Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The History of My Insanity” as Want to Read:
The History of My Insanity
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The History of My Insanity

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  35 reviews
"The History of My Insanity" is the memoirs of Trisha Paytas. It takes an in depth look at the real world of stripping, escorting, and what the overall sex industry can do to a person's mental state. The book inquires to the thought that someone can become crazy over time through courses of life's events rather than just born to be that way. A prelude to the upcoming "The ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published April 27th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The History of My Insanity, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The History of My Insanity

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.37  · 
Rating details
 ·  257 ratings  ·  35 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The History of My Insanity
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are many grammatical errors and contradictions in this book. For example " I hated my dad for 24 years" referring to her parents divorce. how could you hate him for 24 years. I'm pretty sure you don't remember that far back and her parents got divorced when she was 3. Another contradiction, she sad she remember them divorcing at 3 and the in a other part of her book she says I didn't remember anything before the age 5. This girl is an obnoxious, spoiled, narcissistic air headed blonde that ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I watch her YouTube channel all the time and was curious about this book enough to pick it up. It's written as she's telling you her story in person. However, this book is full of grammar errors and she contradicts herself many times. I just wish she would have at least used spell check. Still looking forward to her second book.
Hayley Segar
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read that won't disappoint if have always wanted to know more about the phenomenon that is Trisha Paytas. I do believe this book is self published, so there are some grammatical flaws that could bug the dedicated English major. But, grammar aside, Trisha Paytas used her uncanny ability to capture her audience's attention, which, as she has proven on YouTube, she is incredibly good at. At just 80 pages, this book is, as I said, a quick read, but it packs a lot of punch. You are filled int ...more
Courtney Shek
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: youtuber-book
Full review here
If anything this book makes you have a new found respect for Trisha. I know that a lot of people don't like her and people online just seem to be rude to her and hate on her for no reason. They somehow think that because of her past choices in life that she is beneath them.
But after reading about what she went through and how she was able to bounce back from everything that life threw at her, I admire her a lot. I mean she never gave up on her dreams and she never let anyone tell
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is okay. You have to be a fan of Trisha before reading this otherwise you will not be entertained or interested. This is basically like a longer "Draw my Life" video. She seems to oversimplify things and gloss over events without going in depth. I would have liked to see examples of her relationship with her step-mother. Reading it, it bothered me how much she reference physical expectations and beauty for the reasons she didn't get along with other women. She would write things that r ...more
Michael Clark
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy reading this book.. If you watch Trisha's Youtube Channel then you know she was a stripper for quite a while.. She tries to show the reader that Stripping isn't the glamorous thing Hollywood makes it out to be.. this book is a MUST READ!!!
Can I download this on my phone?
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love chick-lit, but I hate the term. It’s literature — shortened to ‘lit’, cute, right? — written by and marketed to women exclusively (as men, it seems, are uninterested in the lives of girls and women). But the only thing the target audience has in common is that we’re women; an experience so loosely knit, the fabric becomes useless. A well-established genre of chick-lit is the sex worker memoir. Trisha Paytas joins this tradition with her “The History of My Insanity” (and later, “The Stripp ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet. She goes more into detail on things that are only briefly mentioned on her youtube channel. Mostly about her childhood. She does directly contradict herself from time to time, though, which makes me question her a bit. Because as we know, she does have a penchant for dramatizing. For example, she complains about how she has never had an agent or manager as of when she was writing, how she "did it all on her own"... then in the next chapter, she mentioned her manager taking a cut ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really good look inside this famous youtubers head. trisha let us into her world and her past of why she does what she does. all the things shes been through that make her the trish she is now. like when she first moved to la and when she lived wth her dad and all the juicy details of her past she has not fully shared on youtube. She also has many many youtube videos if you just cant get enough trish just type in trisha paytas on youtube.
Marissa McHugh
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Trisha Paytas fan. I've been watching her since fall 2012. I related so much to the stories about her stepmother. I had some of the same experiences with my stepmom. I was also bullied in school as well, so I really empathize with Trisha during those parts. I'm just sad the book is over. Definitely would read again!
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Seems like an overdramatized version of life. Some things just sound so outlandish. Wondering why if she is so close to her family that she portrays on YouTube, why no one stepped in to stop her from escorting, etc.
savannah bennett
reading this & simultaneously cross referencing her earliest youtube videos / various television appearances makes for a truly haunting experience ...more
i got this book because i was interested in her life, but i wouldn't read it again
Feb 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't even worth one star in my opinion. It's full of lies. She's even admitted on her youtube channel that she will do anything for attention and to keep herself in the spotlight.
Sam Brattle
I gave up with this book a few chapters in. It was becoming painful to read, the way it’s written is like a secondary school child writing it
I brought this because I watched and enjoyed Trisha's videos on Youtube. I find her entertaining, although some of her videos do seem to be made to spark a reaction from people, an example of this would be her Mitt Romney videos.

