Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence

Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence

Written in side-splitting and often cringe-inducing detail, Paul Feig takes you in a time machine to a world of bombardment by dodge balls, ill-fated prom dates, hellish school bus rides, and other aspects of public school life that will keep you laughing in recognition and occasionally sighing in relief that you aren’t him. Kick Me is a nostalgic trip for the inner geek i...

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Title:Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence
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Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence Reviews

  • Wes Locher

    Paul Feig's "Kick Me" was a difficult read for me. Maybe it was the emotional pain I felt for the author as he took me through 12 years of pain, torture, girl problems, abuse by his classmates, and myriad awkward experiences. Or maybe it was because I relived my entire childhood through this book.

    Regardless of how I felt, I actually couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in under 24 hours. It's good to know that I'm not the only one to suffer at the hands of abusive classmates and teach

    Paul Feig's "Kick Me" was a difficult read for me. Maybe it was the emotional pain I felt for the author as he took me through 12 years of pain, torture, girl problems, abuse by his classmates, and myriad awkward experiences. Or maybe it was because I relived my entire childhood through this book.

    Regardless of how I felt, I actually couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in under 24 hours. It's good to know that I'm not the only one to suffer at the hands of abusive classmates and teachers or to grow up being completely mystified by the fairer sex.

    Like all great humor writers, Feig was able to take those character-building experiences and put them out there where he and the rest of us could get a fantastic laugh from them. Through his stories, we're also able to laugh at ourselves.

    Highly recommended reading for any male who suffered his through school at one point or another.

  • Joyce

    From the director of "Bridesmaids," this memoir is radioactively hilarious.

  • Jeremy

    In a fluke moment of inspiration, young Paul Feig composes a mildly clever humorous poem about a knight with wardrobe difficulties. Both his teacher and classmates, all of whom usually hate his guts, react positively to it, instilling the belief in Feig that everything he writes from here on out can't help but be raw, unaffected genius. And of course his next poem is incoherent and awful, and everyone hates him again.

    That's the kind of embarrassing school-days anecdote that's funny to look back

    In a fluke moment of inspiration, young Paul Feig composes a mildly clever humorous poem about a knight with wardrobe difficulties. Both his teacher and classmates, all of whom usually hate his guts, react positively to it, instilling the belief in Feig that everything he writes from here on out can't help but be raw, unaffected genius. And of course his next poem is incoherent and awful, and everyone hates him again.

    That's the kind of embarrassing school-days anecdote that's funny to look back on. In sixth grade homeroom, I put on a puppet show about safety starring a squeaky-voiced character I made out of a pillowcase and a balloon named "Blue Boo", and quite unexpectedly my every word and action was met with uproarious laughter. I spent the rest of my middle school career failing to capture that magic, putting on one forced, horrifically unfunny puppet show after another. Devastating at the time, funny now. I still have that pillowcase, mouldering in a drawer somewhere. Fuckin' Blue Boo.

    When the humiliation is the result of Feig's naive nature and active fantasy life, it's funny and charming. Otherwise, there's really no way to make physical attacks and relentless verbal cruelty all that funny or enjoyable to read. Unless you were a bully once yourself, and you'd like to relive the thrills of torturing people weaker than yourself, in which case by all means pick it up. That way maybe retroactive guilt will consume you, and you'll buy a gun and blow your brains out! Wouldn't that be great, Scott Clukey? I mean, nameless reader?

  • Amanda

    Feig's childhood seemed to be painfully awkward. At times, the stories were funny, but as they progressed I found myself becoming bored and just wanting to get to the end. I also found that the stories were nothing new, they seemed to be archetypical of stories of childhood. It made me wonder if all these things happened as Feig depicts them or whether they have become exaggerated to fit a stereotypical story of gym class, bus riding, or going to the prom. All the same, the book had amusing mom

    Feig's childhood seemed to be painfully awkward. At times, the stories were funny, but as they progressed I found myself becoming bored and just wanting to get to the end. I also found that the stories were nothing new, they seemed to be archetypical of stories of childhood. It made me wonder if all these things happened as Feig depicts them or whether they have become exaggerated to fit a stereotypical story of gym class, bus riding, or going to the prom. All the same, the book had amusing moments and certainly gave me a little insight into how boys develop. There are people I would recommend the book to, and others I would suggest to avoid it.

    On a final note, I think the "Adventures in Adolescence" is a misnomer. Only a small portion of the book actually covers Feig's adolescence. The bulk of the book covers his grade school years.

  • Katherine

    Adolescence is something that we all tackle in a lifetime, just as we tackle childhood and battle adulthood, however, this confusing time between the two can be confusing, enlightening, and scary, especially for a young Paul Feig as read in this book. As a girl I can say I don't really know what the life of an adolescent boy is like. I couldn't tell you what runs through their mind when they dance with a crush at a school formal, are dressed up as an elf for a school play, or get picked on. Howe

    Adolescence is something that we all tackle in a lifetime, just as we tackle childhood and battle adulthood, however, this confusing time between the two can be confusing, enlightening, and scary, especially for a young Paul Feig as read in this book. As a girl I can say I don't really know what the life of an adolescent boy is like. I couldn't tell you what runs through their mind when they dance with a crush at a school formal, are dressed up as an elf for a school play, or get picked on. However, "Kick Me" is enlightening and funny as the author retells accounts of his childhood. These recounts are displayed in a sense of honesty not often seen in books directed to young people. Feig makes his writing relatable through this level of honesty, providing opportunities to laugh and gasp as the pages turn. However, after a while the book begins to draw on. As a big fan of Feig's 90's television show "Freaks and Geeks", I almost wish the book could meet the same level of satisfaction as the show does. By the end of the book I found myself reading to read, with the slight spurts of hilarity few and far apart. I commend the blatant honesty, but the ride through adolescence turned out to be a long one. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book filled with awkward, quirky, and relatable moments that could bring them back to their days in school.

