You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight

You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together comes more straight talk about how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need, and deserve--showing when it's okay to be selfish, why it's pointless to be perfect, and how to be "difficult." Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us...

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You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want Reviews

  • Laura Rash

    As always, Sarah Knight gives realistic advice with a grand sense of fucking humor! I always walk away from reading her books with my head held a little higher & my middle finger ready to extend to those who don’t like the choices I make to improve me!

    Thanks to Little Brown & Sarah for this early copy!

  • Sarah Nelson

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    What an entertaining book! Sarah Knight does a great job of weaving humor into very good life advice. There is a bit of language, so sorry if you don’t like that.

    A bit of advice: read the footnotes! They’re hilarious. And the YouTube link to her TEDx talk. Take the time to watch it.

  • Christina

    I'm a big fan of Sarah Knight's books. Well, I'm actually just a big fan of Sarah Knight. I love her TED talk, her tweets, her writing style, her sense of humor, and her newsletters. So when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I could not WAIT to read it! And when Netgalley sent me a copy to review, I practically jumped out of my skin, I was so excited. HUGE GIGANTIC thank-you's to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for sending me a copy...and making this fan girl's day.

    I'll try to mo

    I'm a big fan of Sarah Knight's books. Well, I'm actually just a big fan of Sarah Knight. I love her TED talk, her tweets, her writing style, her sense of humor, and her newsletters. So when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I could not WAIT to read it! And when Netgalley sent me a copy to review, I practically jumped out of my skin, I was so excited. HUGE GIGANTIC thank-you's to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for sending me a copy...and making this fan girl's day.

    I'll try to mop up my drool, stop swooning, and write a proper review now. 😁

    You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want is the third in Knight's No F*cks Given trilogy of fabulous self-help guides, following The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get You Sh*t Together.

    In this book, our favorite "anti-guru" details how to let your freak flag fly, and be yourself...eschewing the norm, and figuring out how to respond to the pressures of well-meaning (and some not so well-meaning) people who always have an idea of what you should be doing, wearing, how you should be behaving, etc.

    Although I would say that, out of all of her books, this one is maybe the least pithy? Or maybe it's the one that I personally have to do the most work with?? I felt like I needed to highlight more, and probably need to give this one a third reading, instead of just a second one, like I did with the other two. Now, that's not saying that it isn't as good...or that I didn't enjoy it as much as the other ones. I just felt like it maybe hit more of a nerve, or was a little more serious than the other ones??

    But this is still the same construction cone-wearing, swear word tossing lady...and this time she's really trying to get us to stop listening to "Judgy McJudgerson". I personally need to hear things like "There is nothing wrong with liking things the way you like them and asking for what you want." and "You don't get what you don't ask for." It doesn't matter how many times I read those things in books, I seem to need to hear them a few more times. And Knight's trademark sassy delivery seems to resonate so well with me, that for some reason her sayings stick.

    The book goes over Do's and Don'ts, Wills and Won'ts, Shoulds and Shouldn'ts, along with a whole lot of discussion on why it's not a bad thing to be labelled "difficult". I think one of the stories that stands out to me the most involves her discussing the issues she's had with anxiety. I have a very good friend who struggles with debilitating panic attacks. Anyway, Sarah Knight shares that she snuck a litter box and craft sand into her office at work, so that when she got overly stressed, she could take her shoes off and place her feet in the sand...close her eyes, and imagine she was on the beach. She used that tactic to help ease her anxiety, so she could get over it and get on with her day. Did people probably think she was weird because she had a litter box full of sand under her desk?? I'm sure they did. Did she give two craps about it?? Nope. That is something to ASPIRE TO.

    So, I highly recommend this book...as I do the other two in her No F*cks Given trilogy. I think they're amazing books that tell some terrific truths in a unique and saucy voice that speaks to me, like the girlfriend/sister you always wanted. Plus, she makes me laugh maniacally...at weird times, which tends to scare my dog and weird out my husband. Buy yourself a copy, and then buy a copy for your best friend. They'd make good Christmas gifts. 🎄

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  • Emma Farley

    Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck (check out my review here) and Get your Shit Together (review pending – if Santa gets his ass in gear), is back with the ultimate Christmas gift/motivational tool for 2018. If you know someone who seriously needs to embrace who they are without giving a fuck what anyone else thinks, you might want to slip this into their stocking. Or go ahead and treat yo’self.

    What I particularly love about Sarah’s books is that, although you c

    Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck (check out my review here) and Get your Shit Together (review pending – if Santa gets his ass in gear), is back with the ultimate Christmas gift/motivational tool for 2018. If you know someone who seriously needs to embrace who they are without giving a fuck what anyone else thinks, you might want to slip this into their stocking. Or go ahead and treat yo’self.

    What I particularly love about Sarah’s books is that, although you could loosely describe them as ‘self-help books’, this isn’t about changing who you are at your core – rather, it’s about owning what makes you you. ‘This book isn’t called You IMPROVE You. No, this book – You DO You – is about accepting your strengths and your flaws…’

    You Do You was briefly touched on at the end of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck but it deserves its own stand-alone book. It’s not just about not giving a fuck what people think; it’s about living life on your own terms. Of course, as always, it’s about making yourself happier but not at the expense of someone else’s happiness. Don’t be a dick. Or a psychopath.

