Manson encourages you not to care about the little things, only the things that matter. A bit idealistic, and somewhat self-indulgent. Either way, I still enjoyed a few bits.
Some of it made me want to give a F***k…
Read it if: You think you have too much on your plate, not enough “time,” and trash priorities. Read it, if you want to better understand why you do what you do (and how to stop if it’s what you’re craving). Also, read it if you want to hear some wisecracks, you’d probably think to yourself but never say out loud.
Breakdown: Learning not to care but actually care a lot about what you want to gain out of life. Mark has a bit of a philosophical approach to your troubles, in which he tells you flat out that you’re going to die, and maybe, you should start giving a f*ck about the things that truly matter and, less so, of the trivial ones.
Is it funny: Uhm, mildly entertaining.
The cover: ORANGE. It reminded me of this one time, when I went to an interview, and the walls were as bright as this color. When I asked the Recruiter why they chose orange, she told me it was because it calms the interviewees down. I’m guessing Mark Manson’s intention was to calm down his readers as well. Note taken.
Do I recommend it: I think this book is a regurgitation and amalgamation of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson. Though these two books are my favorites, I feel that the S.A.N.G.A.F, is more of a light skimming of the two, so I didn’t really feel as though I gained thorough knowledge from it. It’s great for an easy read and not an in-depth approach to your troubles. Don’t expect it to scalpel through your deep desires and pour over your greatest struggles. I’d say that this book will suit those who have a perceived normal-ish lifestyle.
Rating: 1 Star ⭐️