"My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal" by Russell Brand, is the sequel to his "My Booky Wook," which detailed his pre-fame life as a struggling comedian. Consequently, "My Booky Wook 2" delves into his rise as an actor and stand-up comedian in England, and, thanks to his newfound film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, the U.S. I read the original "My Booky Wook," and was intrigued by his stories, and was therefore curious about this sequel.
Unlike the first book, Brand no longer discusses his drug troubles (he's been sober for eight years), hanging out with the homeless (having been nearly homeless himself, at one point), or his hard road to "making it," but does reflect upon his new celebrity status, influential friends, and his transatlantic journey to the U.S. The first half of the book discusses his experiences in Britain, while the second half concentrates on the U.S.
While Brand was big in Britain, he was a relative unknown in the U.S. until his gig hosting the MTV Music awards in 2008. The chapter discussing his MTV hosting experience was particularly hilarious, as Brand includes the transcripts of some of the hate mail he received post-Awards, and his replies. However, behind the scenes Brand's life wasn't as funny--his team was horrified that his controversial antics at the awards could be the end of his US career.
In the book, Brand also includes his experience starring in comedies like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek" (where he co-starred with P. Diddy), meeting wife Katy Perry, and how Adam Sandler helped jumpstart his career in America. Overall, I thought it was an entertaining read.