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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) Hardcover – December 29, 2015
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Right from the start I hoped the book wouldn't overuse the F-word like it does on the first couple of pages. I'm far from a prude. Actually, I just hoped for good writing, but overall I was disappointed with the book for three reasons.
1) The author uses the f-word so liberally, that it gets annoying fast. It's somewhere between cringe-worthy and roll-eyes territory. I get she's trying to be cute and edgy, which may work for a blog post or two, but not for a whole book.
2) In terms of actually useful advice, the book is very thin. There's a lot of "advice" in the book, yes, but much of it is just trying to be so edgy that it's ultimately useless for people that don't want to come off as rude and inconsiderate. I know it's supposed to be funny, but if I want funny with "bad" language, I'll watch Richard Pryor stand-up.
For example, in the hypothetical situation of someone taking too long to order at Starbucks, you're supposed to ask them whether they're shortsighted and need help reading, because in the time they've been standing there "you" could have read the menu three times. Hold your horses there Jackie, you're not waiting in line for emergency medical treatment, you're standing in Starbucks, a place between home and work where you're supposed to be able to relax.
3) The author comes across as unlikable
If you don't want to go to your "friend's" wedding, fine, don't go there, but you don't need to be so rude when saying no. You have annoying stuff in your facebook timeline? Maybe you shouldn't have added so many people you don't care about as "friends."
Here's a summary of the book, to save you the 13 pound. Think about what you enjoy doing in your life and write it down. Make another list of activities that drain your energy. Find a way to eliminate items from the second list. If you want to take the author's route, be deceptive, hurtful, and make the other party feel bad about it. In my opinion, you're better off being honest and polite, but that's just me.
Ultimately, it's my fault for buying this book without at least reading the first chapter. I was in a book store after all.