You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
Published: August 11th 2015
*Review first appeared in September 2015 Auxilliary Magazine
Is there anyone that doesn’t love Felicia Day? This quirky cutie is the official ‘Queen of Geeks.’ She has dominated the world of entertainment from both her acting career, writing and her heavy online presence including her own webseries.
You’re Never Weird documents Day’s journey growing up in the south as a home-schooled hippie to her life in Hollywood. Day dreamed of being an actress but her experiences in Hollywood were nothing like the stereotypical fast-lane of rags to riches. Day had many misadventures in the world of entertainment before she found her overwhelming success.
Day is not the typical face of young Hollywood. She is someone all young-adults can relate and identify with. She is weird, geeky and nerdy—and that is absolutely okay. She encourages and motivates readers to truly be themselves. One of the biggest lessons this book teaches is perseverance. When times get tough, hang on and work harder.
The addition of photos is fantastic and clever. Readers can see Felicia growing up and going through all the odd stages of adolescence. Her stories are bizarre, whimsical and sometimes stunning. Many of her experiences are ones we can relate to. Maybe the world is finally realizing there is nothing wrong with being different.
Whilst this book does continually have a light tone, she does tackle heavy issues in the latter half. Unlike most autobiographies, Day is able to discuss darker issues and maintain a genuine bit of humour. She tells readers of her journey through depression and severe anxiety. A brave, and bold decision that all readers will benefit from. It is always encouraging to those struggling to learn how others have navigated through similar situations.
What really stood out for me was the fact Felicia doesn’t shy away from discussing the dysfunctional parts of her life. This honestly is what reels the reader in. It helps that the book is absolutely written in Felicia’s own voice, and that voice is delightful: charming and earnest. What’s more, she’s led a strange life and isn’t bashful talking about it with disarming honesty.
Felicia’s delightful turn of phrase translated really well to the printed page. It actually made me laugh out loud in places. Her writing style is distinct and grips the reader from the very first page. Reader’s familiar of her work will find themselves reading this book with her sweet voice in their mind. A must-read for, well—everyone. Did I mention the foreword is by Joss Whedon? Pick up a copy! Now!