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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
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, including a two-season arc on the SyFy series Eureka. She is currently recurring on The CW show Supernatural. However, Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild, which ran for six seasons and is currently available for viewing on every major digital outlet, including Netflix.
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.
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This book gave me insight to the person and her history. It was fun to know that we shared a similar history. No, I'm old enough to be her mother. But my children shared her history and I through them. We learned the computer from way back with CompuServe, Prodigy (where I met my husband) and various video games and bulletin boards. Her ultimate game was WoW whereas my kids got into EQ. It was fun reading about how it was physically meeting the friends she made online. That experience the kids and I shared. But it was fun to watch the computer evolving with the generation who came of age at the same time.
My children were homeschooled, too. It was interesting to see her thoughts on it. I find that we who were schooled who wasted so many years with more time dedicated to kids with bad behaviors or teachers who bored us to sleep and were still quite socially shy and experienced depression tried to save our children of that. Instead, they blame their very anxiety on not having to school. They don't realize the opportunity they had without all the wasted time. Felicia became a professional violinist. And all these skills she acquired that makes her unique are a direct result from not being squeezed into a mold that schools force children into.
Anyway, I loved being able to listen to Felicia read her own story. It gave, even more, credence to autobiography. I knew I wanted to listen to her read it. But I found that there was no Text-to-Speech. That made me sad because had I not been able to afford the Audible version to whispersynch I would have had no way to enjoy this book. Still, it was delightful to listen to her voice. I wish her the very best in life. She deserves it!
I'm sorry to say that I didn't know anything about Felicia Day until my friend Jason suggested I read this book. (No doubt because he is a huge Patrick Ruthfuss fan and obviously he's a Felicia Day fan too.)
This was a really fun memoir about a quirky woman who has never been afraid to be herself.
Self-professed Geek, Queen of the Internet, Queen of the Geeks, Gamer, whatever you want to call her, I say good on you, Ms. Day, for knowing yourself and for being brave enough to put out an honest, funny, incredibly relatable and slightly heartbreaking memoir.
Felicia's writing is clear, precise, and utterly charming. It's like she's right in the room talking to you, and that is what I liked about it. What I REALLY liked about it is her ability to get down to business and talk honestly about the parts of life that went downhill. Like how you can get so sucked into a project or into a game that it ends up messing up your life for certain periods of time.
If you liked Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened or Furiously Happy, I'm certain you'll like Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet. (Jenny Lawson endorsed this book, by the way. So did George R.R. Martin and a few other fantastic authors, so it has already received its seal of approval.)
Ms. Day writes about her childhood and being homeschooled. She writes about her gaming addiction, being a female gamer in a mostly male-dominated world, her arrival in Hollywood, the roles she played on TV and how it affected her personal life, and how she created The Guild and all of her other creative endeavors. (She has done A LOT.)
Best of all, she writes honestly and with utter vulnerability about her lifelong struggle with anxiety, depression and her struggles with mental illness. She writes openly about how much pressure she puts on herself and how hard she is on herself all the time.
Thank goodness it's not just me! I'm not alone.
So, now that you know all this, you're probably wondering if you should read this book.
Yup. You should.
I got the book expecting to learn a little more about Ms. Day a person, and more about the background of The Guild and Geek & Sundry. I did learn those things, but there is much more in this book.
There are funny stories, starting with the introduction, and there are stories that make you want to cry because of the pain that shows through. Ms. Day is not perfect, as she makes clear throughout the book. But something else is clear, she is an exceptional person, who is inspirational in all the right ways.