You Are A Badass

I wanted to love this book, I really did. It came highly recommended from a mentor of mine. Facebook friends would come out of the woodwork to tell me how much they loved this book. This book changed their life. And I believe them. 

But this was not my experience. I found You Are A Badass to be a rah-rah-rah 256-page, self-waxing mantra guide meant to make you feel sparkly. If that’s what you’re looking for then yeah, go read it I guess. Because it did make me feel brighter in spirit and more powerful. That’s about where it stays though - hovering at the surface of self-help, pretty far above anything useful. If you read just one chapter, then you’ve got the gist. 

Furthermore, Sincero writes in such a casual tone I simply cannot accept her as an authoritative expert. She reads like the most enlightened 19-year-old on campus:  inexperienced, privileged and a little too loud. So if you’re looking for even a modicum of insight or depth then leave this book on the shelf. Recommended alternatives include: literally anything else. 

Full disclosure: I did not complete this book. Lord knows I tried, but the self-inflicted suffering didn’t seem worth it.

Grace Moen