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Clichéd self-help with a good message.
on 18 February 2009
I think Adam J Jackson would like to be seen as a Malcolm Gladwell type as The Flipside uses the storytelling technique employed in all of his books. However, where this book goes wrong is it seems to do little more than repeat the same sentiment over and over through very similar tales of triumph over adversity. It's all very inspiring stuff but take away the stories he's collected in this book there is very little else in there, it doesn't really offer anything new. It's not tied together in a really clever fashion, it's just Adam J Jackson saying over and over again that it matters not how grim life gets because there is always a flipside, yeah, we got that from the back cover it didn't need to be spelled out over hundreds of pages. I'd have liked a bit of science and psychology in there but there is perhaps 2 or 3 paragraphs, very disappointing.
Having said that I did read it through to the end and despite the aimlessness of the book it does make you feel more optimistic about life. Hearing about people who have made so much out of their lives despite being crushed, burned, blinded, starved and diseased makes dealing with all the trivial day to day stuff we moan about a whole lot easier.
So I suppose there is a flipside to this book, despite it being very repetitive and containing some dubious bits that boarder on dodgy pseudo-science(quotes from The Secret etc)it does deliver the intended buzz of optimism that actually feels pretty good.