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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Self-Help Book Review

Written by Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of not giving a Fuc*k teaches us how to stop trying to be very positive all the time so that we can become truly better and happier individuals.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • Author: Mark Manson
  • ISBN-10: 0062457713
  • Release date: September 13, 2016


In a world where people are constantly trying to be nice to each other and thinking about the opinions of what others have to say; this self-help book tries to change up the constant and rely on self-happiness and free-living as a way fo living life to the fullest.


  • Practical
  • Easy to understand


  • Very strong viewpoints
Ease of use

The details

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat anything and instead is as direct and straightforward as a writer could be. Manson talks about the feel-good mindset which he thinks has corrupted the American society; instead believing that one should be more practical and follow the process that best suits the individual. The book perfectly justifies the title of the book; since this is basically Manson’s way of telling the world to not give a…


Any book with a catchy title like this one is surely going to be facing an uphill battle when it comes to delivering. For the most part, Manson manages to do this quite well. His tone and style definitely elicits the reader to keep reading and his witty one-liners and stylish choosing of even cuss words is definitely something that keeps the reader interested. But, this book is not just about any angry American ranting about how you should live your life; he is as entertaining as he is factual.


The book resonates with the readers since Mark Manson uses different methods and examples. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to make the best out of any given situation without having to fear the consequences or the opinions of others who simply do not want the best for you. All in all, it is a great learning curve as much as it is a lesson to never listen to those who do not want to work hard to achieve their own goals in the first place. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

Ease of use

The learnings that Manson has presented are quite easy to follow. But the most difficult out of the lot would be to actually begin. The hardest part about avoiding the plethora of noise and ambiguous sayings and questions from loves ones and family members is to actually stop giving into them. Mark Manson believes that when an individual actually starts going all out to achieve their targets regardless of what their doubters have to say, only then can they officially claim to be moving in the right direction. The book more than anything is a great motivational guide and something worth keeping around you when you begin to doubt yourself or give into the opinions of external voices.


There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. All these topics and many more have been perfectly crafted by Mason to make the book worth reading. It has a great flow to it and the humour is another big attraction. It is rare that you see a self-help book full of explicit language and unheard of sayings, but Manson manages to back it up with his learnings and real-life experiences. The Subtle Art of not giving a Fu*k is one book that will be hard to put down once you have picked it up. The writing style is unique and creative; making it a fan-favourite in the particular niche.

Final verdict

Although the book tries to lure into believing that the author simply does not give a F; he has definitely put in all his learnings and information to try to help put the readers. It is one such book which is going to send a rush of adrenaline throughout your body; hopefully motivating you to reach your goals and aspirations. Make sure to check this one out if you have been doubting yourself and want to try and make a difference in the way you think and perceive life as a whole.

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