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That being said, I wanted to read the book. Ultimately, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best I've ever read, either. The book itself, I have to rate 4 stars, but I put the rating as 3 for a couple of reasons.
The message in the story is great, but it's reiterated several times. Not in a conclusive manner, either. The best way that I could describe it is that the author needed filler and a conclusion to every chapter or paragraph. When he wasn't able to conclude in the best way possible, he circled around the same ideas; not unlike every person writing a dreaded essay of 500 words, where they're 50 words short of completion.
The descriptiveness. It was over the top. There are other reviews that discuss it, and they aren't lying...it was almost like this:
"The gray, cloudy sky strew cold, wet, aqua droplets onto the sharpened grass below. We were surrounded by the bitter chill of the day, as we looked out at the icy scenery in front of us."
Really, what you want them to say is: we get it. You were outside on a cold day and it was rainy. Move along. The descriptions in the book...well, they speak for themselves.
Lastly, the verbiage used. Another reviewer said it appeared as though the author had a thesaurus or dictionary handy. It's apparent throughout the book in the addition of words that are just unnecessary.
Overall, the books message is worth the read. I just wish they would have trimmed the fat on it a little bit, and kept with the main story. The extras just worked against it.
1. "Sure, both sides—the hoarders and the cunning organizers—go about their hoarding differently, but the end result is not appreciably different. Whether our homes are strewn with wall-to-wall junk or we have a color-coded and alphabetized methodology to camouflage our mess, we’re still not dealing with the real problem."
2. The "just-in-case" justification: "I held on to hundreds—maybe thousands—of things, just in case I needed them...(but) they pretty much just sit there, take up space, get in the way, and weigh me down big time. Most of the time they aren’t items I’ll ever need."
3. "One of the first things a person asks you when you’re becoming acquainted is ‘What do you do?’ ...This supposedly innocent question actually says, ‘I will judge you as a person by however you make your money, and I will assign a particular social status to you based on your occupation.’”
The bad: The book could use some editing. For one thing, there's too much preachy fake-dialogue used to convey the author's points. I skimmed a lot of that. Also, repetition of certain pet phrases are tedious: "drudging through the drudgery," the best/strongest/etc. (fill in) of my life," and running words together like livingroom. A pointless chapter in which he denigrates the occupants of a hardscrabble town in Montana.
The biggest shortfall for me was that most of the book is based on the personal experiences, and resulting opinions, of Joshua, Ryan, and Collin. They are smart, strong, single, and childless young men who made up a way of life for themselves, from which they extrapolated truth to be applied to other humans. However, beyond their anecdotal experience, there's not much substance. Further, some of their discoveries as to how to live an empowered life may be new to them, but most people over 35 have already learned it.
Last thought: Joshua says, "Ultimately, I want to create more and consume less." Words to live by. After I finished the book I went and cleaned out my closet.
To Joshua and to Ryan...thank you for setting this captive free.
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Couldn't stop reading!
Plan on seeing them on tour!
Joshua you have a gift of writing!
Ryan I love your humor