When I was given this book to review, I assumed that it would be a little…well, fluffy. I expected “Girl Power!” and “Believe!” stuff, the type of cheesy “You’re special” book that I’ve started to read a million times (and never could get myself to finish). I was wrong and right. The author is adamant about all those things, but this book is as far from fluff as you can get. I found myself completely absorbed–laughing, crying, and nodding my head in amazement. The author was so much like me, and her voice was so conversational, that it was like having a girl’s day out conversation over lunch. I was truly sorry when it ended.
Greene’s premise was interesting. At first, her voice was so positive and optimistic that I wondered if it would get irritating. After all, such an annoyingly happy person couldn’t possibly understand what it was like to be me, right? Surely she was one of those perfect built-like-a-teenage-boy women with a perfect life, who decided to write a book in her perfect spare time. But as she dove into her life–the teeth, the chin, the grandparents–oh, my! The grandparents! And then later, the health issues, medical scares, and finally the loss of her baby daughter–my heart ached. This is a woman who understands the darkest depths of life, a woman who has grieved, mourned, and experienced more than most of us. And yet, she’s chosen to be happy.
“Not all thoughts are going to honor you and your purpose,” she says. “And not all thoughts will help you be awesome. You can’t control every thought that pops into your head, but you can control how long it stays there.”
Her words, stories, and methods are profound, but it’s also a blast to read. The same woman who gives advice such as “you can give to others only what you first give yourself,” also uses words like “chickybabe” and refers to Satan as “he who is stinky.” The book was powerful and inspirational as well as entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly to others.
Here’s the link. It’s only $4.99 on Amazon right now. http://www.amazon.com/How-Embrace-Your-Inner-Hotness-ebook/dp/B00GP5AS2Y