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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 17, Fabian rated it really liked it. And obviously, fanatic readers like myself needed-- yearned for, in fact-- the obvious continuation to the stellar first Booky. This time, there are anecdotes of the gods and goddesses of Mt. What begins with a kiss from and short-lived romantic relationship with Kate Moss unravels to later feature various co-stars P. He gets dissed by his hero in public on Bob Geldof: "Well, you may've fed the world but you just broke my heart".

He acknowledges the vile victimization and downfall of a fellow professional-- just another casualty of the fame game "isn't it a shame His band of misfits is insinuated in a rape. He feels bad for child-star stand-ins sometimes, they are little people.

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On Australia: "The price of a no-class system is no class! A fanboy gushing many pages of this at the great MOZ in fact, his fanboydom never dims, even after that rarest of miracles has been achieved, fame. Wook II is absolutely the Quixote legend revamped. In the second tome, fully realizing the scope of his famedom, Mr. Brand acts accordingly: like a well-conditioned diva and full-tilt asshole. For I wholly despise famous individuals who still admit that they "keep it real. Brand admits, "You can't just waltz out of rehab into stardom, diddling birds wherever you go, and expect the world to tolerate it.

My least favorite part? His inevitable hooking up with the charismatic Katy Perry-- see how long that lasted? View all 5 comments. This ended up being a super depressing read. I really enjoyed My Booky Wook the first and was looking forward to more, but he wrote this pre-divorce and it was so so sad at the end. Brand is really smart and I enjoy his writing. His voice is clear, his asides are hilarious and you can feel his personality on every page.

He continues his story about fame and how weird it is. He is huge in England and began to get excited about the idea of coming to the States to make movies. He steps off the plane and no one knew who he was. Although he tried not to let fame change him, it threw him to suddenly be able to walk around and not be mobbed. Suddenly he had to audition for a part just like all the other unrecognized actors instead of being welcomed in and asked to relax with tea and biscuits. When filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he hides in his trailer, petrified to go out and talk to anyone.

He attempts to bed Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell but they both had boyfriends, so he retreats back to his trailer and rather quickly goes mad. Several times when he travels he brings a girlfriend along to keep him company. He often then sends her home when he realizes there are many other women in the area that he can sleep with. The final few pages are heartbreaking. View 1 comment. May 26, Lauren rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Fans who don't mind reading previously told stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first Booky Wook. It was funny, honest and quite charming. The second, however, did not deliver in the same way. Basically, it is mostly previously told stories in book form. Anyone who follows Russell's comedy will know just about every anecdote within this book. This is coming from someone who enjoys his interviews and former radio show rather than a fan of the stand-up, so I think there may be even less new material for these fans. In his defence, there has been so muc I thoroughly enjoyed the first Booky Wook.

In his defence, there has been so much media attenion surrounding much of what one would include in an autobiography, that it would be difficult to avoid this, being Russell Brand. Nonetheless, it is to be considered. For example, I skipped most of the 'Sachsgate' saga, as well as the pages of self-quoting. The American tales were mostly what he has talked about in recent interviews so I found myself skimming rather than reading, and we all know how he met Katy Perry. Another reason for my disappointment is that this book was promoted, by Russell, as an account of fame and how it isn't all it's cracked up to be.

That fame won't make you happy. I was looking forward to this. But it did not come across strongly at all.

Overall, it is not a bad book, it's just that the reason anyone reads an autobiography is to get a revealing account by someone who they enjoy for whatever reason. And this Booky Wook just was not at all revealing. Aug 06, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: biography , summer I can't tell if this book y wook is inferior to the the first autobiography written by Russell Brand, or if I'm just getting older. As a teenager, I was an avid follower of Russell- I watched him on Big Brother, downloaded his podcast every week and went to one of his live shows, but now I can't help but feel unimpressed with some of his tales of womanising.

His jokes frequently fell a little flat, and I found it hard to sympathise with him. Sorry Russell- I suspect it's me, not you. Jun 11, Antigone rated it liked it Shelves: memoir-biography. As advertised, this is the second memoir Russell Brand has released, and he speaks to the evolutionary trajectory here: "Booky Wook 1 had the huge advantage of being the tale of a man with a troubled childhood behaving badly as a result of crack and heroin addiction, this book differs because the drugs and childhood are gone but the madness remains.

Well this, I'm afraid, is the way with addiction - you must know an alcoholic or a junky - we're all like it - we're nuts. Getting off drugs is just As advertised, this is the second memoir Russell Brand has released, and he speaks to the evolutionary trajectory here: "Booky Wook 1 had the huge advantage of being the tale of a man with a troubled childhood behaving badly as a result of crack and heroin addiction, this book differs because the drugs and childhood are gone but the madness remains.

