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“Kelly’s book is full of anecdotes from her personal and professional life as well as motivational tips.” (People.com)
“Cutrone, 44, is infamous to the MTV generation for her untimely eruptions and cutting commentaries. Her hellish take on the fashion world is her ticket to stardom....If You Have to Cry, Go Outside (HarperOne), reads as a gritty guide for young women entering the fashion world.” (USA Today)
“Choice career and style advice from New York’s most outspoken PR woman.” (WSJ.com)
“What everyone loves about Kelly Cutrone, owner of fashion PR firm People’s Revolution and The City’s official BS barometer, is that she isn’t afraid to tell it how it is.” (Elle Magazine)
“Cutrone gives blunt, how-to advice on how to be a “power bitch”... It’s an old-fashioned guide to succeeding in both life and work (phone, not e-mail, you Gen Y-ers!), with a dash of self-styled spirituality and, of course, all dressed up in Balenciaga.” (New York Post)
“[The] powerhouse fashion PR maven we-love-to-hate-but-really-love...” (Dallas Morning News)
“Part memoir, part self-improvement sermon (and conspicuously published by HarperOne, the spirituality imprint behind some of Marianne Williamson’s and Deepak Chopra’s books), it recounts Cutrone’s own fitful journey.” (New York Magazine)
“[A] memoir-ish book of offbeat advice for budding ‘power girls’...” (The Daily Beast)
“In her new book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, Cutrone shares personal stories and offers practical advice to encourage readers to figure out what they really want to do and to go out there and do it.” (Aol Career Blog)
“The book outlines [Cutrone’s] tumultuous rise from homelessness to the fashion elite and serves as a guide for navigating an alternative career path.” (The Harvard Crimson)
From the Back Cover
Kelly Cutrone has long been mentoring women on how to make it in one of the most competitive industries in the world. She has kicked people out of fashion shows, forced some of reality television's shiny stars to fire their friends, and built her own company—one of the most powerful PR firms in the fashion business—from the ground up. Through it all, she has refused to be anything but herself.
Kelly writes in her trademark, no-bullshit style, combining personal and professional stories to share her secrets for success without selling out. Let's face it: this is a different world than the one in which our mothers grew up, and Kelly has created a real girl's guide to making it in today's world. Offering a wake-up call to women everywhere, she challenges us to stop the dogged pursuit of the “perfect life” and discover who we are and what we really want. Then she shows us how to go out there and get it. Much of our culture teaches us to muzzle our inner voice and follow the crowd; Kelly enables us to stop pretending and start truly living.
With chapters on how to find your tribe (those like-minded souls who make your heart sing), how sometimes a breakdown is really a breakthrough, and how there is no such thing as perfection, Kelly also shares practical advice, such as how to create a personal brand and how sometimes you have to fake it to make it.
Raw, hilarious, shocking, but always the honest truth, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside calls upon you to gather up your courage like an armful of clothes at a McQueen sample sale and follow your soul wherever it takes you. Whether you're just starting out in the world or looking to reinvent yourself, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside will be the spark you need to figure out what you have to say to the world—and how you're going to say it.
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To touch on other opinions, YES this book reads as a bit more memoir than its genre (self-help) describes it as. Now that you know this and are still going to buy this, you will probably love this book for what it is.
Kelly Cutrone is a no-nonsense woman and I find this book to be helpful and inspirational to all women and girls who read it. Everything within this book is something that EVERY girl needs to know in her life.
Cutrone uses her life experience and stories, along with inspirational quotes and passages, to teach solid lessons. I don't feel like this book bounces around, and i find each story clearly attaches itself to the chapter's focus.
If you watched her reality TV show, you will find this is the same character you saw there, If you know her from ANTM, you can now learn the story behind the bitchy demeanor, and be more appreciative of her candidness.
If you are on the fence, order the book, I promise promise promise you won't be disappointed.
So far I've seen a lot of parallels between myself and this woman. Not because fast-paced big city life particularly appeals to me; I never spent any time partying until 5AM every night or piling up thousands of dollars of debt in unpaid parking tickets or developing a notoriously dangerous drug habit. I also know very well I will never have the kind of energy she has... But because I have a similar kind of beatnick spirit that never found religious fulfillment my parents' system of Catholic church twice a year, and was always uncomfortable with the path I was letting myself get pushed along: I went off to the star state-school instead of taking it slow at the local community college like I'd wanted - which resulted in dropping out after one year and transferring to art school much to the disappointment of my mother. Then letting my life grow stagnant in the slow whirlpool of family drama, part-time jobs, and old crew of party-hard friends (which resulted in me jumping into the military just to get away from it all and force myself to fly the nest)... But having found the guts to strike out and do my own things a few of times in life I still, like this woman, find myself plagued by self-doubt and paralyzed by fear and worry - demons whose voices only feel stronger as I grow older and the pressure over other traditional things in life like cranking out some kids to be done all the more quickly intensifies...
If you're like me then this book may actually speak to you personally, and help you develop methods to work through your doubts and fears in order to become a more together person who's confident that she'll die without regrets...
Her writing style is very cautivating, for she seems to be a woman who isn't afraid nor ashamed of her life process to success. I felt as if she was talking to me directly with a genuine willingness to share her experiences while climbing the real her-single mother-career success ladders at the same time. She is extremely forthcoming and realistic. I can say that because I had a similar journey to become the successful career woman I've become.
This book is worth every penny I paid for, because she tries for people, specially the ones facing the out of college reality, to understand that success is only worth pursuing if you are willing to pay the price, with blood, sweat and tears, in a very interesting, sometimes funny and somewhat sarcastic way.