• Happy People Are Annoying

  • By: Josh Peck
  • Narrated by: Josh Peck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (895 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A wonderfully candid memoir from one of the most recognizable faces of a generation, actor, writer, YouTuber, and television superstar, Josh Peck. In his warm and inspiring book, Josh reflects on the many stumbles and silver linings of his life and traces a zigzagging path to redemption. Written with such impressive detail and aching honesty, Happy People are Annoying is full of surprising life lessons for anyone seeking to accept their past and make peace with the complicated face in the mirror.

Josh Peck rose to near-instant fame when he starred for four seasons as the comedic center of Nickelodeon’s hit show Drake & Josh. However, while he tried to maintain his role as the funniest, happiest kid in every room, Josh struggled alone with the kind of rising anger and plummeting confidence that quietly took over his life.

For the first time, Josh reflects on his late teens and early 20s. Raised by a single mother and coming of age under a spotlight that could be both invigorating and cruel, Josh filled the cratering hole in his self-worth with copious amounts of food, television, drugs, and all of the other trappings of young stardom. Until he realized the only person standing in his way...was himself. Today, with a string of lead roles on hit television shows and movies, and one of the most enviable and dedicated fanbases on the internet, Josh Peck is more than happy—he’s finally, enthusiastically content.

Happy People are Annoying is the culmination of years of learning, growing, and finding bright spots in the scary parts of life. Written with the kind of humor, strength of character, and unwavering self-awareness only someone who has mastered their ego can muster, this memoir reminds us of the life-changing freedom on the other side of acceptance.

©2022 Josh Peck (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Meh

Too many F bombs for us. We didn’t get that far into the book before we decided we heard enough.

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I thought I knew JP..

..but after listening to Josh read his book, I realized I only know him from Drake and Josh and nothing after. This book opened my eyes to the struggles he faced as a relentlessly human individual. I feel I have a new perspective on life and loved hearing JP's side of the story from his own mouth. Great book, very down to earth and real.

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A side of Josh I would have never know

Overall the book was an easy listen, finished it in a plane ride home haha. Like most I grew up watching Josh. I always wondered what happened to him after “Drake & Josh” and how he ended up with a YouTube career. Two years ago, I discovered him on YouTube and it brought back that “home” feeling when you see a familiar face.
I throughly enjoyed this book and I’m glad Josh decided to release it!!

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This book is my new best friend

Just finished listening and I’m sitting here wishing I could experience this book again for the first time. The telling of the story felt so comfortable and friendly, like Josh was an old pal in a coffee shop telling me what he’d been up to, but was also packed with poignant and vulnerable and beautiful lessons that changed me and will stick with me forever. I laughed, I cried, and I learned. I wish I could thank Josh for writing this and sharing it with the world. Now excuse me while I go rewatch everything he’s ever worked on and recommend this book to everyone I meet.

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Skeptical at first but loved it!

It felt as if Josh was talking directly to me. His narration is amazingly done.

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ADDICTING

I wasn’t exactly sucked in the moment I began this memoir, but it happened before I knew it was happening. Suddenly, the combination of Peck’s genuine performance of his all too real story and the absurd details of his stardom had me physically shaking. I had shivers in my spine at two points! I almost cried (three times!) while listening to this at work. I’ve been looking forward to this memoir since pre-orders started and I’m so glad to have picked it up. Josh Peck is a champion for revealing his dirtiest truths and not trying to veil them with humor. Yes, he’s funny, but aware that trying to be funny to cover the grime wouldn’t work, especially on an audience who can sympathize with many of his experiences. The book’s title can be misleading (I initially thought it was going to be a silly read about his various Tweets, etc.) so I was slammed by the bold-faced events portrayed here. Definitely worth the pick up.

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This book was thoroughly enjoyable.

This book had some great stories. Struggles and joy, ups and downs and was very well written. I literally never lost focus throughout the entire book. I was immersed the entire time.

Great writing, and very personal, which made it super relatable. Thanks, Josh. You pulled at all the heart strings.

Also, I didn’t know you had a book until you were on The Genius Life podcast, so I’ll send a thank you to Max as well 😂 looking forward to hearing about your wood ranch adventures, also looking forward to another book someday!

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It’s a book you didn’t know you needed

It’s a great book. I really like him as an author and especially as a storyteller; he keeps your attention the entire time. It’s a really well done book that keeps you nodding, smiling, and entertained. It’s a really nice book you didn’t know you needed.

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Funny, Truthful and Sarcastic

Josh Peck was very easy to listen to. His reading encompassed his excitement, disappointment and fear that he felt in his life.

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I loved it!!!

