Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson


In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. (From Goodreads)

Personal Take: Honestly, I picked this up for the fun title, but also hoped to glean some wisdom from it (because like many, I take the world too seriously sometimes).  I enjoyed reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Manson has such a personable tone of voice (he is a blogger), so the whole book felt like a real-time conversation. There were some interesting perspectives that I hope to remember. What I loved about it is that it was almost the anti-self help book, delivering readers with some tough messages that needs hearing. As with conversations though, it tends to get side-tracked and lost in anecdotes, that sometimes when he wraps up a chapter, I wasn’t sure what the point was, but those were minimal occurrences

There are so many personal learnings in this book, and readers can focus on different aspects of it. I’ll definitely flip through the pages of this one from time to time as a refresher to not give a f*ck.

Audience: This book is candid in expression, so definitely for older readers.


Other recommendations: Manson published only one ebook called The Guide to Relationships.