You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

23705512After reading Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), I have the OVERWHELMING desire to type in capitals (which is something I NEVER do) because this is how Day writes and it’s slightly contagious, as is her positive attitude and outlook on life.

As a result, I was SLIGHTLY in love with her by the end of the book and DEFINITELY want to be her friend (not just one of her 20 million twitter followers, which I’ve been for  a while). I also want to quit my job, throw caution to the wind, and start doing something I love instead of just something that pays the bills – which is what Day did, sort of, because hers is very much also a caution to the wind type of life.

Home schooled, along with her brother, by an unconventional mother who tried to follow the curriculum before GIVING UP and letting her kids learn naturally, the result was Felicia became really good and Math and Violin (which seems a PERFECT match), getting into college early, but had no friends other than ONLINE.  This was the early days of the internet and chat rooms were new, as were the games Felicia and her brother played.

It was the start of a lifelong love affair with the internet, online gaming and Felicia’s need to connect online, all of which came in really useful when she decided that rather than play one more bit-part secretary, she would start her own web series, The Guild, making her a star in one small (or large as it’s the internet, which is basically HUGE) corner of the universe – someone people knew as more than the geeky redhead from Buffy and Supernatural (which, if I’m honest is how I knew her *shame-faced*).

The book is ROUGHLY in three parts – the home schooling / college years, The Guild years, and then the post-Guild years take up the last third.  After all the success they were rockier than Day maybe anticipated but also written with incredible HONESTY which as they touched on mental health issues and this is an area I work in, I really appreciated.

Woven throughout is Felicia’s love story with the intranet, which changed her life, a fair dose of feminism (because gaming is by all accounts a “man’s world”), and a lot of funny – this book made me LAUGH!. By the end I felt I had been on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster but I have to say I really enjoyed the ride.  I also felt inspired.  I may not be quite ready to quit my job and move to Hollywood but I do feel like life should be about taking more risks than I ever do so you never know…

Emma

p.s. If you hadn’t have guessed, I would definitely recommend the book – loved it!.

Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US

 

 

15 comments
  1. This book has been on my radar for awhile but for some reason I’ve never officially added it to my TBR. It does sound really good and I love finishing up a book and really wanting to be friends with the author!

    1. I remember a wave of reviews when it first came out that were positive and I can see why now. It’s a very upbeat book that doesn’t take itself too seriously- just what you want in a friend too 😊

  2. I’ve seen the title of this one but didn’t really know what it was about until your review.Sounds like fun mixed with reality, a desirable mix!

    1. It was fun and just a nice read. I’ve been laid up with the flu and it’s just what I needed.

  3. Every time I see the title of this book I consider buying it but something always stops me, but your review has made me definitely want to grab the book and read it asap! It sound fab. 🙂

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy it if you do read it. It was a nice breathe of fresh air given how many books that involve murder I read.

      1. I’m definitely going to get the book. 🙂 It’s good to read something completely different once in a while and this sounds like a perfect read for in between heavier books.

        1. It was a really good change of pace and nice to laugh when I read so much that involves murder.

          1. I treated myself to the book so hope to read it soon, it sounds like exactly the sort of book I need to read at the moment so I hope to start it soon. I’m so glad I read your fab review of it as that’s what made me buy it. 🙂

          2. Oh I hope you like it now…that’s a lot of pressure!

          3. I’m sure I will, it sounds like my type of book. 🙂

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  5. I admit I never even knew her name, but I was thrilled to see her on Supernatural after having had goofy nights in college thinking I was the only person who ever watched The Guild.

    1. No, not the only one watching the Guild. I do like the goofiness but also the smartness.

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