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Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal (Russell Brand Memoirs #2)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  4,071 ratings  ·  334 reviews
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bookstore . . . Booky Wook 2!

As incredible as it may seem, the honesty, the mayhem, the lascivious scandal of Russell Brand’s magnum opus, My Booky Wook, are surpassed by Booky Wook 2! This time it’s personal, as Brand unabashedly charts his rise from crack-house junkie to Hollywood star while indulging in sexual excesses
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by It Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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May 26, 2011 Lauren rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans who don't mind reading previously told stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Booky Wook. It was funny, honest and quite charming. The second, however, did not deliver in the same way.

Basically, it is mostly previously told stories in book form. Anyone who follows Russell's comedy will know just about every anecdote within this book. This is coming from someone who enjoys his interviews and former radio show rather than a fan of the stand-up, so I think there may be even less new material for these fans.

In his defence, there has been so muc
AJ LeBlanc
This ended up being a super depressing read. I really enjoyed My Booky Wook the first and was looking forward to more, but he wrote this pre-divorce and it was so so sad at the end.

Brand is really smart and I enjoy his writing. He doesn’t have someone else write for him, which I always appreciate in a celebrity memoir. His voice is clear, his asides are hilarious and you can feel his personality on every page. As in his first book, he isn’t trying to clean up his past and make himself look bette
As advertised, this is the second memoir Russell Brand has released, and he speaks to the evolutionary trajectory here:

"Booky Wook 1 had the huge advantage of being the tale of a man with a troubled childhood behaving badly as a result of crack and heroin addiction, this book differs because the drugs and childhood are gone but the madness remains. Well this, I'm afraid, is the way with addiction - you must know an alcoholic or a junky - we're all like it - we're nuts. Getting off drugs is just
Jessica Pesic
No one can better describe Russell Brand, than Russell Brand himself! So I'll just go ahead and use his words. In his first book, he was "a tentative little worm in distressed T-shirt and pumps", and in this book he was "a spiky, lacquered Jack Frost sex sprite". In other words, in the first one, he was more himself, and in this one he was just a product of the industry. He was trying too hard to sound funny instead of just being himself which is far more hilarious.

The book felt like it was alm
Russell we miss you, how about you come visit earth once and a while.

Yeah, i know that may have been harsh, but it's a shame. I've been a fan of Russell for the last couple of years and i've been waiting for a 2nd book from him for a while, but i've lost some faith.
All i can say, to keep things short and bitter sweet, Booky Wook (classic) was far more charming.

The pacing, the writing style, the constant exaggeration of any one word when any simple word would fit perfectly - This book is a mess
Not quite as good as 'My Booky Wook', although maybe my view of it has been colored by too much information on Brand.

He just doesn't come off as wonderfully as he did on the first...which i suppose is a bit odd considering the first one dealt with his descent into various types of addiction. On this one we get to see how he deals with women and with some of his friends...just because you say 'Wasn't i naughty?' doesn't excuse your behavior. It became a bit tiring after a while.

It also suffered a
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Booky Wook. I don't know how to really describe the change in tone of this one. Maybe Russell just got...i don't know...grosser? His womanizing becomes less charming when he isn't sat telling the anecdotes on a talk show. Now he's married and while I was really looking forward to some loquacious and flowery description of his "true love" and the end of his womanising ways, it was kind of eh. Well anyway he had some really great sentences here. To wit: "For a tortur ...more
Absolutely Loved this book, but I love Russell Brand. I think he is hysterical.In this 2nd book(y wook) he has now kicked heroin and is aiming at spectacular stardom. Sometimes Russell will ramble using many big words when 1 would suffice, but I think thats just him being him, he has access to a huge vocabulary and he is going to use it. If you have seen "Scandalous" some of that is covered in the book(y wook).Many celebrity appearances in this one my favs were Noel Gallagher and Morrisey, every ...more
Tamara Harris
While Brand's first foray into writing, Booky Wook, was funny, literate and self-aware. The continued story feels self-aggrandizing and cobbled-together to capitalize on the star's growing fame (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek). Two books in, Brand's "beautiful fucked-up man" (TM Sarah McLachlan) schtick begins to wear thin. Ultimately, you win no points for admitting that you are a predatory, selfish, womanizing asshole (albeit using flowery, anachronistic turns of phrase) if th ...more
"Being anonymous was an inconvenience for me."

