Book Review: Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson

Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The reason I like Mark Manson is that he brings psychology, philosophy, and sometimes since into a level without any terms or any glossary. So you can start reading his books or blog posts without any prior knowledge on these topics, which is nice because you get the point in a modern way from someone who explains it very simply.

Again, this book consists of these elements, and from that perspective, I would evaluate it as a very successful one. It discusses hope and pain, how we use our emotions and the existence/reasoning of personal values and ideologies. The aspects Manson questions are mind-inspiring. But, the thing that makes this book good makes it bad. To explain things to everybody, Manson repeats the same things over and over again with different words. Some level of that repetition is useful to digest the whole thing, but at some times, it becomes too much.

Along with these, even though the book discusses some topics specifically, it sometimes gets out of the direction. So if you consider as a single and compact book, you might not enjoy it. But if you think of it as a connected set of blog posts, then philosophically, it does what it offers well. Also, compared with his previous book, the examples are more weakly connected to the topic. The predecessor’s cases were more connected.

In short, it is an enjoyable book, and it can be read within a single take. I will, for sure, get back to the laws of emotions (Section 3), the discussion on the motivations behind actions (Section 6), and the existence of suffering (Section 7) parts in the future.

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