Sunday, October 5, 2008

Book Review: Hide & Seek by Wendy Aron

BIG THANKS to Wendy for sending me her book to review!

“Hide & Seek” by Wendy Aron
Published by Kunati, Inc.

Rating: 4.5 stars

After years of suffering from depression and low self-esteem, Wendy Aron finally worked up the courage to sign up for a self-help course. It was called ‘Winning Ways’ and its goal was to teach participants how to present themselves in social and business situations to get what they want. What may appear to be a small step to some, ended up being the stepping stone Aron needed to take control of her life and conquer her battle with depression. With some newfound confidence, Aron is propelled into action and sets off to learn how to relax, lose weight, cure her smoking addiction and become more optimistic. “Hide & Seek” chronicles Aron’s year-long foray into the self-help realm and the lessons she learned along the way. Chock-full of hilarious flashbacks and amusing anecdotes, Aron’s humor does not disappoint.

“Hide & Seek” provides a guided tour of many of the self-help outlets available, from the mundane to the outrageous. Some of the highlights include a Speed Dating adventure, a creativity retreat, aromatherapy and the exploration of her chakras (‘energy centers of the soul') and a 'humor and learned optimism' class.

While Aron was the one who embarked upon the life-altering journey, I couldn’t help but feel like I was along for the ride as well. Even though this book is a memoir, I think it speaks to each and everyone of us and has much to offer. I must admit I learned a great deal from Aron’s experiences and somehow felt a lot more positive after reading it. Aron uses her sarcastic humor as a means of entertaining her readers, instead of what was probably once used as a defense mechanism. Her witty humor is also what made me feel attached to her and by the end of the book, I felt like she was a close friend.

Aron is an inspiration, not only for those who have dealt with depression, but for anyone who has ever had obstacles to overcome. She set out to improve her quality of life and in the process, stopped the dependent relationship she had with her therapist, became more optimistic, and ultimately learned to accept herself. I only wish the book would have continued further and filled in the blanks between then and her life now as a married woman. Kudos to Wendy Aron for opening up about her journey and writing such a humorous and inspirational memoir!!

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