And obviously, fanatic readers like myself needed-- yearned in fact-- for the obvious continuation to the stellar first Booky-- this time, there are anecdotes of the gods and goddesses of Mt. Hollywood themselves, precisely what the stand up comedy audience NEEDS. What begins with a kiss from (and short-lived romantic relationship with) Kate Moss unravels to later feature various co-stars (P. Diddy, Jonah Hill, Juliette Lewis, Ricky Gervais, Helen M
Allison Willis
As good as the first one except the boy has grown up (sort of) and off the booze but still on the girls...and they don't seem to be complaining! I love him
Russell, Russell, Russell, Russell... What I think is interesting about this book has very little to do with this book. I was interested in reading this book after Russell went on a book tour for this book where he talked to people like Jeremy Paxman about how to find meaning in a culture that is more interested in the pantheon of celebrity than helping ourselves (individually and collectively). I think Jewel vaguely made this point before she was dashed into obscurity. However, this book addres ...more
The second installment of Russell's shenanigans.

First of all, I'm a huge fan. I love his stand-up routines and the first Booky Wook was an enjoyable read. I've never heard a person that can match his speaking magic, eloquence and style, and we see a lot of that style in the books. You can't help it but read them in his voice and be inspired by some brilliant lines. It was interesting to hear about his encounters with celebrities and get a first hand impression of what they're like.

"Being anonym
Much like the first book, but i was still shocked at several parts in the book... Drinking breast milk, really? I don't know, I'm a fan of Brand, but I don't think it was necessary to split a biography into two. Especially since it took a while for me to get reacquainted with the characters in his life. Prob should have had a little meet and greet in the beginning of this book or something, rather just picking up where the first book left off and assuming everyone had A. read the first book and ...more
Carla Peele
To start with, you must be a fan of Russell Brand's standup to appreciate this book. If you do not like that type of humor, you will not like this book. Period. Fortunately, I LOVE Russell Brand's standup, and found the book a breezy, intriguing read. The beginning had a couple of draggy bits, but by chapter two it was just a rollercoaster of hilarity, followed by one chapter of draggy bits, and then the final chapter of complete and utter touching sweetness that was so unexpected I had to give ...more
Brooke Everett
Hilariously candid with ores of linguistic gold and some real comedic gems. The story of the flirtation between him and Katy Perry is j'adorable, too.

While I'm still certainly on the "Brand-Wagon," this one didn't capture my attention quite as much as his first book(y wook) and I didn't zip through it the way I expected. Still a good summer read.

"I like a good chat, a chinwag, a lovely conversation." p. 79

My favorite bit was the chapter where he met Keith Richards:
"I became friends once with th
Vivien Fung
Russell Brand is endlessly entertaining; in fact, he'd join Malcolm Gladwell on my ideal dinner party guest list, if I had one and wasn't scathingly dismissive about that whole concept (some may call me hypocritical, but I disagree!). Anyway, Brand is always hilarious and he's a brilliant natural comedian, but unfortunately this isn't really a brilliant natural book. There are some good bits, but god, there were SO many rehashed jokes, especially for someone like me that's seen him live and list ...more
Sally McRogerson
Dear Russell,

I'm wondering what kind of treatment centre allowed you to address your drug and alcohol addiction without even scratching the surface of your cross addictions. If I were you I'd be asking for at least a partial refund!

If you can come out from behind the shelter of your insatiable dick and constant buffoonery I know there is a razor sharp mind under that hair. I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of some of what goes on in there before I get much further into your book(y) which is, quite f
Lhizz Browne
I really like Russell's stand-up and acting, and his written pieces for the Guardian, but I found myself counting the pages of this to the end - it sounds like he basically swapped one addiction for another, and was looking for some sort of magic bullet in the shape of the "right woman" to solve all his issues, which no woman could ever live up to. Plus his excuse of charm and talent as some sort of entitlement for riding roughshod (excuse the metaphor!) over other people started to grate about ...more
After reading the original Booky Wook, I rushed out to buy this (ok, I ordered it on Amazon, and waited for it to arrive!)

