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What made the experience of listening to Approval Junkie the most enjoyable?
I always prefer listening to books read by the author, and the fact that this author is also an actress made the performance all the better.
What other book might you compare Approval Junkie to and why?
I thought it would be like Tina Fey's or Mindy Kaling's books, but it wasn't. This book is really all about Faith, her lowests lows, highest highs, and personal growth (and sometimes a lack of growth).
What about Faith Salie’s performance did you like?
The Russian accent gets top marks.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The beginning of the book when Faith describes her struggle with her appearance, and later in the book when she describes motherhood.
Any additional comments?
It's important to remember, while listening to this book, that the author's whole point is that she wants people's approval. There were parts of the book when I thought Faith was being shallow in her pursuits, but I had to remind myself that she's just being honest. She went to Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar; she could have done anything, anywhere, and succeeded without being beaten up over her looks and her weight. But instead she chose showbiz. That's tough. She did not always reveal herself to her listeners in a flattering light, which is pretty brave. I thought her description of her struggle with anorexia was interesting, as she doesn't seem to accept her obsession with weight as being unhealthy. She knows she "should" say it is unhealthy, but she doesn't. Overall Faith stayed true to herself by not editing her thoughts on some of these issues and was willing to present herself as flawed despite her efforts to achieve perfection.
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