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Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Dutton Books
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Matthew
I have to say that I am quite impressed with this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but every time I have seen an Anna Faris movie she is extremely goofy. Because of this I was kind of expecting a goofy book without a lot of substance. Well, I will quote the old adage – don’t judge a book by its cover!

While the book does have a little goofiness, it is also extremely introspective. Faris is much deeper and poignant that I was expecting. Her stories are filled with honest cynicism and self-depre
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Erin
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would, but its not the books fault. I started reading Unqualified on Sunday, the same day I finished a book that I absolutely loved. I should have waited a day. I ruined this book for myself so take this review with a grain of salt.

I'm not a fan of Anna Faris the actress. I've only seen 3 of her movies 2 of the Scary Movie films and Lost In Translation. Apparently she's on a tv show I've never even heard of and I watch A LOT of tv. So you may be ask
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Nat
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The road that led me down to pick this book up is a funny one and can be mainly credited to one character: Andy Dwyer.


So basically, I was in a funk of watching a bunch of Parks and Recreation videos that started off with this hilarious compilation of Chris Pratt bloopers that had me nearly choking with laughter, while simultaneously wiping away laugh-crying tears.

I inevitably went down a rabbit hole of binge-watching clip after clip of Parks and Rec, and all this to say, I knew something produ
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Sarah
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, z2018, nonfiction, faves
4.5 stars

I thought this was almost the perfect memoir-type book. It was almost everything I thought I would get. Anna was really honest and straightforward. I thought that her personality shone through and she came out looking like a really likeable, hilarious and humble person. A lot of times, when I read other autobiographical books, I tend to actually like the person less at the end of the book. This wasn't the case with Anna and I actually found her to be very similar to me in some ways, whi
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Stephanie
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying I love Anna Faris and I love her podcast. Okay so here is why I only gave this two stars. This is a review of the Audio CD.

1. She doesn't dig too deep into anything. I would've loved to hear more behind the scenes stories of her movie shoots. I feel like this book could've gone into more detail about everything she discussed. It felt like it was written by someone who had to write a school paper, had a deadline, but has no interest in their topic so they BSed most of i
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Michele
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a digital Advance Reader Copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this the week that Anna Faris and Chris Pratt announced their legal separation was a huge mistake on my part. But how was I to know?!

It is basically a huge love letter to Chris Pratt. I have so many questions now. WHY are they separating? Is it still going to be published? Will she edit any of it? Will she write a new chapter?

The title is an echo of her podcast which is the story of her
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Kristy
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Anna Faris' memoir is based mainly on the premise of her podcast, also entitled Unqualified, in which she doles out advice to strangers whom she calls on her show. The idea is that Anna is, in fact, "unqualified" to give advice, but she'll do so anyway based on her life experiences. If you actually listen to her podcast, though, you quickly learn that she's pretty good at giving advice, and that she's also a funny and enjoyable person. The book expands on this, allowing Anna to answer some of th ...more
My_Strange_Reading
#mystrangereading Unqualified by Anna Faris ⭐⭐⭐ I first saw Anna Faris in House Bunny and found her to be hilarious and heartwarming. I had heard about her podcast Unqualified but have never listened to it, and I can now see myself giving it a try.

Her memoir/relationship-advice book is endearing and funny, and I feel bad for her that everything in her marriage with Chris Pratt blew up in the media right after the book's publishing date; I'm sure that hurt sales, ratings and fan investment.

My b
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Kelly
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I always rate memoirs and autobiographies 3 stars, even if they weren’t my cup of tea. It’s this weird rule I have. To me, 3 stars is a pretty neutral standpoint. Anything lower and I feel like I’m judging a person’s life and memories, which just doesn’t feel right. I mean, who am I to judge? Sure, if I was really captivated by someone’s story, I might give it a higher rating, but, that doesn’t happen too often. So, while Anna Faris’s Unqualified was a ‘meh’ type of a book for me, I didn’t have ...more
Chelsey
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
At the end of a memoir, it's easy to feel like that person is extremely relatable and down to earth. But Anna (which I now know is actually pronounced Ah-na) Faris truly is. This was like hanging out with a friend and I really enjoyed it! As I'm getting older, I've taken so much comfort in hearing how women tend to become much more comfortable with themselves in their thirties and forties. Anna is a huge believer in this and there is such an ease in how she discusses her progression to this poin ...more
Nikki
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I don't watch Mom, but I do like a good memoir. Turns out, this is not a good memoir. Hell, it isn't even really a memoir. It is another self-help book parading as a memoir. Why do celebrities keep writing self-help books and selling them as memoirs? Perhaps the worst offense of all: as comic memoirs. (See book summary where it says it is a comic memoir...nope.) Ugh.

