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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Loved it!

It's a no bs type of book but at the same its like a constructive pep talk from Kelly. Knowing Kelly being nice isnt normal

posted by 9901247 on December 27, 2011

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Definitely Not Normal

There were a few things I liked about this book. Cutrone encourages readers to be extraordinary with compassion to make a difference in their communities. She justifiably has no tolerance for those who ignore the suffering of others when they have the power and resourc...
There were a few things I liked about this book. Cutrone encourages readers to be extraordinary with compassion to make a difference in their communities. She justifiably has no tolerance for those who ignore the suffering of others when they have the power and resources to help. She writes about loyalty and surrounding ourselves with true friends who love us unconditionally and stick with us even if we behave badly at times, and to be that kind of friend as well. Cutrone shares about the deaths of her father and grandparents and in doing so shows us a glimpse of the kinder, gentler person she is behind the tough exterior.

But I did struggle with most of the book and message. It really wasn't so much a book of advice for women as it was an opportunity for Cutrone to rant against people, politics, and moral views that she doesn't like under the guise of being a "mama wolf" to mentor young women.

Cutrone uses the Merriam-Webtser definition of normal (according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle; conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern; of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development.) to make the case that anyone fitting that description must certainly be dull and incapable of having real success or fulfillment in life.

The frequent use of the "f-word" was personally offensive and distracting. I'm not sure who is "normal" - me for being offended or her for not. Her disdain for Judeo-Christian values comes through as she preaches her self-made anything goes religion of self and goddess worship with references to her spiritual mentor, a Hindu goddess she calls The Universal Mother, page after page.

The basic positive message of needing to do something different if "normal" isn't getting us where we want to be is a good one but for me, it got lost in the author's angst and delivery. If you really like Cutrone, then you won't have the same issues with this book that I did and will probably like it. I didn't.

posted by Books_And_Chocolate on May 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved it!

    It's a no bs type of book but at the same its like a constructive pep talk from Kelly. Knowing Kelly being nice isnt normal

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    It's a Must Read

    Kelly Cutrone tells it like it is. She uses everyday women/male relate able experiences to teach lessons and says from there to change your life. Shows in her own way be who you yourself want to be. Not how society is structured for you to be.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Kelly told me so!

    "Normal gets you nowhere", was another language that spoke to me. It had all the opposite teachings that society, mothers and friends repeated over and over again about our place in this world. I knew there was something more to life than what was only expected of a good girl, daughter and wife. This book not only made me want to question things but to be more knowledgeable of myself, the law and the many women of history that helped pave the way for equality in the USA.

    This journey we call life and what are purpose is is sometimes vague and hard to figure out. It takes knowledge of yourself and belief of your values that will open your mind to unlimited possibilities. About a year ago, I went through a mental breakdown because I was getting tired of living quietly and just doing what others wanted me to do so that they will be pleased. I was totally lost and didn't know who I was!

    I felt life was wasted on me because I wasn't living life and just wanted the days to pass by so that I would get older quicker. But I was a coward to take my own life, but knew that I saw my life much more meaningful and larger. I'm heading towards my freedom step by step and I know that I will make it through because Kelly Cutrone told me so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2011

    The best no-nonsense advice you'll ever get

    She gives you an alternative way of looking at your life, especially if you feel like you've always been criticized and completely misunderstood by other people. Her advice motivates you to be yourself, not make excuses about it, and is truly empowering. I would reccommend this book to anyone striving for success and would highly reccommend it to anyone pursuing a career in the fashion industry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Not only is this a special lady herself but this book leads you to the right path

    This is not a, 'just take this way to betterment book', but this is a book that helps one find themselves in a way. Kelly Cutrone is a balls-to-the-wall female, mother, and human being. After seeing her yesterday with my little sister I truly believe that what she says in this book are truly her own beliefs, thoughts and insights.
    I would recommend this book to anyone though its mostly geared to the female/gay audience but the message in itself is good for anyone.

    Get this book and get her first literary work, "IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE" both are of good use to anyone that is interested in bettering themselves, or the world.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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