SUCH a perfect book to start the new year. I knew so little about Busy Philipps other than the fact that she was great on Freaks & Geeks, so this was such a lovely surprise to learn that she’s actually such an incredible woman. Thanks to Marla for the recommendation! Best parts ahead.
The stories of her continuously dislocating her knee are so awful sounding but equally hilarious.
The part about how she lost her virginity is so powerful and terrible and brought up so much stuff from a specific occurrence in my own life from when I was a teenager. It isn’t necessary for me to go into it now, but it compounded how awful that experience was for me and how wild it is that it took years to finally understand how awful it is for any young women to have to go through any sexually damaging experience and think it’s just a normal thing to happen or that you deserved it in some way.
I love that she loved Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes as much as I now do.
Her abortion story is so fucking brave (which I hate that I even have to say that because it’s 2019 and it’s insane that abortion stories aren’t more normalized) and amazing, this woman is wonderful.
Love this part: “There are certain people who are what I call sparkly humans. These are people who have things just happen for them or to them because other people see them and seemingly inexplicably want to help them. Because they sparkle. From the inside out.” I know so many people like this!
The chapter that goes into detail about James Franco? Whoa. What a terrible man! Sure, it’s just one story in someone’s book - but ugh. I hate that I ever liked him.
Love the idea of her waiting until her daughter is thirteen to finally and fully watch Freaks & Geeks with her.
Small thing, but I hate it when people refer to cities in Canada and then say the city COMMA Canada. Example? “Calgary, Canada.” I hate it so much. Americans would either lose their shit or hysterically laugh at anyone who would say, “Hollywood, America.”
“Like how Franco carried Dante’s Inferno around on set. It’s like CALM DOWN WE GET IT YOU WANT US TO THINK YOU’RE HOT AND SMART.” - Hahahahah.
About when she first met Michelle Williams from Dawson’s Creek: “I liked her immediately. She talked quietly, as if the things she was saying were just for me.” - Oooooo, how I love that description.
Look, I know I shouldn’t have strong opinions (or opinions at all) about the people she writes about in this book, but her ex-boyfriend Craig can eat all of the dicks. Who the fuck tells their girlfriend that she laughs too loud in restaurants?! Fucking assholes, that’s who. Also, no birthday gift or card on her birthday?! Wow. Look, I’ve never met a Craig that was a good person, and I guess it’s impossible. And I know I shouldn’t criticize but it was just so frustrating for me to read about a young woman wasting so much great energy on a piece of shit. (Obviously I’m drawing parallels here to my past pieces of shit.)
Hearing a network executive say to her, “They just want you to feel your best!” as a way of saying that she needs to lose weight is so upsetting and disgusting and honestly it blew my mind for a second to think that this woman hasn’t always been viewed as thin. Horrifying.
I had NO idea that she co-wrote Blades of Glory! Amazing!
I will forever love any tidbits, however large or small, about Amy Poehler being great and perfect.
Absolutely in love with the tiny little drawings at the end of each chapter, of course Autumn de Wilde did them.
Love that she hated the movie Crash as much as I did. IT DID SUCK.
Love her “fuck that guy” sentiment about Quentin Tarantino! Man sucks and gets way too much love from people.
Definitely shouldn’t have an opinion on this (because people would vomit if they heard the nicknames Nathan and I call each other), but I hate that her husband calls her ‘buddy.’ Just bothers me.
Loved the chapter about after she had her first baby and the realness of her husband doing NOTHING when the baby arrived. This woman doesn’t hold back and I am here for it.
Ugh, and when her husband Marc-with-a-’c’ goes, “If we do this, it’s all on you” about having a second child, UUUUUUUGGGGHHHH. Go away, MarC, I hate you. Am I wrong?!
“It was hard to imagine living in a world where women are so truly reviled that a man can brag about abusing them and still get elected president.”
Honestly, such a great book. I know that I’m being rough about some parts, but you literally start to feel like you’re friends with this woman as you read the book. So, so good. Pick it the fuck UP.