Overall I found the "memoir" tedious, haphazard and boring. I also did not find the advice in the book terribly original or i
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Sean Kennedy
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I like Anna Faris and her podcast, but I really think this book needed re-editing before it was released as it is a giant love letter to Chris Pratt and their marriage - and seeing as how they had said they tried 'really hard to make it work' which implied problems had been going on for a while, this book just comes across like a big Facebook post in which you try to make your life seem better than it actually is. Kind of the antithesis of what her podcast is about. But I truly do love you, Anna ...more
Paras Allana
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very weirdly and unexpectedly I liked this book. The utter openness was rather enjoyable and me listening to this book rather then reading might have contributed.
I had read a review saying that this book is actually not that superficial and I have to agree, there are some thought and at times you feel like u r the therapist as she opens up so much.
There was a point near the end where I started getting bored but that passed quickly.
Cyndi
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very frank memoir by an extremely talented actress. The author reads the audio which is an excellent bonus.
She talks about the ups and downs of her life and career while giving solid advice. Her retelling of her meeting and falling in love with Chris Pratt is lovely. Her stories of their marriage and parenthood are equally lovely. But, they will break your heart when you think about their divorce. Where did it all go wrong?
This book is beautifully written and I would love to read more by t
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Alissa Patrick
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I freaking LOVED this book!! I listened to the audio which was read by Anna herself. If you can do audio, I would definitely recommend this. She has a very pleasant lower tone voice to listen to and it was so soothing haha.

When I first saw this book I was skeptical. I was like "Oh boy another young actress writing a memoir, blah blah blah". Then I felt like an old lady bc I didn't realize that Anna Faris was in her 40s. For me, she will always be Cindy Campbell in the awesome Scream parody mo
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Michael
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I want to preface this by saying that I am a fan of Anna Faris. I happen to think she is hilarious as a person and an actress, so I was expecting to be entertained all throughout the book. However besides the Forward that was written about her, this one was a major disappointment. I did not laugh once, in fact I skimmed the majority of the pages, wanting to get it over with. It just was not all that amusing to me, but then again I am not too fond of comedic books.

Oh well, it was a good effort bu
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Allie
First thing I learnt from this: her name is pronounced Awna -- like Donna without the D.

Second thing I learnt from this: she was married to Chris Pratt when writing this, but something obviously went sour because he didn't narrate the forward that he wrote. Awkward!

Third thing I learnt from this: Anna has been in a lot of movies and shows that I've never seen, as well as a podcast I've never listened to. #sorrynotsorry

The final and most important thing I learnt from this: I don't care about Holl
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Laura
Book: Unqualified
Written By: Anna Faris



Genre: Autobiography
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommendation: Since it’s a biography I would say borrow it. Or buy it and then share it!
Would you read another book by this author?: Definitely
Who might enjoy this book?:
The girl that never felt like she quite fit in. Someone who enjoys talking with people about things they have in common and being so excited that the other person shares the same interests. Fans of Anna Faris (duh!).



Overview:

”My oldest pals const
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Chaitra
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I read a lot of memoirs of celebrities I don't know from Adam. But I know Anna Faris. I actually also know that she's Ah-Na, because she's in Key & Peele's Keanu and they pronounce her name in it. But I didn't read her book because of that. The only reason I picked this up is because I wanted to know if she would talk about her cat and her dog. Lots of essays, no mention of the cat at all. One mention of her pugs, but none of the chihuahua.

