Friday, September 11, 2015

Book Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)


You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Goodreads Summary:
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was "homeschooled for hippie reasons", Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.


Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

My Review:
I'm a fan of Felicia Day. I love her in Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, and I really enjoyed her web show, The Guild, when I finally watched it last year. I loved this book. It's weird and funny, just like Felicia. She recounts her VERY unique childhood. Then she discusses her move to L.A. and unsuccessful career as an actor and the events that led her to write and produce her own show for the Internet.

The writing is conversational, like she's writing an email or talking to a good friend. It's very raw, honest, and funny. It's everything I expected of a celebrity memoir and everything Yes Please was not. When I finished it, I immediately wanted to read it again. I didn't because I gave it to my husband and made him start reading it, even though he almost never reads books.

I don't think you need to be a fan of Felicia Day's to enjoy this book, but it probably helps to be a nerd or at least nerd-adjacent, so you understand the video game references, which are abundant in the middle chapters.

Her story was inspiring. It's about having a dream and going after it, even if you have to do it in unconventional ways. This book is definitely one I'll re-read at some point.

My Rating: 4 Stars
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6 comments:

  1. I have seen this book around and am curious, although I don't think I've ever seen her in anything....

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. She's pretty geeky in her work, but in the book she comes across as shy and introverted, but passionate and genuine. I think she's someone you could relate to even without knowing her work. I was very amused by the book. She's a great writer.

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    1. Yes. Check it out. It's so good! I really struggled with the rating. I almost went for 5 stars, but one of the later chapters didn't sit well with me.

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  3. I am not super familiar with her ad video games are not my thing but I did hear and interview with her and she was funny and charming. I love memoirs like this so I might try this at some point especially if there is an audio version -Great review!

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    1. I'd like to do the audio next time. Although there were some funny pictures in the book that added to the experience. I'm curious to know what you think as someone not familiar with her work. I think it would still be a good read.

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