Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: If You Have To Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone

I couldn't tell you the last time I actually read a book. But, with Kelly Cutrone and the People's Revolution on The City and The Hills being the reason I got into PR, I just had to get If You Have To Cry, Go Outside And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You and read it. The book was said to be a must read for any PR girl, especially those aspiring to make it in New York City. What would be a better time to read it other than when I first moved here?

I won't spoil the entire book for you, but this might give away some stuff!

Since I am definitely not an avid book reader, I'm not the best at book reviews.

Anyways, my thoughts on the book: It was alright.

Kelly's purpose for writing this book was to empower women everywhere to break the norms of what we're taught from the beginning of life. Since the day us girls were born, we're taught to fall in love, get married, then have babies, and if we do that out of order, it's socially unnormal. Kelly spends her time in the book explaining to women to know they have choices as well as gives them advice on how to be successful without a man in their life as well as in their career.

However, I was expecting to open the book, read the entire thing from cover to cover, and as soon as I was done, have a whole new change in my career mind set as a future PR professional. Don't get me wrong, Kelly is most certainly a role model for any woman whether they're just trying to stay afloat or they're trying to make it to the top. But to me, the book is more of her life story rather than strictly career and empowerment advice. Ever since I seen Kelly on TV and getting inspired by her interns to go into Public Relations, I dreamed of one day interning for People's Revolution and becoming a publicist myself someday.

In the book, Kelly talks about how she moved fro her hometown to New York on her own, how she first became a publicist, and her crazy stories of her husbands, sex life, and guidance from The Mother. She spends her chapters discussing a portion of her life then in the last few paragraphs, explaining how that portion applies to the chapter title's message of career advice or empowerment.

For me, I was looking forward to a read of PR girl advice, and I only found that in the last 2 chapters (out of 9) in the book. If you're looking for more of a biography with very subtle encouragement and career oriented advice, this book would be great for you. I recommend parts of the book to others, but I'm unsure of the whole thing.

Overall, I'd give the book a 7.5 out of 10. I do like Kelly's attitude - you can tell she wrote it. She is very raw and real, which is appreciated by me. I would hate for her to write a book in any other tone and matter! Kelly Cutrone really is an inspiration for women to feel stronger and independent. My expectations for the book were just a little different than what it was.

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