BOOK REVIEW: OPTION B
Usually, I love to read books that are either uplifting or provide useful insight on subjects that fascinate me, like business and marketing.
So it might seem surprising that I loved Option B (or even bought it), because it mostly talks about death and grief, or rather how to deal with it.
To be clear, I didn’t love it in the same way I love chocolate or a good moisturizer. It is NOT a good read if you’re bored and want to be entertained. But it's a f*cking amazing read if you’re going through a tough time and need something - anything - to make you see the light.
Because this is what this book does. It makes you see that no matter what you’re going through, it’s not about what happens to you, it’s about how you’re gonna get out of it and start enjoying your life again.
It basically gives insight on how Sheryl Sandberg went through what’s unarguably one of the toughest hardships in life (the loss of a spouse) and provides actionable tips to get over anything life throws at you, and build resilience like you would train a muscle.
And even though it’s about one woman's specific situation, it is very easy to take the information and apply it to whatever makes it hard for you to enjoy life... No matter what that might be. A tough breakup, sexual assault, the loss of a job, basically any situation that you can’t fix, you’ll learn to get over, fault of a better way to say it.
And the thing that’s also interesting about this book is that it gives hope, even though it talks about grief, death, and despair. Option B brilliantly highlights the fact that life is so fickle and uncertain, that it’s totally useless and wasteful to spend it in regret and sadness. That only would be enough for me tor recommend this book, but it’s only one in many positive messages in there.
And listen, I’m usually not a big fan of books from the self-help section. In my opinion, it’s hard to separate the legit ones from the ones written by people who have no business helping anyone, since they don’t even have their own shit together. But there is no doubt in my mind that this book is some serious help for people who really need it.
Another thing that makes Option B so valuable is that it presents the reader with 2 different things: On one side, Sheryl Sandberg's story from her own point of view, which can help the reader identify and put words on feelings and emotions they didn't even know they had. On the other side, valuable insight from someone who’s actually a psychologist (Adam Grant) on how the human brain works, based on a plethora of serious studies. So this book of not only about the emotional aspect of a tough situation, it also provides information on an aspect of grief and resilience that we have no control over: science.
In a nutshell, if you need to read one self-help book, one that will litteraly change your views on life and help you get through no matter what, it’s this one. There’s also a great website that’s full of resources to help you go through a tragedy, help someone you love or build everyday resilience. From the site, you can also join the the official Facebook community or a support group targeted at the specific issues you are dealing with.
I hope you guys loved this first book review. If this post helped even one person out by bringing a little bit of positive change and great resources to their lives, then I'll be happy. The Hungarian Brunette is all about skincare and healthy foods, but it's also about sharing tips that can help to general well-being, and that all starts in one's head.
Let me know if you have any recs for great books to read and I'll check them out! You can leave a comment below or hit me up on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette.
Love, Jenny xx