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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,924 ratings  ·  230 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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Jeremy
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
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Michael
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
Weston Locher
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
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Kristen
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
Roberto
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
Katherine
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
Amanda
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
Robin
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.
Melanie
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.
Joyce
From the director of "Bridesmaids," this memoir is radioactively hilarious.
Chris
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
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Crystal
May 26, 2008 Crystal rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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AJ
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
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Rachel
Nov 21, 2008 Rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Trin
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
D.
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
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Molly
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
Johnna
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
Duane
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
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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Amanda
Oct 28, 2009 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Paul Feig and the tv show Freaks and Geeks
Shelves: books-i-own, humor
All the embarrassing, awkward and traumatic experiences you had growing up are pretty much all right here. Paul Feig has put his adolescent experiences into writing, so we can read them and dredge up all those bad memories of our own. If you’ve ever watched Freaks and Geeks, you’ll recognize some of the storylines in what you’re reading. It’s hilarious and laugh out loud funny at times and cringe inducing at others. Just like those real memories you’re trying to suppress.

I’d recommend this to an
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Christina
Sep 08, 2008 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like neurotic and funny
Shelves: read-it-loved-it
This is a cringe worthy and Oh-So-Funny debut from the creator of Freaks and Geeks. Paul Feig tells stories of his germaphobic, neurotic adolescence. Not quite as funny as it's sequel "Superstud", this book nonetheless will have you laugh, maybe cry out of embarrassment and be glad that you are not Paul Feig. I especially enjoyed the story of his first kiss. Can a hyper-neurotic teenage boy kiss a girl who barfed and then ate a steak and onion dinner? Maybe, but it won't be pretty for either of ...more
Lisa Findley
As a Freaks and Geeks fan, I found the seedlings of the show in just about every story in Paul Feig's Kick Me. Feig's a funny storyteller, and although there's a lot to cringe at because these are tales of adolescence, they're all well done.
John Kroll
Ugh. I gave up halfway through.

For me, this fell into the Uncanny Valley.

In animation and robotics, that refers to the uncomfortable feeling caused by simulations of humans that are just a bit too shy of being realistic.

This book showed me that the Uncanny Valley exists with memoirs, too. The stories are almost believable, but there are too many pat, sit-com endings. Unlike, say, Jean Shepherd's childhood stories, Feig's lack a tone of voice funny enough to match the attempts at humor. I cringe
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Laura
I really enjoyed Paul Feig's other book, Superstud, and was hoping that Kick Me would be equally entertaining. Perhaps the fact I read them out of order (I think Kick Me was his first book) and/or so close together is what prevented me from finishing it - but it just didn't do it for me. Many of the stories overlap in the two books - and the humor in this one is so cringworthy, that it made it tough to read too much of it at a time. However, I still think Paul Feig is a hilarious author -- and w ...more
Jessica
Paul Feig is one of the people behind Freaks and Geeks, and if you've seen the show, you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're in for in his books. They're funny and lighthearted memoirs from the author's adolescence, and a lot of the anecdotes were actually turned more or less verbatim into scenes or plot lines in Freaks and Geeks. I think Kick Me is superior to Superstud, but they both have plenty of funny moments. Kick Me is quick to read and doesn't take a lot of concentration, so it's ...more
Kate
Dec 16, 2007 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone on earth who wants to laugh...esp from mt clemens
what i learned from this book...i learned all about the nerdiest nerd on the planet and loved every second of it. i especially like that the landmarks are local so i know exactly where the events are taking place. i can not express my love for this enough; i laughed to tears while reading it and kept running in pete's room, trying to read him the funny parts while gasping for breath between laughs. it is that funny.

i bought it for him when he was sick with the dropped lung, but i'm glad he didn
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Max
Loved this book. Paul Feig is hilarious and this book made you want to keep reading.
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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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