Danielle Fishel to write memoir on 'unrelenting awkwardness'
For Danielle Fishel's latest project, it's girl meets book.
The "Boy Meets World" star, who won the hearts of teenage boys everywhere as Topanga Lawrence Matthews, is coming back to TV this year with the new series "Girl Meets World," but that’s not all: The actress announced on Thursday she is also writing a memoir.
The book, titled "Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness," will be published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
“A lot of people like to hear stories about her real life behind the scenes,” Fishel’s literary agent, Brandi Bowles, told TODAY.com. “She’s honest and relatable.”
Although her show went off the air in 2000, Fishel’s fan base is rabid, and the actress is very active on social media, especially Twitter, where she went to announce her book deal news this morning.
So, what should readers expect from Fishel’s book? Bowles promises lots of "Boy Meets World" stories, since many of Fishel’s formative experiences happened during the show’s seven-year run. That means that Ben Savage (who played Topanga’s eventual husband, Cory) and Rider Strong (who played Cory’s best friend Shawn) will definitely make appearances.
There will also be more personal stories touching on Fishel’s post-"Boy Meets World" life, including her decision to enroll in college at the age of 27 (she recently earned a degree in psychology from California State- Fullerton) and her upcoming wedding to Tim Belusko.
Though many celebrities choose to work with co-writers on their books, Fishel insisted on penning the book herself. Bowles says one of her big inspirations was Mindy Kaling’s "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?", a hilarious but heartwarming collection of personal essays from the Mindy Project star.
In the meantime, Fishel is getting writing practice on her Tumblr blog. She has taken to the blog to write long posts about everything from her dog to same-sex marriage to her decision to do "Girl Meets World."
It’s that authenticity and willingness to communicate with her fans that Bowles says makes Fishel such a relatable celebrity.
“She really lives up to the character that she plays,” she says. “Topanga was always so likeable, and she was one of our feminist role models. In real life, she is that person. She’s gracious and warm and down to earth and not at all a diva.”