This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips
“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?”
I have been such a huge fan of Busy for years now and I felt like an idiot for not knowing this book existed. Thankfully, I have a friend on Goodreads who was reading it and it popped up on my feed. Thank you!!
I remember watching Busy on Freaks and Geeks years ago and thinking that I wanted to be like her. I realized it was a character but she was just such a badass and I adored her.
Then years later, she appeared on one of my all-time favorite shows, Dawson’s Creek and I was ecstatic. Again, I wanted to be her. Aside from the whole alcoholism thing (that’s so not a spoiler, that shows been over for years just watch it already). I actually just started watching Cougar Town and again, I adore her.
This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read. I actually listened to the audio version, which she read herself. It’s always so strange to me when I read a book by an actor/actress who I adore. You get this idea in your head that they’re just like the characters they play and when it’s not the case, it’s actually a nice surprise. I know this will sound corny, but Busy really is just like the rest of us. She fought with her sister growing up and had rough relationships. She fought her way into the business and wouldn’t take any crap from people.
The fact that she read the book herself made it so much better. She talked about hard times in her life and you can hear the pain in her voice. If you don’t know, she’s the godmother of Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger’s daughter. I listened to the chapter at work when she learned of Heath’s death and it completely destroyed me.
She gave insight to the dirtiness of Hollywood and let you know how big of a douche James Franco was and how difficult it was to work with the perfect being that is Katie Holmes.
This book isn’t for everyone. She touches on some tough subject matter and I feel like I enjoyed it so much more than the average person because of my slight obsession with her and the Creek. It was so funny at times I had to pause it. It was so heartbreaking at times I had to pause it. With that being said, it was a fantastic book and I want to be her friend.