Today marks the book review of the first book I read in 2018 all about You Do You by Sarah Knight! Having been bought You Do You by Rachel for Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get started reading it.As you may have noticed, I’ve had a lot of different book reviews live recently, so You Do You has been patiently waiting it’s turn to move from the drafts to the scheduled posts. Today’s the day you get to hear my thoughts on You Do You by Sarah Knight!
About Sarah Knight, the author:
Some of you may have heard of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah’s first two anti-self-help books. The first in her No F*cks Given guides has since been published in 18 languages and counting, while the second is a New York Times bestseller. Having quit her corporate job in 2015, Sarah pursued the freelance life that many of us can only dream of, uprooting from Brooklyn in New York to the Dominican Republic. If you’d like to know more about Sarah, you can either read her books, or find her online at sarahknightauthor.com.
You Do You
As I said above, Rachel bought me You Do You for Christmas when she read the blurb. Funnily enough, I have Get Your Sh*t Together waiting to be read, and when I saw You Do You sitting in Waterstones before Christmas I just knew I needed to read it. Shall we look at the blurb together?
Being yourself should be easy, right?
Yet instead of leaning in to who we are and what we want, we let ourselves be ruled by what other people expect. Rather than feeling confident and in control, we feel anxious and insecure. If this sounds familiar, bestselling ‘anti-guru’ Sarah Knight has three words for you:
You Do You
It’s time to put your happiness first. In You Do You, Knight delivers her trademark no-bullsh*t advice, revealing when it’s okay to be selfish, why it’s pointless to be perfect, and how to ignore the haters and prove the doubters wrong.
Does this appeal to you the way it immediately called to me?
Having always been described by both myself and others as “different”, “weird”, “special” or just about any other variation of the above, I wanted to read Knight’s latest book to see if she could make me feel more confident or happy in myself.
Within one night of reading, I was already loving everything I read. We covered the Tyranny of “Just Because”, Ready Player One, and Lowest Common Denominator Living, and I was already singing Knight’s praises to anyone and everyone who would listen. Her wit, personal anecdotes, and general style of helping had me laughing to myself, trying not to cry with the realisation that she seemed to know me without knowing me, and I am not ashamed to admit that I stayed up extremely late that first night in the hopes I could discover more about how weird and wonderful I am.
I finished You Do You having read the chapters I thought I needed to read, the passages I sort of already knew but didn’t do (the whole do as I say, not as I do type thing), and the chapters that I never even knew I needed. Those last ones were the ones that really hit home and made me think more about who I am.
While I wouldn’t say everyone needs to read You Do You by Sarah Knight, I would strongly suggest and advocate that you do! Even the most confident people out there could do with reading what Knight has to say about being who you are and using what you’ve got to get what you want.
You Do You is now up there with The Freedom Writers’ Diary in my list of books that I would suggest to everyone. There’s no doubt in my mind when I give it 5 out of 5 as a book. And now, if you excuse me, I am away to find, restart, and read Get Your Sh*t Together.
Have you read any of Knight’s books? Or do you stay away from them? Let me know in the comments below!