Book Review: Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg


Author: Simon Pegg
Title:  Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid 
Publication Info: Gotham (2011)
ISBN: 9781592406814
Summary/Review:

Pegg’s autobiography is another celebrity biography (an unusual genre for me although I read two in the same month) that thankfully transcends the genre.  Pegg is witty and humorous as a reflects on his life but also offers good insight on his life and its impact on his comedy work.  At times he also takes the educated approach to evaluating some of his beloved pop culture such as Star Wars.  He does lose some nerd cred though when he admits to being a life guard and other non-nerdly exploits of his youth.  Pegg also appears to be content with his life and grateful for the many opportunities he’s been given.  If you like Simon Pegg and his work you’ll enjoy this book.  The only downside is some inter-filed chapters which are written in a manner that can only be described as a 12-year-old Pegg writing a fan fiction about his future life.  These chapters may be easily skipped.

Recommended books: Bossypants by Tina Fey, American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent, and Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin.
Rating: ***

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