This is the book that I picked up and swore I wouldn’t like, because it looked so gimmicky. It’s also the book that saw me laughing all the way through, accompanied by occasional sighs and rueful nods of acknowledgement. I sent it to my friend this past week- not my copy but a new one, because my copy was one that I wanted to have handy for a pick-me-up on days where I’m feeling stuck or depressed about work, writing, dreams, the future, or just life in general.
As the title says, this book is made up of 101 ‘secrets’. Some are wise and practical (#19: Our plans aren’t the problem. Our timeline is.) Others are laugh-out-loud funny even without Angone’s commentary (#5: Don’t ever, ever check Facebook when you’re A. Depressed. B. Drinking. C. Depressed and drinking. D. Unemployed. E. Struggling with being blessed with singleness while some of your friends seem to be blessed with a Brad Pitt lookalike and that blazing white picket fence shining with the glory of the American Dream on steroids. OR – F. Anytime after 9:17 p.m.) Others share gems of spiritual wisdom (#50: God in HIs infinite mercy saves us from syllabus syndrome.)
The overall picture of this book is one of hope. It combines truth and motivation for keeping on keeping on, humor, and insights into improving your situation- or, perhaps, seeing your situation in a different light. Who among us doesn’t need smiles along the path of life? If you’re twenty-something, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. If you’re not, do a friend/family member a favor and give it to them as a gift. We’re probably low on free cash and would greatly appreciate it. (Secret #8: Those friends who are uber-successful in their 20s are the outlier- not the norm)
4.5 out of 5 stars.