So, I already didn't like either her or Chris Pratt
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Kayla Rakita
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am as unqualified to critique someone else’s writing as Anna Faris is to give relationship advice, so here’s my own unqualified assessment: Anna Faris comes across as likeable, conversational, and easy to root for (at most times), but the book is not very funny. I laughed at a couple parts, and the foreword by Chris Pratt made me laugh out loud, but it seemed like any anecdote that was supposed to be a joke ended early before the punchline or wasn’t milked for all its funniness. And I don’t un ...more
Acordul Fin
“My favorite professor always used the quote “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head unless they’re a good tenant.”
I like Anna Faris, I find her adorkable and quite funny and I really enjoy her show Mom. The rest of her filmography is not my cup of tea, but I don't hold it against her. The memoir was not exactly laugh-out-loud funny, but it was cute and I enjoyed listening to Anna narrate it. I couldn't have it any other way.
Tess Taylor
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-humor, 2018
3, kinda- Oh, Anna Faris. You are one in a row of many starlet actresses who write books that make me go, Why does this even exist? But I read them anyway, because:

1. They are so so so easy and fun to read
2. Sometimes you get a sprinkling of celebrity gossip
3. They make me feel like I could maybe be friends with them

This checked all of those boxes to me, but it doesn't do much else. I've listened to quite a bit of Anna's "Unqualified" podcast, and this book is a lot like that. I think that's wh
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Cortney
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anna is very real, very real and very raw. She is not one to sugarcoat and she truly says the things that are on her mind or based on her mood. For a non confrontational person, she is very outgoing and curious. Some of her experiences were hilarious and the outcomes of her experiences prove to be even more entertaining.

I found her curiosity intriguing and also really enjoyed how her journey into writing a memoir pushed her farther and opened up her eyes to things she never realized were even th
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Anne Hershewe
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Look, I’m sure Anna Faris is a delightful person, and there’s some of her work I’ve really enjoyed. But, book writing is not her thing. While books by celebrities like Tina Fey and Trevor Noah really elevated the genre of celebrity memoirs, Faris’ memoir/self-help guide is very “meh.”

Overall, the book lacked focus and was pretty boring. It was supposedly meant to impart some relationship and life advice on the reader; however, advice was few and far between, and what little she did offer was kin
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Tim Windling
Oct 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I couldn’t even finish it. I got 150 pages into the 300 page book and that’s as much as I’m willing to give it. It’s not that it’s a generally terrible book, or that it’s the subject material, I just can’t read about how self conscious she is anymore. I feel like a lot of her problems could be solved by saying ‘I believe in myself!’ (Advice she herself hands out). If it was a fiction, I may have finished it to see how the character ends up, but I know she ends up in Hollywood sligh ...more
Kristin
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was slightly funny retelling if random life stories. Some of it was unqualified life advice as the title suggests. None of it is needed by the reader. It is very telling of where her life was at marriage wise while she wrote this book. I started skimming parts towards the end.
Diane Ferbrache
This is a difficult book to review. Anna Faris is well known for her movies, her podcast, and her marriage to Chris Pratt. This book was written prior to the announcement that Faris & Pratt are separating. Since there are many references to Chris and their marriage, much of the narrative is suspect at best and heartbreaking at worst.

Having said that, Faris fills her memoir with amusing personal anecdotes. She doesn't dance around her sexual history or her drug & alcohol use, but rather
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Andrea
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
All I really knew about Anna was 1. that she was Chris Pratt's wife, 2. that she was supposed to be good comedian, and 3. that her and her now soon-to-be ex-husband posted adorable pictures on Instagram. That's it. I gave this book a chance because both Anna and Chris have been in the media so much lately due to their divorce, and I was curious. Turns out I really, REALLY, enjoyed getting to know her better and discovering that I could relate on many levels. Anna is approachable, (yes) funny, po ...more
Kara
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am not quite sure why I finished this book. Chris Pratt gushes about how intelligent and thoughtful Anna is in the foreword and then she spends the next 300 pages proving otherwise. I read it out of curiosity and am kind of embarrassed I did. I was hoping for something like the memoirs by Amy Poehler or Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling. NOPE.
James Joyce
Interesting and entertaining. An easy read, if not a gripping one. Covers most of her life, in brief. You feel like you get a decent feel for her, as a person. Worth reading if you're a fan; probably not, if you're not.
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