You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day

Genres: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Humour
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: August 11th 2015

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“It’s hard being weird. No—it’s hard living in a culture that makes it hard.”

Day writes about growing up weird, about perfectionism, depression, anxiety and feminism. About not being able to find a place in the world and eventually creating one for herself. From several fun stories from childhood to chronicling her professional life, Day shares a huge part of herself in this book.

A good read for anyone who loves Day, the internet or wants to get themselves booted into starting something creatively. The chronicling of Day’s career is really inspiring, but also emphasizes how important it is to care for yourself, as much as your work.

It opens very light, funny and incredibly relatable to anyone who feels like a geek. It is a genuinely hilarious book, but Day doesn’t gloss over her life as wonderful. In fact from the very first pages it’s easy to get a sense of how anxious she is, and how hard she’s worked to get where she is today. She portrays her anxiety, depression and addiction in several painfully honest chapters. Addiction to online games is more common than most people realize, and it’s often written off as a cute quirk and not something that can compromise your entire life by soaking up entire months of your life.

Of course, a large portion of the novel is dedicated to the internet, the place Day found the beginnings of her fame. It portrays the internet as the two faced beast it truly is. From all the joy it can bring through connecting people who share the same passions and hearts, to connecting people who really shouldn’t have been connected at all. She writes about her first online friends, how the internet helped her create, and find happiness. She also writes about the horrifying hate messages she gets regularly, #GamerGate, doxxing and people actually showing up to her home uninvited. In the end the second half of the novel feels emotionally heavy (appropriately so), but Day makes a point to end on a positive note.

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