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Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  921 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A warm and witty memoir by Danielle Fishel, the beloved star of the '90s sitcom Boy Meets World and the eagerly anticipated spin-off, Girl Meets World.

Best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel was many a tween's first crush and the quintessential girl-next-door for seven years as she joined 10 million viewers in their living rooms every Fr
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Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Erin
3.5 Stars

First Things First: I am a Boy Meets World super fan!
I was and am obsessed with that show. I even watched Girl Meets World despite the fact it was not that good.

Cory & Topanga 4 Ever!

Before I started reading this book I read several reviews for this book and let me tell you... they were not good. The main problem people had with it was they didn't think Danielle Fishel was a very good writer.

Well Duh!

She's an actress. Writing isn't her day job this is just something fun to do.
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Mak
Apr 29, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
How can a 90's girl not read this?!
Colleen
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
Whoa. Danielle Fishel should not have written a biography. Two major problems - first, she's not a great writer. You can tell she's going for the "we're just having a chat" approach but it comes off as a bit too casual to the point that it doesn't always make sense. Second, her life is too normal for a biography. She's tried to make things out to be bigger than they are. Sure, there's an odd cute story here and there but for the most part, there's little in here that I couldn't imagine someone I ...more
Orsolya
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, library, hollywood
If you are near 30 years of age at the time of this review, then you grew up watching the sitcom “Boy Meets World” on the TGIF lineup on ABC. If you didn’t watch it…well… you must have been living as a yeti in the woods. For those familiar, actress Danielle Fishel (Topanga on BMW) was a main story character. Now starring in a reboot/spinoff (Girl Meets World on Disney Channel); Fishel is back and opening up her life stories in, “Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Un ...more
Jessica Jeffers
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I read this because I loved Boy Meets World and was happily willing to spend an afternoon allowing someone to cash in on my nostalgia. It's a perfectly fine book but Fishel's not really as interesting or unrelentingly awkward as she seems to believe. Most of her stories are rather ho-hum, especially by celebrity memoir standards.

Though, HOLY SHITBALLS OF FIRE. How did I not know that she dated Lance Bass for several months in the late 90s.

I'm sure this is a fine way to spend an afternoon if yo
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Ash
There are two things about memoir writing that I learned from reading them:

1. There are incredibly hard to achieved and;
2. Not everyone can do it.

Reading Danielle Fishel's Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness in less than 5 hours, I realized my aformentioned truths so clearly. Fishel's life story wasn't boring but it wasn't just particularly interesting or funny. I felt surprisingly underwhelmed by the whole experience.

Her chapters were in non
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Eden
Danielle Fishel is an actress known for role as Topanga in Boy Meets World, a role she has since reprised in Girl Meets World. I grew up watching Boy Meets World and so when I found out that Danielle Fishel had written a book, I had to read it.

This memoir is not in chronological order. There is actually quite a bit of jumping around from chapter to chapter and even within chapters. It's not something I'm used to when reading biographies of celebrities, but it didn't necessarily make this memoir
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Jason Gusman
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was at the Mall Of America and noticed Danielle was doing a signing for this book. To be honest, I didn't know anything about it, but my kids had an opportunity to meet her, so buying the book for a picture and a story was completely worth it. And the girls had one of the more popular stories to tell the following Monday at school for sure.

I didn't know how appropriate the book would be for girls that are 11 and 8 so I figured I'd read it first. The reason I gave this book 1 star was because
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Briana
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, I read this book in one day. Partly because I'm desperately trying to reach my 30 book goal for the year (okay mostly), but also because it was just delightful. While Danielle Fishel is not someone I would call a mind-blowingly good writer, her very relateable, sweet voice makes the book really easy to read. And her stories are HILARIOUS. There are less stories about her time on Boy Meets World than I would have thought (and would have liked), but I still found myself loving the stories jus ...more
Victoria
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
This was a cute, fun read! It was fun getting behind the scenes stories from her Boy Meets World days. There were a few stories that actually made me laugh out loud a little because they were so unbelievable!

The only thing that I didn't like was how abruptly the book ended. I kind of wish there was a little outro or wrap up. It felt like the stories jumped around too, they didn't really go in chronological order or follow a timeline but it didn't take away from how hilarious and awkward they we
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Liz
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I really enjoyed this collection of stories from one of my all time favorite actresses. It's sort of bittersweet though because book Danielle Fishel doesn't know that her and her then husband would not last.
Marcy
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Danielle Fishel. Always have, always will. So of course I had to read her book! It was cool to read about some of her experiences growing up and what it was like to be Topanga. If you like her, you will like this book.

However, I thought she tried WAY TOO HARD to be funny. Like sometimes her jokes in parentheses were distracting from the actual story. They were way too forced and occurred way too often in the book. I think it would have been better if she left these out. I will say there w
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Susan Bazzett-Griffith
1.5 stars. This book is pretty awful, not particularly chronological (and no apparent rhyme or reason for that), and doesn't actually tell you much about Danielle Fishel's life. At the end, in the acknowledgments? She thanks her brother Chris, who she says has been called "Topanga's sister", but until I read the acknowledgments? I had no idea she HAD a brother! She talks briefly about her time on Boy Meets World, about how she is klutzy and bad at sports, about dating Lance Bass, and about plann ...more
Steph
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I got the chance to meet Danielle Fishel at a book signing, and I give her 5 stars as the adorable, sweet, spunky girl that we all hoped she would be. She's wonderful!

