Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

by Samantha Matt
Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

by Samantha Matt


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A celebration of ordinary awesomeness, for all of us who were told "You can do anything!" and then found out we actually can't

Crappy homes, lame love lives, getting passed over for a great job (again)—not what we expected for our adulthoods. Americans tell their children you can become anything! But let's face it—most of us can't.

Sure, some of our peers go on to become astronauts or billionaires. But most of us don't. In Average Is the New Awesome, Samantha Matt offers encouragement to us regular humans. Full of hilarious stories and insightful advice, this is a manifesto for ordinary awesomeness—for the beauty that can be found when we acknowledge that good enough really is good enough, and that greatness is ours to define.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580059350
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,073,717
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Samantha Matt is the director of audience development at Reviewed, a USA TODAY website, and the founder and editor-in-chief of ForeverTwentySomethings.com. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, Esquire, Redbook,and more. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Help Me, I'm Average xi

Chapter 1 Average Doesn't Mean Unsuccessful

…and other thoughts about being mediocre at work and money 1

Chapter 2 In Praise of Subpar Social Lives

…and other thoughts about fair-weather friendships and sporadic get-togethers 43

Chapter 3 No One Is Judging Your Average Body-Except You

…and other thoughts about striving for healthy happy mediums 97

Chapter 4 Our Love Lives Are Pretty Unexceptional Compared to the Movies

…and other thoughts about ordinary relationships and good-enough love 125

Chapter 5 Is Everyone More Impressive Than You on Social Media?

…and other thoughts about overachievers Pinterest-perfect lives 175

Chapter 6 Why Does It Feel Like We've Accomplished Nothing When We Have?

…and other thoughts about life on the hump of the bell curve

Conclusion it's Okay to Do It Your Way 207

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