The book includes details of how the former couple fell in love

By Jodi Guglielmi and Kate Coyne
October 18, 2017 10:05 AM
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Life isn’t always easy — just ask Anna Faris.

Faris’ new book Unqualified gives in intimate look inside the star’s life, including her rocky romantic life and battle to overcome her own insecurities.

“I hope people read it and they think, ‘Oh—she’s like me!'” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

The Mom star, 40, says she wanted to use her own story to help give hope to people who are struggling to find their place.

“As a lonely sort of insecure, awkward kid, things got a lot better,” she says of the book’s message. “And here’s my path to finding success through something I really love, and I hope that you find that path, too.”

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While Faris admits that sharing such private aspects of her personal life can be scary at times, she’s happy that the book gives a truthful representation of who she is.

“I didn’t want a book that presents my life as idealistic,” she says. “I wanted to show the fact that I am unqualified, and I don’t know what I’m doing, and I’m grateful for the people who love me anyway.”

The book, featuring sweet anecdotes about Chris Pratt before their split, hits shelves later this month. The actress is the first to admit that the timing is less than ideal.

“The idea of all this happening and culminating with the book as well, it was like: ‘Oh boy, how do I frame this?'” Faris tells PEOPLE. “At first I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is crazy timing.’ Now it sort of feels like maybe in a way everything that’s happened helps bring it full circle.”

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Among other subjects Faris tackles in her book is her decision to get breast implants a decade ago, a choice which she in no way regrets nor wishes to hide. “I liked my body then, and I like my body now,” she says.

As for her life now, Faris says she’s simply doing her best.

“The best I can manage is to throw my hands in the air and say, ‘I don’t know what I’m talking about but I have a couple of things figured out,” she says. “And then life threw me a curveball and I realized, ‘Oh wow, I really don’t know what I’m talking about.’ ”

Unqualified is available starting Oct. 24.