Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain's most valuable exports.
Topics: England, Funny, Drugs, Contemplative, Philosophical, Addiction, Fame, Acting, Celebrities, Sex, Alcoholism, and British Author
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I was, however, charmed by the footnotes he apparently added for the US edition, explaining various UK cultural references. I more
I find Russell Brand very funny. He has a smart and irreverent sense of humour, which is present in this well-written and not surprisingly erudite book. Brand talks candidly about his drug problems and sex addiction as well as his his formative years and thirst for fame.
You can't read this book without feeling a little sympathy for Brand as he just spirals further and further out of control, but you also can't escape really disliking this egotistical and self-destructive character who doesn't give a shit about the impact of his actions on others, or possibly doesn't care if he comes across as unapologetic.
Overall, it was a funny read and I still have a lot of time for Brand's off-kilter humour and think it's awesome that he's clean and sober and speaks out for addiction as an illness. The book certainly didn't make me dislike him (beyond certain moments).
Though, three stars because I can't seem to want to give it more than that.more
I cannot explain why I adore him.Perhaps it is because of the truthful, 'self shaming' way he delivers his story.It is truly entertaining and masterful.more
Trigger warning: if you're inclined towards drugs or are in rehab, best to avoid this book. I don't use drugs, but his descriptions made it sound enticing -- probably because the only explicit descriptions were of good highs, not the yucky aftermath, withdrawal, and collateral damage.
Love Russell, will go read his next book?more