    I love that in this book Sarah takes a lot of commonplace responses to someone wanting to try something new and completely turns them around, including expressions such as don’t quit your day job (everyone loves a side hustle) and you will never live that down (there’s a whole chapter devoted to the art of being weird!).

    The point is, life is short. Shouldn’t we be living our best lives?

    I love the honesty of the book too, with Sarah discussing her own personal experiences with eating disorders and anxiety, and how that led to her giving less fucks and doing her. She says: ‘you need to accept yourself before you wreck yourself’. Self-care and putting yourself first is key.

    I’m surprised to say that reading The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck and You Do You has genuinely inspired me to get my shit together (I really need that book!) and I’m going to pursue the side hustle I’ve been thinking about for the last year.

    If you’re in need of some motivation, I really can’t recommend Sarah’s books highly enough. Rather than slugging through psycho-babble self-help, these are engaging and hilarious reads that encourage you to make instant changes to your life. And these changes are so easy to implement. Once you get started you won’t want to look back.

    *I was sent a copy of You Do You for review purposes and all thoughts are my own

    This review first appeared in full (this version is edited) on A Cornish Geek on 21 November 2017

  • Aims McCabe

    **I received a copy of this book from Little Brown and Company for review**

    Part “Return of the Jedi”, part “Return of the King”, this book nicely rounds out her “No Fucks Given” trilogy in a way that fans will truly appreciate.

    Once again, I finished Sarah Knight’s book wishing that I actually knew her in real life because she seems like my quintessential spirit animal/polar opposite in the best ways possible. She says and does things that I wish I had the courage to while also feeling like she w

    **I received a copy of this book from Little Brown and Company for review**

    Part “Return of the Jedi”, part “Return of the King”, this book nicely rounds out her “No Fucks Given” trilogy in a way that fans will truly appreciate.

    Once again, I finished Sarah Knight’s book wishing that I actually knew her in real life because she seems like my quintessential spirit animal/polar opposite in the best ways possible. She says and does things that I wish I had the courage to while also feeling like she would be the person who understands and respects me enough to cheer me on while I do me. She’s that friend who says what you wish you could, stands up for you when others use you as a doormat, and spurs you on to be the true you.

    The only thing that kept me from giving this a five star rating (which I seriously feel is a bit outlandish in every way anyway) is that some parts of the book, for those of us who are fans and have devoured her previous books, are a bit repetitive....but that’s a part of life when you have readers who are late to the game of awesomeness. So I take that for what it is. I also self-ISH-ly (see what I did there?!) wish that the parts that I loved (specifically her celebration of her mental health journey) were much longer. (a future book maybe?)

    All in all, Sarah never disappoints and she always makes me feel empowered to do and be more of who I am. Always and forever. Another book that I will return to when I need a friend to tell me I am fucking amazing and I shouldn’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks of me.

    Just brilliant.

  • Diane

    I did enjoy this book but essentially it is full of very bad advice that I want to take, especially around Christmas and baby shower season. Haha! I could write this exact same book myself if I too could pack up my entire life and move to the Dominican Republic. Pretty easy to get out of all the social commitments and pressures when you are that far away from everyone. No sooner had I finished a chapter on how to be more selfish did I read a chapter on how important it is not to be selfish in th

    I did enjoy this book but essentially it is full of very bad advice that I want to take, especially around Christmas and baby shower season. Haha! I could write this exact same book myself if I too could pack up my entire life and move to the Dominican Republic. Pretty easy to get out of all the social commitments and pressures when you are that far away from everyone. No sooner had I finished a chapter on how to be more selfish did I read a chapter on how important it is not to be selfish in the book 'how to win friends and influence people'. Basically while her advice given in this book might be true- the opposite of her advice is also true. And further to that she writes 50% of this book in brackets making there be too many side points that don't need to be said. Take those words away and you have yourself a pamphlet on how to be a mega b-itch. (I secretly enjoy that fuck you attitude to everyone else) ha!

  • Amy

    I liked Sarah Knight's other two books more than this one, but I think that she gives really honest and useful advice. Not everyone may relate to her "no fucks given" attitude, but I do, and I think that I have benefited from a similar one.

  • Luchia Houghton

    Another great feel good book from Sarah! I loved her first two but funnily enough lately You Do You is exactly the kind of book I had been needing to read. It's about being true to yourself without hurting others/being a psychopath and I just love Sarah's humour throughout!

  • Heather

    I liked Sarah Knight's first book but they've gone downhill from there. They're all very similar and it's a topic that you really can't keep expanding on. The tone and attitude was refreshing at first, but now it's just getting a little old.

  • Tamara

    Sarah Knight is a goddess at breaking sh*t down, teaching you to save your f*cks for things you really care about and now for letting you know it's ok to do you do you.

    With her trademark humor plus liberal dosing of words that would make even The Old Man from The Christmas Story blush ;) Sarah is reminding and reinforcing the things that we know to be true- except we get caught up in listening to judgy voices (be they your own monologue, your family, or the office mate that you wish would retir

    Sarah Knight is a goddess at breaking sh*t down, teaching you to save your f*cks for things you really care about and now for letting you know it's ok to do you do you.

    With her trademark humor plus liberal dosing of words that would make even The Old Man from The Christmas Story blush ;) Sarah is reminding and reinforcing the things that we know to be true- except we get caught up in listening to judgy voices (be they your own monologue, your family, or the office mate that you wish would retire.)

    Thanks for the laughs, Sarah- and the tips!

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