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

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Picking up where he left off in My Booky Wook, movie star and comedian Russell Brand details his rapid climb to fame and fortune in a shockingly candid, resolutely funny, and unbelievably electrifying tell-all: Booky Wook 2. Brand’s performances in Arthur, Get Him to the Greek, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall have earned him a place in fans’ hearts; now, with a drop of Chels ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by It Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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Sep 09, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Being anonymous was an inconvenience for me..."

And obviously, fanatic readers like myself needed-- yearned for, in fact-- 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
May 26, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 24, 2012 AJ LeBlanc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, cbr-iv
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
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Sometimes I love Russell Brand and think he is so funny and intelligent. Other times, he comes off as cheesy and arrogant. I started this trying to finish up a book challenge and I can already tell I'm not in the mood for his brand of humor and obnoxiousness. Maybe I'll try again later.

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
Jun 02, 2011 Jessica Pesic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2010 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 03, 2010 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2011 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
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
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
Dec 09, 2010 Tamara Harris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allison Willis
Jun 28, 2012 Allison Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2012 Filip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carla Peele
Jul 07, 2012 Carla Peele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Lewis
Jun 26, 2014 Michelle Lewis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lhizz Browne
Feb 08, 2012 Lhizz Browne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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
Jan 06, 2012 Xanthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hayley (insta.bookphotograpghy)
Anything this man has done thus far, I think is genius.
Mike Sonsalla
There's not much to say that I haven't said before in my review of the first Booky Wook. I know that there are many people that can't stand Russell Brand, but I am in the polar opposite category. I find him very funny, quick, witty, and honest. I suppose it helps to have a little personal experience with the darker aspects of his past. Having been in similar situations, the honesty rings true, and strangely enough, humor is also a huge part of tragedy. I'm not sure if it was this book or the fir ...more
Laura Hutton
Jan 24, 2016 Laura Hutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a major Russell Brand fan, I have followed his career for as long as he's been around. Every podcast, every TV appearance, every stand-up. I've seen them all too many times to count and laugh every time.

"My Booky Wook", the first of Russell's autobiographies was fantastic and I love the way he writes in his own voice. Every sentence you can hear him speaking.

I would love to give the second installation five stars, but as an uber-fan the problem is that I've heard a lot of these stories before
Jun 27, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2014 Odi Shonga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2013 Colleen Wainwright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Jan 25, 2011 Philippa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.

In October 2010, Brand married pop singer Katy Perry. The two separated in December 2011.
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