Chill out and Cheer up was one of the books which were appreciated highly across Bookstagram. Most self-help books come with a similar message, ‘Love yourself, live well’ in one way or other. This was too, but it is miles ahead of any other self-help book I have read. Grace didn’t disappoint me amongst the pages.
Self-help books are either a hit or a miss; there is no in-between. Chill out and Cheer up started very similar to many books in its genre, but the issues it addressed varied hugely. It touched all the essential things we genuinely need to consider to live a peaceful life. In fact, I would say that this book should be a must-read for the digital generation before stepping into Social Media.
After the first few pages of the book, it started with its first turn and didn’t stop there. Grace walked the untaken roads, the topics everyone shies away about in this book. This was an honest book of our real lows, the ugly secrets we all bury, hide and suffer. Even after midway through the book, when we think, ‘So what else could be new, we pretty much get the idea,’ the book takes a turn at the corner with a new surprise.
Grace spoke about “‘Spaziergang’ – a leisurely walk” in this book, and that was how ‘Chill out and cheer up’ felt to read. It felt like a stream flowing in the land smoothly with new surprises and forming a river that will mix with the ocean eventually.
There are books we read just once and never look back (We all know what those are), and then there are others we would always look back to. This book was undoubtedly a masterpiece that can constantly be revisited in our low points. For that, we can pay that extra price for the paperback. However, the kindle version is just 184 rupees. The book is also available on Kindle unlimited.
The book, in general, was simple, honest, and direct. There were many thought-provoking lines, and this is a book that we would keep reminiscing long after we put it down. There were few elements where it felt repetitive. Still, it never got to the point that our inner voice would say, ‘Yeah fine, yadda yadda yadda, you already spoke about this, can we move on now? ‘
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In the initial pages, Grace said, ‘Life is a constant Catch 22 effect,’ but the book provokes us to undo the pressure we constantly carry on our shoulders due to the Catch 22 effect. It is a roller coaster ride a reader usually doesn’t expect to take with a self-help book. But Grace clearly took the effort to make the journey worth every second we spend on it.
- You liked 'The Alchemist'.
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