My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

by Russell Brand
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My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. I've had it for some time, and I highly recommend it. Russell Brand is an extremely talented writer, in addition to his stand up, which is also amazing. His story is an inspiration to anyone who is trying to overcome any sort of demon, no matter what size it is.
DeeBoone More than 1 year ago
Mr. Brand writes affectingly about his hard-up youth in the inhospitable surroundings of Essex, where at the tender age of 6 months, he was abandoned by his father. Consequently he was raised by his forsaken mother. Soon he plunges head first into sex, drugs and rock and roll. Mr. Brand was so fanatical about sex, even as a boy, he writes, that he was unable to play the game Battleship because it made him think of bra sizes. Mr. Brand admits he's "always been drawn to the seamier side of life," and his memoir is crammed with sleaze. Just the same, this mischievous and hilarious journal is not just the story of a sex crazed junkie, it's also about deliverance and resolve.
DeniseWI More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I am a big fan of Russell Brand, he has a very unique style of writing,his book spanned a period of his life that was someimes sad,horrible and self destructive. But the guy apperars to have some how came through, you can at times see that he did things that were truly out of bounds but he had and still does have a quality that makes you see he is a good person at heart and so you root for him and you can see that he as all of us are worth the effort and a few people saw that and helped him.
VikTorious More than 1 year ago
My Booky Wook is an autobiography of Russell Brand, a British comedian. Russell Brand has a squalid sense of humor!! Throughout his story he explains the many things that happened to him, whilst he was rising to the top. He elaborates on his sexual trysts and drug habits, and explains that one must never give up on their dreams. Brand's book is jam packed with similes and metaphors and alliteration. He says things like "he treated me like a clothed chimp" and "the doors of perception are about to be flung open." He uses a great many of the literary devices. Perhaps the best device that he uses is his diction/syntax. The words that Brand put onto paper were very obviously carefully chosen. Each word is distinct is its place and enable the reader to vividly see what he is describing. Now, that is not to say that some things he describes is something a reader might want to see!! The best part of this book was the author's humor. Russell Brand has got to be one the funniest men on this planet. His humor only adds to his is no wonder that he was a lady's man. His sense of humor is like no other...unless you are me. Both of us can be a little twisted and maybe that is why his book was so awesome to me!! The worst part of this book is most definitely Brand himself. He is undoubtedly a bad man. He got very very dirty, but he seems to have come out pretty clear to me. I believe that Brand wrote this book as sort of an apology to the world because he turned out so terrible! I would recommend My Booky Wook to a select few of other people. Firstly, one must have a cultivated sense of humor and secondly, they must be some sort of an intellectual. For Brand may have done some wishy washy things in his life, but he is smart...and he has good lessons to teach for those who will listen!
AmandaCA More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was the most interesting biography I've read. I was amazed at how much i was into it. At some points during my reading, i thought "Wow,that was really open. I wouldn't have been able to open up so much in a book that's going to be open for millions of people to read." I was amazed at how much he had opened up. I'd recommend this book to anybody looking for a good read. Reading this book has only made me love Russell Brand more. He's such an amazing comedian,author, and person. This book, i believe, proves it.
burtonfan More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Russell, and I love the way he narrates his life experiences. I had a hard time putting this book down.
panda_triste More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly what you would expect, especially if you've seen Russel Brand do his own material before. It is basically a collection of anecdotes describing everything that has gone wrong in his life, given in a facetious while oddly earnest way. Though the self loathing became a little old after a while, I still loved most of the book and at least liked the rest. *Note: If you do not have a large vocabulary, keep a dictionary handy.
charterdemand More than 1 year ago
I adore Russell Brand. He has the quick wit that only a genius can carry off. I am reading the book a second time because I liked it so much. His long-winded style of writing as he proves in stand-up as well really works for me because in all those words there is a wealth of information. If you have seen his antics you will know that he not only did NOT make anything up but he did in fact write that book. I highly recommend it to open minded intellectual people.
onion_girl More than 1 year ago
Russell Brand is a very funny man with some serious demons. I don't usually read biographies except auto-bios by comedians. I enjoy the first hand look at what goes on in their heads. This account of Mr. Brand's life is "no holds barred" and distinctly in his voice. Reading it is like listening to a complete stranger tell you about every intimate and embarrassing detail of their life. It's a novel written by a lascivious exhibitionist for a voyeuristic public. I enjoyed it immensely.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
In "My Booky Wook," Russell Brand chronicles his pre-stardom years-growing up near London and frequently getting himself into all kinds of painful (for him) and funny (for the readers) misadventures. A famous comedian in the U.K., best known in the U.S. for his roles in the Judd Apatow comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," as well as gigs like hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, Russell Brand's life tends to mirror his art. Growing up without a father figure and with a sick mother, Brand is mostly left to his own devices-which usually doesn't turn out very well. At sixteen, he decides to become an actor and enrolls in the prestigious Italia Conti drama school-only to be kicked out during his last semester due to his pre-occupation with drugs. As a result, Brand moves in with a few of his friends and decides to become a stand-up comedian-peforming in pubs and festivals. However, his self-destructive ways (drug abuse, alcoholism, sex addiction) interfere with his dreams and soon Brand is barely getting by. Everything changes when Russell lands a U.S. MTV hosting gig-that he eventually loses shortly after introducing Kylie Minogue to his drug dealer and wearing a controversial costume. The above instance perhaps best characterizes Brand's lengthy memoir-crazy but simultaneously hilarious. Russell Brand has obviously been through a lot in his life, but nevertheless manages to recount the majority of the outrageous situations he gets himself into, as one big entertaining read. It definitely invites a sequel into Brand's life post-stardom. Fans of entertaining celebrity memoirs will enjoy this.
