Pages: 210 Published: 2016 by Harper Collins Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-help, Humor
“A Counterintuitive approach to living a good life. In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.”
You need to read this book.
I have never read a ‘self-help’ book before, admittedly I don’t really think much of them, they are the same regurgitated message: ‘be positive’, ‘if you workout daily you’ll be healthy and happy’, ‘just talk to anyone’, ‘quit your job and find your passion’. None of these are true, valid, 100% achievable pieces of advice. However ‘The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck’ is fantastically different, it is the complete opposite of every ‘self-help’ book ever. It tells us to give up, don’t try and be wrong. It uses a great character named Disappointment Panda. It uses a narration style equivalent to a big slap in the face. It is a book that everyone needs to read.
I first saw this book on Goodreads and was naturally intrigued by the title, as I assume many others would be. After reading the book summary on Goodreads I was interested, a book that is a piss-take on life? sign me up. The first thing I notice when I picked up my copy of the book was the amazing chapter titles, for example: “You Are Not Special” and “You’re Wrong About Everything”, this already made me laugh so I knew I was getting myself into something good.
Both the humor and the advice is great. We’re taught the truth about ourselves in the most point-blank way, a real wake up call. Effective, simple sentences are used to open our eyes “The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it” which make us stop and think, and then the way blunt messages are used about the way problems can actually be perceived from different ways, such as how entitlement works “1). I’m awesome and the rest of you all suck so I deserve special treatment 2). I suck and the rest of you are all awesome so I deserve special treatment” are truthful and a slap in the face that everyone needs.
I really love this book and will definitely re-read this through out my life to remind myself of these lessons. I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to read this book, its taught me some very interesting things.
My Rating: 5/5 STARS