  • Roberto

    This was light and funny and painfully honest, i especially loved the part where Paul in third-grade unwittingly writes a poem about a knight, which makes his class laugh, then tries to write an artsy follow-up which falls on its ass ('Words started coming into my head and I wrote them as I heard them, secure in the genius of each'). In one chapter he writes about trying on his mum's clothes and being attracted to himself as a girl ('I began wishing that somehow I could come out of the mirror an

    This was light and funny and painfully honest, i especially loved the part where Paul in third-grade unwittingly writes a poem about a knight, which makes his class laugh, then tries to write an artsy follow-up which falls on its ass ('Words started coming into my head and I wrote them as I heard them, secure in the genius of each'). In one chapter he writes about trying on his mum's clothes and being attracted to himself as a girl ('I began wishing that somehow I could come out of the mirror and date myself.') It's all kind of endearing and horrible and vital in that it genuinely takes you back to what it is like being a kid, the actual thought processes that go on that are ridiculous and yet strangely logical at the time, like being grossed out by everything, and being convinced you had talent. But it also takes you back to what cruel pricks kids can be and how soul-destroying school is, which is less funny. The final chapter about taking his next-door neighbour to the Prom is really lovely though, after all that trauma and dorkiness.

  • Kristen

    You may know Paul Feig as the creator of Freaks and Geeks, possibly the finest television show ever made. In Kick Me, Feig describes a series of painfully embarrassing events from his middle and high school years. It's an engaging book and offers some fascinating back story to many events and themes that made their way into the show. But while Freaks and Geeks usually offers a bit of redemption to even the most obnoxious characters, Feig's memoir portrays a world that is considerably bleaker for

    You may know Paul Feig as the creator of Freaks and Geeks, possibly the finest television show ever made. In Kick Me, Feig describes a series of painfully embarrassing events from his middle and high school years. It's an engaging book and offers some fascinating back story to many events and themes that made their way into the show. But while Freaks and Geeks usually offers a bit of redemption to even the most obnoxious characters, Feig's memoir portrays a world that is considerably bleaker for a weird teenage boy. Sure, this book is pretty funny, but it's also kind of disturbing.

  • Erin Beckwith

    This book has been on my "to-read" list for nearly 10 years, since a friend recommended it when I was around age 17 and loving the television show Freaks and Geeks, created by the author. What I expected was a gut wrenchingly hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny, cleverly crafted memoir of Paul Feig's youth. Instead, he describes bitter memories in a voice that, while sometimes humorously sarcastic, was much more bland, and serious, that I had in mind. Being surrounded by Sarah Vowell and David Sedar

    This book has been on my "to-read" list for nearly 10 years, since a friend recommended it when I was around age 17 and loving the television show Freaks and Geeks, created by the author. What I expected was a gut wrenchingly hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny, cleverly crafted memoir of Paul Feig's youth. Instead, he describes bitter memories in a voice that, while sometimes humorously sarcastic, was much more bland, and serious, that I had in mind. Being surrounded by Sarah Vowell and David Sedaris books begging to be read, I had to put this down unfinished. I don't plan to pick it up again, but I will still and forever unabashedly love Freaks and Geeks along with all the other things Feig has done in screen medium.

  •    M

    Teenage angst and nerdy anger is one thing, and can be funny (intentional or not), but there's a mean-even-in-retrospect element to the narrative of one or two stories that is unnerving. What's left is like Freaks and Geeks (awesome) without the tiny dose of the Wonder Years that show had. Feig gives us that tiny dose at the end of his book, but I think it is too late. We're already hoping he gets his ass kicked, gets a backbone, or just grows up already. At some point I stopped rooting for him

    Teenage angst and nerdy anger is one thing, and can be funny (intentional or not), but there's a mean-even-in-retrospect element to the narrative of one or two stories that is unnerving. What's left is like Freaks and Geeks (awesome) without the tiny dose of the Wonder Years that show had. Feig gives us that tiny dose at the end of his book, but I think it is too late. We're already hoping he gets his ass kicked, gets a backbone, or just grows up already. At some point I stopped rooting for him when the adult narrator seemed to be bullying others in hindsight. Or maybe I'm weary and scarred by the harrowing embarrassment of these stories, and emptied of any empathetic reserves by the time Feig describes his scathing reaction to his junior prom date's appearance.

    Just read a good review on goodreads by Crystal who describes the childhood stories as more compelling than the adolescent ones -- that's when I started to fade in my enthusiasm here too.

  • Tina

    I really enjoy Paul Feig's work (Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Bridesmaids) so I thought this book would be a slam dunk. It was not.

    He's a good writer - it's not that. The book started out with childhood stories from his experience growing up in Michigan that I could identify with. Then his recollections of being bullied got more and more tragic and even the humor he attempted to inject didn't dull the horror. And then, the more more he talked about his quirks and beliefs as a child, the less I

    I really enjoy Paul Feig's work (Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Bridesmaids) so I thought this book would be a slam dunk. It was not.

    He's a good writer - it's not that. The book started out with childhood stories from his experience growing up in Michigan that I could identify with. Then his recollections of being bullied got more and more tragic and even the humor he attempted to inject didn't dull the horror. And then, the more more he talked about his quirks and beliefs as a child, the less I felt sorry for him. (I was bullied as a kid too, but man, Paul really invited a lot of bullying with his behavior.) When he got to the story of his first date, he sounded like such a judgmental asshole (both now and as a child) that I wanted to kick his ass myself.

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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