You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

A Memoir

Book - 2015 | First Touchstone hardcover edition.
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The Instant New York Times Bestseller--Featuring a Foreword by Joss Whedon

"Felicia Day is a lot of fun, and so is her book."--George R. R. Martin

From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a "relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational" (Forbes.com), memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was "home-schooled for hippie reasons," she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth--finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930's detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how "uncool" she really was.

But if it hadn't been for her strange background- the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, with Mom driving her to campus every day-she might never have had the naive confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a math degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in show business understood that online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers.

Felicia's rags-to-riches rise to internet fame launched her career as one of the most influen­tial creators in new media. Ever candid, she opens up about the rough patches along the way, recounting battles with writer's block, a full-blown gaming addiction, severe anxiety and depression-and how she reinvented herself when overachieving became overwhelming.

Showcasing Felicia's "engaging and often hilarious voice" ( USA TODAY ), You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now-even for a digital misfit.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2015.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476785653
1476785651
Branch Call Number: 927.9143 DAY
Characteristics: x, 260 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

I LOVED this book!
This is the first memoir I've ever read, and practically the first non-fiction book I've read for fun. I stick almost exclusively to YA sci-fi/fantasy, so I wasn't sure if I could get into a memoir, but I picked it up because of Reading Without Walls. AND I'M SO GLAD I DID. I was completely riveted the whole time. I couldn't read in the same room as my sister because I'd keep laughing out loud, giving her a knowing look, then saying, "You'll just have to read it."
I identify with Felicia so much it hurts. It felt like reading something from a best friend.

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soccerkid89
Dec 30, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book because it talks about Felicia Day's entire life. From being homeschooled, graduating college, her rags-to-riches professional success, and going on to becoming the actress that she is today. Plus I read this book more than once it is a very enjoyable book to read because it a auto biography book that talks about a celebrity's entire life on how they got started and how she became the person that she is today.

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therhiannamater
Nov 23, 2016

I feel like this book is a transcript of a conversation had between two best girlfriends over a glass (or two) of wine. Felicia writes so amiably, you'll feel like you've known her for years.

This book gives an insight into a certain personality type that I can more than relate to. I was seeing my own fear, insecurities, and self-doubts coming at me from the pages in full-force. Day opens the door to some pretty difficult subjects with humor and honesty. which is a welcome change to similar titles I've read. Her awkward conversational fumbles had me cringing and recalling my own social blunders, but hey, we're all in this together, right?

While I wouldn't say this book is one by a women FOR women, my boyfriend was a fan of it as well, but I feel like a lot of us ladies of the nerdy persuasion can use a little extra encouragement that things do get better. We are not our forced social encounters, our anxieties, or our struggles just to feel happy. We like what we like, and we have the power to let our geek flags fly. We can ride off into the sunset atop our rainbow unicorns with our feminists heads held high. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but seriously, we got this, girls. Let Felicia be your guide to never giving up.

AL_TIEGAN Nov 17, 2016

Most of this book is extremely funny! Felicia gives some wonderful insight into her childhood and just how she become such a fantastic nerd. It is very easy to just hear her voice in your head and her speed-talking as she tells all of her stories. =)

However, the last couple chapters were a little difficult to get through. It became less of a memoir and more of a "let me teach you some life lessons." While it was interesting to hear a little bit about #GamerGate, since I hadn't really heard of it, but I suppose I did experience a bit of it personally (as a casual female gamer, I do get some hate, because gaming just is not a passion of mine so I don't care to know every game and every tiny detail of the games I do play). Though, the way Felicia describes it was a little confusing and hard to follow. Except the stories of celebrities being attacked, as well as having their personal information released online for people to misuse, were just awful! (How could people behave like that?!) While I understand that she included these chapters, because they were things that happened to her and affected her work and how she behaved with fans and fellow gamers she'd run into on the street, they still just felt too "life lesson-y" and patronizing.

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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

Felicia Day is awesome, I loved the stories of her playing internet games before they were popular. It's amazing to know all her accomplishments and how she strives for so much.

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cupcakeandtea
Jul 03, 2016

Wether you know her or not, this a quirky little memoir full of memes, personal photos and witty writing. Felicia narrative is exactly like her online personality a bit neurotic, compassionate and quite funny. I laughed out loud quite a few time and encourage others who are looking for an interesting read to pick this up!

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modestgoddess
Jun 25, 2016

I picked this up by chance because I liked the cover and the title. I'm still not entirely sure who Felicia Day is but psh (as she herself would say) - it really doesn't matter. I love her. Such a great memoir - interesting and engaging from start to finish. Touching and poignant and brave and funny as heck, and displays the best and the worst of the internet. Full of excellent anecdotes. Love love love this book, and Felicia Day herself as well.

cmlibrary_ecrites Jun 20, 2016

This is a wonderfully witty and touching memoir! Fans of Felicia Day will love reading her origin story and people who are unfamiliar with her will enjoy getting to know her. The tales of early internet adventures on RPG message boards complete with an awkward IRL meetup make the read worth it but there is plenty more to love! Her writing style is very personal and down-to-earth and her personality really shines through. A fun, informative read for fans and non-fans alike.

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Bibliophanatique
Feb 01, 2016

Quirky and delightful! Her writing is the perfect antidote to dull and despondent.

philrobichaud Jan 15, 2016

Felicia Day has one of the more interesting back stories I’ve read in a long time. Even if you’ve never heard of her, if you’ve heard of “the Internet” or are into Geek culture and video games, you’ll probably love this book.

She retraces her life from being homeschooled and being a 16 year old violin/math prodigy in college to eventually becoming an actress and an internet superstar.

She shares her struggles with anxiety/depression, gaming addiction, as well as online harassement. She also addresses the very relatable problem of people trying to find out what makes them happy, for real. In her own words “Knowing yourself is life’s eternal homework”.

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