Before I dive into my Book Review for You’re Not Special, if you missed my post; I Stand With You, Always. I urge you to please give it a read. I will not stay quiet on this topic of Race in America, Canada and the world. I truly hope that this sparks lasting change in the world around us. I truly hope what you are seeing on the news and on social media lights a fire in your heart, and makes you want to fight harder for our kids so they will never have to worry about fighting for something that should never have been something to fight for anyways.
“You Can’t Unsuck a Dick”
Now, I love a good self help book. Over the last three years I’ve been getting into reading them and they have slowly become some of my favourite books. I have been a fan of Meghan Reinks for about 5 years now, since finding her on YouTube. She is a lifestyle vlogger, and over the years has transitioned her channel into more baking and podcast based. Recently she released a book called “You’re Not Special” a (sort of) memoir.
Now that she’s (mostly) through her awkward stage, Meghan’s here to tell you that it gets better. You’re not alone in the thoughts you think. Sometimes a bad hair day feels worse than a punch in the gut and asking a boy out seems about as difficult as achieving that perfect dewy glow. But despite what you’ve been told, your problems are not unique, your struggles have taken form in everybody else’s life too, and somebody else has felt the way you feel right at this very moment. You’re not special. But you’re also not alone on the bumpy road to adulthood.
This is one of the most brutally honest and funny self help books I’ve read in a while. Her witty humour and honest personality make this book ten times better than it would have been if it was anyone else teaching these same things. Meghan takes the approach of a big sister, stating that she never had that figure in her life, and that if she did have that person growing up so many things might have been different, easier and she wouldn’t have felt as alone. Because I am such a huge fan of her youtube videos the chapters about her life are probably my favourite ones, just learning about what was going on behind the scenes of her life was so interesting. The area in which I thought that the book lacked was the actual helping portion, as I found some of her ideas very contradictory. So if you turn to this book as your first experience in the self help genre, then I don’t know if you’ll be as compelled to pick up another of the same genre.
All in all I do feel that the book sets out to do exactly what it’s supposed to do, this is a (sort of) memoir. She talks about her experiences and she gives sound advice! She really is honest, the kind of honesty that you need from a big sister.
I’m not going to lie this was a tough post to write. I’m still struggling with focusing on anything except what is happening on the news.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.
Sending love across oceans to you all.