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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Hardcover – Aug 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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Now one thing that always strikes me as funny is when a young person writes a memoire. I mean you’ve got what like 10 years out of your parents house to get ‘wise’ and it’s time to write a memoire of your life? Sure when you’re 60 or 70 or 80 it seems to work, but 30? Anyway getting past that, this book is very quirky. Felicia Day is regularly self-deprecating as she wonders why you’d even read this. That threw me off a bit since, why on earth would you write a book you figured no sane person should read?
Getting past that, this was an interesting look at how she got in on the ground floor of web video series at YouTube. Now everyone is trying to get some web show that hits it big so they can be famous, but then it was something totally new and she dove in just because she had a story she simply couldn’t not tell.
One of my favourite parts of the book is when she talks openly about dealing with depression. This is a topic that so many avoid and are ashamed of despite the fact that almost every person will go through some sort of depression in their life. Felicia talks about it openly and I could feel the struggle just to do almost anything, even care for herself, going on in the book and in her head. For that reason alone you should read this book.
I’ve read a ton of memoirs and this is definitely among my favourites. And it’s not because Day is funny (she is) and it’s not because she name drops and shares personal behind the scene stories you wouldn’t hear about elsewhere (she does), but it’s because I found this book to be so honest and upfront and downright inspiring!
Day is admittedly awkward and not good in social situations and I’m not sure she would consider herself a role model, but that is exactly what makes me want to put her in that position. She wears her freak flag proudly, she has made a fool of herself many times (and then wrote a book about it) and she has worked incredibly hard to get where she is without compromising what she believes in.
And she has overcome some really serious obstacles. There’s lots of geek chic antidotes here, lots of inside info fans will love, but the end if the book actually gets pretty dark and pretty real and changes the whole tone of things. In a good way. Day seems so relatable and approachable with how she talks about herself. She really obliterates that divide we have between fans and celebrities and somehow manages to really connect with the reader (or me at least) through these words. Something she practices in real life too on social media and at endless conventions.Read more ›
This book couldn't have come at a better time in my life. This really spoke to me on a deep and personal level and inspires me to keep trekking on and pushing myself to do what I want without fear of failure. This summer has been my summer of doing things I always wanted to even though I think I will be terrible at them (and that's why I haven't done them yet). This book makes me feel like what I am doing is on the right track of being true to myself. And it has given me that little extra push to keep going the way I am going because it is right for me.
Anyone who is on the fence about reading this book: don't be. This book is entertaining and a delight to read. Felicia Day is sharp and witty and vulnerable so everything written comes across as very real, without covering up the unfortunate stuff. I like that she just lays it all out there and is confident enough to do that. Honestly, I was sad when it was over because I would love to hear more stories told by her. I could listen to them all day and never get bored. I actually cried a couple times when she started talking about her fans. Felicia Day you are an amazing human being.
Most recent customer reviews
Spectacular book! I was able to relate to it on so many levels. Definitely worth the buy, and I will certainly read it many times! It was hard to put the book down once I started.Published 2 months ago by Sam
Felicia Day is everything I strive to be as a person. Reading about her struggles in life allowed me to accept myself and inspired me to keep working on what I love. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Tiede
If you don't love Felicia Day, you probably don't know of her yet.Published 7 months ago by allison hayes
Hilarious and deeply personal look into the life of the Queen of all Geek (and role model to many - she has overcome a lot in her life and deserves all that she has achieved).Published 7 months ago by Ryan
A funny, charming, surprisingly normal story from an amazing, talented writer and creator. I've met her once before, and reading the book made me feel she was talking with me... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wade Robinson
Great book. If you're a gamer, internet-browsing addict, anxious individual, or just someone who has heard of Felicia Day at all, I would definitely recommend this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve Hall
Smart, funny and real. A great read! Not your usual fairy tale success story. Not to spoil it, but Felicia Day is no damsel in distress! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Krisztina Pap
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