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My Squirrel Days

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,578 ratings  ·  538 reviews
Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious, refreshing, and inspiring collection of essays “teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud moments” (Associated Press).

“A pleasure. Ellie Kemper is the kind of stable, intelligent, funny, healthy woman that usually only exists in yogurt commercials. But she’s real and she
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Scribner
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Look, I really, really like Ellie Kemper as an actress and a person. I relate to her a lot as I have a similar upbeat, somewhat spastic personality and a tendency to pee when I laugh too much (TMI??). However, and there is no nice way to say this, sometimes you can be a funny, interesting person but not in a fill a book kind of way.

My husband asked me why I wasn't in love with this book and I asked him, Would you want to read a book based on my life? He said no. Super quickly, I might add.

Krista Regester
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
You guysssss.

These celebs keep trying to convince us that they have important stories to tell, but I just don’t know if they do! There are laughable moments in this but overall I spent a lot of valuable time reading about a brunch order that was missing it’s lentils. SPOILER ALERT: The lentils were just small y’all.
Raeleen Lemay
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, nonfiction, 2019
This was... fine. I laughed like two times, but the majority of the book read like Kimmy Schmidt took over Ellie Kemper’s body and wrote it. Maybe that’s just how she talks/writes, but it came across as very forced to me. Still a vaguely enjoyable read, but not exactly what I was expecting. When I read a celebrity biography, I expect funny stories about their life and also for them to talk about the shows/movies I know them from. In this book, there were a tiny chapter each for The Office, Kimmy ...more
Scott S.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed Kemper's solid work in her comedic supporting roles on NBC's The Office and on the big screen in Bridesmaids and The Secret Life of Pets. Although it seems a little early in her career to pen a memoir - to be fair, she's not alone in this recent and burgeoning cottage industry for under-40 performers - I gave it a look since my community's library had it on their new release shelf.

Well, it turns out that she can write pretty well, too. Kemper keeps the tone self-deprecating and down
Robin Bonne
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie Kemper writes about her life and acting/comedy career. The parts I enjoyed the most were the ones about her awkward encounters with other people. These felt the most relatable and a few of them made me laugh aloud.

While there were plenty of jokes, there were times I wished Ellie had used her platform to dig deeper into emotional content. The stories from her life that she recounted seemed a little shallow at times, and very safe.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of th
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ellie Kemper is a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west. I can say this because I'm a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west and I recognize my own.

Being a nice Catholic girl from the mid-west, being born into a very wealthy St. Louis family, going to Princeton, and then having your wealthy family support you while you wait to break into show business doesn't make for a very interesting memoir, however.

From the author's telling and from what I've read in her Wikipedia entry her first 36 years have
Merry Mercurial
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m sure network and Netflix studios are teeming with whiteboards on which the same set of adjectives are written (plucky, charismatic, strong yet sensitive, gritty yet unspoiled by modern living, unglamorous yet cuter than a button on an Easter tux worn by a monkey), meant to describe their next break-out TV heroine. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt works in large part because Ellie Kemper nails those whiteboard qualities in a way that feels authentic, no matter how horrifying her character’s origin s ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, nonfiction, memoir
There comes a time in every sitcom actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When my number was up, I told myself that I would not blink. I would fulfill my duty as an upbeat actress under contract on a television series and serve my country in the only way I knew how. I would cull from my life the very greatest and most memorable of anecdotes, I would draw on formative lessons learned both early on and also not too long ago, I would paint for the reader a portrait of
I like Ellie Kemper. She seems like a nice, fun person. But as far as her storytelling goes, I feel like not enough of the things she's experience in life are all that interesting. That sounds mean, I'm sorry. For me, I don't find improv that interesting, and she did a lot of that before becoming an actress. I didn't know that about her. I also thought her story about the times she's been to Europe & Japan a little dry. There were definitely some funny parts throughout the book and I want to ...more
Colleen C
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I'm a self-professed lover of celebrity memoirs, I wasn't in love with Ellie Kemper's My Squirrel Days. Although there were a couple of entertaining essays, many of the topics were mundane and sometimes boring (e.g. complaining to waiters about a lentil and quinoa salad; joking about telling grandchildren about taking 500 SoulCycle classes). While I think any topic can be interesting in the hands of the good writer, I just didn't care much for style of writing in this collection. I also wi ...more
Brandon Forsyth
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like a Norman Rockwell housewife secretly plotting to murder her perfect family (WITH COMEDY), Ellie Kemper deliciously sets up and then undercuts her shucks-golly Midwestern persona in this charming collection of essays, loosely structured around the idea of the different "roles" she's played in her life. I found them totally charming and often laugh-out-loud funny. That's right Internet, I spelled out lol. DEAL WITH IT.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ 48% - Ellie Kemper seems like a lovely person, but this memoir is just so, so average.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is very on brand for the author. She put s forth stories that reinforce her public persona but does not disclose any information that is personal or meaningful.
Girl Well Read
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ellie Kemper is a comedian and star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared on the US The Office series. Her other written work includes writing for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. In this collection of essays, Kemper delivers some funny bits about her journey from the suburbs to Hollywood, and becoming a full-fledged New Yorker.

