Weird In A World That’s Not – A Perspective Review
As I unpacked the package that arrived at my doorstep, I sat there in disbelief. In the box sat a fresh, not quite ready for print copy of Weird in a World That’s Not for my mind to view and my fingers to review. At first, I didn’t know what to think. Here sat a book with a cover that was written by a woman (Jennifer Romolini) for women.
For obvious reasons (hopefully) this is a category that I don’t fall into.
After a few moments of personal consultation, I picked it up.
“Ok,” I thought, “No problem. I can do this. I can look past the pinky/purple exterior and the upside-down female in high heels. Yes, I can do this. I was asked to give a review and that’s what I’ll do. I’ll put aside my apprehensions and give it the attention it deserves.”
And that’s what I did. That night I sat down and began to ingest and digest the information it contained. After reading it twice in a little more than 2 weeks, I can proudly tell you that I am glad I did.
Jennifer is hilarious. Through her in your face style of writing and incredible mishaps, she delivers a clear cut guide on the do and do not’s of life. The stories that she has chosen to share serve as a subtle reminder that our lives aren’t so bad. That is, of course, unless you’ve been courted by a much older Russian man at your father’s flower shop while making a pitiful attempt to earn mall money.
My own life?
As Jennifer tells each of her carefully crafted stories, a part of me began to believe that certain parts might actually be a snapshot of my own life (minus the courting). In fact, I vividly remember wondering if a camera had been following me during the last 15 years. How else could she have known my thoughts and questions?
The continuous education that Jennifer received as a consequence of her decisions made the stories completely believable. As I poured through the pages, I began to feel as though she and I shared an intense level of intimacy. Understand that I do not or have not met her, however, at times I felt as though I was with her as she took every painful step in life. It was as if we were old college roommates swapping the stories and hilarity of all the things that have happened to us. As I turned each page, I found myself softly saying, “ha ha” followed by the occasional under my breath snicker as my wife slept soundly beside me.
Even the moments that Jennifer was explaining how to choose the perfect bra so as I could keep my breasts and nipples in check had me wanting to learn more. Over and over, Weird in a World That’s Not found a way to remind me that it wasn’t catered to me. And you know what? I didn’t care.
The book isn’t without its serious moments. Hidden (not so much) within all the jokes, punch lines and humor was an eye-opening revelation. I found myself taken back as Jennifer began to explain one of the largest differences between male and female leaders in the corporate world.
She cleverly pointed out that a man who is seen as intimidating is someone to be respected and looked up at. A real shark in the war room, if you will. Whereas a woman who is looked at as intimidating is someone not to be trusted and are a threat.
In truth, I had never noticed this before. Upon reading it, I found myself thinking back to my many times in the various “war rooms” I had been involved in. Sadly, Jennifer is right. She shows us that society has said that men are leaders and not women. She brilliantly uses two pop culture examples to back up her statement in Rocky and X-Men. Both of the are extremely relatable to, well, men.
Both men. Both leaders.
As I continued to read, I questioned why this was the way it is.
As Jennifer put it, women leaders are not sexy. I immediately thought to myself that this couldn’t possibly be true but I couldn’t come up with a single reason to disprove it. Everything about our culture (movies, television, music, novels) do their best to objectify women. Admittedly, the more I thought about this, the more I became frustrated with it.
She was right and it hurt.
Weird in a World That’s Not is filled with tangible career and life advice. If you wish to learn about:
- The things that your boss owes you (which by the way is nothing)
- The difference between ambition and entitlement
- How to prepare and handle interview questions
- The pitfalls about an inflated job title
- What your job owes you (again, nothing)
- And yes, even how to handle the embarrassment of public armpit drying using a hairdryer
this book is for you. Even if you don’t care to learn about any of these, I’d strongly recommend picking up a copy. You’ll definitely find a brilliant piece of advice that you can implement right now to better your life.
If the book had one knock against it, and this isn’t a deal breaker, it was that the format felt like multiple blog posts strung together. Each chapter (minus one) followed the same predictable format.
First step – Problem
Second step – Story
Third step – How to overcome said problem
Understand that by no means is this a complaint. As each chapter began I knew exactly what I was in for, however, I would like to have been surprised by a format change more than just once. It would’ve gone a long way to break up the routine of the book.
Weird in a World That’s Not
From the cover forward, it was apparent who her target audience was. Lipstick on the teeth, how much cleavage to show, nipple checking…I was not that audience. My initial uneasiness was quickly put to rest by her wit, humor, and the beautiful way that Jennifer was able to put it all together.
If you’re looking for a book devoted to bettering yourself and enjoy off the wall humor, then Weird in a World That’s Not is for you. If you’re not that person but you’re still a person, you should still pick it up.
Cheers to your success,
It was an extreme pleasure to read and review Weird in a World That’s Not. I would like to send a special thanks to TLC Book Tours for reaching out to me and arranging the review.
Oh, and if this review doesn’t convince you to give it a read, here’s what Harper Collins has to say about it.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperBusiness (June 6, 2017)
An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world.
Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice presidentóall within little more than a decade. Her book, Weird In A World That’s Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward.