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I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  9,698 ratings  ·  888 reviews
You know Judy Greer, right? Maybe from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Carrie, Arrested Development, or The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, you already feel like she’s your friend.

In her first book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, Greer writes about everything you would hope to hear from your best friend: how a midnight
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Hardcover, 235 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Doubleday
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Diane
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I agree that Judy Greer would make a great best friend. She is sweet, charming and funny. She has played the best-friend character in several movies, including The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, and 27 Dresses, and she understands the importance of this role:


Here's my theory: movie studios know that the star of the movie is someone no one can really identify with because we know too much about her — she's too beautiful, she's too rich — but once you give that gorgeous
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Rebecca McNutt
All I knew of Judy Greer before reading this book was of her acting job in the 2005 comedy drama The Great New Wonderful (brilliant but very somber story in that one, I created its Facebook page). I liked all these essays but they seemed a little disjointed to me, like they were on the verge of saying something big and amazing about this actress's experiences, but it kept breaking off and switching to a new topic rather abruptly. Still this is a really interesting read and one I'd definitely ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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ARC received from NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley!!!

2.5 Stars

Right now someone might be reading this, asking “Judy Greer, she looks so familiar. Where do I know her from?????”

Maybe you watched her blossom from a Fern into a Violet . . .



or maybe you recognize her from one of her many best friend roles . . .



there’s a chance you were super stoked about M. Night Shyamalan’s follow up to “The Sixth Sense” only to find Judy co-starring in a real piece of crap . . .



or
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Mara
Where do you know her from?
Actress Judy Greer has been in, well, everything (seriously, check her IMDB, which she's pretty obsessed with- it's kind of staggering). This, of course, is the point of her book (or at least its title, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star ) — chances are, you recognize her, but there's also a pretty good chance you don't know from where, and, more likely than not, don't know her name (especially since, in her post-book career, she's often
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Cassie
2.5 stars.

While I still think Judy Greer would make a pretty cool best friend (as she so often plays in bit roles), she's not an especially engaging writer.

The book is primarily comprised of essays divided up into 3 roughly chronological sections: before Hollywood, movie/tv stardom, adult home life. Think more Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling than Kathy Griffin or Melissa Joan Hart (whose memoir I read a few weeks ago). It's no salacious tell-all and there's not very much detail about actually working
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Jenny
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, essays
Judy Greer is one of those actresses that seems like she'd be really nice and down-to-earth and cool. And after reading her book, it seems like I have even more evidence that this is true. However, she's not terribly interesting. She's not a comedian so her essays are not laugh-out-loud hilarious. She's never struggled with an addiction to pills or an eating disorder so there aren't any stories about her waking up in the gutter or punching Michael Cera in the stomach in a pill-induced fit. She's ...more
Sara
I adore what I have seen of Judy Greer's work, I think she is beautiful and funny and I admire her ability to make zany and delusional look totally believable and effortless. I also love that Judy has suburban Detroit roots and unruly hair. I wanted to know more.

It turns out Judy and I are only meant to be best friends with her on screen and me on the couch. There are funny parts - her random texts to Janet were great and her descriptions of interactions with fans who can't place her and her
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Katie
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book. I love memoirs, and I'm fascinated with the life of an actress/comedienne- maybe because it just seems so different than my own. I've seen many of the movies and TV shows Judy Greer has co-starred in, and was hoping for some fun tidbits from the actors and people she's met in Hollywood. Well, there wasn't a lot of that. The book is made up of chapters devoted to various musings about a range of subjects. There's a little bit about her background, which ...more
Faye*
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 relaxed stars