Anyway, this book was quick to get through. Reading this I can see that Trisha has been through quite a lot in her life and I can see why she is the way she is. I wouldn't say this book sticks with you after you've read it. There isn't that much to it. She just gives you
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for those who are distracted or annoyed by grammar/technical mistakes. As long as you are not bothered by the several typos and minor plot contradictions, this is an alright book. It gives you a quick insight on Trisha's past and her relationships. I was worried that the book would just be a longer version of her "Draw My Life" video, and sometimes it was. Also, she could have focused more on some of the more traumatic events (ex. escorting, etc.) because some of her main plot p ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trisha Paytas is the black sheep of YouTube. She's looked at with either love or hate by so many YouTube lovers.
At first watch I had never seen anyone like her on the Internet. I suppose really there isn't. But I found myself becoming really addicted to her videos. To her life.
A few days ago she posted a video that's gotten so much hate. And in reading her book tonight I've realised it's all for the attention she craves. She really doesn't care if it's positive or negative. This book made her c
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give Trisha A for effort for writing this. This is a personal account of her life up until present day. I enjoyed reading it, as it is written as Trish talks on her youtube channel. You can picture her saying the things as she has written them. However, I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had not watched her vlog "Draw your Life." It was basically the same thing as that vlog and that took a little away for me as I know what was going to happen with each page turn. I will look forward to ...more
This book is not well written but the topic is unique. This lady worked a stripper, an escort and in the sex industry for many years and she says it can make you crazy. I have no doubt when you do these things for a living you hang out with not great people. It reminded me of my friend who worked the vice squad, he said being with these low life people were starting to affect him and he retired. This is the book for do not work in her jobs.
Jacqueline Dearinger
I had to, I just had to.
Not the greatest book in the world, but it's a nice safe way to look into someone's life without getting involved in the drama and facepalms.
Not terribly written considering.
Short read, so if you want to take a few casual hours to read reality without turning on the television pick it up. If you like watching trainwrecks, then definitely pick this up or download it.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this in just over an hour as the book is only 80 pages, it was pretty interesting to see a snippet of Trisha Paytas' life in a blog-type of writing style. The writing style is a bit jarring at times (I started counting how many times she uses the phrase "to this day" - it was a lot) but overall I still enjoyed reading this book.
Louisa Nyqvist Johnsson
Interesting to get to know the life of Trisha Paytas and the events in her life that has led up til today; however I think the title of the book has a bit of a missguiding name. I thought there would be a little moore focus on her going mad/insane rather than all the ways people misstreated her through her life.
Aurora Desmond
This book was very inspiring, I saw a lot of myself in Trish, with her longing for attention and feelings of abandonment, and wanting to entertain people. Like Trish, I find doing youtube videos to be very therapeutic. I'm excited to read her second book.
Jessica Bradley
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't see what people had against this book. I didn't notice many errors. But I love Trisha so much! And hearing her story and a brief history of what she has done was pretty cool. I really liked it and thought she had a good message at the end. I will definitely read her other books. :)
Kayla leann Stotts
Trisha you are amazing and beutiful

I love you trisha your gorgeous and your funny I love watching your youtube videos I even 're watch some because your that awesome
Destiny Cardona
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was hooked instantly. I wasn't a huge Trish fan, but now I shook am! Well deserves the 5 stars.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays
  • Admire Andrea: Surviving Savagery to Saving Lives
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn
  • Bunny Tales
  • Gone (Michael Bennett, #6)
  • Demain j'arrête!
  • Karlology
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Vol. 1
  • Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
  • Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 (Orange: The Complete Collection, #1)
  • My Teenage Dream Ended
  • Full Disclosure
  • Hope, Grace & Faith
  • Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom
  • Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story
  • One Woman's Journey: Surviving the Streets
  • Cherry on Top: Flirty, Forty-Something, and Funny as F**k
See similar books…
Trisha Kay Paytas (born May 8, 1988) simply known as Trisha Paytas is an American actress, author, businesswoman, entertainer, performer, plus-size model, and YouTube personality. She is known for her appearance on the seventh season of America's Got Talent in 2012 as well as her appearances on the television shows Who Wants to Be a Superhero? and My Strange Addiction.

Related Articles

If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? Who else has sold more than 200 million...
47 likes · 20 comments