Super You

  • by Emily Gordon
  • Narrated by Emily Gordon
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Superheroes don't start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents' murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham.
What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves - for the benefit of themselves and others.
Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Author Emily Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each person's superpowers, special tools, personal kryptonite - and weapons against it - Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kick-ass versions of themselves.


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Customer Reviews

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A wonderful book filled with empathy and humanity.

This book is an incredibly powerful read. Emily Gordon walks a fine line of personalizing the stories so they resonate, but always keeping the focus on the reader's process and the reader's reflection on the material. There's a healthy amount of individuality to her writing and absolutely no ego.

Self-Help books can be tough to read. They can be cloying or patronizing. The worst ones are both. What comes through from "Super You" is empathy and understanding. Emily Gordon's caring for her fellow humans is on every page. Her compassion is on every page. Her genuine wish for a world of wonderful and healthy people is on every page. Hearing the book in her voice just accentuates these things. Her main goal is to get her readers to live their lives with intention, to become the best versions of themselves through self-actualization, and claiming power over their lives, their experiences, and their view of themselves and the world they navigate. "Super You" was written with staggering intention. The plans and goals she lays out in "Super You" are attainable and able to be mastered, if you're willing to put in the work. The book is a wonderful tool, and a testament to the beauty of Emily Gordon's humanity.

Find this book. It meant the world to me, and I believe it will mean the same to you.
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- Vincent

Good Advice Especially If You're a Girl

Where does Super You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As far as self help books go I quickly realized that adult males were not Emily Gordon's target audience. I did gain some good takeaways from this book. There is a lot of practical advice to be found.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like how she suggests to turn YOU into a superhero. There is you and a super you. There are many versions of you.

What about Emily Gordon’s performance did you like?

Book is definitely targeted to a younger female audience. Should of guessed with the Super Hero theme.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of feminist undertones. Also, there are lots and lots of assumptions made about the differences between men and women. For example, "Men are taught everything they do is golden." This does not ring true in my experience. This is just one example, but there were many more. Felt many of the generalizations reflected more on the author's insecurities than actual truth.

Any additional comments?

Predicted the Super Hero tie in might be gimmicky, but it genuinely made the book more interesting.

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- Daniel "Audible fanatic"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books