This was nice. As you may have noticed, I like celebrity audio books, they are just so easy to listen to. Are there any big reveals or does Judy Greer give mind-blowing advice in this book? No. But what she does is tell you a bit about herself, her life, and her acting career. It's a super quick read for the beach or the subway albeit a bit very short.
The only "complaint" I have is that she almost doesn't talk at all any of her movie gigs and that's a bit disappointing. I
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Melissa
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I remember seeing Judy Greer in a movie was when I saw Jawbreaker. She played Fern, this nerdy girl who was obsessed with the class beauty. As a result of witnessing an unfortunate situation, she receives a makeover and eventually goes up against Rose McGowan's character. It's kind of like a Mean Girls or Heathers for the late '90s. Anyway, I was impressed by Judy. After that, she started popping up in other movies, as well as one of my favorite sitcoms, Arrested Development. Her ...more
James
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Growing up in Detroit is boring.
Being a childhood ballerina is hard.
Going to a good school is hard.
Giving up ballet to become an actor is hard.
Getting into acting school first try is hard.
Acting is hard but better than having a real job.
Working as a waitress is hard.
Working as a cloakroom attendant is hard.
Having parents that love and support you is hard.
The worst thing my Dad did to me is buy me a Barbie pink car.
He even painted a vanity plate for it that said *2B ... "Star to be." Geddit?
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Lori
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I would give this a 3.5. a pretty decent read. Judy Greer is an actress. the title of this book is pretty accurate. I imagine anyone who watches enough tv or movies have seen Judy Greer. she is usually the featured player, co-star, second banana, funny best friend etc. this is a pleasant read. Judy shares snippets from her life. She grew up in Livonia Mi. went to an acting college in Chicago and then headed for Los Angeles to pursue and acting career. She has been there since. This is NOT a tell ...more
Becky Sandham Mathwin
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Judy Greer is a working actress who's been in a ton of movies and TV shows. She's not a star and the vast majority of people probably don't know her by name but she's one of those actors who works a lot and who you'd probably recognize but not know the context of how you "know" her (hence the title).

She seems like a pleasant person but when I read memoirs of actors or anyone in show business I admittedly want drama and dirt and there is none to be found in this book. She's still working and I'm
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I picked this up on what i think would be called a, "whim". I do know at least a couple of places I "know Judy Greer (not her birth name) from". So I thought why not?

Actually the book is (and this is not a denigration), "cute". I'd say get the audio read by Judy herself. The quirky delivery and her openness will probably draw you in.

Judy is (as I said above) very open here and while I at first went into this only mildly interested I admit that there were times she had me laughing out
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Jenny Bunting
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I read the first 26% or so of this on an e-reader and then the rest as the audiobook. I highly encourage you to listen to this on audiobook since Judy Greer is delightful as a narrator.

I found her easy to like, easy to listen to and generally interesting. I would say she's funny in how earnest she is and how she displays her quirks for all to see in her memoir. This is effortlessly humorous. I find it admirable that she's worked as much as she has and the popular movies she's been in that I've
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Donna
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an autobiography written as a group of essays. So with that being said, it doesn't really flow into a cohesive unit. But ...... I still liked this. She comes across as honest, but charming. She didn't seem guarded, apologetic, or full of herself. I liked her approach to this book as she talked about how she fell into acting, her career, and her family life. The one thing I enjoyed the most was her sense of humor. It seemed sarcastic at times, and therefore, it was like my mother-ship. ...more
Eric Klee
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Judy Greer is not entirely famous, and she acknowledges that by subtitling her book, "Confessions of a Co-Star." Yes, she does look familiar, but I could never tell you what I've seen her in or, by looking at a photo of her, even what her name was. And, if you showed me a photo out of context, I might say, "She looks a little familiar," but I couldn't tell you if she was an actress or the girl who rang up my shirts at American Eagle Outfitters.

Reading her memoirs is about as revelatory as
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Lindsey Reeder
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time I told people I was reading an early advanced reading copy of a memoir from Judy Greer, they're reaction was "Is that the woman from Arrested Development?" or "Wasn't she in 27 Dresses?" Oh and don't forget "She was in The Wedding Planner, right?"

That's why I think the title of her memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From is perfect. She shares in the memoir that she's embraced her costar ways and has had the opportunity to work with some of today's biggest stars (which she talks
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Stacey
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I really enjoy Judy Greer and many of the movies where's she has played the best friend or side kick type role. I wouldn't be one of the people coming up to her on the street asking her "What do I know you from?". This was a really quick audiobook, read by Judy and I enjoyed it. Light and fun - I found her take on Hollywood interesting and enjoyed listening to her antic dotes.
My favorite Judy Greer movie is 13 Going on 30 (main character played by Jennifer Garner).
Tracey
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It entertained me. There weren't a lot of crazy stories because she doesn't have a ton of them. Interesting little insight into the life of a working actress.
Angela Johnson
I love Judy Greer. If I ran into her, there would NOT be a discussion trying to figure out where I know her from. I know her from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Arrested Development, 27 Dresses, even My Name is Earl. I get that she's become the sidekick, always cast as the best friend, but like she mentions in her memoir, that's who we really relate to. Watching The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, etc. I can't relate to the girl that is "beautiful but doesn't know it" who just happens to ...more
Amy


“I can’t afford a full-time assistant or organize my life, I don’t have a chef cooking for me and my family, I barely have time to work out or walk my dog (OK, fine, I do have a dog walker, I mean, I’m not going to shortchange my dog Buckley, come on).”

