Another audiobook! If roadtrips didn’t make my back hurt so much (honestly, I’m an 80 year old wmdn stuck in the body of a 20 year old) and cost so much in gas, I’d go on one every weekend just to listen to audiobooks all the time.
In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?—a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks,” Felicia Day, about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.
The Internet isn’t all cat videos…almost.
There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least the world of Internet-geek fame and Goodreads book clubs.
Growing up in the south where she was homeschooled for hippie reasons, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an instant Internet star.
Felcia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange life is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.
Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird On the Internet(Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.
It can be difficult rating memoirs because you’re just rating somebody’s life which seems wrong, but this is definitely a 5-star audiobook.
Getting the technicalities out of the way, Felicia Day narrated this really well and the chapters flowed in a way that seemed both chronological but immersive in a storytelling way. In other words, although the book is a factual account of her life, the chapters are told in an engaging form that don’t just seem like a list of regurgitated facts. Felicia Day’s personality is all over the book, and I think I need to start listening to all memoirs instead of reading them. I did this with Becoming by Michelle Obama and loved it.
So, the writing style and narration (including enunciation, pacing, inflection, etc.) were both excellent. As for the content itself, I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely found myself laughing out loud, but I also learned a lot of new things about topics like gaming, producing, marketing, social media, and many others.
I was first introduced to Felicia Day via Supernatural. Much of this book is about her childhood, gaming, and The Guild, so it was really cool to learn more about someone I knew so little about but still thought was awesome. This book just reinforced my feelings about Felicia Day, so I’m happy for that!
I can’t really write a “normal” review for this because there isn’t any plot, character development, setting, conflict, etc. to critique. I mean, it’s someone’s life! What I can do, however, is say you should read or listen to this book. I’m not a big gamer, I didn’t see The Guild, and I still recommend this book. It’s entertaining, educational, and got me interested in some new subjects.
Have you read this book? How do you feel about memoirs and reviewing them?