Getting off drugs is just the first part, after that you've got to learn to use a brain that's previously only been employed as a filter for chemicals. Expecting good moral conduct from a junky is like expecting a clockwork mouse to cry biscuits. He's honest, if slightly defensive, with these recollections. And that's part of the draw. The inner conflict is clear. The rest of it, expectedly, is the humor.

On the untransferable nature of his British popularity - " I'd organized my entire personality around fame, not to mention my physical appearance - my haircut for heaven's sake! Without fame my whole persona doesn't make sense. Without fame my haircut just looks like mental illness. I was just another lunatic with access to strong hairspray.

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His comedy is well-reasoned. When he points out that the Jonas Brothers' touting of their virginity is, in fact, calling attention to their sexuality, he's right. Where he shoots himself in the foot is failing to include his reasoning onstage, in the set-up of his jokes. One suspects, very much like the addict, he's so intent on the rush of the laugh that he barrels toward it - sacrificing the craft for the high. And then, of course, he pays for it. So, Russell A bit shy in the courage department, but I do believe we're getting there. No one can better describe Russell Brand, than Russell Brand himself!

So I'll just go ahead and use his words. In his first book, he was "a tentative little worm in distressed T-shirt and pumps", and in this book he was "a spiky, lacquered Jack Frost sex sprite". In other words, in the first one, he was more himself, and in this one he was just a product of the industry. He was trying too hard to sound funny instead of just being himself which is far more hilarious. The book felt like it was almost trying to be delivered in more of a novel-style rather than as an autobiography- which I think sapped all the essence of what made the first book so good.

I find the title, 'This Time It's Personal', very ironic because it couldn't be farther from the truth. My Booky Wook the first one was a deeply personal and revealing autobiography, whereas this one felt very closed off and just Dec 13, Allison rated it it was ok. I don't know how to really describe the change in tone of this one. Maybe Russell just got His womanizing becomes less charming when he isn't sat telling the anecdotes on a talk show. Now he's married and while I was really looking forward to some loquacious and flowery description of his "true love" and the end of his womanising ways, it was kind of eh.

Well anyway he had some really great sentences here. To wit: "For a tortur I thoroughly enjoyed the first Booky Wook. To wit: "For a torturous ten stretch I hobbled through a steel and glass Hogarthian London with bandaged hands and bare feet, a destitute vagabond, and all the while within my ragged heart and agonised orb of white light hummed and sough its purpose. Jan 02, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: biographies , library-books. Much like the first book, but i was still shocked at several parts in the book Drinking breast milk, really?

I don't know, I'm a fan of Brand, but I don't think it was necessary to split a biography into two. Especially since it took a while for me to get reacquainted with the characters in his life. Prob should have had a little meet and greet in the beginning of this book or something, rather just picking up where the first book left off and assuming everyone had A. Took longer than it should have for me to get into this book, especially since his style of humor and writing really are entertaining.

I just can't get into a book if I have to sit and play catch up one of the reasons I like Stephen King's Dark Tower series is for his recaps in the beginning of each new installment, minus the sixth for some odd reason. Those death threat emails so thoroughly analyzed in this book were actually a lot of fun to read.

Even though they really just serve to show the world how violent and self-righteous American citizens are. Of course, that's a topic better left for political blogs. Or at least, from a separate post than a discussion of a comedian's memoir. As much as I appreciated the fact that more of this biography was relevant to me, an American with little access to Brand's earlier work in Britain, I feel like this was just an effort to make a little bit more money off the hype surrounding his first Booky Wook.

Less entertaining than the first one, it almost felt like a chore to read. I have to say though, I thought the ending, all about Katy Perry, was pretty sweet. Even if they're getting divorced and he was apparently a jerk to her anyway, it's good to see love in action. Cheesy and lame and a little too romantic for my tastes, but there you have it. Everyone just wants to be loved. Sidenote: the psychologist in me really enjoyed the intense relationship with his mother, and the not-so-close bond with his father, and his countless sexcapades throughout his life.

Both to impress daddy and make him proud, and to feel some attachment, even somewhat close to what he feels to his mother although clearly a different relationship than mother-son I really am a nerd for once again bringing psychology into my recreational reading. So anyway, my final thoughts- I was still entertained by Brand, but this felt a little more like required reading to me. Plus it was so similar to his first Booky Wook, it got kind of monotonous and boring. Which is something I never thought I'd say about Russell Brand, especially after reading his first book. I recommend it, but take your time reading it or you'll feel forced to read it which makes it less fun.

Not quite as good as 'My Booky Wook', although maybe my view of it has been colored by too much information on Brand. He just doesn't come off as wonderfully as he did on the first On this one we get to see how he deals with women and with some of his friends It became a bit tiring after a while. It also suffered a Not quite as good as 'My Booky Wook', although maybe my view of it has been colored by too much information on Brand. It also suffered a bit from repetition although not the literal kind within the book. But if you've seen one of his comedy shows or have ever turned on the internets, you'd already have known half of the stories mentioned in this book.

