Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness

Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness

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by Danielle Fishel
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Ben Savage
"Reading Danielle's book is like taking a wonderful trip down memory lane. It's a funny and honest insight into the life of a talented actor who has always led with her heart and isn't afraid to stand up for her principles."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-19
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476760254
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/09/2014
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
565,230
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

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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