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This Will Only Hurt a Little

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  25,607 ratings  ·  2,621 reviews
Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actres
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Touchstone
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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
Victoria Schwab
A really surprisingly delightful one.
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
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,
Jenny Slorach
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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
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
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Krista Regester
I want to be Busy Philipps's bff.

::so I can tell her how to make her next book better::
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
RTC. I loved her raw emotionality and her wit. My only issue was that the last 1/3 felt rushed/less cohesive.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, celebrities
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
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Will Only Hurt a Little is a perfect palate cleanser. It hits all the right notes for a celebrity memoir. Philipps is is happy to dish the dirt, be honest about her thoughts and feelings about everyone and everything, and at the same time is willing to be vulnerable and tackle some deeply personal events and issues. Equal parts gossipy and percipient, this memoir is an easy, and at times effecting read. Of course, none of this will come as a surprise if you follow, and enjoy Philipps conten ...more
Brittany Lee
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unapologetically written.

Busy Philipps just wants to be loved, be seen, and feel heard. Her road to fulfill those wishes is BUMPY. Trouble always seems to find those who grow up too fast, but when you have a void so deep within you, trying to fill it is all you can do to try and survive.

This book may have some triggers for sensitive readers.

I cried for this woman, cheered for her, got angry at her bullies. Busy names names, whether it was a person from grade school or a celebrity who did her wro
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Laura Berendts
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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 :)
Lauren Edwards
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Every page is a neon sign screaming for attention. She is rude. She’s selfish. She’s vapid and vain.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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 in.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off! Props to Busy for giving a candid account of her life and career. So many names and stories revealed and such amazingly candid moments about her life. Really, really enjoyed reading about her life and journey so far! Awesome book!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Danielle H
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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I listened to This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps on audiobook which is something I highly recommend doing. Busy is great at narrating her book and it made her story that much more real to me.

I won't lie, I knew almost nothing about Busy Philipps going into this book. I had no idea that she was married with kids, I haven't watched the majority of movies and TV shows she has been in, and I had NO idea she dated Colin Hanks when she was 19. This Will Only Hurt a Little was su
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'I’m Busy Philipps. Have we met? I say I’m going to do something, and then I go, and I fucking do it. I wanted to go for a walk around the block when I was two. And I went. I wanted to get out of Arizona. And I did. I wanted to be in TV shows and movies. And I did. I wanted this life. And I got it. And now I wanted a late-night talk show. And here we are. Here I am.’

I honestly only knew Busy from starring as Pacey’s girlfriend on Dawson’s Creek, but how can you forget someone who’s name is Busy?
Jennifer Moore
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Kate Olson
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fabulous on audio!
John Lamb
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yo, Busy Philipps is just like us: she struggles as a parent, works hard to maintain her marriage, and deals with the stress of work. Also, she dropped $3000 on just Internet charges on a Disney cruise. Just like you and me.
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
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
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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 Ang ...more

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