Part one growing up in suburbs outside of Detroit not terribly noteworthy. Part two, where Judy Greer begins to discuss her Hollywood life gets only slightly more appealing. She writes without a clear voice. The tone’s neither funny nor serious.
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Dana
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I've always liked Judy Greer. She always plays the best friend in almost every movie I've seen her in, and her book makes the reader want to be friends with her. She writes like I imagine she would talk in life. Her book is filled with funny stories about growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, her girl-hood crushes, her current celebrity crushes, stories of her working through college at restaurants and nightclubs, and how hard it is to get an acting job and a decent place to ...more
Jennifer
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the style this book was written in - it was like Judy was writing to a friend. It was interesting and fun getting to know her better. Despite her prolific career as an actress, she seems like a very genuine, down-to-earth person. The downsides were that there wasn't nearly as much humor as I had expected, it got a bit disorganized/choppy in the last section, and there were a couple chapters where she spent too much time getting down on herself. However, this was a very light and easy ...more
Caitlin
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whether you're curious just how little fun the Oscars can truly be or how to best explain to your friend that you accidentally peed on her shoes, Judy Greer's got an essay for you.

If you're a fan this book is fun and funny. If you have no idea who she is it's still fun and funny,and might inspire you to do yourself the favor of IMDbing the author. If nothing else you'll have fun discovering how many of your favorite movies/shows she's been in.
Christa Harmon
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book made me want to be Judy Greer's best friend. I also totally didn't realize that she's CHERYL IN ARCHER which made me love her even more. She was funny and thoughtful and honest and full of way more neurotic thoughts than I anticipated, and all of these things made her easy to relate to. Also she made me really like Ashton Kutcher more.
Keri
3.5 stars
Im happy every time I find out Judy Greer is in a movie I’m about to watch. She’s funny, relatable, and a good actress, so I was excited to find out she wrote a book. I feel like I know a lot more about her after this book, and I loved hearing her read it. I can’t help but wish I could hang out with Judy—I feel like we’d be great friends. Some reviews complain about the lack of juicy celeb gossip and seedy life details, but I found Judy’s life interesting and super relatable which I
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Jenny Kruschke
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
If you're a fan of Judy Greer, you'll probably enjoy this light-hearted reflection of her life as a not-so-famous celebrity who perpetually plays the best friend. A great read when you need a break from heavy literature.
Ally McCulloch
Judy Greer is extremely funny and I enjoyed hearing about her life.
Sara
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
***Book Review For Chick Lit Central; www.chicklitcentral.com***

When I first saw Judy Greer on the big screen, I was watching What Women Want. She’s Erin the file girl, and I remember thinking, “Who’s that actress? What else have I seen her in?” I had the same reaction when I saw The Wedding Planner, and 13 Going on 30. It would be insanely hard not to take notice of the fantastic acting chops Greer possesses. Even when she’s devilishly bitchy like in "13." Only problem is, I still didn’t know
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Judy Greer is an American actress with an extremely wide range of films and television projects under her belt. She is probably best known by fans of Arrested Development as Kitty and in films such as 13 Going on 30 (in some countries Suddenly 30) as the awkward best friend of Jennifer Garner's character Jenna.

Some of Judy's other film and Television credits include: 27 Dresses, 2 and a Half Men,
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“Being homesick is good─it means I am happy in my real life.” 9 likes
“Keep your life simple and stylish and earnest. Do good and donate your time and money to something you care about. Make people laugh. Be frank. Always give people a second chance—but rarely a third. Live light, travel light, and be light. Forget shit and move on. Make everyone you love feel loved. Waste not, want not. Reuse stuff. Stop trying to get a tan and straighten your hair—you’re just not made that way. Go to the movies, go to the library, go to the park. Try to make every day feel as close to a vacation as possible. Floss.” 8 likes
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