Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, I expected Me, Myself & Lies for Young Women to be a fantastic resource for teens and adults alike. If it taught me anything, it was to read the blurb completely before downloading.
It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my self-worth since my teenage years, although it was only brought to my attention a couple of years ago by my then-therapist. Once I read the blurb extract below, I was like wow, I really could have used this book as a teen.
Do the words you use when you talk to yourself ever sound like this?
I’m not pretty enough…
If only I was popular…
I’ll never be good enough…
Whether you say it out loud or in your head, words like these will tear you down as a teen girl and make you feel like you don’t matter.
Not sure about you, but I’ve definitely told myself if I wasn’t pretty enough dozens (if not hundreds) of times before. This book was a must read, no-brainer.
Quite soon into Me, Myself & Lies for Young Women, I copped on that this was actually a Christian book. I’m Catholic, but not to the point that I believe God will save me, or that he wants me to be happy. I think he’s just up there, chilling, causing an earthquake every now and again, just shaking the world up (get it?). He’s probably got loads of worlds to juggle. He isn’t whispering in my ear, hoping I let his words of wisdom on how wonderful I truly am in. I’d say most of his resources are going towards Trump, hoping some sort of sense can protrude his crazy thoughts.
I’ll be honest, this was a DNF (did not finish). I just couldn’t do that to myself. I haven’t got enough time to throw it away on books that add nothing to my life.
But that’s not to say this book is worthless. Honestly, it’s not. This just isn’t right for me.
I made it to about 40% of the way through and I felt like at a younger age (and with a more intimate connection to God), this could have really made an impact. But it’s hard to read something that feels preachy when you don’t need the advice being given to you.
To make sure there was no major turn-around, I flipped forward a few times and read a multiple of passages. When it comes to not finishing, I’ve no regrets.
There’s a huge amount of repetition going on throughout. It’s the same thing, consistently retold using different metaphors. Some ideas are repeatedly mentioned (e.g. the phrase
‘thoughts closet’ is said 149 times). I know this is to reiterate the point and really drive it home, but bleugh.
If you’re religious and struggling with your self-worth, maybe you’ll enjoy this. If you’re neither of those things, you definitely won’t. Either way, Me, Myself & Lies for Young Women is available here if you’re interested.
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