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Help Me: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life

A hilarious and heartwarming rampage through the world of self-care

Marianne Power was a self-help junkie. For years she lined her bookshelves with dog-eared copies of definitive guide after definitive guide on how to live your best life. Yet one day she woke up to find that the life she dreamed of and the life she was living were not miles but continents apart. So she set out to make a change. Or, actually, to make every change.

Marianne decided to finally find out if her elusive perfect life—the one without debt, anxiety, hangovers or Netflix marathons, the one where she healthily bounced around town with perfect teeth to meet the cashmere-sweater-wearing man of her dreams—lay in the pages of those books. So for a year she vowed to test a book a month, following its advice to the letter, taking the surest road she knew to a perfect Marianne.

As her year-long plan turned into a demented roller coaster where everything she knew was turned upside down, she found herself confronted with a different question: Self-help can change your life, but is it for the better?

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Julia's Review

This book was like a yo-yo and had its ups and downs. I received many strange looks as I laughed out loud numerous times while listening to this book. Her humour is a joy to read (mums character is fab and I even liked Daisy!), I’ve read most of the books mentioned and when she purchased the Doreen Virtue Angel Cards I felt myself cringing knowing I’d done the same thing! The Secret, Tony Robbins, Feel the Fear. I had the same thoughts and it’s nice to know someone else thought the same as me. But then it got a bit dark. I realised I didn’t want to listen to the dark bits, but I’m glad I did and I’m glad she came out the other side.

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