Audiobook Review: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer

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Audiobook Review: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy GreerI Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer
Narrator: Judy Greer
Length: 5 hrs, 31 mins
Published by Random House Audio on April 8, 2014
Genres: Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction
Format: Audiobook
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Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (bestselling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend.

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all? The time she thought her blind date had AIDS? What it's like to have stepchildren? And how she really feels about her mother? Yes, it's all in there. But Judy Greer isn't just a regular friend-she's a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she's peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don't worry—that's included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you'll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she's one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: "This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I'm not that special, and we're probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious."

Let’s be honest here. I didn’t know Judy Greer’s name until this audiobook came to my attention, but I did at least know what I knew her from (primarily Arrested Development and 13 Going on 30 in case you’re curious). Did I have a massive interest in her life? Not really. However, I will listen to almost any celebrity-narrated audiobook because, well, I want to. There’s no better reason than that. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From was a fun listen and left me hoping for good things for Judy’s career, but also wasn’t as hilarious as I’d hoped.

In the course of this audiobook, you’re going to learn a lot about Judy and not too much about Hollywood secrets. It’s a tell-all about how her life is actually fairly normal, aside from the instability of her job and the people who ask her if they know her from somewhere. It’s kind of cool to get to hear about how normal life is even for an actress who’s been in so many things. Apparently only super stardom makes your life absurdly fancy. But, if what you’re hoping for is some sweet gossip, you’re not going to get it from Judy.

I do think Judy does a really good job being accessible. She definitely seems like someone I could meet and be friends with. She also offers some helpful tips on what to say when you meet a celebrity and what not to say. The topics she covers are varied and a little bit random, from her thoughts on parenting (and whether or not she wants a child of her own) to her text messages to her best friend to the story of how she got her dog because of his noxious farts.

The highlight for me was the story of Judy’s one trip to the Oscars. Basically, it was the sort of mess that totally could be made into a movie about an adorably quirky, accident prone woman. That’s also about as close as the book gets to dishing on what it’s like to be a Hollywood insider. What can I say but that I like that stuff?

The one thing I did find rather curious is that Judy always refers to her husband by his first and last name. He’s always Dean Johnsen and never just Dean. Is he just one of those people you can’t refer to without a last name? Does she call him Dean in person and felt it might confuse people without the last name? I don’t know, but I totally picture her calling him Dean Johnsen always and it makes me giggle.

I had fun spending some time with Judy Greer. The audiobook’s quick and Judy’s got a very distinctive voice that you either enjoy or not. If you’re curious to know what life is like on the fringes of Hollywood fame,  then Judy Greer’s memoir is a good choice for you.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

Arrested Devlopment i am a mess
For all Judy’s talk about not being that famous though, she WAS famous enough to get a publishing deal for this, so…she’s only so much of a mess.

3 responses to “Audiobook Review: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer”

  1. I only just heard about this book this morning and I’ll admit I was instantly curious. She’s had some really great roles and I generally enjoy her characters even if the movie/show isn’t altogether fabulous.
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  2. I’ve never really heard of her… and I don’t really know, I rarely read books by celebrities as it is and this one seems to be a really eclectic mix of stories, especially since you said it wasn’t particularly humourous. And I guess I already think most celebrities are just really lucky people, so this probably wouldn’t be my type of book. I’m glad you enjoyed it though!
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  3. Joye says:

    Greer has found that elusive creature so rare in Hollywood — steady employment! She can go from plain Jane to glam, sweetheart to frenemy, funny to scary. There’s a documentary ‘The Guy From That Thing’, on Netflix, that interviews a few actors in the same boat.
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