they do have very funny parts, but others fall flat on the page (I imagine the audiobooks are better). This one, however, was GREAT. I am a long-time fan of Philipps (and have been rewatching Cougar Town lately to boot) and her narrative voice here comes across as a very honest conversation (and is also very funny). It gets super real at times—I cried at least twice when she was talking abo http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08...I have read a lot of memoir/essay books by funny ladies, and often they do have very funny parts, but others fall flat on the page (I imagine the audiobooks are better). This one, however, was GREAT. I am a long-time fan of Philipps (and have been rewatching Cougar Town lately to boot) and her narrative voice here comes across as a very honest conversation (and is also very funny). It gets super real at times—I cried at least twice when she was talking about her very relatable and awful teen years. And all her showbiz stories are great and hilarious. Unsurprisingly, James Franco IS an asshole, and Michelle Williams is a sweetheart. I still have never seen Dawson's Creek but I loved hearing her talk about North Carolina! AND did you know she co-wrote Blades of Glory? Anyway. All those stories were great, but her writing style draws you in so much that you are viscerally angry when she is angry, and devastated when things don’t work out for her, and cheering when they do, even the smaller things. It’s really well done and I can’t wait to see her upcoming talk show. A/A-.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in October.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    https://oneblogtwobroads.blog/2018/10...If you follow Busy on Instagram, (and if you don’t, you really should) you will not be surprised at all with her candor in this wonderful book. I could just hear her telling her stories as I turned the pages. She really makes me laugh out loud. Busy spares no ones feelings in this book, especially her own. Her honesty is very refreshing. She does not sugarcoat what has happened in her life. There were times I was crying along with her.Of course, we all wan https://oneblogtwobroads.blog/2018/10...If you follow Busy on Instagram, (and if you don’t, you really should) you will not be surprised at all with her candor in this wonderful book. I could just hear her telling her stories as I turned the pages. She really makes me laugh out loud. Busy spares no ones feelings in this book, especially her own. Her honesty is very refreshing. She does not sugarcoat what has happened in her life. There were times I was crying along with her.Of course, we all want to hear about her time on Dawson’s Creek or Freaks and Geeks and you get all those delicious details. (I had never heard her Blades of Glory story!) But I really loved her stories about her life before and her life after. Her story of becoming a mother will ring true for every mom.And I was so excited to finally learn the meaning of “aced out in her nudes”! The funny thing is I have a similar story with my daughter at the same age. Her name is Elizabeth too. (Something in the name, maybe?)This is one of my favorite books so far this year. Buy the book, follow her on Instagram. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    If you're not following Busy Philipps on Instagram you are missing out on a really fun follow. If you're a viewer of her Instagram stories you'll find a familiar tone here. There are lots of behind the scenes type Hollywood stories if you're into that sort of thing and she takes no prisoners when it comes to bad behavior particularly from men in her industry, speaking frankly of her experiences over the course of her career. This isn't some gossipy, celebrity tell-all though. She dishes about na If you're not following Busy Philipps on Instagram you are missing out on a really fun follow. If you're a viewer of her Instagram stories you'll find a familiar tone here. There are lots of behind the scenes type Hollywood stories if you're into that sort of thing and she takes no prisoners when it comes to bad behavior particularly from men in her industry, speaking frankly of her experiences over the course of her career. This isn't some gossipy, celebrity tell-all though. She dishes about names you'll know but it feels less about gossip and more about them being held accountable. Busy Phillips gives zero f!#ks. She will call you out and it rules. She's equally honest and frank about herself, though, and it isn't always pretty but it's relatable. Fans won't be disappointed in this book but there's lots there for those unfamiliar with Busy Philipps too. Out in October! Thanks to Netgalley for the arc.
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  • Angie Laschinger
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital review copy from NetGalley and the publisher.Prior to reading This Will Only Hurt a Little, I only knew Busy Phillips from her time on Dawson’s Creek, now I follow her on Instagram. Her book is funny, and sad, and every emotion in between. Busy did not sugarcoat her life in this book; instead she let us in on every horrifying, heartbreaking, and wonderful experience. She recounts her story of trying to make it in Hollywood where males and the super skinny rule. She is also b I received a digital review copy from NetGalley and the publisher.Prior to reading This Will Only Hurt a Little, I only knew Busy Phillips from her time on Dawson’s Creek, now I follow her on Instagram. Her book is funny, and sad, and every emotion in between. Busy did not sugarcoat her life in this book; instead she let us in on every horrifying, heartbreaking, and wonderful experience. She recounts her story of trying to make it in Hollywood where males and the super skinny rule. She is also breathtakingly honest regarding her own mental health struggles. This Will Only Hurt a Little, had me hooked from start to finish. I laughed, and cried as I read her struggles and her triumphs. Busy is strong, funny, talented and unapologetic, and so is her book. It felt like I was chatting with her over a glass of wine each night, rather than reading her book. She is a role model, not only for her daughters, but for girls everywhere.
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  • Myra Breckinridge
    January 1, 1970
    Busy Philipps is a strong interpersonal storyteller, but she isn’t a writer, and there is no strong editorial hand guiding her to her best result. The book is riddled with passages that need some words excised, and the structure could be tightened to a better result. Worse, her no-holds-barred approach, doesn’t always work. At best, it offers a realistic look into the realities of, and sexism in, life in and out of Hollywood. At its worst, it’s a needlessly gossipy bit of ranting — something fin Busy Philipps is a strong interpersonal storyteller, but she isn’t a writer, and there is no strong editorial hand guiding her to her best result. The book is riddled with passages that need some words excised, and the structure could be tightened to a better result. Worse, her no-holds-barred approach, doesn’t always work. At best, it offers a realistic look into the realities of, and sexism in, life in and out of Hollywood. At its worst, it’s a needlessly gossipy bit of ranting — something fine in person, but not so much in print. Speaking of rudeness and mistreatment is one thing; bagging on an actor you work with whose personality you dislike is something for friends, not memoirs. I know money is damn-near nonexistent in the literary world these days, but it is a disservice to the writer and readers to not have good editors on celeb titles. Busy had a great book in there, and her editor should’ve helped her bring it to its best result.
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  • Bianca Melo
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful, funny and heartfelt memoir about one of my favorite actresses. I started following Busy's career back in 2003, right after Dawson's Creek wrapped, and have been a fan ever since. Even though I only saw her in movies and TV roles, she always had this thing about her that I just related to. I had no idea what it was, but reading this book I finally understood it. Thank you, Busy, for everything. You are sparkly AF. You are a hard working woman who deserves all the best things in life. A beautiful, funny and heartfelt memoir about one of my favorite actresses. I started following Busy's career back in 2003, right after Dawson's Creek wrapped, and have been a fan ever since. Even though I only saw her in movies and TV roles, she always had this thing about her that I just related to. I had no idea what it was, but reading this book I finally understood it. Thank you, Busy, for everything. You are sparkly AF. You are a hard working woman who deserves all the best things in life. And I'm sure you'll never even get to read this, but I just needed to put it out there. Thank you for representing. Thank you for persisting. And thank you for putting it all out there. We all need more of that.
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