Alex Carpenter

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  • Option B

  • Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void,'" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Books is ok but completely misadvertised

  • By Alex Carpenter on 10-08-17

Books is ok but completely misadvertised

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Reviewed: 10-08-17

This book is around 40% about dealing with grief. About 10% about how people are treated after someone dies. Around 30% how to treat someone after a loved one dies. Around 5% how it affects your friends and family. Around 5% research/quotes etc. around 5% name dropping. Around 5% unnecessary politics that need to be fixed even though they didn't affect the author at all (not saying they were wrong, they just weren't relevant). 0% was about overcoming adversity. 0% was about resilience. And 0% was about finding joy. Throughout the book a few key words were thrown in to pretend it was about these things, but it was not. This is not a bad book, but it is not the book it claims to be, and not a book I would have ever chosen to read. It is not a business book. It is not a motivational book. It is a book about death and grief. Option B isn't that you lost your first choice career, or failed in some regard, it is that you lost your husband. Which is helpful, and needed to be written. But will only be helpful or relevant to an extremely small subset of readers. Which is a shame both to the people that needed to read it but won't find it, and those that do read it, due to its blatantly false advertising.

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