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This book is poorly written and very mechanical in its storytelling attempt. I came into it with high hopes, having been recommended to read it. I had hoped that it would be like other stories with a great point such as The Go Giver, The Go Getter, The Dream Giver, or many other stories with a bigger meaning. This book was disappointing to say the least. I won't bemoan the fact that it could have been condensed into 3 or 4 pages, because the same could be said for other similar format books, but the storytelling in them really enhances and helps drive home the point. The main issue with The Referral is that every encounter and point is very forced, using the main character Susie to repeat and reinforce the "storyline" by saying and doing things that are not believable. The book also adds unnecessary and distracting detail to attempt to make it sound like a thoughtful story (the brown bricks, etc (this is probably not an exact quote, but there were so many forgettable details that I can't pull one from memory)).
The second edition may be attempting to resolve some stated issues of the original, but the true issue here is a very poorly written, unbelievable, forced story. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because the nuggets are valuable, but I had already learned and incorporated them, and they could have been stated much better.
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