A friend recommended this book to me after I told her that I was ready to give myself a mini-life makeover. I told her that I wasn’t ready for a “self-help” book yet, but she told me that I should check it out and I’d probably think of the book as anything but self-help. Now, I see why she liked it so much. Written by former Honey magazine editor-in-chief Amy Dubois Barnett, this book definitely provides a boost of inspiration. Honey magazine was probably my favorite magazine as a teenager and I was very sad to see it fold. I read Teen People for awhile once she took the post there as well. Once she left Teen People, I wasn’t sure what had become of Ms. Barnett, but to my surprise, she wrote this book.
Her chronicles of her life as she was raised by a single mother who passed away way too soon and her bouts with unhappiness with just about everything in life from her boyfriend to her first job out of college would definitely keep some people straddled down and depressed. Ms. Barnett however, lifted herself up and moved on and found happiness and she explains how she did it. The book also provides interviews at the end of each chapter with celebrities and nice quizzes.
The book was a quick read and I won’t say that it changed my life or led me to any “awakening”, but it gave some much needed positive reinforcement. When you feel like you’re going through a slump like Ms. Barnett and you are giving yourself a pity-party, she reminds you how you can just shake it off and go out there and “get yours”.