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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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“[An] inspirational comic memoir . . . to set alongside Tina Fey's Bossypants, Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter. Young people of both sexes and every gender should find much to empower them. (Older people, too, for that matter.)” (Los Angeles Times)
“Written in her engaging and often hilarious voice, it's just downright fun to read.” (USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars))
“At last, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) reveals the secret origin story of everyone’s favorite geek super heroine! Felicia Day’s memoir is honest, hopeful, and hysterical. It’s the story of a girl who grew up lost and lonely—then became a self-made internet rock star. Reading it will make you feel like you can take on the whole Empire yourself.” (Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One)
“Relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational to anyone who grew up a geek and continually doubts themselves to this day. That’s a pretty wide audience, if I had to guess. . . . Day’s fans will obviously like the memoir, but it has more than niche appeal. It’s not meant to be a self-help book, but I found that’s the effect it had on me all the same.” (Forbes.com)
“Quirky, uplifting and full of stories about embracing your inner nerd. Day has proven herself to be as talented in front of the camera as she is behind it. It's evident that she's a brilliant businesswoman whose avatar has secured a residence in digital media past, present and future.” (Associated Press)
"Charming and funny." (Marie Claire)
“Day writes charmingly. . . . [She] is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A super (and superquirky) memoir.” (Booklist)
“Day’s writing is warm and charming. Fans of her work will gobble this up, but anyone who has ever despaired of finding their passions would benefit from a read as well.” (Library Journal)
“An illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront. . . . Day's unflinching look at the traps she fell into as a ‘success’ are a welcome addition to the canon of ‘how I made it’ stories, and a reminder that we live our own blooper reels and experience other people's highlight reels. . . . It’s a must-read.” (BoingBoing)
“Whether you nerd out on video games, makeup, or musical theater, you'll find it an entertaining source of personal inspiration.” (Refinery29)
“Throughout the entire book, Day offers up all kinds of amazing life advice that will truly impact others, especially young girls, women, those who don't feel accepted, and those who are struggling in life.” (Bustle)
“Reading Felicia Day’s memoir is like going on a road trip with an old friend you never knew you had. This is the perfect book to prove you aren't the only misfit in the world, and to remind you that that's a very good thing.” (Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened)
“Smart, brave, emotionally raw, and hysterically funny. This is one of the best books ever written about what it's like to be a human being on the Internet.” (Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians)
“Everything Felicia creates seems to succeed. This book should be no different. It’s a great read—far from ‘horrible’ and worth every ‘Penny.’ See what I did there? It’s a play on . . . never mind.” (Neil Patrick Harris, author of Choose Your Own Autobiography and Day's costar in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
“You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is exactly like Felicia herself: intriguing, funny, vulnerable, and uniquely cool. If you’ve ever been awkward, ever doubted yourself, ever second-guessed who you are, this book is for you. Reading it is like having the quirkiest, most hilarious, most brilliant person you’ve ever met grab you by the shirtfront and say, ‘HEY. IT’S OKAY TO BE YOU.’” (Deanna Raybourn, Rita Award-winning author of The Dark Enquiry)
“Smart, funny, endearing, nerdy, and maybe also a little bit brave—in other words, very much like its author.” (John Scalzi, Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts)
“Felicia Day gives us an achingly funny, honest, open look at being 'situationally famous,' (I love that phrase), plus the vital art of finding your creative joy, and weathering the storms that follow. It's a wonderful book. Buy it before I grab all the copies.” (Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires)
“Math nerd defies physics! Felicia Day, who is woven from moonbeams, has written a book that seems lighter than air, but that ends up punching you firmly in the emotions. Felicia lays out a hilarious tale of how her unique upbringing, eclectic skill set, and killer work ethic led to The Guild, one of the pioneering works of online creativity. In the process, she pulls you inside her delicate skull, so that the final moving chapters aren’t as much read as they are experienced. An excellent book.” (Jane Espenson, writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, and Husbands)
"You're Never Weird on the Internet is fun, hilarious, and impossible to put down. Reading it is like getting a mega-shot of courage -- to be exactly who you are and no one else, to pursue your dreams fearlessly, to embrace your weirdness and wield it like a superpower. If you want to live a life true to yourself and not what others expect of you, you won't find better inspiration than Felicia Day. If you're not one of Felicia's millions of fans yet -- you will be." (Jane McGonigal, author of Superbetter and Reality is Broken)
"I came for the delightful snark, I stayed for the disarming frankness and the hard-won insights about the Internet -- Felicia Day uses the Internet to distribute entertainment, but she understands that it's really there to be the nervous system of the twenty-first century." (Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and author of Little Brother)
About the Author
In 2012, she launched a YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry. The network has garnered more than 1.3 million subscribers to date and more than 200 million views. In 2014, the company was purchased by Legendary Entertainment. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects with Legendary as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has over 2.3 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.
