This Will Only Hurt a Little - Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little

By Busy Philipps

  • Release Date: 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Size: 9.67 MB
Score: 4.5
From 401 Ratings

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A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest 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 of Instagram stories...Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell. This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.” —Tina Fey

“Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates.” —Miranda July

There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.

In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.

But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and more.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”


  • I couldn’t put it down.

    By ashleyb67
    I read this entire book in an afternoon because the story was so gripping. I felt all the feelings and could hear Busy in my head as I read along. The book is honest and real and never too much. Thank you, Busy, for opening up and sharing it all.
  • Fun read!

    By Jsma976
    I loved it! If you enjoy her show and her Insta, you will enjoy the book!
  • Funny But Self Involved

    By makexitxcount
    This book was interesting in that it showed the ins and outs of Hollywood and what it is like being on the high of a hit TV show and the low of not getting your pilot picked up. However, Busy seemed very narcissistic and self involved to a point where it’s almost annoying if she wasn’t so funny about it! Good book, would recommend.
  • Abc ali p

    By abc ali p
    Fun. Bold. Feminine. Tough
  • Love

    By shelbyAH93
    Laughed cried laughed more.. this book sparkles
  • Amazing !!!

    By acreads422
    Loved it and her!
  • Great Read!

    Busy is so open and honest about her life and she does it and such a funny way. I 100% recommend this book.
  • Buy this book!

    By Zvfdc
    It’s a really great read! Couldn’t stop!
  • Super!!

    By perkeli
    Read it in one night. Kept me up and “Busy” all night. Was totally worth it.
  • Beautiful

    By Mollie Fleming
    Amazing and powerful stories from an even more amazing WOMEN. Busy’s strength, wit, love, beauty, light, and passion shine through the pages. She is honest, even when it hurts (but just a little). Her book gave me chills, made me laugh and cry. I LOVE it, so thank you Busy. ♥️