Book Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

23705512You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Published by Touchstone on August 11, 2015

Genres: Non Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor

Pages: 272 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

5/5 Stars

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir 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. 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 semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After 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 Internet star.

Felicia’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 world 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.

Felicia Day explores her strange, exciting, and sometimes terrifying life in You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and it is every bit as quirky, funny, and yet humbling as you’d expect. The introduction explores a point in Felicia’s experience that perfectly sums up her unique place in the world and the rest of the book goes on to explore her upbringing, college days, The Guild, and her business enterprise.

I love Felicia Day and a lot of the work she’s created online and on television. Yes, I’ve seen The Guild, Eureka, and frequently watch her personal Youtube channel as well as her company Geek & Sundry. This book was made for people like me but I think it works well for a broader audience. Those who don’t know Felicia would learn a lot from this book. I learned quite a lot even though I’m familiar with her career.

The writing style is witty and funny but connects with the reader right away. Even the more serious parts of the book had an occasional zinger and it fits Day’s personality well. There are childhood photos and journal entries throughout the book and I really appreciate someone who can joke about their own life. It’s entertaining and completely exceeded my expectations.

Her thoughts and experiences with depression and anxiety to the point of health issues was a standout part of this book for me. It was personal and poignant and oftentimes people look like they have it all together but are falling apart behind the scenes. Her willingness to open up and share this time in her life will hopefully help other people cope and understand mental health better whether that was the intent or not.

Overall I loved Felicia Day’s memoir and thought it was excellent from start to finish. It allowed me to better understand a person I look up to and even to better know myself. She has a unique life journey fit for the page and it shines brightly for me. I would definitely recommend this to people across the board whether they know who Felicia Day is or not.

Favorite Quotes

  1. I know I shouldn’t introduce my own memoir with this amount of insecurity, but my personal life philosophy is always to assume the worst, then you’re never disappointed.
  2. But I am saying don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for anyone else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up.
  3. Once you tell people exactly what you will and won’t do, it’s amazing how they’ll adjust. Or they won’t. And then an opportunity or relationship goes away. And that’s okay.
  4. I joined the club and named myself Codex Dragon because everyone had a Name + Dragon theme going on, and a Codex was an object in the video game that represented the “book of infinite wisdom.” Are some of you feeling like it’s getting too geeky in here? You probably should have read the book blurb better, because I’m just getting STARTED.
  5. After giving me a brief, thirty-minute crash course of the logistical life of being a gnome, Ryon went to play with his fancy level 60 friends and left me in the baby starting area alone, an innocent level 1, to be killed over and over by virtual spiders and boars. (Classic sibling behavior.)

Have you read You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)? Do you enjoy reading memoirs? Let me know in the comments!


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