My Booky Wook review

My Booky Wook ReviewI 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.

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

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?

Buy It Now

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. 

 

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18 comments

  1. Alan says:

    Great review, it seemed at first that it was going to be a positive one but for my surprise ( a good one ) it is not, im really not fond of trusting anything that celebrities write , or promote. Many people would just buy whatever they promote without having any critical thinking and just praising the product only because it has a celebrity’s face on it for example. I’m glad you are not of that kind of people who follows celebrities blindly.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Alan, thanks for visiting. I really couldn’t think of much nice to say, never mind give a good review! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. William "Nuggie" Nugent says:

    Way to say it how you mean it. I like the fact that you address him specifically, but kindly. The site flows well, it is well illustrated. The review of the book seems honest and spot on. I will not be reading this book, do you have some favorite that you recommend personally? I am into Bible books, I like The Chronicles of Narnia, but I must say that other that The Bible, I do not read mush for pleasure, but maybe should.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi William, thanks for visiting. I love reading anything and everything, but this website is specifically focused on recovery from addiction. I am not religious so I have not spent much time reading the bible. I also loved all the Narnia books, I love fantasy!

      I recently reviewed F*ck It, the ultimate spiritual way, and it was brilliant. Just read my review first, if you are religious you might take offence as some parts are quite blasphemous, and of course there is a lot of swearing. It is a lovely book about spirituality, it made a big change to my life.

  3. Michael says:

    It’s great that you are so open and honest about yourself. I’m sure many people will appreciate that a lot. We all think ‘I’m the only one – no one else is as bad as me – no one else has these problems’. But it’s so not true.
    Too bad that the book was such a turn off for you. You never know why other people like things and it can be quite a mystery. Great site by the way. I wish you lots of success.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Michael, thank you for your kind words. I have been in recovery long enough and met enough fellow addicts to realize I am really not alone! There are so many other people that have done the same things I have, there are also plenty of people that are not addicts and still done some low things too. I don’t judge here, each to his own. We all walk our own path and have our own destination.

  4. Dara says:

    Did you know he did the voice of Dr. Nefario in the Despicable Me series? I’ve also seen Get Him To The Greek, which was horrible in my opinion.
    He does tend to glamorize addiction, which is probably why I’m not a fan of his.

  5. Julie says:

    I’ve just read Russell Brand’s Revolution and I completely agree with you on all counts. While he does have several valid points I do think he should stay away from writing or get someone else to do his work. As an American I found it difficult to relate to what he wrote. In your post you mentioned his use of vocabulary and how he tends to glamorize his addictions, I completely relate to these points as felt the same way. Glad to know I’m not the only one who felt this way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Julie

      Thanks for sharing your opinion and I am glad it is similar to my thoughts on his Booky Wook! For a while there I was thinking I was stupid because I really couldn’t finish a sentence and understand what was written. Never mind get through a whole page.

  6. Vince says:

    I’ll admit that I don’t know all that much about Russell Brand either, but I do love the title of the book. The color choice seems a bit brave too.

    Based on what you said, it sounds like the book might be a good read if you were looking for something funny and off the wall. But, it isn’t a good fit for anyone with a history with addiction. As you say, addiction isn’t something to glamorize.

    I don’t think I’d be interested in reading the book based on what you have said and it does sound like the book has been polarizing people.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Vince

      I am sure there are people that would enjoy it, some parts were quite amusing…. like I said the two biggest issues I had was the glamorizing of addiction and then the fact I could barely read it. I think you have the best chance enjoying this if you are British otherwise there is no way you will have a clue what he is on about!

  7. Al says:

    Lynne, thanks for this honest review. I had no clue who Russel Brand was but always wanted to understand how addiction really works. I guess the type of addiction he describes is one that we all recognize as such. I had an aha moment when you described how people glorify their actions in the throws of addiction. I guess all of us can be addicted to something, be it work, sugar or even exercise. Agreed that these type of addictions may not wreak havoc on your social and economic status but they can still put considerable stress on you and others. This said, I will not read this book. Is there another book that you can recommend that is more educational in regards to the topic of addiction?

    • Lynne says:

      Hey Al

      Well there are loads of books I would recommend… from the Alcoholics Big Book– which is an incredible resource to books like Trashed, which is a true story written by a drug addict, I can’t remember who it is by but I will find out and review that book soon. I read it years ago.

  8. Lauren Kinghorn says:

    Hi Lynne, Oh my goodness… the way you describe Russell Brand in the book is exactly how he is type-cast in all the movies I’ve ever seen him in (and perhaps how he is as a person?). And yes, his language and grammar is appalling! He can be funny, but I agree with you – mostly it’s a very slapstick type funny which also can grate on my nerves. I think it’s very perceptive of you to point out that he was probably in the throes of addiction while writing this book, and I suspect you’re right.
    Congratulations to you on taking your recovery seriously.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Lauren

      It seems Russel Brand is not nearly as popular as I thought he was, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on this review both on social networks and Youtube…

  9. Lanu Bennett says:

    Thanks for this. I am not surprised that Russell Brand book is NOT worth reading. He is an arrogant person, and you can see how many bad things we glamorise these days, Thanks Lynne for refusing to glamorise your addiction. I believe sincerely that you have fully recovered. Bless you in your new journey of reason,

    • Lynne says:

      Lanu that is the feedback I’ve been getting. I never knew anything about him other than he is famous and dated Katy Perry and I think this book was given to me by someone, I trade books with friends…

      It really is a great pity since he is so famous he really could have made such a positive impact by writing a book about his addiction. What a shame!

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