Book Review: Weird in a World That's Not

Friday, June 30, 2017

Weird in a World That's Not by Jennifer Romolini

From the publisher:

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 president—all 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.

Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Romolini helps you face down your fears, find a career that’s right for you, and get and keep a job. She tackles practical issues and offers empathetic, clear-cut answers to important questions:

How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
How do I deal with intense office politics?
How do I leave my crappy job?
How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
Authentic, funny, and moving, Weird in a World That’s Not will help you tap into your inner tenacity and find your path, no matter how offbeat you are.

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I have never read a more self aware book than this one. This book's synopsis and introduction tell you exactly what to expect. It's a guide for people who feel out of place, who describe themselves as outsiders, oddities, or failures. If you think of yourself this way, you will get something out of this. It will speak to you. If you think of yourself as successful, thriving, and competent, this book clearly won't have much to offer you in the way of guidance! It's that simple. 

Romolini's voice is sharp, witty, and engaging. She speaks directly to an audience of millennials and those who feel lost in the career world. This book answers some of the big questions twenty-somethings like myself might be too afraid to ask elsewhere. She offers honest and refreshing advice about the world of business that once eluded her and now applauds her. Romolini is a true success story for those who have felt like they would never amount to anything. 

In the beginning, the author encourages readers to use the book in the way they'd like. Meaning, skip around, focus on chapters that interest you, skip the memoir portions, or perhaps read exclusively the memoir sections. Any way you choose to read the book will offer you something, and it's all meant to allow you some freedom and creative inspiration as a reader and future success story. 

So, if you relate to the title or description here, pick this up. She absolutely has something to offer you. 

Purchase links: Amazon | Harper Collins | Goodreads
I received this copy through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. See the rest of the tour here

1 comment:

  1. The fact that the author knows exactly who her audience should be and speaks directly to them is quite refreshing!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.