***** (5 out of 5)
To start out I just want to say how I know of Wil Wheaton. I know he was in Star Trek but I have never seen any of his episodes. I know he was in Stand By Me, and I am pretty sure I watched that movie as a child, but I don’t remember enough about it to recognize any of the characters. I have seen him in Big Bang Theory and in The Guild. In both, I think he is awesome. Especially in The Guild (tho the furry thing was weird). I decided to read his book because I had just finished Felicia Day’s book. And it seemed like a good book to read next.
The books tagline about sums it all up: “Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise.” And Wheaton is most definitely unflinching honest. He isn’t afraid of bearing his soul. He talks about his depression and how much he struggled since quitting the enterprise. It is refreshing to hear how celebrities deal with the same issues as everyone else, just on a bigger scale.
The only issue I had with the book was that I could not figure out the timeline. It seemed to jump around a lot. I know he has dates on his blog posts so this is mostly my own fault, but it would have been nice to have a little more continuity. Also I didn’t know who a lot of the people he mentioned were, though, again, that is my own fault. He does give brief introductions of all the new people and I just don’t know who they are. (I would probably recognize at least some of them if I saw their pictures.)
Finally, Wheaton’s book is very easy to read. It is full of funny antidotes and cool stories. There was one quote in particular that I really liked and it struck me at how cool it was. I thought about writing it down but though “nah, I’ll remember it” … Famous last words. It is going to bug me until I can find it again.
Wheaton’s book reminded me of a quote from Pride and Prejudice; “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” Wheaton takes you on a journey of self realization and growing up. Through his stories you see exactly how he came to that conclusion. It was amazing that he decided to let the world see into his soul and take them on the roller coaster that is his life.