There were parts of the book where I found myself correctly guessing exactly what was coming up next. Sometimes word for word. I am by no means a scholar of Russell, having only seen him live twice, yet I could've dictated half this book. I wish he'd had more stories, newer stories to write about, rather than just almost literally at times, jot down anecdotes he's told verbatim in his stand-up. Having said that, if you've only just heard of Russell Brand, then this would be a pretty great book to pick up Nov 07, Alexis rated it it was ok.

Russell we miss you, how about you come visit earth once and a while. Yeah, i know that may have been harsh, but it's a shame. I've been a fan of Russell for the last couple of years and i've been waiting for a 2nd book from him for a while, but i've lost some faith. All i can say, to keep things short and bitter sweet, Booky Wook classic was far more charming. The pacing, the writing style, the constant exaggeration of any one word when any simple word would fit perfectly - This book is a mess Russell we miss you, how about you come visit earth once and a while.

Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal

The pacing, the writing style, the constant exaggeration of any one word when any simple word would fit perfectly - This book is a mess, he fills in every gap pointlessly. For only being an update on a previous book you would think there would be less mess. The sad story here is with the complete exaggeration on even the most simplest of things you feel like you are being battered with words, that you then begin to wonder if even Russell himself knows what he's saying.

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The refernces to his childhood and old friends Matt Morgan were rather good and you felt what he was trying to get across to you. There is a lack of the present day Russell - Present day Brand is almost non existent and what he's put in about his life now was just annoying.

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I really felt myself longing for the scruffy English Russell - not glam squad Hollywood. It's a shame, that's all i can say. This book could have been so much more. Dec 26, Jessi rated it it was amazing Shelves: your-so-funny-you-should-have-your , six-stars-your-a-superstar , england. Absolutely Loved this book, but I love Russell Brand. I think he is hysterical. In this 2nd book y wook he has now kicked heroin and is aiming at spectacular stardom.

Sometimes Russell will ramble using many big words when 1 would suffice, but I think thats just him being him, he has access to a huge vocabulary and he is going to use it. If you have seen "Scandalous" some of that is covered in the book y wook. Many celebrity appearances in this one my favs were Noel Gallagher and Morrisey, every page Morrisey is on is gold. If you love Brand, you will enjoy this book, if you can't stand him this will only fan the flames of your hatred.

View all 7 comments. While Brand's first foray into writing, Booky Wook, was funny, literate and self-aware. The continued story feels self-aggrandizing and cobbled-together to capitalize on the star's growing fame Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek. Ultimately, you win no points for admitting that you are a predatory, selfish, womanizing asshole albeit using flowery, anachronistic turns of phrase if th While Brand's first foray into writing, Booky Wook, was funny, literate and self-aware.

Ultimately, you win no points for admitting that you are a predatory, selfish, womanizing asshole albeit using flowery, anachronistic turns of phrase if these self-revelations don't lead to changed behavior. Jun 28, Allison Willis rated it it was amazing. As good as the first one except the boy has grown up sort of and off the booze but still on the girls I love him. Aug 30, Alisha Brook rated it really liked it Shelves: 3andahalf-stars.

I didn't know if I would - really it could go either way with Russell Brand. Now I haven't read his first memoir, so I didn't have any expectations when I began this which I think certainly helped by the sound of a lot of the reviews. Brand's memoir had some raw honesty and some comedic content but there were some dragging points. Hold out! The last couple of chapters make the book, I promise. It's sad now, but at the time it would have been truly beautiful. It shows a completely different and softer side to Brand, one which more should see to understand him better as a human, as a comedian. Some favourite quotes: Teresa Palmer: "Do you think you'll ever change?

For a week. Keep it. To remind you of me. I look at her and it makes me feel still. Then looking into her eyes, quietly I say, "I don't need anything to remind me of you. No more women. Well, actually, thousands of women.

I wake up to a different one each day, but they're all her. Join Sign in. My Booky Wook was one of the most revered and successful celebrity autobiographies of all time not including the Bible or anything by Jordan.

Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal

The honesty, mayhem and scandal made it as riveting and fanciful as anything found in fiction. In Booky Wook 2, this award- winning achievement is surpassed as Russell charts his rise from crack-house junky to Hollywood star, indulging in sexual excesses that make Caligula seem like a prudish spinster.

On his quest to find true love, Russell encountered thousands of women, often three or four at a time for efficiency , and his dizzying ambition led to chaos and controversy that could have landed him in prison and left the BBC in ruins. This is the story of what happens when insatiable desire meets limitless opportunity and when a chancer from the wrong side of the tracks is given the keys to the palace.

This riot of self-indulgence would be rampaging still but for a tossed bottle to the head from one of the world's biggest pop stars. Can true love conquer all? Is it a more powerful force than the raging libido of a professional madman?