This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories...imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing u...

Details This Will Only Hurt a Little

TitleThis Will Only Hurt a Little
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor

Reviews This Will Only Hurt a Little

  • Jessica Woodbury
    You know how sometimes you read a celebrity memoir and think, "Wow, who knew this person was such a good writer?" and then a minute later you think, "I hope their ghostwriter got a fat check." That is not something you'll think while reading Busy Philipps' book, which is going to either make it a book you love even more or a book that is even less your thing. You'll know best which kind of reader you are. Busy doesn't have a memoir because she's ...
  • Aimee
    Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
  • Scarlett
    DRC received through EdelweissWell, this was uncomfortable. Busy Philipps is one angry woman! She is not very famous for her great acting, but lately her Instagram stories have become more popular. She gives a glimpse of her everyday struggles and it usually is very relatable and funny. Unfortunately, getting to know her through this memoir makes me wonder if women should really look for advice from such a spiteful person. She tells it all, from ...
  • Kait
    This is the celebrity memoir you DREAM of reading--candid, engrossing, relatable. Busy is as entertaining and honest on the page as she is on screen.
  • Becky
    This book made me cry within the first 100 pages but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. I have a huge appreciation for Busy’s realness and badass way of creating her life and overcoming obstacles. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC ❤ This book made me cry within the first 100 pages but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. I have a huge appreciation for Busy’s realness and badass way of creat...
  • Cassidy Tooley
    I did not know much about Busy before I read this book, except that she was on Dawson’s Creek and she’s BFF’s with Michelle Williams. I tend to enjoy celebrity memoirs so I thought I’d give it a go and WOW I’m so happy. This book made me cry and laugh and I felt as though Busy and I were sharing a bottle of wine and she was dishing the REAL shit she’s gone through as a woman and then as a woman who works in Hollywood. The first portio...
  • Sarah
    *I received a digital review copy from NetGalley & the publisher*Every so often you come across a book that really resonates you. It makes you laugh, you bawl, you find a lot of similarities between yourself and the author. This book was that for me. This book felt like having a heart to heart with your best friend, sharing crazy stories and crying your heart out. It takes a lot of guts to talk about your rough patches and the times you mess up, ...
  • Jamie
    Really enjoyed this - you expect honesty from someone like Busy Philipps, but this thing is hysterically gossipy at times. So much shade. But what really hooked me was her honesty about herself and about her teenage years, from drug use and bad relationships to abortions and sex that blurs the line of consent. I devoured this.
  • BookChic Club
    I'm such a huge fan of Busy Phillips so I was really excited to see that she had a book coming out. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I flew through it really quickly. Her writing style is compelling and easy, even when she discusses some heavier aspects of her life. But through it all, she's very honest and open with what she reveals, giving readers a deep inside look into her life and all the highs and lows she's experienced in her...
  • Marika
    Actress Busy Philipps has written a memoir that is both entertaining and enlightening. Busy IS that woman that you see on tv, irreverent, funny, smart and beautiful. She is also that rare species seen in Hollywood; a self effacing actress with a sense of humor who knows that she is lucky to be famous. Busy is very open about her struggles, both on the road to stardom and in her personal life. She also calls out by name some of the men who objecti...
  • Montana
    *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.You can find this book review and others at my blog https://montanasmusings.wordpress.comBusy Philipps is in most of the iconic 90s to early 00s movies and tv shows we all know and love, such as Freaks and Geeks and of course, White Chicks. When I got this book I remembered thinking I know who she is but she's never been the breakout star of anything, always playing the supporting role but never the ...
  • Brian
    I got this as an ARC through Goodreads Giveaways. I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been on a memoir/autobiography kick lately and figured I'd enter a giveaway for one. I know of Busy Philipps, I've seen her work on ER and Cougar Town, so I figured this could be a funny anecdotal book. Well it was funny...sometimes, but it was actually more tragic. I get where the title comes from. You know, it's one of those things parents say to little kids wh...
  • Alison
    3.5 stars—This year I watched both Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks (as a new viewer), so I was really excited to read Busy's memoir. I've been following her on Instagram for the better part of this year, and have watched her document her life, including the writing of this book, so of course I wanted to know all of the scoop! And she's the kind of person you know will divulge it.At the start of the book, I was a bit unsure if it'd be all th...
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01 have read a lot of memoir/essay books by funny ladies, and often they do have very funny parts, but others fall flat on the page (I imagine the audiobooks are better). This one, however, was GREAT. I am a long-time fan of Philipps (and have been rewatching Cougar Town lately to boot) and her narrative voice here comes across as a very honest conversation (and is also very funny). It gets super real at tim...
  • Jaclyn
    If you're not following Busy Philipps on Instagram you are missing out on a really fun follow. If you're a viewer of her Instagram stories you'll find a familiar tone here. There are lots of behind the scenes type Hollywood stories if you're into that sort of thing and she takes no prisoners when it comes to bad behavior particularly from men in her industry, speaking frankly of her experiences over the course of her career. This isn't some gossi...
  • Angie Laschinger
    I received a digital review copy from NetGalley and the publisher.Prior to reading This Will Only Hurt a Little, I only knew Busy Phillips from her time on Dawson’s Creek, now I follow her on Instagram. Her book is funny, and sad, and every emotion in between. Busy did not sugarcoat her life in this book; instead she let us in on every horrifying, heartbreaking, and wonderful experience. She recounts her story of trying to make it in Hollywood ...
  • Tiffany Higgins
    Guess what. Busy Phillips is a real person with real life experiences that are so very human. She bares her soul in This Will Only Hurt a Little. She lays it all out there for us to see. She reminds us that we are not alone. I can’t tell you her stories. You’ll have to buy the book for yourself. What I can tell you is that it is worth it. I devoured the book in one day. I cannot remember the last book I read in a day. Busy grabs a hold of you...
  • Sarah
    Thank you Edelweiss and Touchstone for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I have always loved biographies and this one was great. Busy will make you feel like you're just sitting around gabbing with her instead of reading the book. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. A fabulous read.
  • Kari
    I enjoy celebrity/comedian memoirs. If Bossypants is the (recent) gold standard, I’d put Amy Poehler’s Yes Please just below and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me just below that. This is between Amy and Mindy on that scale. Busy tells some difficult stories ranging from sexual assault to having her name taken off a script she contributed to. She is funny and realistic about her own failures as well as showing how driven and...
  • Emilie
    OUTSTANDING. Honest, funny, insightful, inspiring — exactly what you want a celebrity memoir to be.
  • Elizabeth Richmond
    I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book and it is a truly well-written and well-observed memoir. It’s funny and, at times, shockingly honest.
  • Kaylee Caton
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, ignoring all obligations until I finished it! I found myself in awe of Busy Philipps and all that she's been through in her life especially before she was well known. It was fun to be able to look up movies, shows, people, and places while reading to visualize Busy's life while reading her memoir. If you enjoyed Amy Poehler's Yes Please then you should pick this one up!
  • Annette
    Wow Ms Phillips sharesALOT in this book. It was ok she gets kind of catty talking of others but she seems brutally honest about her own life which makes you like her. Good book
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and I could not help but to be excited because ALL of our patrons are fans of Busy Phillips and the movies and TV Shows she has been in. They are sure not to be disappointed with all the creativity she expressed throughout the book that definitely made her personality shined. She definitely had the passive voice throughout the book. You definitely would know that Busy wrote this book and her stori...
  • Kayla
    Very well written. It flowed nicely, and I liked the motif of the song titles as chapter names. It felt like I was having a conversation with a good friend.