God Bless This Mess
Hannah Brown has had her fair share of success, but she's also had her share of slip-ups, heartbreak, and just downright messy moments. In this quarter-life memoir of her life, she recounts all of the ups and downs of her past and the lessons she learned along the way to create a better present and a better Hannah. She hopes that by telling the raw and compelling stories of her journey to self-discovery that the readers will follow her example and be uplifted and encouraged to lead a more fulfilling life in the midst of the mess.
What I liked about the book:
Hannah's Bravery: It takes a lot of courage to tell everyone your most vulnerable and embarrassing moments. Hannah doesn't hesitate to get raw and real about trying to be perfect in an imperfect life. She talks about her pageant days dealing with the pressure to win and body image issues. She talked about the pressure to live up to others expectations and constantly seeking their validation. She talked about her exes, before and after The Bachelorette. She talked her experience on Dancing with the Stars. She talks about it ALL.
She recounted every disappointment, every heartbreak, every soul crushing and confusing moment. I loved how open she was throughout the entire book. I knew nothing about Hannah Brown before I read this book. I never watched her season of the Bachelor or the Bachelorette, but now I feel like I know her so much more than I intended to and reading this book felt like I was talking with a girlfriend as opposed to a celebrity.
The Mini-Photo Album: Smack-dab in the middle of the book, Hannah shows the readers a little photo album from her childhood, her time in college, her pageant days, being on the Bachelorette, etc. By the way, I have no idea why she was so self-conscious because she looks incredible! My favorite is the picture of her soaking her feet and hugging a Sulley (from Monsters Inc.) plushie during night one of filming for the Bachelorette because #relatable
God Bless This Mess is MAGNETIC: I got through this book pretty fast. It wasn't because I was rushing to write this blog post. It was because I couldn't put it down. That's what makes a good book. The way the stories were narrated without a single detail left out made me want to keep going. As someone who is struggling to figure out their own life path, it was refreshing to know that I wasn't alone. Although my messy business was not broadcast on national television for millions of people to see like Hannah's, I still felt seen and heard as a young woman just trying to maneuver though life.
What I disliked about the book:
Truth be told, I usually have an easier time writing about all the things I disliked about a book. However, in this case, I didn't find much that I disliked mostly because the events that took place were real. Who am I to judge? I guess if I had to pick something to dislike about the book, it was how much Hannah's experiences made me reflect on my own life. There were times when she chose not to listen to her inner voice and believe in herself and I can relate to that. Nobody ever wants to go back to those painful times, but it’s necessary in order to grow and heal. The good news is just like Hannah, I don't have to let my slip-ups keep me from becoming who I want to be. She encourages the readers to take those moments as lessons and learn from them. Your mistakes don’t make you a bad person, they make you stronger and smarter.
Overall Score: 9/10