I have a confession: I never finished Yes Please! I wish I could say I didn’t have the time, but I actually really did—I just didn’t end up prioritizing this book the way I’d planned. Which I suppose does say a bit about how I felt about it.
While I haven’t finished it (though I plan to!), I do want to follow through with some brief reflections and open up the comments below for more discussion from those of you who did manage to read the whole thing.
From what I did read, there was one chapter of the book that really shined for me: Plain Girl vs. The Demon. She starts it off saying, “I hate how I look”—a statement all of us can relate to in some way, or at the very least, a thought every person has had at least once in their life. She goes on to talk about “the demon voice” that’s in the back of our heads—you know, the one that tells us we’re not good enough or our nose is weird or our thighs aren’t right—and how we can make the choice to not let it take over our lives:
I had already made a decision early on that I would be a plain girl with tons of personality, and accepting it made everything a lot easier. If you are lucky, there is a moment in your life when you have some say as to what your currency is going to be. I decided early on it was not going to be my looks….Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”
Can I get an amen?!
While I know the book is supposed to be funny and there’s tons of hilarious stories in there that I’m yet to read, I really delighted in the truth of that chapter and have been letting it stew for a while. I don’t exactly know what my currency in this world is yet, but I’m totally with Amy—I don’t want it to be my looks.
What about you? What were your takeaways, favorite quotes, thoughts, etc. on Yes Please?
P.S. The backpack is from Target ;)