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

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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
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Apr 29, 2014 Mak marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
How can a 90's girl not read this?!
Sep 17, 2014 Colleen 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
Sep 20, 2014 Orsolya rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, hollywood, memoir
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
Sep 04, 2014 Jessica 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
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
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
Jason Gusman
Sep 29, 2014 Jason Gusman 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
May 02, 2014 Marcy 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
Dec 29, 2014 Briana 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
Oct 03, 2014 Victoria 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
Sep 14, 2014 Steph 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 Jaclyn Harrison 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.
Sep 13, 2014 Christine 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. :)
Cute. Easy read, kept a good pace, and each chapter had a BMW story to go with it. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Jessica A
Oct 14, 2014 Jessica A rated it liked it
Sweet, fun book. Quick read. Hit me right in the nostalgia.
Mar 10, 2017 Mandy 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
Feb 20, 2017 Nicole 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
Mar 21, 2017 Kourtney 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
Tracey Carroll
May 11, 2017 Tracey Carroll rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read arrived in the morning didn't put down till finished the same day
Mar 22, 2017 Natalie rated it really liked it
As a big fan of Boy Meets World, I had to read this book and I enjoyed it a lot. Danielle has a great sense of humor and I enjoyed that the overall message of the book was to be happy with yourself no matter what.

However, I was hoping for more anecdotes and funny moments from the set of the show. She talked about her costars a little bit, but i would have liked more about them.

I also felt that the book ended a little abruptly. It could have used some type of conclusion to bring the whole thing
Dec 21, 2014 Marni rated it liked it
Having grown up watching Boy Meets World and now spending time with my own children, watching Girl Meets World, I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw it at the library. I feel bad because I know her as Topanga and couldn't have told you for a million dollars what her real name is. I hoped this book would give me more of an insight of Danielle.

First off, if you are looking for a tell-all, this book isn't for you. The only thing the author spills on, is some really bad dates, a couple sw
Jenni V.
Nov 03, 2014 Jenni V. rated it it was ok
Ugh. The book got off to a bad start for me in the first chapter when she talked about being too good for horror movies and soap operas. She's had success for many years but it was basically because of ONE role (I know she's done other things but I assume the majority of her recognition comes from her time as Topanga). Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Boy Meets World fan and loved her in that role (and can't imagine anyone else playing her as I learned almost happened) but reading that was off-pu ...more
Anais Torres
Jan 25, 2017 Anais Torres rated it it was amazing
Lots of readers will be sorely disappointed when they find out that Danielle Fishel, AKA Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World, is very much a normal person. After reading this book I find that Fishel's life story wasn't boring but it wasn't just particularly interesting or funny. It was enjoyable, just not mind blowing.

If you’re looking for the ‘traditional’ Hollywood memoir focusing on the chronological life story of a celebrity, this isn’t the book for you. Like the title suggests, Fishel opts
May 19, 2015 Mediaman rated it it was ok
Looks like this simplistic book is being written for middle school girls by one who is trying to be a "role model." There's no other explanation why this book is so bad and childlike. There are silly stories of accidents that happen to all of us and aren't the least bit interesting (wow, the dishwasher breaks the day of your wedding rehearsal. Fascinating.). And, most importantly, there's virtually nothing about the making of Boy Meets World or Girl Meets World or any of the entertainment shows ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Helen rated it it was ok
I enjoyed getting to know Danielle Fishel better as a person. However, I didn't feel like there was a lot holding this book together (unless you just *really* wanted to learn more about her). Though some of the anecdotes were LOL-funny, they're the sort of thing that work better in a getting-acquainted conversation (or even sprinkled throughout a long-term friendship) with someone. I wanted more of a narrative and a point, I guess. I didn't get the impression that all these vignettes needed to b ...more
Jan 28, 2017 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 4-stars, 2017
This was probably more a three and a half star read, but I thought Danielle was pretty relatable and down to Earth, so I rounded up to four. I mean, aside from being on TV and dating one of the guys from *NSync, she seemed pretty normal, so there wasn't really anything profound or good for gossip, but it was still a decent read - I would have liked it on audiobook to hear her narrate.

I especially liked reading about her college experience, because I also started in my late 20s, so it was refresh
Sep 09, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of humorous memoirs like Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Handler, etc.
Not the best humorous memoir that I've read (that would probably be Bossypants) but if you're a fan of that genre (Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Handler, etc, - I think that's the style she was trying to emulate) AND you loved Boy Meets World*, you'll enjoy this book. I think Fishel tries a little too hard to be cute and funny, I was OK with that but I could see how others will find it irritating. She comes across as down-to-earth, comfortable with herself, and a genuinely happy person. Nothin ...more
Elizabeth Rogers
Sep 07, 2014 Elizabeth Rogers rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I grew up watching Cory and Topanga on BMW and my son and I love GMW.
In Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern, Danielle tells stories of her life and the awkwardness of growing up as a TV star and of life in general. The book is witty, charming, and very funny. Very rarely do I find myself chuckling while reading a book even if I do find it funny. With Danielle's story I found myself literally laughing out loud while my son looked at me like I was an idiot becau
Cest La'Vie
Sep 10, 2014 Cest La'Vie rated it really liked it
Too Cute! Filled with heart, humor and honest insight into thelife of a beautiful full-lipped awkward teenager.

Topanga was the girl-next-door. In the 90's Danielle Fishel was on one of the most popular shows on the "Friday Night Line-up" (TGIF) and although it didn't have as many 'behind the scenes' looks as I thought it would I still found Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness to be candid and thoughful. Danielle proves that she is relateable
Sep 16, 2014 Ky rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As soon as I saw that there was a book by Danielle Fishel, I determined I had to read it right away. What 90s kid didn't watch Boy Meets World for hours during their teen years? I remember sitting in the living room with my parents (and my dog, haha) eating Totinos pizza and watching the lineup on TGIF every Friday night. Oh, the memories... sigh.

Anyway, I was a little disappointed by the book itself. I liked the fact that Fishel was down to earth and wasn't afraid to tell about her embarrassing
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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
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