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Unqualified : love and relationship advice from a celebrity who just wants to help
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New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]


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ix, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The popular actress shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat advice on navigating the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately worthwhile challenges of finding love.

Ferris has been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. From surviving an awkward childhood, through building a podcast around romantic advice, she has a few words of wisdom 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.
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Book 791.43 FAR 1 .SOURCE. 10/17 BT
Book 791.43028 FARIS 1

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A hilarious, honest memoir--combined with just the right amount of relationship advice--from the popular actress and host of the hit podcast Anna Faris is Unqualified.

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.

Her comic memoir, Unqualified , shares Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir--including stories about being "the short girl" in elementary school, finding and keeping female friends, and dealing with the pressures of the entertainment industry and parenthood--part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified , the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to master the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately rewarding world of love.

Hilarious, honest, and useful, Unqualified is the book Anna's fans have been waiting for.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Faris-actress, producer, and host of the Anna Faris Is Unqualified podcast-narrates this lighthearted mix of autobiography and ruminations on love and relationships. As narrator, Farris projects the down-to-earth persona that fans of her character on the sitcom Mom would expect, with whimsy mixed with grit. The podcast elements take on a conversational tone, with audience shout-outs and asides, while the memoir portions seem more like a traditional author-read audiobook production. The anecdotes from her marriage to actor Chris Pratt (which ended just before the book's publication) shift confusingly between past and present tense in the audiobook. But this ties into a recurring theme of Faris's narrative: that complete closure in matters of the heart doesn't really exist. The audiobook will likely be of greatest interest to fans of Faris's podcast, rather than finding a broader audience. A Dutton hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

The comedic actress and podcaster reflects on her career journey and offers advice on relationships.In the effusive foreword to his wife's book, actor Chris Pratt notes that a similarity they share is their reliance on people's tendency to underestimate thema possible hint for readers to anticipate something more than the routine narrative that follows. Faris, best known for her roles in the Scary Movie franchise and the TV sitcom Mom, does little to raise the bar of what can best be described as equal parts Hollywood coming-of-age story and celebrity-as-relationship-adviser brand-building exercise. The author's background story is fairly uneventful. She grew up in a Seattle suburb in a loving, supportive family. In high school and college, she appeared in a few local stage productions, which sparked a continued interest in acting, leading to auditions and minor film and TV work. After falling in love with a co-star from an early film, Ben Indra, she followed him to Hollywood, where she landed a few breakout film roles. Her eventual marriage to Indra didn't work out, but shortly thereafter, she met Pratt, and their relationship quickly blossomed and continues to endure. As a writer, Faris has her moments. She has an engaging voice and is capable of expressing a distinct point of view. She is most affecting in her occasionally bittersweet reflections, as she recounts stories about working in the industry, her anxieties and frustrations about auditioning, and the personal challenges of dealing with aging in Hollywood (she recently turned 40). Unfortunately, there are far too many self-conscious references to the fact that she's writing her first book. Her story is also loaded with unnecessary fillere.g., chapters revolving around relationship themes and advice from her popular podcast Unqualified and random lists ("Sex on the Beach and Thirteen Other Things that Sound Better Than They Are") that are presumably intended to engage her podcast audience. A mildly compelling celebrity memoir primarily for fans of the author's podcast. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Actress and current star of the TV show Mom, Faris branched out to podcasting in 2015 with Anna Faris Is Unqualified, where she dispenses advice about relationships and which is the basis for this memoir-advice column. As the title implies, she has no professional experience or education in this field. She does have one failed marriage and one successful marriage, but what really makes her able to fulfill this role is her candidness. It's on display in chapters titled Turning the Tables, where she answers the questions she usually poses to podcast guests; in bits called Deal Breakers, How Would You Proceed? and Not-So-Rapid-Fire; as well as in chapters that address questions like Should You Move for the Guy? Interspersed throughout are stories of Faris' happy childhood in Washington State, her early breakthrough in Hollywood, and her marriage to fellow actor Chris Pratt (they have now separated), who writes the introduction. Faris' fans will likely enjoy this conversational first book, coauthored with Bertsche, but if she isn't readers' cup of tea, Unqualified probably won't be either.--Sexton, Kathy Copyright 2017 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chris Pratt
Forwardp. 1
Introduction: I Rote a Book!p. 7
The Fastest Boy in the Third Gradep. 17
List to Live By: The Professions of Men You Should Not Date (I Broke My Own Rules)p. 25
Ich Liebe Dichp. 30
Unqualified Advice: Squad Goals?p. 38
Losing My Virginity, and Other Horrible Sexual Escapadesp. 48
Listener Advice: I Was the Short Girl. What Were You?p. 59
Proud and Angryp. 69
Turning the Tables: Not-So-Rapid Firep. 74
Waiting ...p. 81
Unqualified Advice: Should You More for the Guy?p. 84
The Wedding Hooplap. 88
Unqualified Advice: Not Enough Soulp. 98
Meet My Parentsp. 104
Playing Housep. 117
Listener Advice: How to Get Over a Breakupp. 128
Take Me Home Tonight. Literally.p. 135
Turning the Tables: Deal Breakersp. 145
Just Friends: A Conversation Between a Man and a Woman Who've Been Pals for Fifteen Years and Haven't Slept Togetherp. 154
Scoliosis Checkp. 164
List to Live By: Sex on the Beach and Thirteen Other Things That Sound Better Than They Arep. 174
Listener List: Things That Sound Better Than They Are, Part 2p. 180
What's Your Number? (And Why Do We Reveal It?)p. 182
Comedy, Fame, and the Gross Wordsp. 187
Unqualified Advice: The Bush Is Backp. 199
Can I Marry You?p. 203
Unqualified Advice: Unicorns Aren't Found, They're Madep. 206
Chatroulettep. 214
How to Deal with Jealousyp. 220
Turning the Tables: How Would You Proceed?p. 225
Jack Prattp. 230
Unqualified Advice: Protect Your Heartp. 246
Listener Advice: More Love Mantrasp. 251
Fortyp. 259
Unqualified Advice: How to Tune Out the Noisep. 270
Friday, January 6, 2017p. 274
She Said, He Said: What It's Like to Be a Couple in Hollywoodp. 280
Unqualified Advice: I Don't Know What I'm Talking About, but Here's Some Other Free (Or Only the Cost of This Book) Unqualified Advicep. 288
This Is the Chapter That Will Make You Vomitp. 295
Don't Call It Closurep. 300
Acknowledgmentsp. 303