That being said, the book was bad. It was like she spoke about her life and then someone wrote down what she was saying. LOVE, love, love her but really couldn't wait to be done with the poorly-written book.

The one bonus was a few cute stories about Boy Meets World. =)

Jaclyn Harrison
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I tried, but just couldn't. It's probably partly my fault since I have a newborn who hates me and my brain no longer works properly, but it just wasn't that interesting. 2 stars only because I love Topanga.
Christine
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Love Danielle Fishel, and really wanted to love the book. It was fun/interesting to read about her life thus far, but overall just didn't grab me. Still a fan though. :)
J.R.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet, fun book. Quick read. Hit me right in the nostalgia.
Rose
Cute. Easy read, kept a good pace, and each chapter had a BMW story to go with it. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Mandy
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Super cute book. I doubt anyone who wasn't a fan of Boy Meets World would get much out of it, but it was easy to read, adorable, and very Topanga. I stumbled across this biography randomly in the library and I had to read it to get to know that actress behind the character I loved so much growing up. I'm not one for fart or poop jokes, but it fits her personality well and she's just so likable, it's hard to be upset. I can't believe Danielle Fishel took Lance Bass to her high school prom. Readin ...more
Kourtney
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sure sure...Danielle Fishel is Topanga. I saw her at a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley when Boy Meets World had just ended, and she was very bubbly, and loud (after reading this book I see it's just her personality and not a LOOK AT ME star mentality). But my love for her didn't start until she became the host of The Dish on the Style Network. Oh how I loved her! I DVR'ed every episode and cried the day it ended. When I saw this book on Scribd, I quickly requested it.

This book felt like ha
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Nicole
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Quick read... marked down a few stars because this book is more like a conversation. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't seem to flow really well. Each chapter is basically one short story of something that came about from an awkward/klutzy moment in Danielle's life. I would have loved more BMW stories. I did enjoy her chapter about when she dated Lance Bass from NSYNC. HOWEVER, when she was given the choice of either BSB or NSYNC to be on ABC's TGIF special, BSB should always b
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Loyal
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun, easy read, about the mishaps and fun times of Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World star Danielle Fishel. I was really excited to read this book, and picked it up through amazon. Danielle is both a familiar character, for any former watchers of Boy Meets World, and a relatable one, from all the day to day trials, tribulations, and anxieties she deals with. From her life as a dog mom to her dating life, and funny tales from her days on the set of Boy Meets World, this book was simply a deli ...more
Lorenzo Dozier
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note. I made this review back in 2014.

Bought her book yesterday night and finished it today. I'm sitting here thinking, how the hell did i knock out 200+ pages that quick. A must read! lol. - Early childhood - Tons of Klutz and embarrassing moments - How she got the "Topanga" role - Hardships - Trying to have a "normal" school life as much as possible
- College days, meeting her Husband - #BoyMeetsWorld & #GirlMeetsWorld
- Dating & awkward situation
- Important advice to all, @daniellefish
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Crystal
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Honestly I'm not sure why I liked this so much because most of Danielle's stories were just so normal. There wasn't a lot of crazy, messed up teenage escapades like a lot of celebrities write about (which is maybe why I liked it...I wasn't the type to go crazy when I was younger either so some of those "I did all the drugs" kind of stories just aren't things I can relate to) and most of what she wrote about was so normal. There were lots of mentions of Boy Meets World and her castmates from the ...more
Anne
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to start by saying I love BMW, Danielle Fishel, and even GMW for the opportunity to see Danielle Fishel again. That being said, if anyone else had written this, I woukd have given it one star. But, for my love of her, the conversational anecdotes, a style I don't often appreciate, left me hungering for more. I will recommend, however, that those with less sturdy stomachs skip the chapter about her dogs.
Tiff
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a giveaway.

I really love the way this was written - it's easy and unpretentious and fun. There were definitely parts where I feel like came across as "LOL, look how awkwardly relatable/charming I am!" but Fishel's voice is genuinely funny. I wasn't really annoyed by it.

All in all, 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Meagan Bawden
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Very fast, three hour read. If you're a fan of Boy Meets World and the adorable girl who plays Topanga this will be an interesting insight into some parts of her life. I must confess however, none of these stories feel very deep or overly revealing. Just fun and lighthearted. Which can be exactly what some people need depending on the day. It's a read and pass-along in my opinion!
Kristin
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was a fan of Boy Meets World, so I figured it would be fun to read Danielle Fishel's memoir. Her chapters were a bit random and she's not the best storyteller, but I enjoyed reading about her acting career and relationship with Lance Bass. Her chapter towards the end about her dogs was disgusting and made me never want to have a pet ever!
Sarah Luckenbaugh
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were quite a few moments where I was laughing out loud. Her life isn’t the super glamorous celebrity lifestyle you might expect, but I think that makes her easy to relate to. This book was a quick read that made me nostalgic for the 90’s.
Katie Saesan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went down a rabbit hole where I rented a few celebrity memoirs from the library. Danielle Fishel's is a lot of fun. She's just as delightful on the page as she was as her best known character, Topanga. If you loved BMW, you'd love reading this.
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An American actress and television personality best known for her role as Topanga Lawrence on the 1990s TV sitcom Boy Meets World. She is set to reprise the role for the upcoming 2014 spinoff Girl Meets World. She is also known for being the host of Style Network's The Dish. Fishel also appears in National Lampoon's Dorm Daze and its sequel, and was a spokesperson for NutriSystem. She is also a re ...more