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3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,427 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
Written in side-splitting and often cringe-inducing detail, Paul Feig takes you in a time machine to a world of bombardment by dodge balls, ill-fated prom dates, hellish school bus rides, and other aspects ofpublic school life that will keep you laughing in recognition and occasionally sighing in relief that you aren't him. Kick Me is a nostalgic trip for the inner geek in ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Three Rivers Press (CA) (first published 2002)
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In a fluke moment of inspiration, young Paul Feig composes a mildly clever humorous poem about a knight with wardrobe difficulties. Both his teacher and classmates, all of whom usually hate his guts, react positively to it, instilling the belief in Feig that everything he writes from here on out can't help but be raw, unaffected genius. And of course his next poem is incoherent and awful, and everyone hates him again.

That's the kind of embarrassing school-days anecdote that's funny to look back
Sep 09, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teenage angst and nerdy anger is one thing, and can be funny (intentional or not), but there's a mean-even-in-retrospect element to the narrative of one or two stories that is unnerving. What's left is like Freaks and Geeks (awesome) without the tiny dose of the Wonder Years that show had. Feig gives us that tiny dose at the end of his book, but I think it is too late. We're already hoping he gets his ass kicked, gets a backbone, or just grows up already. At some point I stopped rooting for him ...more
Wes Locher
Jun 30, 2010 Wes Locher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, essays, 2010-reads
Paul Feig's "Kick Me" was a difficult read for me. Maybe it was the emotional pain I felt for the author as he took me through 12 years of pain, torture, girl problems, abuse by his classmates, and myriad awkward experiences. Or maybe it was because I relived my entire childhood through this book.

Regardless of how I felt, I actually couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in under 24 hours. It's good to know that I'm not the only one to suffer at the hands of abusive classmates and teach
May 06, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, 2013
You may know Paul Feig as the creator of Freaks and Geeks, possibly the finest television show ever made. In Kick Me, Feig describes a series of painfully embarrassing events from his middle and high school years. It's an engaging book and offers some fascinating back story to many events and themes that made their way into the show. But while Freaks and Geeks usually offers a bit of redemption to even the most obnoxious characters, Feig's memoir portrays a world that is considerably bleaker for ...more
Amusing at times and Feig's talent as a writer is on full display, but somewhat forgettable. The kernels for several storylines from Freaks and Geeks are present here, and some of the events documented are so cringeworthy that they verge on being uncomfortable to read. Even though I am younger and a different gender than Feig, several of his experiences are so universal that I was easily able to relate to them, and his recollections of physical education in particular brought back a wash of horr ...more
May 10, 2013 Bert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was light and funny and painfully honest, i especially loved the part where Paul in third-grade unwittingly writes a poem about a knight, which makes his class laugh, then tries to write an artsy follow-up which falls on its ass ('Words started coming into my head and I wrote them as I heard them, secure in the genius of each'). In one chapter he writes about trying on his mum's clothes and being attracted to himself as a girl ('I began wishing that somehow I could come out of the mirror an ...more
Adolescence is something that we all tackle in a lifetime, just as we tackle childhood and battle adulthood, however, this confusing time between the two can be confusing, enlightening, and scary, especially for a young Paul Feig as read in this book. As a girl I can say I don't really know what the life of an adolescent boy is like. I couldn't tell you what runs through their mind when they dance with a crush at a school formal, are dressed up as an elf for a school play, or get picked on. Howe ...more
Feig's childhood seemed to be painfully awkward. At times, the stories were funny, but as they progressed I found myself becoming bored and just wanting to get to the end. I also found that the stories were nothing new, they seemed to be archetypical of stories of childhood. It made me wonder if all these things happened as Feig depicts them or whether they have become exaggerated to fit a stereotypical story of gym class, bus riding, or going to the prom. All the same, the book had amusing mom ...more
Erin Beckwith
This book has been on my "to-read" list for nearly 10 years, since a friend recommended it when I was around age 17 and loving the television show Freaks and Geeks, created by the author. What I expected was a gut wrenchingly hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny, cleverly crafted memoir of Paul Feig's youth. Instead, he describes bitter memories in a voice that, while sometimes humorously sarcastic, was much more bland, and serious, that I had in mind. Being surrounded by Sarah Vowell and David Sedar ...more
Meagan Houle
Cute, but generally insipid.
Paul attempts to write one of those feel-good, nostalgic memoirs about life as a kid which, for most of us, is one long lesson in the school of hard knocks. Despite some mild hazing from his peers (really, little more than what most of us face for one reason or another), Paul manages to "blossom" into one of the most neurotic teenagers I've ever heard of. Adult Paul, while writing about his past self, is wonderfully candid about his many eccentricities, and is quick t
Monkey Paul Wilson
Pretty funny memoir by the creator of Freaks and Geeks (although in a just world, he would be best remembered as Tim from Heavy Weights). There are a lot of anecdotes that were placed in the show, and you can tell that Sam Weir is Feig's peripheral character (always thought it was Lindsay, because the show is told from her perspective).

