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This Will Only Hurt a Little

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,923 ratings  ·  1,160 reviews
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories...imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Touchstone (first published October 16th 2018)
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Victoria Schwab
A really surprisingly delightful one.
Jessica Woodbury
You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, "Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer?" and then a minute later you think, "I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check." That is not something you'll think while reading Busy Philipps' book, which is going to either make it a book you love even more or a book that is even less your thing. You'll know best which kind of reader you are.

Busy doesn't have a memoir because she's an actress who's had some high-profile tv work. Sh
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I grabbed this because I’m always searching for something easy to listen to during my commute. Confession time: I never watched Freaks and Geeks (and neither did any of you because it was cancelled for lack of viewers despite being critically acclaimed, so just stop lying about it) or Dawson’s Creek. Really the only things I can recall Busy Phillips being in were White Chicks and Cougartown. I didn’t realize she was the exact same pers
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DRC received through Edelweiss

Well, this was uncomfortable. Busy Philipps is one angry woman! She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have become more popular. She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny. Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person.

She tells it all, from her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van,
So I know that Busy Philipps isn’t known for her dramatic acting roles but BOY IS SHE DRAMATIC. This memoir tells it likes it is, it’s very much Busy’s voice. If you can get past all the high school dramatics than this could be a fairly entertaining read. There’s plenty of the good stuff in here, she drops a few big Hollywood names and most stories are pretty unflattering. But honestly if you aren’t fond of OTT histrionics maybe this could be wearying.

One thing that I noticed as a recurring the
I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. I never reach for celebrity memoirs, less out of literary snobbery and more because the celebrities I'm invested in do not usually write memoirs. But I am a fan of Busy Philipps so I thought why not, let's give it a try.

Busy states early on in her book that she's a natural-born storyteller, that she knows when to embellish and when to omit details to keep her audience compelled, and I have to agree. What this book lacks (which I'll get t
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ is Busy Philipps’ memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16.

Confession – I instantly flipped to the “Is This It” (The Strokes) chapter of Busy’s memoir when it arrived. The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ chapter – because how could I not? This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter had concluded an epic live-Tweeting re-watch of all six seasons (#PaceysCr
Claire Reads Books
This book was just okay. For anyone who follows Busy Philipps's Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps's career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir (while not exactly a tell-all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors ...more
Jenny Slorach
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress. Highlights include:

- Busy listing all of the times she’s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don’t get maternity leave. For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she’d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US.

- Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent $3000 on Disney cru
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebrities, memoirs
Busy Philips achieves an incredible feat in her memoirs: She manages to come across as both a batshit crayzee alcoholic and as a totally credible writer in her account of her oftentimes horrendous career as a Hollywood actress.

The media have made a big deal of that awful episode with James Franco while they were shooting Freaks and Geeks but that is by no means the worst of what happened to her. There is enough body shaming, rejection, cruel bullying and sexual politics to turn you off a career
Krista Regester
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to be Busy Philipps's bff.

::so I can tell her how to make her next book better::
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much 😭😭😭

Honestly, this isn’t your average memoir. She takes you through the highs and lows of her life, no holding back.
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I'm really glad I picked up this book! Busy Phillips seemed very real and honest. But, every time I read a celebrity's memoir, I love the first half and get bored with the second half...this book was no different.

That being said, I really did enjoy this book. I've already added half of the stuff she's acted in to my TV queue :)
Erica Villagomez-Cloutier
I’m not sure exactly how I felt about this book. I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I’m not sure I actually liked it. So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life. Her teenage years were crazy and she didn’t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life. We’ve all been there. One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion. That whole chapter was very moving and ...more
Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I only knew of Busy from Dawson's Creek to be honest. I didn't know how I felt at first once I dove into her memoir, but she really grew on me by the end!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I have anxiety attacks and eat nachos and drink margaritas and live my life and live my life and live my life and live my life. For me. For you. To entertain you. To be seen. It's the only thing I've ever wanted."

