Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fu*K: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life

Self-help books are not exactly what I would refer to as my genre of preference. I have nothing against them specifically, however, I would rather read a book with a with a tremendous storyline that has me gripping the pages in anticipation.

I had heard about Mark Manson’s text The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fu*K: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life on numerous occasions prior to purchasing it, therefore when I saw it in Chapter’s for 50% off, I decided I would give it a try. Nothing to lose, right?

I did enjoy the book, but it is not as inspirational as I thought it would be. That being said, I do not think Manson created this book with the intention of it being inspirational; rather, he wrote this book to convey the importance of not giving a fu*k about everything, but rather, giving a fu*k about what is truly relevant and significant to each and every individual person.

The main thing I enjoyed about this text was Manson’s constant incorporation of humor. His humor is similar to my own in the sense it is somewhat perverted and immature, but by relying on comic relief he is able to deliver a highly philosophical message without it being boring. In complete honesty, I did resonate with his overarching message about putting an effort forth towards the things that truly matter to us in life rather than what society dictates we should put effort towards.

Manson’s book emphasizes happiness, and what the concept of happiness means to different people. Manson has entirely different beliefs and passions from me, yet he talks about them in a manner that is highly relatable. He is a talented writer because not all authors are able to achieve this relativity.

I doubt I would read his book twice, but I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates an alternate approach to self-help books.


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