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This review is from: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Hardcover)
I am surprised I'm the first one to review this book on amazon UK.
I had very high hopes for this book, having been an avid fan of Sheryl's since her Ted talk. She reinstates her ideas from the talk and her Barnard commencement speech such as Sit at the table, Don't leave before you leave and of course, Lean in. Having read quite a few negative reactions to the book prior to receiving it, I was excited to get my hands on it. It seems like quite the few negative reactions came from people who didn't even read the book as Sheryl does a great job of addressing all those criticisms. The fact that she is, as some put it, "a rich white lady" does not diminish her accomplishments or her message.
Lean in strikes a great balance between academic research and her own personal stories. Sheryl comes across as intelligent (no surprise there), genuine and, at times, very funny. This book especially spoke to me because I realised I make many of the mistakes listed in the book and knowing that someone as senior and successful as Sheryl still makes them is comforting and gave me that "A-ha, it's not just me then" moment. Some sections were surprising (e.g. crying at the workplace) and some not so much (e.g. Sheryl being a bossy child). As I said, being a big fan (so I'm probably quite biased) I utterly enjoyed the book and inhaled it within one afternoon, however I will be returning to it once I have more time.
Overall, I think this book can be enjoyable to both men and women of all ages but is especially important for young women (like myself) to read it and internalise many of its encouraging messages.