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Posted February 12, 2012
When you are riding the height of success at work you feel untouchable and that no one can replace you. Helen is right there in the cusp of a great career in Los Angeles that she hates, working for a company she does not respect, and feeling the brush of competition stabbing her in back. When the reality of unemployment provides her with the cold, hard truth of life Helen is in no way prepared to deal with it and has no idea where to go from here.
Helen does have the advantage of great friends and a supportive enough family but the man she thought was “the one” turned out to be a huge pile of number two. Helen finds herself living with her very pregnant best friend Sophie who has the ability to kick her butt at the right times and give her the space to decide the next step in her life.
When Helen emerges from her pity party she realizes that it may be time to go after the career she wants and not the one she settled for. She has financial concerns but an opportunity to have a job where every day she wakes up looking forward to going to a place where she wants to be. What Helen discovers on the road to her life altering change is that the person she is was so much more than she allowed herself to be. Helen also lets her heart go searching as well to find something amazing would come her way.
Kimberly Lin has written a book that is a voice for all of us who have been unemployed and found a new life. You follow Helen’s story as she learns how to stop standing on the sidelines and start living life to the fullest. The road that fate and destiny take you on is bumpy and full of potholes but once you learn to maneuver all that you find something pretty wonderful.
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Posted March 4, 2012
“Recession Proof” is a provocative read that really captures the idea of living life to its fullest.
The story was captivating and written very well. I loved this author’s writing style and easy it was to relate to the character.
Helen is a smart successful woman, but soon loses everything because of the recession. I liked seeing how she dealt with a situation that is shared by many during the recession and how she grew as a person because of it. She is very easy to relate to and I found myself turning the pages in anticipation of what would happen next.
This is an amazing story that shows the true meaning of living and what really matters in life. I highly recommend this to anyone who ever felt stuck in life.
Posted January 30, 2012
Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers Favorite
"Recession Proof" by Kimberly S. Lin is a journey of self-discovery by one woman searching for personal happiness. Helen is a well-developed character living the life she thinks she is supposed to, with a boyfriend and a career that pays well. One day the whispers of unhappiness become full blown screams that must be heeded. The steps that Helen takes on her search for a job become a search for happiness and fulfillment, not the path that she “should” take but the one she wants to take. No boyfriend and no job; what to do next? A supportive friend and a confused family make life interesting and believable. The steps that Helen takes are steps that many of us need to take, a re-evaluation of what would make us each happy.
It is a follow your heart, feel good story. "Recession Proof" is an ideal story about taking a deeper look at what makes life worth living and fulfills the person inside each of us. The ideal time to look at what career each of us really wants, when many are searching for a new direction to travel. The search for love and job satisfaction is one that many of us struggle with and Helen, with some bumps, successfully navigates the rocky road of adulthood. The journey Helen takes is one that many can relate to and you don’t need a recession to take the trip, just the desire to be happy in one's skin. A great, relatable read with a familiar character, yourself.
Posted December 28, 2011
You should aim for your own goal in life, no matter what that goal is. What happens what all of what you've worked so hard to accumulate vanishes? Do you smother yourself in self-doubt? The authors attempt to answer these questions in this book.
Helen finds herself free of a boyfriend, which isn't the worst thing, and free of a job-which is very bad. Instead of wallowing, Helen decides to figure out what she wants from life-both professionally and for her own enjoyment. She sets out to find what makes her tick, resulting in a book that will help others with similar questions or problems.
Helen is easy to relate to. The reader knows that Helen truly experienced everything she writes in this book. A reader with similar problems may commiserate and realize that all might not be lost. Helen's feelings and emotional turmoil are captured in this book eloquently, the reader will have no problem connecting to Helen. The other "characters"/people in the book will impact different readers in varying ways, they round out the book nicely though. This book is recommended to those worrying about or wondering about economic problems and what comes after the crash.