Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness by Danielle Fishel

January 26, 2017

Lots of readers will be sorely disappointed when they find out that Danielle Fishel, AKA Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World, is very much a normal person. After reading this book I find that Fishel's life story wasn't boring but it wasn't just particularly interesting or funny. It was enjoyable, just not mind blowing.


If you’re looking for the ‘traditional’ Hollywood memoir focusing on the chronological life story of a celebrity, this isn’t the book for you. Like the title suggests, Fishel opts to instead recount stories and quips from her life with each chapter focusing on a central theme (auditions, injuries, dating, marriage, etc).


Two big things - first, she's not a great writer, she’s an average writer. You can tell she's going for the "we're just having a chat" approach but it comes off as a bit too casual and scattered. Personally, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with the book, it was an easy read and I found myself moving from chapter to chapter easily. Fair warning, her chapters were not in chronological order so it felt disorientating. It's not something I'm used to when reading biographies of celebrities, but it didn't necessarily make this memoir bad, just very different.


Second, her life isn’t that exciting. This book is very much about a normal person with normal problems learning how to navigate through life. if you think you'll find scandalous stories in here, you won't. And that's okay. I don't need celebrities to do anything scandalous for me to read their biographies.


What you will find in here is a lot of cute and funny stories. I would recommend this book to others because even though I wouldn’t call Fishel a mind-blowingly good writer, her very relatable, sweet voice makes the book really easy to read.

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