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Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, released her latest title, You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want in November of 2017. I’ve heard a lot of buzz around her two other books but never got around to reading them, so when I saw You do You I knew that it would be my first Sarah Knight read, but certainly not the last. In the same straightforward, no bullshit approach of her previous novels, Knight talks about standing up for who you are, being selfish when it comes to what you want, need and deserve, and knowing it is okay because you have to put your happiness first. As the synopsis says… “bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight has three simple words for you: YOU DO YOU.”
While I am not one who reads self-help, I was intrigued by the “anti-guru” and Knight’s quirky, funny, profanity-filled writing style–it felt like a personal conversation with a friend over coffee, after confessing my much-too-often desire to please everyone else around me. At times it did feel like it was a bit of mash-up between her two previous novels because sometimes it was noted bits were spoken about in them and included in You Do You, I think it was a great introduction into her novels by getting a bit of each in this. I enjoyed this, although some advice or insight wasn’t the most effective approach or realistic in some aspects. It was an easy, quick read that I broke down to reading a little bit each week to space it out because it isn’t a long read. It was an interesting, blunt perspective on today’s society and expectations, and essentially do what works for them.
You Do You is a down-to-earth, irreverent, and no-holds-barred guide to letting go of the weight of others’ expectations and doubling down on your dreams to find real, lasting happiness.
First, bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight taught you to shed unwanted guilt and obligations like a year’s worth of old socks in The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. Then, in Get Your Sh*t Together, she taught you how to set goals for the life you want and really achieve them.
Now she’s back, with her most broadly-applicable “No F*cks Given Guide” yet: helping you let go of family, social, and existential pressures to be happy with yourself and the life you really want. In the down-to-earth, warmly irreverent tone that has become her trademark, Sarah Knight helps readers find the conviction that it’s not just okay to be who you are and want what you want, but that it’s great.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.