I've found the book to be both amusing and sad. The writing style is breezy; its like listening to a girlfriend who has been there and done that. Shepherd is the first to say she has made some real mistakes in her life, but so far 9and I haven't finished the book yet) she doesn't seem to have figured out why she did such dumb things. She was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and attended church regularly, but saw her virginity as something to get rid of at 14, not because she was in love, but because she heard sex was great. She went through a series of relationships with men who were real losers.
The book is autobiographical to a point. She tells stories from her life to illustrate her points, and throughout the book tells women to give themselves permission to____. Some of the things she encourages us to give ourselves permission to do include forgiving others, taking naked pictures of yourself (not in a million years thank you, and it has nothing to do with any perceived figure flaws), being blunt, and saying hello to God.
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