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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Light but entertaining look at one woman's road in Hollywood 20 Mar. 2014
By A. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I know Greer from quite a lot, and there's a pretty good chance you do, too - she's been appearing in television and films since at least 1997 and in the past 10 years has been in some big ones. She always stands out to me (in a good way), so I was quite pleased to have a chance to read and review her memoir. I like memoirs; I like Greer - good combination.

Memoirs, of course, come in varying types. There are the earth-changing ones that talk about Really Important Stuff, where people reveal the highly dramatic and often tragic experiences they've lived and leave you inspired (or maybe even just really happy to be alive). There are the high-level observational memoirs where people launch sharp and witty critical commentary on some or many aspects of life, that provoke you to think about things in a new light and perhaps even leave you a better person.

And then there's this. This is not and does not pretend to be "important" - it's a segmented look back at the life of an ordinary (if talented) woman who is working in an interesting industry. She doesn't seem to be aiming for Universal Truth, but seems candid in discussing her own situation. She comes off as warm, witty, self-deprecating, and, to me, genuine. If you're interested in reading about life in the industry (and the road to it) from the perspective of a firmly established and steadily employed insider, this may be the book for you. if you're looking for Really Important Stuff, cynical bon mots, or even a ton of celebrity gossip, it really isn't.

As for me, I enjoyed.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Kind of like a wine-fueled chat with your goofiest friend 28 Mar. 2014
By Maine Colonial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've always had a thing for co-stars and character actors, from screwball comedy greats like Edward Everett Horton, Eugene Pallette, Eric Blore and Thelma Ritter, to voices and faces you see everywhere in today's movies and TV, like Christopher Waltz, Brian Goodman (who seems to specialize in cops), Jayne Brook (look her up on imdb.com; she's great!)---and Judy Greer.

I've liked Judy Greer for years, since Arrested Development and 13 Going on 30, and today I love her scene-stealing voice work as the crazed sado-masochistic heiress/secretary/country singer Cheryl/Cherlene in the FX network's animated espionage comedy, Archer. So I figured: Why not read her book and find out more about her? Sure, the book is no cure for cancer and you might wonder why anybody would care to read the "confessions of a co-star," as she subtitles the book, but I was curious.

It turns out, Judy knows how to write a breezily entertaining memoir. Well, memoir in the sense that Tina Fey's Bossypants is a memoir. It's really a collection of entertaining stories about her childhood, breaking into show business and current life and career. She's from suburban Detroit and has that low-key, self-deprecating humor you often see in midwesterners--only a little edgier, a little goofier.

She writes as if she's talking to you on the phone. She rambles a little, she jumps from one topic to another; it's not very polished feeling, and there isn't anything deep or particularly meaningful here. And yet, it's an enjoyable way to pass some time. Her reminiscences about her childhood and her stories about her rescued, flatulent bulldog, Buckley (whom she describes as constantly judging her), are often laugh-out-loud funny.

When Judy talks about her career and her husband and stepchildren, she pulls back, though. Those stories are only slight-smile amusing, and I have a theory about that. She writes a couple of times about good advice she's received over the years, and one is her (former nun!) mother's sage advice (just like Cher's mom's in Moonstruck): "Don't [take a dump] where you eat." I suspect Judy didn't want to be too real about show business or her marriage and stepchildren, since she has to live and work in those worlds every day. Smart move, but it makes those portions of the book just a little deflated when compared to the inspired loopiness of the chapters about Buckley and her life before Los Angeles.

All in all, though, it's an entertaining read and makes me think that next time Judy Greer is between jobs she should start writing a comic novel.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great celebrity memoir.... 14 April 2014
By Scott Herzig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book before a long coast to coast flight the other day. After a long week of work I wanted nothing more than an insightful and intriguing easy read, filled with exciting celebrity tales, insights and Hollywood anecdotes. However, what I got with this book was a perceptive, fascinating and extremely funny view of what it’s like to be Judy Greer, one of the most recognizable “second bananas” in Hollywood. This book flows well and it turned out to be a great way to spend 6 hours in the air. A definite “two thumbs up!”
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Cute and Amusing, But Is It Worth Buying...? 5 April 2014
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Judy Greer is one of those Hollywood faces that you see in a movie or TV show, and immediately think "Who is that girl..? She's in EVERYTHING...." She's been in more TV shows, movies, and commercials than even she can remember. Personally, I've always thought she was cute, so when I saw she had a book out, I figured "Why not?"

I was expecting more of a humorous autobiography, but I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ME FROM *CONFESSIONS OF A CO-STAR is attempting to follow in the successful footsteps of Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler, and it's comprised of short "Essays" that cover various subjects and eras from Judy's life and career.

I'm not sure what the finished product will look like, since I have two separate advance review copies, a paperback and a digital edition, and the chapters are in slightly different order, so the book still seems to be in flux. The early chapters are a fairly linear timeline of Judy's life, but after that things get slightly choppy as the essays jump around, so you don't get a real feel for when the events she's describing are happening.

Judy seems to be a nice girl, so don't expect a lot (Read: any) dirt about co-stars or jobs that she's had. The question that you need to ask yourself in regards to buying this book, or ANY book that's comprised of the wit and wisdom of fill-in-the-blank, is this: Does this person have anything to say that I need to know, or anything to say that is amusing enough that I need to spend twenty bucks on it? In this case, the answer is no. I found Judy's stories to be cute and fun, and I laughed a few times, but I was also really looking forward to the book ending, because it was not really anything that I needed to read.

I also found it endlessly amusing when I read about how she worries about feeding her family healthy food, yet she smokes. I'm also easily annoyed, so I found it weird at first how she continually refers to her husband as "Dean Johnsen" over and over again. Then it stopped being weird and started to annoy me. I was also annoyed by her constant reference to "Dean Johnsen's" kids as her "stepkids"...I get it. They're NOT YOURS, I get it, I get it. I'm a stepfather myself, and this sentence is the first time I've ever used "Step" in regards to my relationship with my daughter. Yeah, she was here before I met my wife, but I consider her to be my kid, and I would never say otherwise. That's just a pet peeve of mine. Like I said, I'm easily annoyed.

I had a decent time reading this book, but I honestly couldn't say that anyone needs to spend money on it.

Doubleday provided a review copy.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I Don't Know Why Judy Greer Expects Anyone to Care About This Book 19 April 2014
By Mr. Bey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I, like many, enjoy Greer's work on Arrested Development. This book appeared to be self aware of Greer's questionable celebrity status and I hoped that it would be filled with fun information/insights into a type of Hollywood personality that isn't talked about all that much. Alas, it is not.

Fairly early on in the book, Greer admits that she is writing this in her bed. As I continued reading on, that thought encapsulated the main problem of this book. Greer is writing fluff from a nice cozy setting and the result is something that few outside her family, friends, or most devoted twitter followers would care about. I do not follow her on twitter and don't plan to after reading this.

This book's witticisms are few and far between. That's likely the result of Greer writing this while half asleep with Grey's Anatomy or The Amazing Race playing in the background. The fluff seeped out of her pillow and into this book. What's missing is anything that reader might care about. That's a common problem with celebrity memoirs and one that someone who isn't much of a celebrity might have thought about.

This is the kind of book that comedians do best, even the one's who are far more famous than Judy Greer. Her life isn't really interesting and she doesn't do anything to compensate for that. As a result, the book is something you can read in about 3 hours without missing a beat as there's no beat to miss. This book is like a Carl Weather's stew. Bits of leftovers without any substance or flavor with some broth and a potato. If I had paid for this, I think I'd like my money back.
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