Title: Happy People Are Annoying
Author: Josh Peck
Genre: Autobiography / Memoir
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
“Josh Peck rose to near-instant fame when he starred for four seasons as the comedic center of Nickelodeon’s hit show Drake & Josh. However, while he tried to maintain his role as the funniest, happiest kid in every room, Josh struggled alone with the kind of rising anger and plummeting confidence that quietly took over his life.
For the first time, Josh reflects on his late teens and early twenties. Raised by a single mother, and coming of age under a spotlight that could be both invigorating and cruel, Josh filled the cratering hole in his self-worth with copious amounts of food, television, drugs, and all of the other trappings of young stardom. Until he realized the only person standing in his way…was himself. Today, with a string of lead roles on hit television shows and movies, and one of the most enviable and dedicated fanbases on the internet, Josh Peck is more than happy, he’s finally, enthusiastically content.
Happy People are Annoying is the culmination of years of learning, growing, and finding bright spots in the scary parts of life. Written with the kind of humor, strength of character, and unwavering self-awareness only someone who has mastered their ego can muster, this memoir reminds us of the life-changing freedom on the other side of acceptance.” (Goodreads)
I didn’t know this book existed until a couple weeks ago when browsing for something to listen to while on Overdrive from my library. I had already listened to two other celebrity memoirs this year and I figured why not add another one! I grew up watching Josh.
The audiobook is narrated by Josh himself and I love listening to a book that’s author is also the narrator. It just makes for a great listen as it feels more personal when it comes from their own mouth. I obviously knew who he was as an actor. I had watched All That and Drake & Josh. I remember seeing his transformation of losing weight when one season ended and another came with him looking thinner. I have even went back and rewatch Drake & Josh a time or two as an adult. It was nice to be able to learn more about this guy.
It’s amazing how much you don’t know about someone just because you see them on tv. There were many new things I learned about him. To name a few, that he is Jewish and also that he was an addict and not just when it came to food. It was was easy to understand his addiction with food as I have had my own struggles throughout the years and still do to this day. It gave me a bit of a nudge to keep going because if he can fight all odds with heavier addictions than my own isn’t so bad. I also liked how he put a humorous spin on things to lighten up the mood.
There was a lot to unpack throughout his life besides addiction. He went through what got him into acting and what happened when acting turned into Vines and YouTube. He may have thought it was a downgrade but honestly, I have always liked seeing him do short or even long videos. He has always been fun to watch.
I’m not really sure what else to say because it is always hard to write a review on someone’s experiences. Each person will see it differently or even relate to it in a different way. I do know that I liked learning more about him and it definitely solidifies my thinking that he is a very down-to-earth kind of guy!
Overall, this was a good audiobook and I definitely recommend it.