My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith
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My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith

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Anything but boring, Kevin Smith shares his x-rated thoughts in his diary, telling all in his usual candid, heartfelt and irreverent way!

Kevin Smith pulls no punches in this hard-hitting, in-your-face exposé of, er, his rather dull and uneventful life… well, not always dull. In b...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 512 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Titan Books (first published September 25th 2007)
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Justin
Been wracking my brain trying to understand why this book absorbed me so profoundly since I received it from my brother 5 days ago as a Christmas present. It's 500 pages long and I have finished it in less than 6 days, and I'm not a fast reader. I think it's because, outside of his movies, Kevin Smith has somehow managed to turn himself into a fascinating character. He's not tabloid fodder (the dude doesn't even drink), and he's not interesting to look at physically (he's the stereotypical schlu...more
David Press
Definitely boring. I made it about 40 pages and dumped it. Couldn't stand to continue to read, "had a meeting with So and So; took a dump while checking email; fell asleep to Tivo'd Simpsons/Law & Order."

I guess its supposed to get into how he helped Jay get over his heroin addiction but if he deals in how boring his day to day life is to helping Jay than I fail to see how interesting that is.
angrykitty
after reading silent bob speaks, i bought a signed copy of this from the secret stash( if your a smith fan you know what this is). haven't gotten too far, but it's the same smith humor that's in everything else he does.

gotten a bit farther into this, and damn if it ain't really repetative. i know that this is essentially a diary, but i'm also reading the palin diary, and there's variation to his days. with smith it's....dogs wake me up....i go eat....i do stuff with the fam....i eat some more......more
Scott
If you like Kevin Smith and you like his inane rantings and often painfully detailed accounts of his everyday life (I do), this is an entertaining read... I went through it as a second book, a few entries at a time (usually in a particular seat, er, throne, in a particular room where Kevin would be proud to have his book be read).
Nicole Fergusson
Kevin Smith is an amazingly talented film director. I absolutely love his movies. His role as Silent Bob cracks me up. Likewise, his Q&As are at times hilarious, insightful and witty.

This novel that I review towards you was originally a series of blog posts that were reportedly quiet popular on his website. I can imagine many people getting up and reading a couple of hundred words a day of what ended up being this book over the time that it was published that way.

Unfortunately, that was not...more
Lani
This book could have been at least 50 pages shorter had they cut out Kevin Smith's morning routine of 'let out dogs, get on laptop, take a shit' that is repeated EVERY ENTRY. His frequent trips to fast food joints are really not nearly fascinating enough to read about on a daily basis. While I recognize that this is a published version of his online blog, I still found it frustratingly repetitive about totally banal things. I think I missed the point.

Smith is a funny guy, and there were moments...more
Benjamin Siess
If you don't like Kevin Smith, I don't know how you could get through the first 350 or so pages. I'm a pretty massive fan, so even though the bulk of the book was, "woke up by dogs, took shit, ate large quantities of unhealthy food, fucked wife, turned on movie while playing internet poker, lost all of my money, IM'd Annie Duke for a re-fill, went to sleep," I still found it hard to put it down. That makes me kind of pathetic.



Still, the last hundred pages or so are pretty damn entertaining for a...more
Martyn Perry
It's no doubt the entire point of the book and the blog that this originates from that the first 200 pages are extremely repetitive. Lots of shitting, lots of jerking and lots of TiVO.

Smith is likeable company throughout, and he really is a great writer. What elevates this book above a three star rating are the completely enthralling chapters cataloging Jay's heroin addiction, the making of Die Hard 4.0 and Smith's unflinching approach to commenting on his peers such as Ben Affleck, Chevy Chase,...more
Mike Hoffman
LONG - but the quickest read for a book that size EVER. I am enjoying this type of writing. Kevin is a good guy, a great poker player, a model father and something really special. This book helped me understand that life as a celebrity may not be all its cracked up to be. The parts about his struggles related to his best friend and hetero-lifemate Jay Mewes were touching and sad at once. It made me wanna hug this fat man until some of his love seeped into me. In the words of his smod-mate - - -...more
Ryan Tandy
Kevin Smith is many things: director, actor, writer, podcaster, scatological humour expert and raconteur extraordinaire. He’s also a prolific blogger, and has long since kept fans entertained with daily diary updates on his Boring Ass Life over at the Viewaskew message boards. My Boring Ass Life is a collection of those posts, a chronicle of Smith’s day to day life interspersed with stories and jokes from March 2005 to May 2009.

