I borrowed this from my local library’s downloadable books. Felicia Day is an actress and Internet personality. I knew who she was because she had a two-season arc as a young scientist on Eureka, a sci-fi show I used to watch, and I thought she was very cute. She also has a recurring part in Supernatural, which I don’t watch.
Her memoir is pretty interesting and often quite funny. She grew up in the South and was mostly homeschooled “for hippie reasons” only her mom wasn’t a very diligent home schooler and the kids mostly got to read whatever they wanted. But she did insist on violin lessons for Felicia, which got her the offer of a violin scholarship to UT Austin when she was only 16. She took the SAT after doing about 100 practice tests from the test book she borrowed at the library and got a high score on the test and an acceptance at UT, despite not having a high school diploma, so she’s obviously very smart. She went on the graduate at the age of 20 with a double major in music and mathematics. To Felicia’s disappointment, her family moved to Austin and Mom drove her to class for four years. So much for independence.
After college, she went to Hollywood to become a not-so-successful actress. Being homeschooled meant she grew up without a lot of friends, until Internet gaming started in the 1990s and she found kindred souls playing video games. She was a pioneer in online TV with a series called The Guild about, you guessed it, a bunch of gamers. She talks mostly about the Internet, including the famous Gamergate controversy.
Though I was a little disappointed that her experiences on Eureka were barely mentioned, overall I enjoyed the book.
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