This book has it all!
Catchy, thought provoking, edgy title? Check!
Bright as fuck orange cover so you can see it a mile away? Check!
Blogger turned author living the gat-damn dream? Check!
Brash cursing dialogue? Check!
Made it on the New York Times best seller list? Check!
What’s missing? My will to actually read it…
I’ve read maybe a handful of self-help type books before and I always face the same issue. No matter how good the advice or how interesting it is written, I just struggle finishing it. Unfortunately this book was not an acception.
The things I struggled with here were the actual advice bits. I cannot for the life of me recall any advice actually given in the book. I can’t tell you this made me a better person or made me take a hard look at myself.
What I did enjoy were the anecdotes sprinkled throughout. The story of the Beatles and the soldier in the woods were captivating. The last story he tells about the death of his friend was especially poignant. If this book was only those stories I would’ve eaten it up. I guess I just had a hard time relating to the well of white man who slept his way through life until he decided to try something.
I also believe I was fighting the hype here. So many people I know have read this book and told me how amazing it is. It’s just not my flavor drink if you get my drift. Which is crazy because before I read it I bought this for my brother and even convinced an old co-worker to get it for my ex boss as part of secret santa. My husband even read it and he doesn’t read very often. I was a bit disappointed on my end.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?