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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

Updated: May 25, 2020

2015, Quercus Editions Ltd, London

How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide)

Last summer’s long-gone read, this sweet title tempted me during an airport layover. It was so catchy I wondered if the book must be bad. Not so. Abstain if you’re not amused by regular repetition of “f**k”, but it’s a funny, quick read. Plus, the advice is pretty good: As long as you’re honest and polite, it’s OK, advisable and preferable to do what you want to do rather than what everyone else wants you to do. Or as stated on page 17: you don’t always have to say Yes!*

For example, it’s OK to say to a friend, colleague or family member, “I’m sorry, I don’t have time to read your self-published novel about gnomes, but I wish you all the best with it.” Simple and direct and, if delivered politely, very effective. (p. 136)

The author addresses 4 main areas where you can "not give a f**ck". Here they are with some examples:

Main area you can not give a f**k about

Things what other people think

Work the dress code

Friends how many times little Bobby vomited last night

Family group photos

From the same author you can find the books Get Your Sh*t Together and Calm the F**k Down. I guess the marketing concept worked, but I decided one was enough for me. (However, I later found a book with a similar title, but different author, see next post.)

*My step-daughter Diane read Knight's book after me. She said it made her think of the movie Yes Man, about a man who decides to always say "yes" for a year. It’s on Netflix.

Here's a more detailed review of the book from Vogue magazine:

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