Mama-bear More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and many times found myself laughing out loud and wanting to read certain pages out loud to my partner. There are bits of it that I found uncomfortable - but I'm glad I kept on - the humor is absolutely worth it. I've only recently discovered that I like memoirs and this one stands out. I borrowed it from the public library at first and knew right away that I would have to buy a copy to send to my brother as a birthday gift. Check him out in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall - he steals the show in my opinion. He has too small a part in Bedtime Stories. He has a new stand-up DVD coming out soon and I will definitely be buying it for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Russell Brand's comedy is something you enjoy or you don't, as proof of his stand up gigs compared to the debacle that was the VMAs. He's honest throughout the piece talking about his life as a drug addict, a sex addict, and an all around glutton for punishment with a sense of humor that keeps you reading and wondering "where the hell is he going to go next?" But the thing is that you already know. You're reading his life up to just before he started to make it really big in England and before he tried to slowly slither into the US with his smart words and his accent. If you read it you'll get some entertainment out of it, which is the biggest thing that Russell Brand seems to strive for. He says it throughout that ever since his first stint on stage, he needs the attention of everyone or he'll find a way to get the attention. Some might think he's narcissistic and completely out of his flippin' mind. I think he's an entertainer living to entertain. Not enough people out there are still out to do just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine being abused as a little boy and living in a dysfunctional family while dealing with your mother's Cancer. Russell went through everything from his mom being diagnosed with cancer to suffering abuse from his mom's boyfriend. The main setting in this book took place in his mom's apartment in London although he did spend a fair amount of time at a reformatory that his moms boyfriend sent him to do to rebellious behavior. Throughout Russell's life he's had many people who have made a huge impact on his life; some gave him amazing memories while others gave him not so fond memories. When Russell moved into his teen years, his rebellious side began to show and he was sent away. In life if one takes things too seriously; you never truly enjoy life and for that reason I really look up to Russell Brand. In my eyes Russell is an exceptional author because not only did he make me cry of sadness but he made me cry of laughter. I recommend this book for teenagers and older readers mainly because younger kids would not understand some of the jokes Russell tells; which could make it rather boring.
VGrace More than 1 year ago
I am a Russell Brand fan, of his comedy. This book, although brutally honest, gets boring. It's hard to feel empathy for the trials and travails he's been through because his writing leads the reader to believe he's only reporting what happened - not that he has any connection to any of it. Everything is a few feet away from him. He writes about horrible things he's done, but doesn't explain or analyze why he did them or how those experiences affected him. He jumps from one experience to the next (or just around in time) but doesn't link those experiences to an overall outcome. There are some laugh-at-loud moments in the book, but the overall feeling I had after I finished reading it was that he is a bastard, a talented bastard who has amazing people around him and has been lucky enough to fall up, but no true connections or deep relationships with anyone.
jackielee757 More than 1 year ago
Loved Russel in "Forgetting Sara Marshall" so I decided to read this book. I thought it was hilarious. I literally laughed out loud. Some of the things he has done are completely insane.
tpTP More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Russell Brand. He makes me laugh just hearing him talk. His diction and his use of the English language make you strain to hear everything he says. So, for me to read a book of his life, by the man himself, was a huge treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Russell Brand you will enjoy the book. Definitely written in his voice. If you have seen his act, you can just hear him telling the story. There are some parts that you are not sure if you should laugh or be disturbed. He has had a lot of ups and downs and certainly has a unique perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another celebrity who needs us to know how muchtrauma he has suffered
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
'My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.” Genre: Memoir —- Comedy Number of Pages: 339 Perspective: First Location: England My Booky Wook is the memoir of actor/comedian, Russell Brand. It details his entire life from a messed-up childhood to making it as an actor to drugged up sexcapades. For a complete summary, you can go here. I actually really liked reading this book at first. I thought Brand was funny and witty and his voice came through clearly. I could actually hear his (very distinctive) voice as I was reading it. He does warn you from the beginning that he speaks like a British person with no concern for proper grammar. And that is definitely the truth! It hurt my grammar-gut to read some of his lines. Then there are the footnotes. Oh my God—the footnotes! I have no problem with a properly placed footnote—like in Modern Romance—but this was ridiculous! There were so many footnotes. Every single obscure pop culture reference required a detailed footnote. First of all, I’m a believer that there shouldn’t be that many pop culture references in a book. It dates the book really quickly and deters people from reading it in the future. Also, if the reference is not quickly identifiable and requires further explanation, then it probably does not need to be included in the book. The whole thing was just very distracting while reading. To read the rest of the review, go here:
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Needs a bit more to find out if worth buying
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