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The New York Times Bestseller
Recently retired WWE superstar AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse—strong, quirky, and totally confident. But that wasn’t always the case. With humor and tremendous heart, she opens up for the first time about her harrowing struggle to understand her demons and the diagnosis that helped her gain control over her life.
Everything I was told should be my greatest insecurities and weaknesses, everything that I’ve been labeled—SHORT, NERDY, SKINNY, WEAK, IMPULSIVE, UGLY, TOMBOY, POOR, REBEL, LOUD, FREAK, CRAZY—turned out to be my greatest strengths. I didn’t become successful in spite of them. I became successful because of them.
Growing up AJ was a quiet girl trying to act “normal” when she felt anything but. As her family struggled with drug addiction, poverty, and mental illness, she found escape through comic books and video games, and was inspired by the tough and unconventional female characters. It wasn’t until she discovered pro wrestling that she learned superheroes could be real.
Determined to become the superhero she’d always admired, AJ trained and sacrificed for years to achieve her dream of wrestling professionally. Yet she quickly faced industry pressure to play the role of the damsel in distress and to dress more provocatively to cater to male fans. But she fought back and created an ass-kicking alter ego that was a genuine representation of herself: nerdy, enthusiastic, and a little bit crazy.
With humor and tremendous heart, AJ opens up for the first time about her harrowing struggle to understand her demons and the mental illness diagnosis that helped her gain control over her life. What most people view as a hardship, AJ embraced as inspiration for her superhero persona, shattering the stigma attached to mental illness.
Charting her journey from a scrappy girl in an unstable home to an empowered wrestling champion, Crazy Is My Superpower is an unflinchingly honest story and brave confessional about her long road to self-acceptance.
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Sitting down with a counselor for the first time was an awkward experience. I had talked to a guidance counselor in high school, but that was primarily about applying to college and why there were so many curse words in my poetry. I had never locked eyes with someone who was so interested in finding out what was bothering me.
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Table of Contents
1 Drowning Barbies 1
2 Map Love 21
3 A Flags Called Home 37
4 Swallow Me Whole 61
5 A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Turn Into Your Mother 73
6 Life to Me 99
7 The Robin Hoop of the Express Checkout Lane 119
8 Born Again 135
9 I Want to Believe 159
10 Hello, Sunshine 177
11 No One Wants to Have Sex With You 191
12 Extra Whip 215
13 Girl on Girl 245
14 Crazy Chicks Do It Better 259
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderfully Sarcastic and Inspiring!
Thank you for bringing light to the stigma of mental illness! Thank you!
Absolutely wonderful, when I saw she wrote this book i bought it immediately
This is one of the best books I have ever read.
AJ's personality really shines through as she breaks down her struggles (and victories) over mental illness. This is a wonderful read with excellent perspective and humor.
The story provides an interesting life fact that ANYBODY can make it through life by hard work and Determination they can succeed.
For anyone dealing with mental health issues of their own, or trying to help others this is a must read.
Very well-written and relatable. Though my own mental illness wouldn't let me cry I am proud to say I officially declare AJ Mendez Brooks my Protronus
Best book ive ever read
Retired WWE champion AJ Mendez Brooks has written a book that is less about her WWE career and much more about her dysfunctional childhood/adolescence. Like her mother, AJ was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of eighteen. She relates a depressingly sad story of poverty, abuse and neglect, yet manages to do it with much snark and humor. The main focus of this book is AJ’s troubled childhood. And troubled, it was. I grew increasingly furious with her selfish, immature parents, and what they had subjected their three children to. Having had the misfortune to endure a similar childhood myself, I could certainly empathize. I liked that AJ took her troubles and, rather than turning them inward, she worked hard to achieve what she had set out to do at the tender age of twelve. I wish the author had toned down the humor and snark several notches. She spent too much time cracking jokes and rambling on about various things that were not quite pertinent to the story. The book does become repetitive after a while. Readers are hit over the head repeatedly hearing about how tough AJ was and is, and how awful her childhood was. Too much is sometimes not a great thing and this is the case with this book. There was one minor thing I’m confused about. Her bio (at the end of the book) states that she “studied film and television production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before they politely asked her to go away.” Yet, she talks specifically about her inability to continue paying tuition and having to drop out. Clearly not the same and clearly another attempt to inject humor where none was really necessary. Overall, this is a good book if you look at it as a success story – a young girl who worked hard, stayed strong and against all odds managed to accomplish what she set out to do. I like to think this was AJ’s intention. I could have definitely done without the slapstick comedy and I’m-a-big-tough-girl routines, however. 4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
This book was writing beautifully , amazing and compelling to read with the story of AJ Mendez with her struggles and success offer young woman a wonderful role model regarding how to be yourself, stand up for what you believe in, and embrace the crazy, with the Crazy is my Superpower is a hilaroiusly funny, self-deprecating and incredibly inspiring. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received this book from the Blogging for Book program in exchange for this review "
Not much that I can say other than she never fails to entertain, impress, and inspire me. Smart, funny, well-written... A wonderful person and an amazing talent both in and out of the ring! Thank you AJ!!!