May 23, 2016

What I'm Reading: Approval Junkie

Review of Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

Approval Junkie
by Faith Salie

After my March and April reads, I opted for something a little 'lighter' for the month of May. Enter Approval Junkie by comedian and journalist Faith Salie.

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" and host of the PBS show "Science Goes to the Movies". As a commentator on politics and pop culture, and television and pubic radio host, Salie has interviewed and been interviewed by numerous celebrities and television personalities.  Approval Junkie is a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval.

While I enjoy talk radio and short stories, I have to admit that prior to reading this Approval Junkie, I had no idea who Faith Salie was. Because of this, I had a hard time initially building a connection to her through her stories. One thing is for sure, she has had quite the life - from a failed marriage to the man she calls her 'wasband' to interviewing celebrities such as Robert Redford and attending Oxford University. As I continued to read, I realized there was a message to be heard beneath all of her stories. The collection was a reflection on why she tries so hard to please others, including herself, and how she overcame seeking approval and caring what others think about her. Something a lot of women can relate to.

While this wasn't my favourite read, if you're looking for something light-hearted with a comedic twist, this book is the one. 

T.O. & fro rating: ★ ★ out of 5 

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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