It’s worth noting from the off that if you’re not a fan of Kevin Smi...more
Matt
The Jason Mewes story is incredible.
Nichole
FINALLY finished it. While this was not a boring read what-so-ever, it IS time consuming to read. Frankly, Mr. Smith's life is more entertaining than mine, and it's as simple as that. His writing is funny, honest, and open and it was nice getting a a more pure read of a celebrities autobiography than which exists these days.

There's some really touching moments throughout the book that give you this amazing insight into how great a person Mr. Smith is. The way he talks about his father upon his...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
I know it took me AGES to read this, not because it was bad, but because I owned the book. If I actually own a book and have no deadline to return it by (as in the case of a library book), I just leave it for months because I know it's not going anywhere.

That being said, when I got around to reading it again and finishing it, I couldnt believe I'd put it down for so many months. Kevin Smith is so hilarious, and his tales of anal fissues literally had me cackling like a psycho. Of course Im tota...more
Kevin
This book was a solid 1 or 2 stars for the first 300 pages. I can't say I felt misled; after all, the title tells you everything you need to know. I guess I just wished it wasn't so apropos. There was almost no variation in Kevin Smith's daily routine. The first 300 pages were some slight variation of the same formula: wake up too early because of the dogs, take a dump while reading email/checking the View Askew message boards, go out to eat breakfast, hang out around the house, go out for lunch...more
A
This wasn't a quick read because it gets a bit repetitive in places, but here are my thoughts after finishing it.

1."I picked up some McDonald's hash browns, two dozen roses, and both hot and iced lattes for Jen to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the first time we ever..." You had me at hot and iced lattes... I wouldn't mind being married to Kevin Smith. He is sweet to his wife and kid, and generous with his friends and family. He is both crude (in a way that appeals to me) and hilarious. Wh...more
Beth Gordon
I adore Kevin Smith. He's incredibly funny and witty, likes his vices and admits to liking them, and there's so much admirable about him. He's a loyal guy. When you get into his inner circle, you stay there. There's not so many people like that in Hollywood.

This book is long. Long long long. A true fan will like the first half of the book because it goes into a lot of minutia of his days. He spreads his wings more in the second half.

Kevin sure does like his comfort zone of the chosen people he...more
star_fire13
I really liked it. I like Kevin Smith's writing style and I liked hearing about his life and shit. The only problem [and the reason why I didn't give it a full 5 stars] is that it was originally an online blog: each entry was written one at a time over a prolonged period. Which made reading it in one shot hard to do [the reason why it took me longer than usual to get through it]. Related to the blog-aspect, it also featured the occasional web-link to check out to further enhance the reading expe...more
Lyndsey
Jul 16, 2008 Lyndsey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All types of people, for all types of reasons
Just about 1/3 through, so will update my rating when I've finished!
The book is a collection of the the regular updates to his message board.

So far so good: Kevin Smith's life isn't that boring (unsurprisingly, being stuffed with 'celebs'and played out in the exciting world of film-making). It is refreshingly written, with equal time devoted to the everyday aspects of this working family man's habits, hopes and fears alongside the un-fanfared name checks and insight into his starrier friends a...more
Brian
Yeah, you'll learn his morning bathroom habits, his tendency to fall asleep to TiVo'd episodes of The Simpsons or Law & Order, and pretty much any time he runs off to have relations with the wife . . . but that's the kind of thing that makes Kevin Smith so . . . well, Kevin Smith. Smith has always been about brutal honesty, but he's also one of the funniest, most interesting cats around. And in that regard, My Boring Ass Life never disappoints. It's also far from boring, even when Smith give...more
Graham
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Richie
Jan 02, 2009 Richie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All K. Smith J. Mewes Fans
This is a great book* and I would recommend it to all. *Great book if you like Kevin Smith or his movies. As I mentioned with the previous K. Smith book I read (Silent Bob Speaks), if you don't start reading this book already knowing and liking Kevin Smith, this book will do little to change your mind.

