I don't read many memoirs. I usually prefer fiction. I was looking for something light-hearted to read in between heavier books, and was expecting something fairly humorous and mostly fluffy. I like Felicia Day. Like many people, I think she's really cute. I like the acting she's done, and I like watching her book discussions with her Vaginal Fantasy book club. I liked the Dragon Age 2 expansion that had a character played by her who also looked exactly like her; it felt like I was actually running around doing a quest with Felicia Day.
I didn't expect to relate to so much of this. Aside from being gamers, and not really the same kind of gamers, I don't generally expect to have a lot in common with many celebrities. But in this book she was candid about a lot of anxiety and depression, and having a complete lack of motivation to get things done that she wanted and needed to do. This hit me very close to home. There was more than that, which I related to, but this review isn't about ME.
A lot of it was humorous, as I expected. Some of the style didn't quite work for me, like the number of sentences ending in "ha." But mostly I enjoyed it. It was written the way she speaks, which is great for hearing her in your head.
A lot of it was surprisingly moving. I intend to take her motivational advice to heart. I was surprised to find myself wiping away tears when she brought up a young woman who'd had breast cancer, who she'd unknowingly helped raise the funds to pay for her medical bills. I'm still tearing up even thinking about that again. I felt enormous empathy when she talked about gamergate and her experiences with 4chan and online trolls.
I think I've taken away some good things from this book that I can remind myself to do better things with my life. I bet she didn't even intend it to be for self help.