Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

Saturday, October 8
My rating:
5 Stars…

What I loved:
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world... or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs. After growing up in the south where she was "home-schooled for hippie reasons", Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star. Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir. Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.
I can't recommend this highly enough. I really think it should be recommended reading in high school, too.

What I loved:

- Felicia Day has a very relaxed, candid writing style that actually sounds like the way she talks. I enjoyed how open and funny this book was.
- I liked her honesty in talking about anxiety and mental health issues. While I don't actually know about those things, I can see that reading this would be helpful for people who do.
- I think if more young kids could gain insight into people like Felicia Day, maybe they'd feel less alone and less pressured into being something other than what they are. Do you. That's what I took away from this.
- In a lot of ways, Ms Day is not at all relateable. Like, I wasn't an anything prodigy. I didn't bother with university until I was 21, because up until then I was too busy doing anything other than improving my life. And yet, she was relateable in the 'I like you, fellow person' kind of way. She's not positioning herself above or separate to her readers. It was enjoyable learning more about her.
Quote…If someone’s takeaway from this story is “Felicia Day said don’t study!,” I’ll punch you in the face.
But I am saying don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for anyone else’s sake at all. (...) if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up. Being perfect . . . not so much.


So much awesomer than most celebrity memoirs... go Charlie Bradbury!!
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