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This Will Only Hurt a Little

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,325 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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 k
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Touchstone
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Victoria Schwab
A really surprisingly delightful one.
Jessica Woodbury
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, memoir, nonfiction
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 an actress who's had some high-profile tv work. Sh
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
DRC received through Edelweiss

Well, 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 her losing virginity at 14 in the back of the van,
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
‘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 had concluded an epic live-Tweeting re-watch of all six seasons (#PaceysCr
Claire Reads Books
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was just okay. For anyone who follows Busy Philipps's Instagram stories and is already invested in her Lekfit workouts and love of cinnamon gummy bears, This Will Only Hurt A Little will offer some interesting insights into Philipps's career as a working actress, her family life, and all the Hollywood chestnuts you expect from a celebrity memoir (while not exactly a tell-all, there is plenty of gossip and dirty laundry to be found here, although much of it concerns other working actors ...more
Jenny Slorach
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book is just a long list of reasons why it is hard to be a wealthy white actress. Highlights include:

- Busy listing all of the times she’s been mansplained to, then without a drop of irony explains that Hollywood actresses don’t get maternity leave. For someone who bragged about being a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, you would think she’d have learned a thing or two about the state of parental leave in the US.

- Busy finding it hilarious that she recently spent $3000 on Disney cru
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much 😭😭😭

Honestly, this isn’t your average memoir. She takes you through the highs and lows of her life, no holding back.
Krista Regester
I want to be Busy Philipps's bff.

::so I can tell her how to make her next book better::
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I have anxiety attacks and eat nachos and drink margaritas and live my life and live my life and live my life and live my life. For me. For you. To entertain you. To be seen. It's the only thing I've ever wanted."

I enjoyed Busy's book very much! She's a fun and amusing person, and it was entertaining to be in her head for a bit. I can relate to being "too much", and I admire her boldness and honesty.

This book is like talking to your friend - it's very comfortable & easy to become invested
Danielle H
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It so pains me to not give this book 5 stars, but I'm going to be honest about it because I think Busy would appreciate that. Mostly, I feel this book made me not relate to her in a way that's so different from watching her on Instagram. Like, the number of videos I have screengrabbbed because, I am this person crying in her hotel room about how nothing really works to make her feel fully healthy, or my God, it is so hard to meet someone today, thank you for acknowledging it, Busy. But then this ...more
Erica Villagomez-Cloutier
I’m not sure exactly how I felt about this book. I finished it, and did want to keep reading it, but I’m not sure I actually liked it. So Busy begins with stories of her as a young child and basically go through the order of her life. Her teenage years were crazy and she didn’t make the best decisions, but hey, she was a teen trying to navigate through life. We’ve all been there. One of the great parts of the book was when Busy opened up about her abortion. That whole chapter was very moving and ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best memoir I’ve ever read. Incredible.
Renee (
3.5 stars. I listened the this on audio which I think made it even better as the author narrates it herself and I felt like her stories really came alive when she told them. Her impersonating her mother was the best. I found the parts about the auditions and behind the scenes tv show details to be the most entertaining but overall I expected it to be more funny
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, reviews
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 ❤
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! Funny but also serious. Very, VEEERY honest, which I liked a lot!!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

This, from a Guardian profile of Busy, nails how I felt at the end of the book:

"Suddenly everything makes sense. I look at Busy Philipps advertising a pizza with her kids, and I know she’s doing it
Laura Berendts
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
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, is that significant moments in Busy’s life just aren’t
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-work
As far as celebrity memoirs go it doesn’t get better than this. Ruthlessly honest, compelling, and brave.
Jenna Bookish
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
"I've determined that just about everyone feels left out; it just comes down to how you handle it. I haven't handled it the best, historically speaking. And truthfully, isn't there something incredible about the fact that we all feel left out? Shouldn't that somehow make us all feel a little less alone?" 


This Will Only Hurt a Little is unpolished, but surprisingly heartfelt and raw. This celebrity memoir reads like Busy Philipps herself is recounting her life for you over a few glasses of wine;
I've been a fan of Busy since Cougar Town (Pennnnnnnnnnny Cannnnnnn!) and I've stalked her on Instagram because HOW COULD I NOT? I've watched her new late night talk show a few times (it's a little rough but her unique personality still shines through and I'm excited to see it get better). Basically I really like Busy and wanted to read her memoir so I did.

Overall, I liked it. She's not perfect and she doesn't pretend to be which is nice. The writing is a little unedited at times but her voice s
Jennie Shaw
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Celebrity memoirs are tricky, and THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE had several of the components that irk me. While written in a conversational tone (love!), it felt all over the place (don't love). Some of her stories hit home hard, but others weren't terribly interesting. I had no idea about Busy's involvement in Blades of Glory, and that situation made me see red (ugh guys are the WORST). Ultimately, I think this would have been more enjoyable as an audiobook. It was an easy read with a few laugh ...more
Courtney Tisch
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best celeb memoir I’ve read since Mindy Kalings’ or Tina Fey’s. I couldn’t get enough of her honesty and how she names everyone and everything that’s happened to her without sugar coating. Just what a celebrity memoir should be.
JJ Wall
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceeded my expectations!
Heartfelt and funny (though a few sad life events), VERY REAL and candid, a few good Hollywood stories, but all in all BUSY. You can actually hear her telling these stories. I loved it.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Not was I was hoping/expecting, but still readable
Miranda Berg
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Libby Renner
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Book Club book! I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would!
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
It’s good that she names names but there is nothing in this book to recommend it unless you enjoy the nexus of white feminism and the patriarchy.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why - oh why - Goodreads, will you not allow me to give negative stars?! This book was hands down, the worst piece of crap that I've ever wasted time on! I mean, come on Busy Phillips ... do you think we all care to read about a whining HOLLYWOOD actress who gets stoned, drunk and RANTS LIKE A LUNATIC through a whole book?! (The CAPS thing is something she does throughout the entire book - so you feel screamed at through the whole thing! Thanks for that, Busy.)

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Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Dawson’s Creek, Freaks & Geeks, 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. Busy lives in Los ...more
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