Book Review: Weird In a World That’s Not

Recently I was provided with an opportunity to read and review Jennifer Romolini’s new book ‘Weird in a World That’s Not’.

BOOK REVIEW

Even though the book caters more-or-less to a female audience, I decided to say yes to the review for two reasons.

The first reason; I want to say yes to opportunity, not repel it. I believe saying yes to opportunity (according to my personal beliefs) is a way to ensure more positive occurrences flow my way.

The second reason, is because the core message that Jennifer extols in her book is one in which I can relate.  Namely, that we can achieve our dreams and success, regardless of our past, or who we are.

‘WEIRD IN A WORLD THAT’S NOT’ BOOK SUMMARY

To give you a better idea of what her book is about, here is a snippet straight from the Harpers Collins website:

“Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss—an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president—all within little more than a decade.

Her book, Weird In A World That’s Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward. Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you.”

THE BOOK REVIEW

So without further ado, here is the review.

Jennifer’s new book is witty, quick-paced, relatable (more so for women), and entertaining.  Oddly, I found myself not being able to put the book down.

Yes, the book is more-or-less geared towards the female audience, but that is what made me even more curious to read it.  Not very different from how us guys will pick up a Cosmo magazine left lying around the house by our spouse or girlfriend, and attempt to take a quick peek (while no one is around of course) to see what these girls are up to and to gleam some of their success secrets.

What I gathered from the book, that I think any reader can benefit from is the sincere encouragement.  This book contains tons of encouragement related to finding one’s way in a world that sometimes seems to not care about what we are truly interested in, or what we want from it.

Jennifer has obviously had a very unique upbringing, and has experienced a fair share of career and relationship failures. Experiences that have given her unique insights that she provides as clear how-to knowledge that we can all benefit from.

Throughout the book, Jennifer also does a great job communicating her experiences in a way that is humorous, yet still educational.

Her experiences, in my opinion are not extremely out of the norm.  In fact, I think more people will be able to relate to the ‘craziness’ of her life than she thinks.   But that’s not a bad thing, it just means that maybe this book is meant for more than just those few ‘oddballs’ who think themselves to be on fringes of society.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The primary points I think will resonate with you the most, are the following:

  • Your past does not equal your future.
  • Failing from time to time, being different, choosing to march to your own beat, is okay.
  • Quitting your job is okay; especially if it doesn’t make you happy.
  • Success is achievable, even if you think it is not.
  • Achievement is not something that only a select few are privy to. Regardless of who you are, you can achieve success in your life.

All in all, Jennifer is a talented writer, and her book is worth checking out, especially if you are looking for permission to ‘be yourself’.  I do believe she drops way too many F-bombs for my liking, but hey, to each their own.  At least she’s being authentic and has valuable insights that can help people gain the courage to improve their lives.

WHO THIS BOOK IS RECOMMENDED FOR?

Who do I recommend this book for?  Mostly, I’d recommend this book to all my female friends who want to unleash their inner go-getter (entrepreneur, artist, or ambitious careerist) seeking knowledge and encouragement for forging their own path.  For you guys out there, while you may night be able to relate 100% with the book, I think you’ll find it to be entertaining, informative, and yes, even encouraging.

If this review resonated with you, Jennifer’s book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Harper Collins.   Here is the link directly to the Harper Collins site if you want to learn more.

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  • HeatherTLC

    As you say, I think there are more of us out there who can relate to Jennifer than maybe she realizes. I can see this being a great read for me!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.