My Squirrel Days is a heartfelt com
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
There wasn’t much to this book. I found myself thinking about other things while listening. It didn’t make me laugh...just amused me at times. I borrowed the audiobook from the library thankfully. I think this book would have been better later in her career after she had done more.
Kate Vocke
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, bios, netgalley
I'm pretty sure I am not alone in my feelings that I feel like Ellie Kemper is my friend. I mean, she just might be the most fun, and happiest celebrity on the planet - free from scandal, always smiling, and just about as sugary sweet as one can be right? I was SO excited to read her book, and as much as she tries throughout to convince us that she's not all sugar and everything nice - but a bit more spice than most people realize ... well, I don't believe you Ellie!! Haha! Not one bit. Even if ...more
Kristyn Kricket
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have gotten an excerpt a few weeks ago and I devoured it greedily, wishing I had more of it to read. Today, my wish was granted as I received an advance reading copy of the entire book from Edelweiss. I raced through My Squirrel Days giggling like a loon and plotting out ways I could be best friends with Ellie. If you're a fan of the essays by Tina Fey, Mindy Kailing and Amy Poehler, you will LOVE this book.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
✔ true crime (...that a wholesim being such as Ellie exists 😭)
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars

This was so enjoyable to listen to! Not sure if I intentionally listened to this after Tina Fey’s (something I’d do though) but they compliment each other so well. Laughed out loud and she really is such a lovable dork. Ellie is so humble and sweet too! And obviously love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 🙏🏼

+10 points to Gryffindor for the Hamilton reference
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cuando partió hablando como Kimmy supe que no iba a ser una buena biografía :(.Siento que no contó nada realmente importante o anécdotas buenas como en otras bios que he escuchado por ahí.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review to come.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love her on TV, but I could not take her character in a book. It felt false and grating.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it

Aside from watching her on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I knew nothing about Ellie Kemper before reading this collection os essays.

I enjoyed some of them, but most of them fell flat. She would relate two parts of her life into a single essay, which did not always work. My favorite of her essays were, Daughter, Hysteric, Bridesmaid, and Kimmy. I wish she would have talked about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more because one essay was not enough. Although, maybe she is savin
Julia V
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the office, Fans of Kimmy Schmidt, People from Missouri
(3.75) ... Despite what a lot of reviews said, this book is hilarious! I constantly found myself laughing out loud in public while reading. And turning to the person next to me to tell about vagina flies.

Here's the deal, I may be biased on this book. I absolutely love Ellie Kemper, and find her easily annoying personality very relatable to my own. I really don't see how this book would be enjoyable to someone who isn't a fan of her personally. I went to her book signing where she talked a lot ab
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Ellie Kemper keeps alive the spirit she gives us on screen. I found myself smiling, feeling twangs of my own nostalgia, through hers.
Kemper sheds light on the everyday moments in Hollywood.
Between takes and auditions, what an actors life is like on and off set, and what it’s like to have a job so rare not many can relate.
I greatly enjoyed reading about her childhood, the moments of wild thoughtfulness that lead to a bit of chaos. Inspiringly honest moments of Childhood Ellie are a nice remind
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own
My Squirrel Days is Ellie Kemper's first memoir. You might know her from The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt.
Personally, I've never watched The Office but I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt like, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I've probably re-watched it about 6 times now. So when I saw that this ARC was available, I immediately requested it.
I don't th
Justin Brendel
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced copy in exchange for a review.

3.5 stars rounded to 4. My Squirrel Days was a nice collection of essays on life, showbiz, relationships, pink pants, bridesmaids, and much more. The stories about the early days of UCB were nice. I enjoyed Ellie's writing style, although I had difficulty with the footnotes. At one point there is a joke pertaining to The Office, and the punchline is in the footnote at the end of the chapter, making it kind of choppy.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

Let me be honest here for a second.... I wanted to absolutely love this book. I really really did. And I did like it, but did not LOVE it like I wanted to. I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Office and I like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this book just wasn't that funny. Kimmy has a normal, carefree (and assuming at least somewhat wealthy) upbringing in St. Louis, attends Princeton to play field hockey and ends up quitti
Julia (jaylamm.reads)
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc-reviewed
Thank you NetGalley, Scribner books, and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of My Squirrel Days.

Oh Ellie Kemper is such a joy! I became a fan while watching her on The Office, and have continued to enjoy her work on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My Squirrel Days had me laughing from start to finish. Ellie's charm and wit really shines through this book!

As a fellow St. Louisan, I loved hearing the stories of growing up in St.Louis! Her journey to where she is now
Chihoe Ho
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Like with many celebrity memoirs, the thing that always stands out to me is the narrative voice, and Ellie Kemper's is one that is so distinctive on the telly and equally in her writing.

My love for her kept me going till I finished My Squirrel Days. It's not to say it's a bad book - it's just that there is little content of consequences to go on for a full book. And it's not to say Kemper hasn't lived a life of consequence - it's probably just not the kind of consequence that everyone would rela
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