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Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin Paperback – June 28, 2005
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But I've always been suspicious of people whose claims of geekdom lead to the golden lights of Hollywood, and that suspicion builds reading this book. Feig claims to suffer the shame of being a geek, but it reads more like he wasn't a jock. He not only goes out on dates with attractive girls, but takes the initiative in breaking up with a couple of them. His lack of sex is something he blames as much on a strict religious upbringing as a lack of opportunity, and his parting thought saying people should just be happy doing what they feel like doing doesn't sound like someone who really knows about suffering over love.
The real story of Feig's frustrations boils down to what he calls "dating math": "She wants me = I don't want her/She doesn't want me = I want her."
So real geeks and recovering geeks should be forewarned. Take it from me: I asked 19 girls to my junior prom before getting a yes. A woman I once declared my love for wound up bilking me out of $265 for an imaginary trip to Rhode Island. I once managed to score tickets to the Letterman show for a girl I liked, only to have her announce in the middle of it: "By the way, this is not a date."
Reading this book, I felt like a 'Nam vet listening to some ex-Coast Guarder tell me about his weekend in Grenada.Read more ›
Fortunately, it's option #2. I generally take awhile to get through a book, generally taking several months to several years. But this was a book I bought from the day it was released, and finished it in less than a week. Not only was this book fun to read, it made me cringe in places, and often mull over my own life. Paul Feig's life certainly put things in perspective of my own (whether for good or bad).
For all of the detail and writing that he spent on describing his past relationships, when Judgment Day finally came, it almost felt like that the author was just trying to finish off the book. Or maybe I am just waiting for the 2nd part of this story to read how everything ended up in life, between his old friends, his wife, his current life, etc. But perhaps, he might even create a more comprehensive autobiography someday to continue from the time of the early 80s, to his (varying) successes as a writer of various entertainment mediums.
Feig starts with tales of his first initiation into the "rope-burn" club (yeah...that...I don't need to elaborate, do I?), which is almost stunted by sudden feelings of guilt over his chosen "self-pleasuring" path. Then he comes into actual contact with members of the opposite species and...where he goes, trouble follows. Not to mention disaster, disgrace, embarassment, and (in one particular adventure) skating all by himself during a "couples skate" due to his inability to find a partner.
Feig recounts all the near-misses and almost-rans of his dash to the "losing my virginity line", but with a wit and gift for narrative that takes you in and gives you a bird's-eye view of Feig's foibles. He finds one girl who wants to go all the way, but finds himself not that attracted to her; another offers to perform "a Lewinsky"; still another leds him to believe he'll have a wonderful homecoming after a sojurn in California, only to cause him indirectly to lose his lunch. And I won't even bother to hint at the self-love method that almost ruins his life.
In the end, Feig does lose his virginity, of course. The way in which he describes it (arranged like a section from the Bible) makes you feel for him, really. It's easy to see why Feig has so much cache in the world of snobby nerds like myself.Read more ›
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I laughed from the dedication all the way through to the final page! I did not want this read to ever end.Published 19 months ago by Julie A. Smith
Ugh. My sister recommended this book. I was about 30% through the book when I realized that he had discussed nothing but masturbation. Read morePublished 20 months ago by AmyEliz
I love a man who is able to laugh at himself! I have both of his books and enjoy re-reading them. I'm happy his life has tuned out so well. Read morePublished 23 months ago by michelle long
It came on time and was exactly what I expected. I love it, it is a good read Paul Feig is quite the character.Published on February 2, 2014 by Jared M.
Although it was not as funny as I was hoping for and was quite disturbing at some points you can still learn a good lesson from this book.Published on March 5, 2013 by Reed
Everyone who has ever been an awkward teenager should read this, laugh self-consciously, and then re-watch Freaks and Geeks. Paul Feig is a hero.Published on February 23, 2013 by Ana M. Underman
Feig's work on television and in movies is legendary at this point, but his memoir seems almost cobbled-together in haste. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Robyn