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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059796
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Kelly fans will love it.” (OK! magazine)

“Normal Gets You Nowhere is bursting with her trademark punk-rock spiritual fierce philosophy and indispensable advice for anyone starting out in the world, new grads, dreamers and those who might just need a dose of Kelly to push them forward.” (ashadedviewonfashion.com)

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nor-mal: according with, constituting,or not deviating from a norm, ruleor principle / conforming to a type,standard, or regular pattern / of,relating to, or characterized byaverage intelligence or development

Normal?

Who wants to be that?

When Kelly Cutrone’s first book, If You Haveto Cry, Go Outside, was first published, youngpeople flocked to this new voice—finally,someone was telling it like it is, in languagethey spoke. It quickly became a New YorkTimes bestseller, and fashion publicist KellyCutrone became more than a personality,she became a beloved guru, mentor, andfairy godmother.

Now she’s back with another no-holds-barredbook to awaken our souls and kick our assesinto gear. With Normal Gets You Nowhere,she invites us to get our freak on. History isfull of successful, world-changing people whodid not fit in. Think Nelson Mandela, Joanof Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart,John Lennon, and Rosa Parks. Instead ofchanging themselves to accommodate thestatus quo or what others thought they shouldbe, these people hung a light on their differences—and changed humanity in the process.

“I know you don’t feel normal, so why areyou trying to act it and prove to everyone youare?” Cutrone says. So much of what we sayor don’t say, and what we do or don’t do, isdictated by what others have told us, or whatpeople may think of us. This is not how weshould be living, by measuring ourselvesagainst the mundane.

An invitation to rethink who you are, what youvalue, and what you want from life, NormalGets You Nowhere goes beyond how to reinventyourself and create your own brand, andinvestigates what it means to live in this worldas a tuned-in, caring individual with a passionfor making a difference. There’s already anarmy of super talented uberfreaks changingthe world–isn’t it time you joined them?


More About the Author

Kelly Cutrone is the founder of the fashion public relations, branding, and marketing firm People's Revolution, which has represented clients such as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Christie's, and more. She stars in Kell on Earth on Bravo and has appeared on MTV's The Hills and The City. Prior to founding People's Revolution, Cutrone cofounded Cutrone & Weinberg and was the director of PR for Spin magazine. Cutrone lives in Manhattan with her daughter, Ava.

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I read this book from cover to cover the second I got it out of the box!
Becca
If "Outliers" hadn't already been written - in a much more substantial, academic, and intelligent manner, there might be more use for the idea behind this book.
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Kelly is truly an inspiration and everyone who is anyone should read this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Esther on June 12, 2011
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I was fairly disappointed with this book, it lacks of focus and of a real aim. It's like a patronizing autobiography.
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58 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2011
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There were a few things I liked about this book. Cutrone encourages readers to be extraordinary with compassion to make a difference in their communities. She justifiably has no tolerance for those who ignore the suffering of others when they have the power and resources to help. She writes about loyalty and surrounding ourselves with true friends who love us unconditionally and stick with us even if we behave badly at times, and to be that kind of friend as well. Cutrone shares about the deaths of her father and grandparents and in doing so shows us a glimpse of the kinder, gentler person she is behind the tough exterior.

But I did struggle with most of the book and message. It really wasn't so much a book of advice for women as it was an opportunity for Cutrone to rant against people, politics, and moral views that she doesn't like under the guise of being a "mama wolf" to mentor young women.

Cutrone uses the Merriam-Webtser definition of normal (according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle; conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern; of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development.) to make the case that anyone fitting that description must certainly be dull and incapable of having real success or fulfillment in life.

The frequent use of the "f-word" was personally offensive and distracting. I'm not sure who is "normal" - me for being offended or her for not. Her disdain for Judeo-Christian values comes through as she preaches her self-made anything goes religion of self and goddess worship with references to her spiritual mentor, a Hindu goddess she calls The Universal Mother, page after page.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nicki on December 19, 2011
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I decided to buy this book because a friend told me that her first book was really good. We both got this book and started reading it and we both stopped reading it. There were sections of the book that i skipped because it was irrelevant. There were sections of the book that I think are inappropriate. There are parts of the book that make me wonder why people are allowed to put their ideas and thoughts into a book for profit. I would not recommend this book to a friend, a young adult, an enemy, i would not recommend this book to anyone. Coutrone just wanted to make a few bucks and I am mad I gave her a few of mine. Even though her first book was good, this book is not worth my time and I wouldnt want the people reading this review to have their time wasted.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 21, 2011
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This is more like a memoir than a self-help book. Unfortunately the majority of Normal Gets You Nowhere is pointless rambling and random stories about Kelly's spiritual guru "The Mother". Her first book was much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pinkie67 on January 16, 2012
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I really enjoyed Kelly's first book and read it in one night, so I figured I'd love this one too. Not even close! The title of this book was deceiving, and I found myself halfway through the book reading nothing but her views on "the Mother" and "the Divine". All her talk about helping homeless people and the community is totally PC now and becoming the norm anyway, so I didn't get anything out of this book. Not that it's wrong - it's just not what I thought the book was going to be about. I was mad at myself for spending money on it.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kid Amnesiac on May 24, 2011
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Let's face it; anyone can grab a personality type - "normal," "outliers," "OCD," "ADHD" - and cite examples of how much better people are who possess those kind of qualities than "others." The problem is that there's an inherent problem WITH that basic thesis. By demanding that "not normal" people are worse off, more dull, boring, generally uninteresting, unsuccessful, than "normal" people, she makes it immediately clear that the entire theme is fallacious and erroneous due to the obvious stereotyping in that kind of thinking. Sure it's good to let your freak flag fly. No one knows that better than yours truly; but I know many so called normal people and they are just as happy, successful or creative as those of us who are a bit off the beaten path.
Perhaps the essence of the message -- it's ok if you don't fit in with everyone around you -- is a valuable lesson to learn when we are young. But most kids of today seem to be trying too hard already to "be different" because of external pressure from school or society.
In today's world "abnormal" is the new "normal" - so if anything, fitting in and walking the straight line may just be the most successful and fulfilling path for many kids today. Speaking of kids, Cutrone lends herself out as a "guru to the younger generation" which under certain circumstances would be welcomed; we are all looking for leadership when we are younger. But Kelly is such a potty-mouth that she comes off uneducated and wanting in values, hence more "normal" than unique different or special. And her cynical dismissal of organized religion again reeks of "normal" in today's secular 'make it up as you go' society.
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