This book is written in the style in which you would write your daily diary, or a blog online. This book starts out pretty slow, with many of the "entries" starting and ending the same way: "Got up...more
Rachael
While I've seen pretty much all of Kevin Smith's movies, I wouldn't say I was a true fan: a lot of them, I think, are nothing but stupid fun. However, there is a time and place for stupid fun. And I did enjoy Clerks and Dogma enough that they both hold places in my top 100 movies list. Still, the real reason I read this book is because I have always been interested in the way people create families for themselves, and Kevin Smith's relationship with his friends, especially Jason Mewes, is a grea...more
Bryan Trimboli
First a positioning statement: I'm a HUGE Kevin Smith fan. I've seen everything he's made. I own the comic books he's written. Some of my most prized posessions are an autographed set of Clerks In-Action figures and my autographed Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back DVD. I even went on a pilgrimage to the Tri-Town area of New Jersey in which I visited the real Quick Stop, RST Video, Highland High School, and the comic shop Smith owns. So, yeah, I'm a fan.

Therefore, I REALLY wanted to like this book....more
Thomas
For the first 250 pages the tittle of the book doesn't even do it justice. Even by the author's own admission it is incredibly mundane mostly filled with morning constitutionals and falling asleep to TiVo. Then as he gets into excitement for "Clerks 2" the book starts to pick up. Where the whole thing really shines is when you get to the section titled "Me and My Shadow" where Kevin Smith discusses his perspective on Jason Mewes' battles with drugs. The passion and love that he has for Mewes pou...more
Jeffrey Belcher
*Let me start this review off with a side note. When it comes to Kevin Smith, I don’t exactly idolize him; however I do hold him in very high regard. I love his movies, yes even Jersey Girl, and find him to be one of the funniest people alive. I think he would be the type of guy, that if I ever get to make movies that I would want to hang out with. So with that being said, please take my review in perspective because it will have a slant.*
Being a huge fan of Kevin Smith, his movies, his acting,...more
A Book Addict (pirogoeth)
Jan 22, 2010 A Book Addict (pirogoeth) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin Smith fans
This isn’t the first time I’ve read this one (somewhere around 2nd or 3rd, leaning toward 3rd, time), but it’s still one of my favorite reads. Granted it is about my favorite filmmaker.
But, this book is a printed version of his online diary up to the point of publication. Most of it consists of him detailing everday life. Yes, for at least half of the book, each post begins with wake up, curse and let the dogs out, take a leak/shit. But if you can get past that part, it shows what a funny, lovin...more
Liz
Jun 25, 2008 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin Smith fans
5/5/08- I'm not even 1/4 through as of yet. So far, though this book is pretty good. I find it interesting to see the back story of one of my favorite directors. Not only does it mention the everyday things (sleeping, eating, etc.), but it also touches on other topics such as the making of Clerks II and his role in Catch and Release.

It's an easy book to pick up and read a few pages, as it's written in the journal format. As a result of that, though, I don't think I'm reading as much each time I...more
Stacey
It's kind of a slog to get through at the beginning as someone simply asked him what he did all day and he started blogging it. Everything. I learned that Smith's dogs get him up early every morning, I learned about his daily bathroom ritual, I learned that he pretty much has the TV on all the time and I learned that he loves his wife. Not necessarily in that order.

It did inspire me to go out and rent "Catch and Release" because he seemed to have such a good time making it. It wasn't as good as...more
Stephen Dorneman
Although I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, I (reluctantly) can't give this book more than three stars. It's a five hundred page diary of Kevin Smith's life from 2005-2008, but too many of those 500 pages and days of those years are, well, kinda boring. The title is accurate, so I guess I can't say that I wasn't warned. Still, do we need to know all the hours Smith spent playing poker on-line, when and how he masturbates, and what video releases he bought that week? There are maybe 200 great pages here...more
Jevron McCrory
The average rating is more for the concept than Mr Smith's writing.

The majority of this book is a diary so it's repetitive and, yes, boring.

It's great to hear about the ins and outs of the movie world but other than that, yes, boring, despite the fact that Kevin Smith is a wonderful storyteller. He could probably recite you the phone book and make it interesting!

Jason Mewes' struggle with drugs was shocking. I didn't realise how hard the boy had it, at all!

I am glad I read it but if you are not...more
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