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 23rd, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, 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...
  • Aimee
    Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Carly Findlay
    I had no idea who Busy Philipps was until I read a review by Danielle Binks. And I’m so glad I bought the audiobook. I devoured it in a day. It was just so great. This Will Only Hurt a Little is an honest, funny and cleve memoir, with a big F you to the sexism in Hollywood. I loved hearing about Busy’s career - especially her tenacity and resilience. She also revealed a lot about her mental health and struggles against the screen industry’s...
  • 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...
  • Aisling
    Mild Spoilers In This ReviewI was aware of Busy Philipps in a peripheral way. I knew she had been a part of Cougar Town, I had really liked her character on Dawson's Creek, but I was a kid when DC was first airing and had only seen her in a few scenes, and had seen her in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronnicles (though I had forgotten that until I read about it today in her book.) I didn't become a fan of hers until I re-listened to The Thrillin...
  • Ali Martell
    It is so hard to rate a book like this. But, listen, if you are planning to read this book, I highly suggest the audible version. Busy reading Busy was an incredible way to feel like she was sitting next to you, telling her truths. You can feel her emotion when she talks about her sister connecting with her daughter, and her meeting with the pope, and Heath Ledger’s death, and, well, everything.
  • Amy
    I honestly loved this memoir (took a star away for language and some graphic scenes). Everyone’s story is important, and I love reading about people who recognize their calling in life early. I was in tears with how her mother supported her, and I loved reading about how she overcame her trials and healed her life. She also is pro-hypnobirthing 🙌
  • Krista
    This book. This woman! Busy Phillips’ raw honesty is both wildly funny and painfully heartbreaking. By page 11 I was laughing so hard I was crying, and then a few pages later I was just crying. Busy is a new kind of icon; the personification of authenticity; the type of woman I want in my corner; the type of woman I want to be. Well done, Busy Phillips, I love that this is who you are, now.
  • Kristyn Kricket
    You Guys! You have to be a fan to really enjoy this title, I did, but found the writing very conversational. It feels like she's sitting with you sharing stories over a frosty marg. I enjoyed the dishy stories where she named names.
  • 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...
  • Jackie Bromagin
    I've been waiting for this book since Busy announced it and I read it in a day. what? Lol
  • Kelsey
    As far as celebrity memoirs go it doesn’t get better than this. Ruthlessly honest, compelling, and brave.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Laura Berendts
    2 / 5 Dang. I LIKE Busy Phillips a lot. I love Freaks and Geeks, I like Dawson’s Creek, and I like her Instagram stories. I too thought her friendship w/ Michelle Williams was ~goals~. But this book, woof.First, it’s a celebrity memoir. And I should not have been fooled into thinking that because it was from a cool girl that it wouldn’t be mired with all the same issues that celebrity memoirs ALWAYS have. The biggest one that jumps out here...
  • 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...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01 you follow Busy on Instagram, (and if you don’t, you really should) you will not be surprised at all with her candor in this wonderful book. I could just hear her telling her stories as I turned the pages. She really makes me laugh out loud. Busy spares no ones feelings in this book, especially her own. Her honesty is very refreshing. She does not sugarcoat what has happened in her life. There were 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 ...
  • Myra Breckinridge
    Busy Philipps is a strong interpersonal storyteller, but she isn’t a writer, and there is no strong editorial hand guiding her to her best result. The book is riddled with passages that need some words excised, and the structure could be tightened to a better result. Worse, her no-holds-barred approach, doesn’t always work. At best, it offers a realistic look into the realities of, and sexism in, life in and out of Hollywood. At its worst, it...
  • Bianca Melo
    A beautiful, funny and heartfelt memoir about one of my favorite actresses. I started following Busy's career back in 2003, right after Dawson's Creek wrapped, and have been a fan ever since. Even though I only saw her in movies and TV roles, she always had this thing about her that I just related to. I had no idea what it was, but reading this book I finally understood it. Thank you, Busy, for everything. You are sparkly AF. You are a hard worki...