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I purchased this book because of the multitude of extremely strong reviews but, unfortunately, after getting through it I disagree wholeheartedly with the 5 star rating. ( Seriously I don't get the ratings... Are they real? )
I had issues with the book for the following reasons: - This book has no depth. Virtually the entire book just general surface level and I don't feel that the points were well made or adequately supported. - I found the author's informal writing style extremely distracting. It felt like he was trying too hard and, personally, I dont want to pay to read a 250 page buzz feed article. I'm 32 so I assume I'm within his target audience but I just felt way too old to be reading this. Perhaps this would have appealed to me at 21? Not sure. - The author wastes space by over explaining his own life stories. The starting story where he knocked himself out could have been cut by ~80% and still made the same point. It also wasn't entaining enough to support the length. This is true of the other 20+ personal stories littered throughout. - The author is not RBG. He's a mid 30s dude who has enjoyed some moderate success. He uses his own n=1 personal examples of success more than his level of success can support. - The author provided almost no research to back up his points when quite a lot exists. Given his limited life experience this would have significantly helped. - In many instances the author's point was not well made. I found myself having to re-read questions to try to get at his point but in many cases it remained completely unclear. For example - "Q32 Am I being brave enough to be awkward?" There are quite a number of benefits to being authentic but it would seem the author was perhaps trying to allude to the benefits of staying off your phone and being present because of the dangers of overconnectedness? Not overly clear. (Again, quite a lot of research exists to back up the point I think he was trying to make here) - The constant references to God and religion was obnoxious. This isn't helpful advice if you are not religious and I'm annoyed that this wasnt disclosed going into the book. In addition the author sounds a little judgmeental with statements like "If you've had sex with the person you're dating, I'm not saying it's over and you can't love each other..." Wtf.
Unfortunately I am probably giving this 2 stars instead of 3 because of the high expectations I had going into reading this book and how annoyed I am to have wasted my time and money on it.