I was slightly disappointed. Much as I loved his writing style in the first installment, the guy really needed a good editor this time. He would go off on lots of different tangents that really made it hard to understand and keep up.

It was also very hard to work out who the REAL Russell Brand is, as one minute he is starstruck and can't believe he gets to mingle with the eli
I hear that a lot of people preferred Brand's first book, but I enjoyed this one just as much. There is a lot here I didn't know about his career to date. I had a very vague sense to the Sachs incident, so it was good to read about what it was all about. Quite ridiculous, really. Brand really must have an amazingly thick skin, really. He strikes me very much as the type of person I would like....from a safe distance. His writing style is as wordy yet eloquent as his first book. I do hope there w ...more
Anything this man has done thus far, I think is genius.
Russell Brand is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him. I love him, in an 'I find him funny, interesting and quite entertaining' kind of way. So when I came across this book in a charity shop I grabbed it. I haven't read My Booky Wook, the first installment, but did it matter?

Nope! I thoroughly enjoyed this read!

The first time I came across Russell Brand was on BBBM (Big Brother's Big Mouth) and I was like, 'wow, who is this guy?' He's like no one I'd ever seen before and I think that's
Odi Shonga
I'll begin this with a trite observation: Russell Brand isn't for everybody. That's fine; nobody's for everybody. Except maybe Stephen Fry. He's probably for everybody. Anyway, Russell Brand isn't for everybody, but he is a character that intrigues me. Working class with a sharp eloquence to arm an overflowingly charismatic persona. As someone who is interested in capital-C Characters, it's easy to be drawn in by his character. I read the first installation a year or so ago and was pleasantly su ...more
Colleen Wainwright
Russell Brand has lived a fascinating life, and is seemingly fearless in his quest for honest disclosure. Plus, I just love me a good redemption story, especially when there's sex involved.

Sadly, this chaotic sprawl lacks the thoughtful insight into addiction I know he's capable of (read the essays in the Guardian!), as well as the saltiness that would hook me on its own.

I'll go out with him anyway, when he calls, but he'll have to understand that this is a book I will likely never finish.
At turns horrifying, break your ribs funny, and deeply melancholy. Never knew much about Brand before this, but beneath his chaotic lifestyle there is obviously a keen intelligence and a spiritual person. I ended up reading parts of this book out load, cos it just had to be shared. Also I will never look at an English bulldog the same again.
Michelle Lewis
I expected a clever, entertaining memoir culminating in how Russel had now turned his back on his lecherous ways to settle down with the beautiful Katy Perry.
Instead, it is a self-indulgent sex-tale of not at all clever sexual anecdotes that left me feeling that I was wrong to ever have respected Russel's intellect in the first place.
I do enjoy his television appearances but he does seem to have become a bit too self-important since American success. The book was full of this self-importance tol
Not really written in a timeline like his first book, but more a collection of stories post 'My Booky Wook', and some from before. Controversially I enjoyed this second effort more than his debut. It was fun, candid and full of wit. If you liked the first Booky Wook, then you'll atleast enjoy this, if not love it.

i was much more impressed by this one than the first, although i suppose i should not necessarily be comparing them. the first is a drier book; his autobiography. this one has something more to say, even when you must consider that it is so consumed by his new love for miss perry, and now they are sadly divorced.
Óli Sóleyjarson
Eftir að hafa lesið fyrri bókina þá gat ég sagt við fólk að Brand væri klárari en það hélt. Núna er orðspor hans þannig að ég verð að segja að hann er ekki jafn klár og þið haldið, og alls ekki jafn klár og hann heldur. Það er svo greinilegt að hann vantar, og hann eiginlega játar það sjálfur, síur til að aðskilja rugl og raunveruleika. Einstaka sinnum er óþægilegt, fyrir hans hönd, að hann vitnar t.d. í heimspekinga og það er greinilegt að hann er ekki að skilja hvað þeir áttu við.

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Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Brand dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka." Brand's current style consists of black eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, Beatle boots, and long, shaggy, backcombed hair.

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