I recently tried to read My Booky Wook by Russell Brand. I only came across it because it was given to me by someone that I regularly trade books with. Until I saw the book I have not known any about Russell Brand except for the fact that he dated Katy Perry for a while.
I have not watched any movies featuring Russell Brand and I have not watched any of his stand up comedian shows. After coming across his book I did briefly look at his Youtube channel, I watched half a video about Rene Zellweger’s face which I found mildly amusing but couldn’t be bothered to watch to the end.
What is My Booky Wook about?
So this book is about Russell Brand’s life, his sex and love addiction, his heroin addiction and just stories from his life.
What I liked about My Booky Wook
Russell Brand tells it how it is, he is honest about his addiction problems and doesn’t hide anything. When he shares about something that happened it is raw and brutal, which really gives some insight into how addiction really is.
What I disliked about My Booky Wook
Ok Russell, I am sorry because I feel like I am attacking you personally and that is the last thing I want to do to a fellow addict. Like you were honest in your book I will have to be honest here too. I did not like this book at all, in fact I couldn’t even finish reading it.
This book was badly written, the vocabulary was ridiculous for starters. Who uses words like that? Does anyone know what those words mean? The sentence structure and grammar was appalling. I am not a stupid person but I couldn’t even understand what was being said the majority of the time. I could only read about two pages at a time and even then I couldn’t understand what I had read.
My Booky Wook is distinctly British, if you are not British you will not understand what he is on about. I am not British and I was completely lost. There are footnotes to explain all the references but really I couldn’t be bother trying to follow.
The biggest issue I had with this book though is the way he portrays his stories. I am an addict and I know how we behave when we are in an unhealthy state of mind. We glorify everything, we glamorize things… make them into cool and fun “war stories”. This behavior came through very strongly for me. I am not a counselor and I really shouldn’t pass judgement here, but my feeling is that when Russell Brand wrote this book he was very much in the throes of addiction.
It appears the honesty that I first liked could just be a way of throwing his stuff out there, like in your face? A shock tactic of “look at me, I am crazy and wild”. Another character defect common in addicts in active addiction.
Nothing wrong with that really, anyone has the right to read a book. I just had the impression he was in recovery and that perhaps I would find reading the memoirs of another addict inspiring.
What did My Booky Wook do for me?
It did nothing for me but leave me with a sick and uneasy feeling in my stomach. I’m glad this book was given to me, not as a gift but as a second hand trade. I would have been disappointed if I had spent money on this book.
Would I recommend this?
Nope I wouldn’t. However I must just share that I checked out the reviews and comments on Amazon, this book scored 3.8 stars out of 5. There were 317 reviews most of which were very positive. A lot of people found his book very entertaining and funny, they say it was brilliantly written?
I love reading, it is one of my favorite things to do to relax. I especially love reading books by other addicts. The fact I couldn’t force myself to finish this book says a lot.
For me as a recovering addict, a person that takes my recovery very seriously I don’t recommend this. Addiction is black and white. It is life or death. Yes there have been some hilarious things happen in my life and yes I can laugh about it and I can probably get you to laugh too. BUT I won’t glorify what happened or glamorize it.
Once again, sorry Russell, I am sure you are a lovely chap and I wish you all the best with your journey. I just won’t be following it.
Have you read this book? Please leave a comment if you have any feedback or questions about this review.