I’m not entirely sure how to review a book like this. As you’ll all know, I’m a fiction girl, through and through, so this is totally out of my comfort zone. But, lately, I’ve been in desperate need of some inspiration.
Between juggling uni and work and blogging and living, I felt like I was quickly burning out, and needed a strategy to get me back on track. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k was the perfect medicine.
I’ve been debating how to approach this review, and I think I’ve come up with a solution. In today’s post, we’re just going to do old-fashioned review (a piece where I talk about the writing style, how I felt reading the book etc) and then, tomorrow, I’m going to upload a PG breakdown of the information within the book (for anyone who’s dismayed by the title, but would still like to learn about the techniques). I hope that made sense, let’s get going shall we!
Before we go any further, let’s discuss the elephant in the room, the language. I personally don’t like swearing (I’m not saying I don’t do it, I’m not perfect, but it’s not something I’m proud of and it makes me feel quite uncomfortable). I felt like it was a little overused in this instance. Yes, I understand, the clue was in the title – and it really does help to grab the reader’s attention – but I don’t think it needed to be as frequent in the pages of the book. I could have quite easily gotten the same message, without the cursing and discomfort that came with it.
With that in mind, I find it really difficult to recommend this book to people I know, because I know they wouldn’t approve of the language, despite benefiting from the strategies. It seems to me that it was a little bit alienating, which makes me really sad since I love the underlying lesson of the book!
For the interest of this review, I’m going to assume that the idea of the language doesn’t bother you, and talk about a few other aspects of this book.
Obviously, as a non-fiction book, this story has a very different register than what I’m used to. However, I felt that Knight handled it really well, and was able to keep it engaging. The information is presented clearly, but still has a taste of her own unique humour and sarcasm, making the steps easy to digest, and creating a good narrative flow.
Also, the book is littered with pop-culture references. Although I really enjoyed these, and thought they gave the discussion a really beautiful conversational tone, it has inevitably dated the book. I wouldn’t suggest putting this on your ‘oh, I’ll read it someday’ list – it might be hard to fully appreciate in 5 years’ time.
As a self-help book, I guess the fundamental purpose is to inspire – and that it definitely did. I absolutely flew through this book and loved working through all the different steps. It really helped me revaluate what was going on in my head, and discard the things that, when inspected, I didn’t actually care that much about to begin with!
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars. It would have been 5/5 if not for the discomfort induced by all the cursing! If you’re stuck in a bit of rut, are facing burnout, or just need to cut out some of the crap spinning around in your head, I’d highly recommend picking this book up. If, if you’re not comfortable with the language, at least checking out my post tomorrow (hopefully it’ll help)!
Let me know what you guys thought of this book in the comments! Did you find it life-changing? I’d love to know!