September Book Review

September Book Review

Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy 

Okay, so, she talked about everything! And I mean everything. From diet to depression to sex to online bullying, this book discussed it all. I really enjoyed how this book was half how-to/self-improvement and half an autobiography almost. While some of the subjects she discussed I didn’t personally relate to, it was still very interesting to learn about another person’s struggles and obstacles and how she overcomes or manages them. This book was definitely an eye-opener about several different topics. For example, I had no idea there are so many different types of eating disorders.

Here are a couple of things I loved about this book or found helpful while reading:

  • Great tips on how to incorporate social media into our lives in a healthier way.
  • Helpful advice on how to deal with online bullying (or any type of bullying).
  • The chapter on depression was spot-on for me. I have never had someone explain the way that depression feels so well before. I enjoyed the list she had on things to do to help depression. There were a couple of suggestions on her list I practice myself and find helpful. 
  • Likewise, her chapter on anxiety was just as accurate in description. She also pointed something out that until now I thought it was just a weird quirk I had. Excessive yawning is a symptom of anxiety attacks. I’ve always noticed that when I get very anxious, I start to yawn a lot but it didn’t occur to me that other people do this too!
  • Realistic healthy eating tips!
  • Relatable commentary on beauty and make-up.
  • I LOVED the illustrations throughout the book. 
  • The way she talks about her sexuality and her “capacity to love and appreciate.” 
  • How she talked about sex, a normal part of everybody’s life, not all hush-hush and weird. 
  • Her list of things that make her happy as well as the advice to write your own list and read it when you are feeling down for inspiration. 
  • The chapter about her dad! I’m not gonna lie, I totally got misty-eyed reading that chapter!

The only negative thing I have to say is that I got a little lost sometimes with the timeline. I know this isn’t a true autobiography book in the way that it is outlined, so it doesn’t really matter that much. But overall, I truly enjoyed reading this book! She is a fun, witty writer who can discuss hard topics in a very relatable way. 

Did you enjoy the book? What did you like about it? What did you find helpful? Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out next month’s book!


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