- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Later Printing edition (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476785651
- ISBN-13: 978-1476785653
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 849 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
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!
Also, I'm usually a little put off by memoirs written at a relatively young age. I mean, who writes a memoir when you're only however-old-Felicia-Day-was-when-she-wrote-this-which-I'm-guessing-is-maybe-mid-thirties? It seems kinda pretentious (but even more pretentious for me to protest it!). And yet ... 5 stars. I'm giving this book 5 stars, even though my 5-star rating has traditionally been reserved for books by C.S. Lewis that I read as an impressionable and enthusiastic youth in serious need of escape and identity or books that start with "Harry Potter and the ..."
This book was just so freaking good. As a memoir, as a well-written book in a well-captured voice, as a case study in creativity and mental health, as a "you too??" moment, as a "my people!" feel, as a quietly feminist tale, as a source of inspiration and humor and restoration in my faith in humanity (even in the face of more evidence of the dregs of humanity). So good.
I've shared/highlighted some of my favorite bits, but they're better in context. If you're a citizen of the interwebs, a writer, a creator of any kind, a gamer, a person of quirky interests, a socially awkward person of a non-traditional educational background, or just someone who appreciates unabashed enthusiasm, I think you'll enjoy this book. Even if you're not a Felicia Day super-fan.
Anyway, I was really excited to read her story about how she got into gaming and acting and such. The book is a fast, easy read, but after four or five chapters I started to get rather down and uncomfortable about how much self-depreciating Felicia Day put in this book. One of her messages to female fans is don't let other people put you down for loving what you love and never stop loving yourself. The thing is, almost every other sentence she gives some sort of dig at herself, or a nasty-nice comment - things that make you really wonder if she believes herself everything she tells to fans. She eases up on herself a bit as the book goes on, but I still felt that feeling of discomfort/feeling bad for her until the end of the book. I suppose it's uncomfortable because it's something that so many of us do. We tell others such encouraging things, but are internally so hard on ourselves.
Felicia also talks about her struggle with self-image and depression and the way she and other females into gaming have been treated poorly by people who call them fakers, sell-outs, and much worse. She is incredibly relatable, especially as she talks about coming of age along with the internet (fellow Prodigy user here!). She made me smile with the the memories of those days and how much has changed since then. She is unflinchingly honest about her experiences and feelings (hence the personal discomfort, probably since some stuff hit too close to home), including her dealings with Gamergate.
By the end of the book, don't be shocked if you see Felicia as someone you want to be best buddies with, to meet up for pizza and a movie and some serious conversation on all things geekery. She's not afraid to show the real her, her real feelings, and let people see the good and the bad that comes with fame and notoriety.
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