Unqualified by Anna Faris
Published November 28, 2018
- Title Unqualified
- Author Anna Faris
- Year 2017
- Genres Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humour
Anna Faris has advice for you. And it’s great advice, because she’s been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she’s learned. After surviving an awkward childhood (when she bribed the fastest boy in the third grade with ice cream), navigating dating and marriage in Hollywood, and building a podcast around romantic advice, Anna has plenty of lessons to share: Advocate for yourself. Know that there are wonderful people out there and that a great relationship is possible. And, finally, don’t date magicians.
I used to listen to Anna’s podcast but not so much anymore - not because it isn’t good, but because, to be honest, I wasn’t so interested in the problem solving part of it. I liked the chat with the guests and the probing segments, and Anna was always so brilliant at getting people to open up whilst being honest about herself, but in the end I paused listening.
I was keen to read this book though, to get more of the same goodness only through the written word. Things kick off with an introduction from Chris Pratt despite the fact that he and Anna had split up by the time this got to the publishers. This continues through the entire book. There’s an honesty, a kindness, and just a warmth to the whole thing, even though you’re reading about some difficult relationships and turbulent times.
Anna dispenses advice, always unqualified of course, but most of it quite wise. From her point of view, we get to see an interesting take on how to survive in Hollywood, how to have a successful relationship either with a lover or a friend, and ultimately, how to make it through each day. A lovely read, this one.
Rating: 4 / 5