The funniest story involves Paul's revelation that he made a pretty girl when trying on his mom's clothes, and coerced his mom into making him a girl for Hallowe
Nov 29, 2008 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my book group. Disappointing. When we picked it, we were thinking, "Something light!" But, it wasn't light so much as it was just kind of sad and pathetic. I didn't make it to this group (was on flight back from a funeral), but I got the impression no one was especially impressed.
Oct 19, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Honestly, I didn't finish it. The anecdotes were funny and relatable, but the writing was a little dry. I was disappointed, because I love Freaks & Geeks so much. Seems like another case of a writer who is great at characterization but doesn't really know how to unfold plot.
Apr 12, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in this book, with so many touch-points of 70's history and pop culture that I can't help but recommend Kick Me to anyone who grew up in that era. And, while I suspect that some of the author's memories might be...uh...enhanced a little?...I didn't really care, because the stories were great.

My favorite aspect of this book is the way Feig just skewers the twisted logic of his younger self. The thought processes that seem perfectly reasonable to a 12
Jul 07, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kids can be cruel to other kids. Gym teachers can be sadistic to kids . . . unless the kid is a bully. They can respect bullies. Alas, Paul Feig was a polite, friendly kid. The gym teacher singled him out as a target. The bullies joined in. Cruel comments followed him almost everywhere at school.

It began in jr. high and continued through high school: seven years of humiliating incidents. And, combined with his observation that childhood is built on bad decision making, it was a long seven years
From the director of "Bridesmaids," this memoir is radioactively hilarious.
May 10, 2016 Corielle rated it it was amazing
Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence was probably one of the funniest, most painfully awkward childhood memoirs that I've ever read. Thank god for Paul Feig's horrible experiences, though, because it's easy to see how everything he went through in school shaped him as the incredibly funny and talented man that we enjoy today. Hell, it's obvious that half of Freaks and Geeks (the really painful nerdy parts) were lifted directly from his memories.

“I was afraid of anyone in a costume. A trip to see S
The Story of famous director and writer, Paul Feig, is one story worth enjoying because you know as you are reading it how glad you are that you didn't live the childhood that he had. The events that he chronicles are just gut-wrenching at times because of the level of embarrassment or social-pressure of growing up in those times.

The events that Paul talks about are his constant concern for germs and how he never understood why boys his age at the time, 10, didn't care about germs like he did or
May 26, 2008 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Feig fans, people who have never seen Freaks and Geeks
Anyone who's seen an episode of Freaks and Geeks should know what to expect from Paul Feig's memoir Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence. And maybe that's the problem.

Feig is certainly good at self-deprecation, and equally as good at getting to the heart of all of the things that make being a teenager so horribly difficult. Many of short essays that comprise the book hit so close to home that I found myself wincing- who hasn't been terrified of taking their clothes off in the locker room, or can't
Nov 06, 2013 AJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
Since I loved Freaks and Geeks (check it out on Netflix!) I decided I had to read this book as the author was the creator of the show.

Definitely a highly entertaining series of essays about growing up. In fact, a lot of the stories were partially or completely portrayed in Freaks and Geeks - though surprisingly, the events came off as much more humiliating in the book. The author is definitely in the "geeks" camp. I don't recall the appearance of any "freaks" until the essay on the bus drivers a
Emily Von pfahl
Virtually everyone I know cites middle school as being a particularly rough time in the their lives. I know that for many more people they can say elementary school and/or high school were also rough years. Paul Feig easily counts it all as being rough and you will give thanks that you did not have to go through what he went through. As painful as some of the stories are that he relates (mortifying) he does it without an ounce of self-pity or martyrdom, and manages to see the humor in these situ ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freaks & Geeks fans who want more
Shelves: memoir-esque, own-it
I want to give this a 2.5.

I remember hearing about Freaks & Geeks in high school and then it just kind of fell off the face of the earth. I re-discovered it this summer and put the entire series (the whole 3/4 of one season) on my Netflix Queue.

I thought it was funny at times and it definitely brought back the nostalgia (as I went from geek to freak back to geek during high school.) But parts were dragged so far along it was pretty much kicking and screaming.

I can see why it was canceled d
Jun 03, 2007 Trin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written by the creator of Freaks and Geeks, this is basically a collection of all the most awful and embarrassing things that can happen to you growing up. And then some: if you have the slightest embarrassment squick, I recommend avoiding this book like you would avoid a public speaking contest for people who stutter and have Tourette's. I can watch assorted humiliating sitcom moments all the way through and not feel too bad, but this book had me not only hiding my head in my hands but wanting ...more
Dec 26, 2011 D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Freaks and Geeks is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I mean...we own it. And Matt and I will go through periods where we marathon watch ALL the episodes in one sitting. One time, we made margaritas, and stayed up all night.

