Book 31 of my 2017 Reading Challenge
read from May 29 - June 6
**I received a copy of this book via Blogging for Books and I would like to thank the author and/or publisher for the opportunity to read and honestly review it**
Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself by Faith Salie
Summary (via Goodreads)
Faith Salie - of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning - has done it all in the name of validation. Whether she's trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism to save her toxic marriage, or baking a 3-D excavator cake for her son's birthday, Sale is the ultimate approval seeker - an "approval junkie," if you will.
In this collection of daring, honest essays, Salie shares stories from her lifelong quest for gold stars: recounting her strategy for winning her (very southern) high school beauty pageant; her struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce; and her difficulty with falling in love again, and then conceiving, in the years following her mother's death.
With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people - especially women - experience at home and in the workplace. Equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, Approval Junkie Is one woman's journey to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than just getting them to like you - it's challenging yourself to achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.
Skimming the chapter titles made me laugh so I was off to a great start before the book even began. I could understand her desire for approval even if her methods completely made me cringe at times.
The best out-of-context line: "If you're wondering how my brother taught me how to give the best hand job ever, it all began in his Stanford Law torts class."
A Few Quotes from the Book
"What high school girl doesn't think about beauty? Girls are always volunteering for beauty jury duty, judging themselves and others."
"Focus on being beautiful if you want to get something from people. Focus on being smart and/or funny if you want to give something to people."