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I was pretty unimpressed with this book. I felt the authors style was to ‘talk at you’ rather than engage in you thought and suggest ways you might apply different principles to your own life. Throughout out the whole book it felt like it never really got passed the introduction phase where it explains topics he would be discussing, and in a way felt quite like he was always staying on the surface of the topic rather than going a little deeper and exploring the subject more. However I bought this book based on the excellent reviews I read and based on that I’ve come to the conclusion that the personality behind the book and style of writing just wasn’t for me.
The order of this book is the reason why I disabled the "buy it now" option on my Amazon account. A local book club was reading it, and I had no idea what it was about but the title and cover were intriguing. I looked at the description and intended to add it to my cart to consider it later but I must have hit "buy it now" instead. It shows up a few days later and while surprised at the unintended purchase, I read a lot of different kinds of books and was willing to give it a try. But not for a few weeks... Which is how I am stuck owning this book and not returning it 5 minutes after opening it.
I guarantee- 5 minutes is all you'll need. Read the introduction- a cheerleader-style embracing of your self-improvement self (cue the first over done analogy of a hamster on a wheel in the very first sentence, after the dedication citing a down on one's luck rise from nothing). Flip through the first few pages of each chapter, skimming as you go and noting the catch phrases in XXL font. By the end, you'll just be skimming these catch phrases and chapter headings. And then you'll feel disappointed and kind of gross for wasting 5 minutes doing that. And sad and lame for being the guy who got conned buying this book in the first place.
This book isn't just a paint-by-numbers self help book- it's a caricature of that style of literature. It's an SNL skit about how to motivate yourself by positive self talk and accepting nothing less than what you deserve. It's a guy who wrote a book in a few days using a formula for what appeals to a particular demographic and then adding filler pages of giant font screaming the same trite phrases already covered by the chapters. Seriously, you could just read the chapter headings and page-sized font and get the whole message.
The best thing about this book is the cover, which is expertly designed to look radical and edgy. And which disguises the purely inane "hang in there" kitten poster kind of fluff that I suspect will actually make people feel worse for having read it (positive reviews are baffling, and concerning at a core level). Don't make this guy the next positive-thinking, bullshit author, DIY your life guru by buying in. There are other books (really, pretty much any other book) on the subject worth your time, money, and fluff tolerance. The book (and author) may not be a scam; maybe it is all well intentioned fluff to motivate the masses. And if it actually does- excellent. But it looks an emotional Ponzi scheme wrapped in the newest shiny cover.
Absolute rubbish. If I'd picked up off the shelf of a brick and mortar bookshop, I'd have put it back within a couple of minutes. Made it through the first two chapters, while getting increasingly annoyed. Skimmed the rest. Then, I divided the pages in two, grasped each half from the top, and with a back-and -forth shearing motion... tore it apart right down the spine. Felt a bit better for having been bent over for the price of the book.
Barely a sentence will pass without some tired, saccharine, 'the-truth-is-in-you', tough-love BS cliche dripping off the page. Still not entirely sure that this is not some kind of parody.
Some serious effort has been made to spread an awfully small amount of content across 206 pages - huge font, massive margins, whole double pages given over to chapter titles, half pages and whole pages given over to exploded gems of sentences that the author clearly thinks are worth repeating at full volume.
To be fair, I am only a quarter way through the book...but it did only take me 10mins to get there and I can't quite bring myself to read anymore.
All of this for £12.99. Sorry, I couldn't let it lie.
I’m quite fond of self help books however this was the lowest value added one I’ve ever read. It’s a little on the pricier end vs average and I doubt I’ll be able to give it away. The font is huge, many pages are taken with single quite and overall it’s just a lot of blabla without any interesting insight or take away. I usually take pages of notes however there was nothing to take away from this one.
Wow! Thanks Amazon, for letting me wait 7 days(!!) for my order. Lesson learned though. Next time I will order at my local bookstore again and they will deliver by bicycle right to my doorstep (climate neutral as well).
👎👎👎 PS: the content of the book of course is great!
the books cover was scratched when I took it out of the packed. Please look into the Cover as well the pages of the book. If u r providing a book to your customers please look if the product quality is good. The cover as well the pages should be arranged very well.