This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

Posted January 6, 2020 by shooting in Book Review / 38 Comments

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

Review by Lauren

Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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 and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

Review: Have you ever read a celebrity memoir and wished they were a bit more honest, and it didn’t feel like they were just scratching the surface of their lives? Well, then you definitely need to read Busy’s book. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen Busy in a lot of shows or movies – she got her big break, if you will, on Dawson’s Creek and that wasn’t a show I really watched. However, I’ve always loved Busy as a person. She’s open and honest, funny and frank. You get all of that in her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little.

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Before Busy becomes the famous Busy Philipps, she goes through a lot. I really felt for high school Busy, and I appreciated that she was open and honest about the things that she experienced. She could easily be judged by people, but I think she sees the power in sharing your story and possibly helping others with a similar one. Once she makes it to Hollywood, she’s still honest about the things she experienced and how she feels about certain people – including having to work with James Franco on Freaks and Geeks (spoiler: she’s not a fan). I like that she stated her thoughts, but I never felt like she was trying to attack someone or make them look bad. It’s just her side of the story, and the things she experienced. She even talks a lot about her own husband and how they almost didn’t make it. Definitely candid, and I love her for it. This is a “celebrity” memoir that I’d highly recommend – Busy feels like a real, everyday person, who just happens to have some extraordinary experiences and famous friends (bestie is Michelle Williams).

Oh, and speaking of Michelle Williams – have you noticed that Busy is almost always her date to award shows? This started when Michelle was dating Heath Ledger and they were both being honored for Brokeback Mountain. Since Heath was also a nominee, Michelle decided to start bringing her best friend Busy to join her at the award shows (since she still got a guest)…and the rest is history!

Have you read this one, or do you want to read it? What other celebrity memoirs have you read?

38 responses to “This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

  1. I’ve seen this a few times and was tempted to get it but haven’t yet – maybe I should after reading your review! 🙂

    Hope that your week is off to a good start! My first week back at work after the Christmas holidays so it is a busy one here!

  2. I still adore Busy from her Dawson Creek days. So, after reading your review here and I think I may need to give her book a try. Thanks for the back story on her newest book 😉

    • Kim

      Im not a memoir kinda girl but as always you inspire me. Mught just put this on my ever growing list lol. I loved Dawons Creek!

  3. I’m a latecomer to Busy’s career and to Freaks and Geeks, but I’m a Busy P. fan. She’s quite a raw performer and I shall try to catch her in a dramatic role soon. I applaud her candid truth-telling and Michelle W’s too. Will add to my tbr even though I don’t seek out celeb memoirs, I will w/highly praised books:)

  4. I did love Dawson’s Creek but I’m not familiar with a lot else that Busy Phillips has been in, but I do really like her! I’ve heard good things about this memoir too, I should read it!

  5. Oooh I didn’t know she had a memoir out!! I remember her from The Dawson’s Creek days and love her friendship with Michelle Williams + that story about how they started taking each other to awards shows!!

    • shooting

      I love a good celebrity memoir. Trevor Noah’s is one I want to read too. I’ve seen him live, and he’s amazing.

  6. I remember her from a lot of shows when she was younger, Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek and I think she might have been in ER for a brief period too. I’d heard that she wasn’t a fan of Franco, I think there’s a lot of women in Hollywood who haven’t enjoyed working with him, I think he might have been inappropriate? You don’t hear much about it. I love memoirs that aren’t afraid to spill the tea and talk about life beyond the personality so candidly. This sounds like a great one Lauren, loved the review!

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