Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardnessby Danielle Fishel
Best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel was many a tween’s first crush and the quintessential girl-next-door for seven years as she joined 10/i>/i>/i>
A warm and witty memoir by Danielle Fishel, the beloved star of the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World and the eagerly anticipated spin-off, Girl Meets World.
Best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel was many a tween’s first crush and the quintessential girl-next-door for seven years as she joined 10 million viewers in their living rooms every Friday from 1993 to 2000. The real Danielle is just as entertaining and down-to-earth as the character she portrayed on her hit show. But even life for a successful actress can be messy, from disastrous auditions to dating mishaps and awkward red carpet moments.
Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern is a fun romp through Danielle’s own imperfections and mild neuroses. It’s a book for anyone who, like Danielle, has ever tripped and fallen down a flight of stairs in a room full of people, had a romantic moment with their significant other that was ruined by horrendous gas, or taken a Halloween photo without realizing there was a huge chunk of chocolate-covered strawberry in their teeth. Here is the real, imperfect Danielle, who knows that a good sense of humor and a positive attitude makes life so much more enjoyable. Even when you’ve just face-planted in front of Ben Affleck.
Former teen TV star attempts self-deprecating humor to tell PG-rated tales in this occasionally chuckle-worthy debut memoir. Best known for playing everyone's favorite girl-next-door crush, Topanga Lawrence, in the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World, Fishel writes that she was "born with a serious case of the klutzes." In chapters with titles like "The Poop Whisperer," "Walk Much?" and "I Heart You With All My Fart," the author regales readers with stories of embarrassing moments throughout her life, from falling off a Big Wheel bike as a child to tripping down a hill in front of Ben Affleck. Fishel loosely outlines her life with anecdotes about bad dates, catastrophic casting calls and cleaning up after her sick dog. The book is set equally in Fishel's life as a teen star and her adult life, and devoted fans will be pleased to read about her personal life since Boy Meets World, which includes a marriage and a college degree. While there are a few tidbits from Fishel's teenage years that die-hard '90s TV fans might find juicy, most of the anecdotes are just familiar renditions of normal growing pains. The author writes with heavy-handed sarcasm that rarely inspires laughs and often addresses readers directly with hints of self-promotion—"Do you follow me on Twitter yet? Well, if you do, (1) bravo!" and (2) you may have figured out by now that I am obsessed with dogs." Compared to other female celebrities who have successfully written comedic memoirs, Fishel has neither the skilled voice of Tina Fey nor the over-the-top adventures of Chelsea Handler. The best moments come when Fishel writes vulnerably but frankly about larger cultural topics such as body image or her teenage romance with Lance Bass, who later publicly came out as gay. The moments of genuine humor are few and far between, and the book mostly falls flat as a dull recounting of a former teen celebrity's unremarkable personal antics.
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Danielle Fishel is an actress and TV host best known as America’s first television crush, Topanga Lawrence, from the hit 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World and the eagerly anticipated spin-off, Girl Meets World.
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Normally This Would be Cause for Concern is a delightful memoir by actress Danielle Fishel. Fishel earned a place in our hearts as the star of the 90’s sitcom Boy Meets World. She has recently returned to TV as the star of the spinoff series Girl Meets World. In this truly enjoyable book Danielle shares her life, revealing herself to be in real life the type of sweet girl next door she plays on TV. What a wonderfully intelligent and charismatic young woman.
I thonk i'd lov this book because i love girl meet world. I was always facinated about how it all began so i asked my mom to record boy meets world. I was upsett o find that she only recorded 2 episodes. Danielle and ben arecouple that you would never see chemastry like they have. (Well thier characters)
Having grown up watching Boy Meets World and now spending time with my own children, watching Girl Meets World, I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw it at the library. I feel bad because I know her as Topanga and couldn't have told you for a million dollars what her real name is. I hoped this book would give me more of an insight of Danielle. First off, if you are looking for a tell-all, this book isn't for you. The only thing the author spills on, is some really bad dates, a couple sweet relationships and herself, to a point. She skirts over her childhood, with a few stories here and there about basically a pretty normal life and the effects of falling off her Big Wheel. Not much about filming Boy Meets World, because, basically, if you are reading her book, you know she was on it and totally bypasses other adventures in her filmography. This book pretty much is about how she's just like everyone else when she's away from the "office." Danielle is pretty klutzy and the majority of the book focuses on bloopers throughout her life. It also fills you in on just how strong her relationship is with her parents. Before calling 911 after an accident, she calls her mom, because she's always the one she thinks of first. Danielle talks about car accidents, one will have you wondering how her father stayed as sane as he did, pee accidents, which will have you chuckling, her Big Wheel disaster, which if you've ever had a Big Wheel, you will appreciate, and many more. As a whole, this book is a fun read and fills the reader in on some moments you may have missed in Danielle's life. Piece by piece, it's a bit disjointed and I wish the author had provided a bit more insight on other jobs she had done in the entertainment industry. I hope she comes back later and provides a more complex look at her life, as a whole. I'm not looking for any shocks and awes, but I'd like to read more about things she did and the reason's behind them. This is a quick and enjoyable read. This is a book that all ages can enjoy and mothers can wholeheartedly hand to their teen to read.
Super fun read! I giggled and reminisced. It was a great break from the realities of my crazy stressful life!
How gross can Topanga be... I mean really, This book was not funny, poorly written & super short. Basically a total waste of (my short) time & money. Do yourself a favor & SKIP IT!