Sort order. Jun 05, Catherine Coles rated it really liked it. Jun 30, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Author stated that she wrote the book for her daughter, and I started reading it for my son, but quickly realized that I am, at least in part, in need of much of the information in this book as anyone else. Very good advice on being a boss and on navigating workplace life.
I can think of several people I'd send this book to. Excellent book from a GenXer who has been through all of it to those of us who are going through it now. Aug 31, Kelly added it Shelves: audio-book , read-in , non-fiction. This one is aimed at 20 and early 30 something women, and while that's me, I feel more stable and established than I think those who'll get the most out of this will be.
I really enjoyed how straight forward and honest Romolini is, and she's encouraging about being weird and embracing it as part of who you are and how you work. She gets real, though, in the places where it's utterly necessary to get your shit together and be an adult. There's a particularly good section in here about toxic workplaces and bosses that would have been game-changing for me when I was in that situation in my mids.
For that alone, I can see recommending this book over and over again to many who feel those things and not only feel they're alone, but that there's no way out there is -- sometimes, it just takes a lot of work. Listened on audio and enjoyed the performance quite a bit.
Sep 12, Emmy rated it did not like it. Never in my life have a read a book that was so sadly desperate to sound cool. The book reads like a series of Buzzfeed articles pieces together with snippets from the Onion and then some trying-way-too-hard advice from your youngish mom or aunt.
It will also only be relevant if it is in fact so for about 15 minutes as there are references to celebrities nicknames and colloquial millennial nonsense sayings throughout the entire book. The writer assumes the read Never in my life have a read a book that was so sadly desperate to sound cool. The writer assumes the reader has the attention span of about It's a book not a youtube video. You don't have to grab for my attention so hard with your "hipster" lingo and curse word-ery.
The content boiled down to this: even if you work very hard and pour your life into something it might still suck and most likely you won't feel happy but go for it if it feels right and never forget you got this dude!
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Aug 06, Angelee Field rated it it was amazing. I picked up this book at a time in my life when I really needed it. Needless to say, I related to a lot of what this author was saying and helped to cope with some of the hopelessness I'm currently facing in my work life. I laughed and I cried, but I never felt like she was preaching to me.
May 15, Richard rated it it was amazing. Hilarious and inspiring! This it the college graduation present you need to get for the young f-up in your life. Jun 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing.
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This book is for anyone who has ever felt out of place in a corporate work environment. The author manages to walk this wonderful encouraging yet real talk line of "you are a special snowflake" and "come on, they pay you for a reason. This book is funny and real and honest and I loved the author's voice. Jul 12, Summer rated it it was ok Shelves: worklife.
The advice in this book is spot on. Be yourself and work hard. The writing style is OK. I felt genuinely inspired by the introduction. Many parts of the book were good. The flaw in this book for me is the inclusion of memoir-style stories by Romolini. I know that "weirdness" isn't a contest but holy cannoli is this a main-stream chick. Her examples of weirdness are disappointing. I think she might have some actual weirdness in her life, but it isn't really shared in this book. What you get in th The advice in this book is spot on.
What you get in this book is an awful sense of charmed white privilege. I grew up in a family business too and that is NOT how things worked. She makes a point to describe herself as "almost failing" high school but as the story progresses, it seems like maybe she got an F in gym once?
She graduated with her class, she didn't even have to do summer school. Yes, she eventually failed out of college three years later but c'mon, there are more college drop outs than college degree-holders in America so this does not qualify as "weird".
I honestly don't remember a story of her getting fired. This is just bananas. And she considers herself a screw up because she didn't land her dream job until she was She acknowledges her privilege about an hour into the audiobook but it's one of those things where you can't just say it and move on.
It's Kylie Jenner getting called "self made" because she technically "made" some of her money "herself". Man, I know I sound jealous and petty. It's an OK book. Romolini is a good enough writer.
I can appreciate her feeling of being "weird" even though there's not an outside observer on the PLANET who would second that motion. Hey, man, we feel what we feel. Lastly I have to criticize the last chapter. I'm so tired of self-referential meta-chapters where authors talk about writing the book that I'm reading.
That trend needs to stop yesterday. View 1 comment. Jun 05, Alison Entsminger rated it it was ok. To be honest, I was so relieved to finally be done with this book.
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Everything was super practical for navigating the world of business. I went immediately to the SXSW book store on search of the book she was promoting in the talk. When I began reading it, however, I was extremely disappointed. All the actionable, practical insights To be honest, I was so relieved to finally be done with this book. All the actionable, practical insights from her talk were nowhere to be found. Only towards the very end did she have something new to share, in the final chapters where she talked about her management experiences.
Oct 14, Ocean rated it really liked it. Jun 27, Tikilleen rated it it was amazing. From the minute I started reading, this book felt like it was written precisely for my kind of people. This is a book that has multiple office-life applications, from advice on how to navigate those cringe worthy small talk conversation to just outright empowerment for anyone who feels weird or out of place in a regimented world. One note of interest. This book seems to be advertised in some places as "for women.
May 17, Linda Steighner rated it really liked it Shelves: won. Easy to read book full of encouragement to go after what ever it is that you want and not to give up when you think that you are a failure or too old or not smart enough and do not dress well enough. Jennifer Romolini's life and career history is full of reasons that she should have just given up, but not everyone fits into the normal cookie cutter life and she shows the reader that is okay.
I am probably not the audience Romolini had in mind for her book. While I believe I would certainly fit the title and subtitle callouts, I am an older male. The author, and quite a few of her stories, are aimed at women at work, generally young women at work.
How can I tell? The book includes advice and anecdotes on working while nursing and on when to wear a bra, among other things. But I still found this a fun-to-read book, filled with stories of a unique person as well as some advice on worki I am probably not the audience Romolini had in mind for her book.
But I still found this a fun-to-read book, filled with stories of a unique person as well as some advice on working and careers.