I enjoyed Busy's book very much! She's a fun and amusing person, and it was entertaining to be in her head for a bit. I can relate to being "too much", and I admire her boldness and honesty.

This book is like talking to your friend - it's very comfortable & easy to become invested
Kate Olson
Absolutely fabulous on audio!
Danielle H
It so pains me to not give this book 5 stars, but I'm going to be honest about it because I think Busy would appreciate that. Mostly, I feel this book made me not relate to her in a way that's so different from watching her on Instagram. Like, the number of videos I have screengrabbbed because, I am this person crying in her hotel room about how nothing really works to make her feel fully healthy, or my God, it is so hard to meet someone today, thank you for acknowledging it, Busy. But then this ...more
Laura Berendts
2 / 5

Dang. I LIKE Busy Phillips a lot. I love Freaks and Geeks, I like Dawson’s Creek, and I like her Instagram stories. I too thought her friendship w/ Michelle Williams was ~goals~. But this book, woof.

First, it’s a celebrity memoir. And I should not have been fooled into thinking that because it was from a cool girl that it wouldn’t be mired with all the same issues that celebrity memoirs ALWAYS have. The biggest one that jumps out here, is that significant moments in Busy’s life just aren’t
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the celebrity memoir you DREAM of reading--candid, engrossing, relatable. Busy is as entertaining and honest on the page as she is on screen.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
The only thing I’ve ever seen Busy Philipps in is Dawson’s Creek (Pacey forever 💕), but I’m a sucker for celebrity memoirs, so I grabbed this from the library and promptly started following her on IG. I adored the conversational tone. Some folks might not like that approach, but it felt like we were a couple of friends hanging out, gushing and bitching about life. I liked that. She’s not afraid to admit mistakes along with triumphs. I respect her honesty. A solid celebrity story; excellent on au ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
THANKS FOR BEING AN AMAZING FIRST READ OF 2019 BUSY PHILIPPS!! review to come but holy shit one of the best memoirs EVER
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviews
This book made me cry within the first 100 pages but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. I have a huge appreciation for Busy’s realness and badass way of creating her life and overcoming obstacles.

Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC ❤
Emily Nielsen
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. I expected to enjoy myself reading this because Busy’s such a likable and entertaining person, but I was truly blown away by how incredible this was. It had so much heart and depth and feeling and I felt like I was with her every step of the way. This is a shining example of what a celebrity memoir should be, and I recommend it to everyone regardless of how familiar you are with her work. Absolutely excellent, I know she’s got plenty of goals in other areas, but I want her to write so many ...more
I've been a fan of Busy since Cougar Town (Pennnnnnnnnnny Cannnnnnn!) and I've stalked her on Instagram because HOW COULD I NOT? I've watched her new late night talk show a few times (it's a little rough but her unique personality still shines through and I'm excited to see it get better). Basically I really like Busy and wanted to read her memoir so I did.

Overall, I liked it. She's not perfect and she doesn't pretend to be which is nice. The writing is a little unedited at times but her voice s
Renee (
3.5 stars. I listened the this on audio which I think made it even better as the author narrates it herself and I felt like her stories really came alive when she told them. Her impersonating her mother was the best. I found the parts about the auditions and behind the scenes tv show details to be the most entertaining but overall I expected it to be more funny
Scott  Hitchcock
It reads like her instagram posts, which I didn't know existed before reading this, but there's a lot of good information. I definitely rolled my eyes at some of it being the world according to Busy and I'm sure others had different takes who were involved.

I do credit her for calling out different people and dishing on everything from Freaks and Geeks to Dawson's to Cougar Town.

She's very honest about her opinions on Hollywood, male dominance, Trump, James Franco and so on. Definitely worth th
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars |
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not was I was hoping/expecting, but still readable
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Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Dawson’s Creek, Freaks & Geeks, Cougar Town, ER, and most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory. Busy lives in Los ...more
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