As I have said before, I work in a bookstore, and my favorite perk of working in a bookstore is the Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) I have access to. They allow me to read a book before it comes out and review it and talk to you lovely people about it so you can get all excited and go buy it when it comes out. I may sound flippant, here but I really mean it. I love talking about stuff that’s coming out and I genuinely hope you buy the next book I talk about, which is You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), a memoir by Felicia Day, published by Touchstone, to be released in August of 2015.
As soon as I heard this book was coming out I did two things. The first was send an email to my coworkers, who are as into Geek and Sundry as I am, and the second was to email the publishing house’s rep for the store to request an ARC. I and my co-worker both emailed and her reply was hilarious. It went a little something like this “Hi Andrew, of course I can get you an ARC, I literally just came out of the meeting where they announced this book! You guys work fast.” Yes… I am a nerd and work incredibly quick when I want to.
I read this book fairly quickly and really enjoyed her (Felicia Day’s) story. Felicia Day is a rather smart young lady and hearing her talk about her past and her experiences was really great. But what made this book stand out and really grab my attention was not the funny anecdotes of her hippy mom, but rather the later chapters where she talks about the immense highs and lows of her life. She went through quite a bit, and most of it happened offstage. I was very happy to see that she didn’t pull any punches and was brutally honest.
There were two sections that really stood out to me. The first section is where Felicia talks about her obsessive descent into the seedy world of WoW (World of Warcraft) addiction. She talks about how WoW was really as much about the social experience as it was about gaming. She literally spent thousands of hours logged in and it slowly took over her life. I felt this was a very raw and emotional chapter to read, and she really explores and lays out her life; you can tell that she looks back at it as a teaching experience and as a real problem she had. Those who say gaming addiction is not really addiction need to be aware that there are people who rarely log off and literally live in front of their television and computer screens because they don’t feel accepted anywhere else.
The second and most powerful thing that stood out for me was the chapter where Felicia recounts her bout with depression. I have recently overcome several months of severe depression and understand where she is coming from. She talks about how she felt, the anxiety she felt and the physical toll it took on her body. This struck a nerve with me in the best way as she 100% described how I felt for several months. My depression was not as bad or as lengthy as hers, but I know exactly how she felt. I count myself lucky that I am recovering already. I honestly have a lengthy road to go and worry about backsliding at any moment but after this chapter I feel a little better knowing that I am not alone in how I felt.
The book as a whole is well written, funny, and accessible. I like the approach she took in writing it, the book flows nicely, and transitions from chapter to chapter are very natural, like she is chatting with you and not writing a book about herself. That being said, there are a couple of flaws with it. Personally I would have liked to hear more about her experiences growing up, attending university at 16, and a bit more about her acting career. She rightly focuses on Geek and Sundry and The Guild but I would have liked to have heard her talk about her time on shows like Supernatural and Eureka and her relationships with other actors and writers like Joss Whedon, who she mentions a couple of times and thanks at the end, but we don’t hear much about her relationship with Joss or the other Whedons.
This book is a definite must have for any fan and gets 4/5. Good job, Felicia; you are always a joy to hear from.