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By Felicia Day

The moment New York occasions bestseller from “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re by no means bizarre on the web (Almost) is a “relentlessly humorous and strangely inspirational” (Forbes.com) memoir approximately her strange upbringing, her upward push to web stardom, and embracing her weirdness to discover her position within the world.

When Felicia Day used to be a lady, all she sought after was once to hook up with different children (desperately). growing to be up within the Deep South, the place she used to be “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she appeared on-line to discover her tribe. the net was once in its infancy and he or she turned an early adopter at each degree of its growth—finding pleasure and not likely friendships within the rising electronic global. Her relative isolation intended that she might pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels with out disgrace. simply because she had no concept how “uncool” she quite was.

But if it hadn’t been for her unusual background—the awkwardness persevered whilst she begun university at 16, with mother riding her to campus each day—she may perhaps by no means have had the naïve self belief to forge her personal direction. Like whilst she graduated as valedictorian with a math measure after which headed to Hollywood to pursue a occupation in appearing regardless of having 0 contacts. Or whilst she uninterested in being typecast because the loopy cat-lady secretary and made up our minds to create her personal internet sequence earlier than humans in exhibit enterprise understood that on-line video should be greater than simply cats chasing laser pointers.

Felicia’s rags-to-riches upward push to net popularity introduced her profession as probably the most influen­tial creators in new media. Ever candid, she opens up concerning the tough patches alongside the best way, recounting battles with writer’s block, a full-blown gaming dependancy, serious nervousness, and depression—and how she reinvented herself while overachieving turned overwhelming.

Showcasing Felicia’s “engaging and sometimes hilarious voice” (USA TODAY), You’re by no means bizarre on the net (Almost) is evidence that everybody may still rejoice what makes them varied and be courageous sufficient to proportion it with the realm, simply because something is feasible now—even for a electronic misfit.

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