When "Kick Me" had glimmers of Freaks and Geeks in its writing, I was happy.

When it meandered. When it wasn't as funny as I hoped it to be, I was not.

I didn't think the stories were told as well as they could have been -- some of them were truly funny, but for a guy who
Jul 01, 2008 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book falls into those class of books that can be read in a semi-dedicated 24 hours of light reading simply by being entertaining and easy to read. It is by the guy who wrote Freaks and Geeks with Judd Apatow and it is lots of awkward stories from his adolescence. Unbelievably awkward in some instances. Im not a huge fan of collections of stories by one author because I feel like there is a "build up, delivery, wrap up" pattern that gets old when its done over and over by the same voice. not ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Paul Feig's work (Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Bridesmaids) so I thought this book would be a slam dunk. It was not.

He's a good writer - it's not that. The book started out with childhood stories from his experience growing up in Michigan that I could identify with. Then his recollections of being bullied got more and more tragic and even the humor he attempted to inject didn't dull the horror. And then, the more more he talked about his quirks and beliefs as a child, the less I
Mar 11, 2013 Johnna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have come to the realization that young Paul Feig and myself and very nearly the same person, even now, which is a little unsettling in some ways but humorous as well. But really this book made me laugh out loud and cringe and want to punch small children and these teachers in the throat. Being a huge fan of Freaks and Geeks, it was cool to read about Feig's experiences and remember seeing them portrayed in the show. There were times where the stories felt a bit redundant, but the writing and ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Duane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Feig reveals his turmoil adolescents in this laugh out loud funny book. Although some of his struggles were pretty much self inflicted, most of the agony he suffers most of us can relate to. I love the blatant honesty he shares with us. One of my favorite chapters has to be the one with his enjoying dressing up in women's clothes. He never tries to give us a sexual reason for the enjoyment, simply the pleasure he had at seeing at how attractive he'd have been if he'd been born as a girl. I ...more
Drew Sturgeon
Although "Kick Me" is not a book I would recommend to teach in a whole class, I think it could be valuable to have on my bookshelf for students to read on their own time. "Kick Me" follows Paul Feig's adventures from elementary through senior year of high school. He shares embarrassing stories as well as personal highlights from his experience in 12 years of school. I read this book when I was in 9th grade, and I related with it instantly because it captures the feelings and experiences of the a ...more
Ken Heard
Sep 04, 2014 Ken Heard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Feig's "Kick Me" should be be the signature anthem for us nerds who lived and went to school in the 1970s. The book is a great reminisce of the horrors of junior high gym classes, girl germs, calling each other "fag" and other names, the awkwardness of dating, the embarrassment of parents and the angst of simply going from adolescence to early adult.

Feig does a good job conveying his embarrassment on such pieces about the prom, his stint as a football announcer for his school, dealing with
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Paul S. Feig (born September 17, 1962) is an American director, actor and author. Feig directed the Oscar nominated 2011 film Bridesmaids featuring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Feig directed The Heat, also starring McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

He created the critically acclaimed show Freaks and Geeks and has directed several episodes of The Office and Arrested Development; plus select episode
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“I was afraid of anyone in a costume. A trip to see Santa might as well have been a trip to sit on Hitler's lap for all the trauma it would cause me. Once, when I was four, my mother and I were in a Sears and someone wearing an enormous Easter Bunny costume headed my way to present me with a chocolate Easter egg. I was petrified by this nightmarish six-foot-tall bipedal pink fake-fur monster with human-sized arms and legs and a soulless, impassive face heading toward me. It waved halfheartedly as it held a piece of candy out in an evil attempt to lure me into its clutches. Fearing for my life, I pulled open the bottom drawer of a display case and stuck my head inside, the same way an ostrich buries its head in the sand. This caused much hilarity among the surrounding adults, and the chorus of grown-up laughter I heard echoing from within that drawer only added to the horror of the moment. Over the next several years, I would run away in terror from a guy in a gorilla suit whose job it was to wave customers into a car wash, a giant Uncle Sam on stilts, a midget dressed like a leprechaun, an astronaut, the Detroit Tigers mascot, Ronald McDonald, Big Bird, Bozo the Clown, and every Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Uncle Scrooge, and Goofy who walked the streets at Disneyland. Add to this an irrational fear of small dogs that saw me on more than one occasion fleeing in terror from our neighbor's four-inch-high miniature dachschund as if I were being chased by the Hound of the Baskervilles and a chronic case of germ phobia, and it's pretty apparent that I was--what some of the less politically correct among us might call--a first-class pussy.” 3 likes
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