Happy People are Annoying
Is there anything more satisfying than a good underdog memoir? Indeed, there is not! Josh Peck, yes, you remember, the big guy from Drake and Josh. He has a life story that most of us didn't have but can still easily relate to; together, we can get through this. From the ups and downs of being a child actor who shifted into a former drug addict (we'll go ahead and call those "the lost years"), he got out of drugs, found the woman of his dreams, and started a family, all without the loving father that he so desperately wanted. While most of us haven't been child actors on a hit nickelodeon television show, many of us can connect with drug use and missing family members, and having to rebuild our lives from the ground up.
The easiest thing you can do with your life is to be a drug addict and mess up your entire life. The hardest thing in life is rebuilding the life you so effortlessly destroyed. It's the struggle that so many of us know all too well. Peck did a fantastic job of describing a life not worth living to a life that is and everything in between.
Ah, the subject of weight is about to enter the chat. Josh Peck is, unfortunately, the product of childhood obesity. Peck knew from an early age that his relationship with food wasn't good; it's like that one boyfriend who treated you like shit the whole time you were dating him.
Peck lost the weight but quickly realized that being fat or skinny doesn't land him any significant movie roles or make up for talent. With the help of self-reflection and many failed auditions, he decided to attend acting classes. Peak never gave up on his dream of being an actor and taught me that you could get anywhere in life with hard work and determination. I gave this memoir four stars out of five! I recommend it to anyone who needs reminding that they are badass! You can pick up the broken but beautiful pieces of your life and start over whenever necessary.

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  • LiamR
  • 08-14-22

A Profound Look Inwards

Happy People Are Annoying is packed full of interesting stories and nuggets of wisdom that feel valuable and worth the listen. Josh Peck goes through his entire life, laying bare his insecurities, highs and lows, and it mostly feels very honest and occasionally profound. He has a genuine ability to assess his inner most struggles and reconstruct them in a way I've rarely seen before. I related to many of the personal problems he identified with his own behaviour and the sometimes unhelpful ways he views himself. Over the course of the book, he overcomes considerable adversities and finds a way to present his solutions in a way that I could digest easily. If you've struggled with issues of ego or self-doubt, you may find something in here that will genuinely help you improve your outlook.

Peck's delivery of the material is great and had me cracking up at moments I didn't expect to. I think it elevates an already fun read into something very enjoyable.

My only criticism with the book is how little time is spent on Drake and Josh, which is basically nothing. This is what most people know him for, myself included, so for this life-changing experience that elevated him to household name to be glossed over... feels like a mistake. Josh handwaves this oddity by saying that Drake Bell and him weren't all that close and that the experience of making the show didn't really effect him all that much, and there's not a part of me who believes this. It comes off more as Josh wanting to put distance between him and Bell for understandable reasons, but it feels dishonest to revise history like this. I wanted to hear what it was like going from a relatively unknown, struggling young performer to having their own show. I wanted to hear how the pressures of that effected him and how he handled that. I wanted to hear about his relationship with the cast and crew, maybe even some anecdotes of him adapting to the trappings of a sitcom. We get none of this. If you wanted to hear about the main thing this man is known for, you won't get it here in this book about his life, which is very strange. It's the only element of this book that feels dishonest and it's especially noticeable when contrasted with how raw the rest of it is.

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  • Margot
  • 09-28-22

Very engaging

Josh Peck tells his story in an amusing, interesting and engaging way.
Easy to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

Thoughtful yet incredibly funny

A thoughtful and uplifting life story which I will be listening to again. Regardless of whether you recognise the author or not, the story transcends boarders. Would recommend

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  • Matthew Chancellor
  • 03-30-22

Easily addictive.

Much like Josh Pecks life experiences, this book was easily addictive.

The Insight into his life was an eye-opener, from a young Drake and Josh fan it’s so easy to judge a person by their child stardom, rather than the whole path they have taken. I actually found a lot of relativity with this and enjoyed every chapter as much as the last.

Highly recommend and an easy listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

everything I wanted it to be and more

as a millennial that's lost 140lbs there was a few reasons why I wanted to read this book and Josh didn't disappoint. some real raw insights to his life growing up. my only complaint...it's not long enough!

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  • curtis
  • 03-19-22

A smack of reality from one of my childhood icons.

In this book Josh goes into detail about his time before and after appearing on Drake and Josh and how drug addiction and how you become your own worst enemy.

His life after Drake and Josh was always a mystery for me as a child, glad this was how I heard about it and not from a news article saying that he's overdosed or arrested.

Finally, the story was interesting and the performance was one of the best for a long time. Glad to See Josh is back on track and doing what he loves with a healthy family and support system.

Congratulations on your sobriety Josh.

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  • Conor McLean
  • 03-18-22

Honest, funny and charming. Great book 👌

Met Josh through TV when I was a kid first watching Nickelodeon. Followed him on every platform since because I'm a fan of his humour, not a mega fan, but... a loyal fan.

Great book Josh, it had me thinking about my own life and how I can improve whilst also making me chuckle during my commutes and casual listening around home. Definitely recommend! 👏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-22

Good read!

Funny, enlightening & a good read that you can just chill out and listen too whenever!

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  • Hayley Tagget
  • 04-07-22

loved every second of it!

I loved every second of it and I couldn't stop listening to it. Can't wait to buy the physical book 🙂

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  • Cassie
  • 03-18-22

An amazing story to Josh to tell and you to read.

Absolutely LOVED it. Its so engaging & Unique, highly recommend a weekend read. you won't be disappointed.