This Will Only Hurt a Little

This Will Only Hurt a Little

by Busy Philipps

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A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest 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 of Instagram stories...Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell. This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.” —Tina Fey

“Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates.” —Miranda July

There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.

In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.

But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and more.

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 and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501184734
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 35,905
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, Cougar Town, ER, and, most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory. She is the host of Busy Tonight on E!. Busy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two daughters.

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This Will Only Hurt a Little 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This autobiography of Busy’s life with over 1 million Instagram followers she tells the truth about how vicious Hollywood can be and how she triumphed to host her own talk show. She tells of her relationships, her work, marriage, motherhood. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! I can't get my hands off of it!!! I recommend it because it's a youthful and funny approach to her life experiences in the most relatable way possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her, loved the book!
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
The other day I had posted about how much I enjoy celebrity memoirs. I then proceeded to read Busy Philipps memoir, This Will Only Hurt A Little which completely reinforced all the reasons I LOVE a celebrity memoir. I loved this book. This was a book that I savored and enjoyed and moseyed through over several cups of coffee. I am a Busy fan and this entirely raw, honest, unflinching look into her life has only increased that. How can you not love a celebrity that is wildly open about the realities (and many not so shiny sides) of celebrity? As with any person, I just didn’t realize how wild Busy’s life really has been. The incredible challenges she has faced both personally and professionally. The fact that she has not come out unscathed, but rather, stronger for having survived them. She is truly a remarkable woman, and all the more for sharing her life, her pain, her happiness, her failures and her successes all with equal, brutal honesty. My favorite part of this particular book is how much it felt like sitting down with an old friend and catching up. Which is going to be hella awkward if I ever get the chance to meet Busy, as clearly I now feel like we’re best friends. Honestly though, this was such an enjoyable, refreshing and easy read. I would, without question, recommend this to you my friends, as some lovely afternoon reading that is so terrifically satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading after seeing Busy on Watch What Happens Live. From the first few pages on, I just couldn't stop reading. Busy has such an effervescence about her. She really is a sparkly girl and I ended the book thinking how lucky Michelle Williams is to have a best friend like her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love you busy!! your story is so beautiful thanks for sharing with us!! finished in 24 hours