Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the highly anticipated “A Simple Favor” starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. This is not a movie review though, I read the book and am currently obsessed with this poison dipped cupcake of a read.
In late 2018, I switched off WhatsApp notifications on my phone. I wanted to start living less in my workaholic mode and more in the present. I’ve never been a fan of notifications, I don’t want my time dictated to me by a beep or a red icon on my cellphone. I don’t want to be controlled by the comforting familiarity of distraction.
When I made the decision to go vegan, I was imagining that bankruptcy was imminent because of how expensive the internet told me it would be. I thought that I’d shrivel up and die because I wasn’t getting any protein and that my bones would crumble under the weight of my calcium deficient smugness.
After binging on Peaky Blinders for the first time, I went into 2019 with Thomas Shelby confidence in what my year will be.
I am now modelling my life around what I now call Thomas Shelby energy.
That’s the “Big Dick” energy of 2018, only bigger and badder (but, with less illegal gambling).
Sometimes I think that the only thing that kept 2018 from killing me is the fact that I am vegan and don’t eat polony. That’s a joke, obviously.
Remember in the 2000’s when everyone was reading The Secret? I feel like this is that book of 2018.
I went into this book on a self-development high, having read and listened to high vibe, self-help everything for the better half of 2018. I was expecting this book to rock me like my first kiss with tongue.
It’s not a difficult book to read, it’s not too long or too “wordy”, but he rambles. Man, can this author get lost in a tangent of rambling that ended up feeling like he’s just trying too hard. The message often got lost in his personal examples of living his life too well, I mean, we get it… You’ve slept with a lot of women.
In a nutshell, this book could be a 2 part series of blog posts that tell you to live life unapologetically, while taking responsibility for your life. It touches on playing the victim and letting go of that mentality. The message is good, but I honestly can’t remember what chapter 1 was about. It’s just not a hook of a read.
I finished the book feeling a little disappointed. With 3 million copies sold, I was expecting a punch in the face of inspiration for 2019. I was hoping for my “Ah ha” moment, but was left with just “meh”.
To the author’s credit, the message is valid and true, but you need to get through a lot of bullshit before he gets to the point. Overall, I don’t recommend you buy the book, rather ask a friend for theirs or get a copy from the library. Like I said, it’s The Secret of our time, so you should read it just to know what people are talking about at dinner parties.
What do you think about the book? Have you read it? What should I review next? Leave your thoughts below.
Until next time.
I’m about to talk about my period and vaginas… You have been warned!