It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review on the blog but given that it’s World Book Day and all that jazz I thought it might be nice to bring them back!
*Disclaimer: I haven’t actually finished this book yet, but I thought I would review a current read rather than backtrack through the books I finished a while ago*
Do you overthink everything?
Do you struggle to say no to people?
Are you paying membership for a gym you never go to?
Do group chat politics make you want to throw your phone under a bus?
Are you overjoyed when people cancel plans so that you can sit at home in your pyjama bottoms eating coco pops for dinner?
If so then this book is for you!
We spend our childhoods waiting to be adults and, when we get there, find ourselves lost under a pile of life admin, half completed to-do lists and anti-ageing face creams that promise to make you look as good as Natalie Imbruglia.
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Even though I haven’t finished it yet, it has really opened my eyes to the fact that people who look like they have all of their shit together, are just acting like they have all of their shit together while hoping no one actually asks them to discuss it… cuz then they’re fucked.
Now, I don’t think I’m exactly the age group Katie was aiming for as 21 doesn’t exactly scream “I’m in the midst of adulting and I’m S T R U G G L I N G!!!” but ~technically~ I am an adult and making that transition is weird and slightly uncomfortable. Three years ago I had to ask to use the toilet and now I have managers talking to me about pensions… life went from 0-100 in no time and I wasn’t prepared.
What I love about this book is that it highlights that, actually, no one was prepared, is prepared or can ever be prepared for what’s to come because, let’s face it, life is a complete and utter bitch and loves to hit us with curve balls.
So far (and I’m saying so far because I am only half way through it) my greatest takeaway from this book is that I need to stop being so damn hard on myself. I constantly beat myself up for not being as successful, not being as productive, not being as great as someone else, when in actual fact, no one has any clue what they are doing- everyone just pretends. This was wild to me because surely Mr CEO of Big Successful Organisation Ltd. knows his shit, but no, he actually relies on PA Lynda to remind him of meetings, who relies on Admin Jane to make sure those meetings are in the calendar. And Admin Jane is just trying to make it to the end of the day, bless her. The point is, if Mr CEO doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing, I shouldn’t be feeling like shit for not knowing either!
Apart from the fact that this book offers (maybe not so helpful) advice on how to navigate your way through ‘Adulthood’, it’s incredibly funny and Katie includes these wee stick people who are far more relatable than they should be. It’s a great pick-me-up when your current situation is getting you down and has bits that young adults like me and old adults like my mammy can relate to and laugh along with!
I would highly recommend giving this book a read- but read with caution. I have to admit that I have developed a dangerous ‘don’t give a shit about anything or anyone because nothing in life actually matters’ attitude and in reality some things like Taxes, Bills and relationships with people you have to see everyday do matter and need to be dealt with accordingly.
Are you doing anything in honour of World Book Day? Have you read this book?
Until next time…