Top Customer Reviews
Day’s writing style is easy to follow and makes the book a fairly quick read. If you’re in your 30’s, like me, this book is certainly a MUST read, as it takes individuals through familiar transitions of the internet, seeing a screen shot of Prodigy’s original login screen made me get all tingly inside. Even if you’re not in that age range, the way in which Day describes her emotion and experiences with her initial exploration of the internet is sweet and relatable as she finds her peer group and begins engaging in the online experience. Day also engages in a discussion of some of the initial friendships that emerged as a result of her time on the internet Discussion Boards, something very different and much simpler in an earlier time.
If I had I had to think of two adjectives to describe the writing, I would say sincere and sweet; it’s in this voice that the humor is to be found, as Day reflects on her own experiences. Although Day’s narrative talks about her own moments of lacking self-confidence, and who she is in perception to the internet community, it is sincere and not overly pushy or re-affirming in that she needs to just justify her qualifications to the reader, the initial introduction does a good job to serve this purpose.Read more ›
For those that don't want to read more: buy the book. It's excellent.
The book is, at times, laugh-out-loud funny, sad, poignant, emotional, cringe-inducing (in a good way) and shocking (more on that last one in a bit). It is a quick and engaging read that I thoroughly enjoyed. When my kids are old enough, I will absolutely share it with them.
If you don't know who Felicia Day is, it doesn't matter per se. This is the life story (so far) of someone who is trying to be themselves and has been successful doing so. Ms. Day is a hard core geek who grew up playing video games, had a World of Warcraft addiction, loves maths and plays the violin. In other words, she's what many mainstream people might consider "odd". Funny thing is that there are a lot of odd people in the world, and most of us have at many times felt the need to hide our oddness in order to blend in. Ms. Day sets a pretty great example of saying "to hell with that". She's also brutally honest about when she did cave in to mainstream pressures and the problems that caused for her.
Brutal honesty is also a theme of the book. She doesn't spare herself at all. There's no glossing over the negatives, nor does she look for pity from the reader.
Towards the end of the book, she does address her involvement with Gamergate. I am sure there will be a slew of highly negative book reviews along the lines of "I used to love Felicia, but she's a sell out, not a real gamer".Read more ›
I tend to laugh when anyone mentions nerd culture, because growing up watching Star Trek reruns after school and getting excited as a kid about that new Star Wars movie by the guy who directed American Graffiti ( which I was too young to see yet), I never felt any sense of culture or community.
However it is stories like this that do begin to tie a bunch of outsiders and misfits into a community. Common experiences begin to tie us together, whether it is playing WoW or getting our characters killed in Tomb of Horrors start to build that set of shared stories that form the basis of any culture.
Felicia Day does a fantastic job of showing how she is just like the rest of us geeks. Her story of meeting Nichele Nichols so reminds me of struggling to find anything to say to authors when I meet them to get their books autographed. Even more so remembering meeting Nichele and having her sign my copy of Star Trek Catan a few years back at Gencon.
The internet, tv, math (I have a BS in Math myself, most of which I have never used either (even though I am a computer programmer)), music, acting and now books - what will she conquer next? I truly look forward to seeing what the queen of the internet does next.
Reading this novel took me back to my own childhood in so many ways. I think anyone that grew up in the 80s will find themselves nodding, laughing, and thinking “I remember that!” There’s a shared cultural experience we had growing up in the era before computers existed in every home. Discovering all that wondrous technology for the first time was pure magic. And traipsing through Felicia’s early life made me down right nostalgic.
Discovering email: “You mean – I can hit this little send button, and a LETTER will go halfway across the world, and arrive instantly where it’s going? With no postal fees?!” That blew my mind.
Prodigy BBS – how I miss you. The novelty of establishing friendships with like-minded people from all over the country felt like something miraculous. Like the DAWN OF A NEW ERA *queue dramatic music*. I kept my carefully drawn Mad Maze maps for years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it immensely, but I felt the writing was a little too informal and conversational. It's not so much a novel as a transcribed panel discussion. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michelle Cobb
I can't say enough good things about this book. I've seen Felicia Day in a few things - the first few episodes of The Guild (time hasn't allowed me to continue, but I plan on it),... Read morePublished 1 day ago by bgraves81
It was a wonderful read and I wish she were my friend. Very relatable, other than the comic con recognition.Published 2 days ago by prettyinpunk
I had so much fun reading this although I'm not a big fan of booksPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Felicia Day is pretty much my spirit animal - this book was charming and funny - she writes in a way that you can really relate to so much of her life, even if she's talking about... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Andrew
I did not know who Felicia Day was when when my wonderful husband dragged me to her book signing. But now having read her book as well as having watched The Guild I am so glad I... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tamala Wampler
This was an excellent book to read for fun. Felicia Day is so relatable and her writing is humbled and gracious. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Katelyn Goodall
A wonderful memoir. As a long-time Felicia Day fan, I found it to be quite enjoyable and insightful into how she's done so many amazing things. Highly recommended.Published 8 days ago by Brian Sinclair