Review: This Will Only Hurt A Little – Busy Philipps

I almost don’t know where to start with this one. I was super excited to read this, as I spent many of my teenage years binge watching Freaks and Geeks and Cougar Town (don’t judge, it was brilliant) and adoring that in Busy there was a badass and beautiful woman on TV who was probably the closest to my average-body size. Heck YES.

This book is set out in chapters that each relay a segment or story from Busy’s life from her childhood in Arizona through to her Hollywood life and family life in LA. There are definitely highs and lows in this book, but all of it is told in this incredibly honest voice. Busy’s personality jumps off every page and reading this book felt like sitting down at a bar catching up with a long-time friend.

There are some trigger warnings that come with this book, from teenage rape to post-partum depression and anxiety. If that’s a struggle for you, the chapters are fairly compartmentalised so you can skip the chapter and move on to the next without losing too much!

Obviously as this is a non-fiction memoir, there’s not too much more to write without starting to detail the contents of the book. And to be honest, that would d oabsolutely no justice to the wit, honesty, and humour that is Busy’s narration.

Rating: Even if you haven’t heard of Busy Philipps, this is a fabulous read looking at the realities of Hollywood (and life more generally) in an honest, open, raw, and hilarious memoir.

AU Release date: 18 October 2018

Publisher: Hachette

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Do you read celebrity memoirs? Also what the hell is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography? (Asking for a friend…..)

Until next time,
M xx

Thanks go to Hachette Publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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