This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little

A memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougar Town 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 up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful ...

Details This Will Only Hurt a Little

TitleThis Will Only Hurt a Little
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Biography

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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ALPHAreader
    ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ is Busy Philipps’ memoir, available in Australia by Hachette and available from October 16. Confession – I instantly flipped to the “Is This It” (The Strokes) chapter of Busy’s memoir when it arrived. The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ chapter – because how could I not? This was the show that defined my teenage years of yearning, and a couple of weeks previously myself and a bunch of rad people on Twitter ha...
  • Claire Reads Books
    This book was just okay. For anyone who follows Busy Philipps's Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps's career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir (while not exactly a tell-all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here,...
  • Elizabeth
    I love this book so much 😭😭😭Honestly, this isn’t your average memoir. She takes you through the highs and lows of her life, no holding back.
  • Jenny Slorach
    This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress. Highlights include: - Busy listing all of the times she’s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don’t get maternity leave. For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she’d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US. - Busy finding ...
  • Emily
    "I have anxiety attacks and eat nachos and drink margaritas and live my life and live my life and live my life and live my life. For me. For you. To entertain you. To be seen. It's the only thing I've ever wanted."I enjoyed Busy's book very much! She's a fun and amusing person, and it was entertaining to be in her head for a bit. I can relate to being "too much", and I admire her boldness and honesty. This book is like talking to your friend - it...
  • Danielle H
    It so pains me to not give this book 5 stars, but I'm going to be honest about it because I think Busy would appreciate that. Mostly, I feel this book made me not relate to her in a way that's so different from watching her on Instagram. Like, the number of videos I have screengrabbbed because, I am this person crying in her hotel room about how nothing really works to make her feel fully healthy, or my God, it is so hard to meet someone today, t...
  • Aimee
    Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
  • Renee (
    3.5 stars. I listened the this on audio which I think made it even better as the author narrates it herself and I felt like her stories really came alive when she told them. Her impersonating her mother was the best. I found the parts about the auditions and behind the scenes tv show details to be the most entertaining but overall I expected it to be more funny
  • Erica Villagomez-Cloutier
    I’m not sure exactly how I felt about this book. I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I’m not sure I actually liked it. So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life. Her teenage years were crazy and she didn’t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life. We’ve all been there. One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Moa
    I really enjoyed this one! Funny but also serious. Very, VEEERY honest, which I liked a lot!!
  • Kate
    One of the most authentic ~celebrity memoirs~ I've read. As an avid consumer of her social media, I could tell this was truly Busy's voice, but it was also so much deeper than what she's shown us. At the very end, she tells us the real reason she started doing Instagram stories, and my heart shattered.This, from a Guardian profile of Busy, nails how I felt at the end of the book:"Suddenly everything makes sense. I look at Busy Philipps advertisin...
  • 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.
  • Kelsey
    As far as celebrity memoirs go it doesn’t get better than this. Ruthlessly honest, compelling, and brave.
  • Jenna Bookish
    "I've determined that just about everyone feels left out; it just comes down to how you handle it. I haven't handled it the best, historically speaking. And truthfully, isn't there something incredible about the fact that we all feel left out? Shouldn't that somehow make us all feel a little less alone?" This Will Only Hurt a Little is unpolished, but surprisingly heartfelt and raw. This celebrity memoir reads like Busy Philipps herself is ...
  • steph
    I've been a fan of Busy since Cougar Town (Pennnnnnnnnnny Cannnnnnn!) and I've stalked her on Instagram because HOW COULD I NOT? I've watched her new late night talk show a few times (it's a little rough but her unique personality still shines through and I'm excited to see it get better). Basically I really like Busy and wanted to read her memoir so I did.Overall, I liked it. She's not perfect and she doesn't pretend to be which is nice. The wri...
  • Jennie Shaw
    Celebrity memoirs are tricky, and THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE had several of the components that irk me. While written in a conversational tone (love!), it felt all over the place (don't love). Some of her stories hit home hard, but others weren't terribly interesting. I had no idea about Busy's involvement in Blades of Glory, and that situation made me see red (ugh guys are the WORST). Ultimately, I think this would have been more enjoyable as ...
  • Courtney Tisch
    Best celeb memoir I’ve read since Mindy Kalings’ or Tina Fey’s. I couldn’t get enough of her honesty and how she names everyone and everything that’s happened to her without sugar coating. Just what a celebrity memoir should be.
  • JJ Wall
    Exceeded my expectations!Heartfelt and funny (though a few sad life events), VERY REAL and candid, a few good Hollywood stories, but all in all BUSY. You can actually hear her telling these stories. I loved it.
  • Dana
    Not was I was hoping/expecting, but still readable
  • Miranda Berg
    2.5 stars, loved the first half, hated the second half.Did anyone else read this and think, if/when her second daughter reads this book theres going to be some hardcore resentment? She was pretty harsh and to the point that she didnt want a second child the minute she found out she was pregnant, and that her husband DEFINITELY did not want this baby, so let's name her effing Cricket... But, how amazing and adorable and perfect is her first born, ...
  • Libby Renner
    Book Club book! I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would!
  • Gabrielle
    It’s good that she names names but there is nothing in this book to recommend it unless you enjoy the nexus of white feminism and the patriarchy.
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...