Book Review: Strong Looks Better Naked

For the record, just starting to type this review knocks off one of my bookish resolutions for 2016 (Continue the book club). And that may seem a little premature, but I never claimed to be all that mature. Besides I can use all the help I can get on the whole "actually resolving your resolutions" front. One point to Gryffindor! 

A pic from inside the book. Seriously, how is this fair?

A pic from inside the book. Seriously, how is this fair?

Title: Strong Looks Better Naked

Author: Khloé Kardashian

Publication: 2015

There's a good chance that my reread of Carry On has put me in a spectacular mood of doling out gold stars (or in this case, coffee cup rings), because if I'm honest, this book might rate closer to 2.5. But we're rounding up because I didn't dislike it, and because it's Khloé and she's one of the only Kardashians I don't sneer at while trying to 'Keep Up'. Strong Looks Better Naked is skippable, but still a pretty decent read, especially if this is your genre or you love Khlo $.

Strong Looks Better Naked is divided into three parts - body, mind and heart - which although not the most innovative, is really the most effective for the book. Somewhere within the first few pages, Khloé (or at least I'm assuming it's Khloé) writes "but as my body got stronger, there was an unexpected side effect: my mind became clearer. ... Body, mind, soul." No matter how cliché that phrase is, sometimes clichés just work. We may be bombarded with well-meaning positive mantras about how we are more than our bodies and the number on the scale, but I've found that in some ways, my mental state is directly correlated to my physical one. And if my heart is safe, then it's a home run. When my body feels strong, I feel like I can conquer anything and that's good for all of me - body, mind and soul. 

The book is written in that very relatable way that Khloé seems to flawlessly pull off all the time. You know that "I'm talking to my beat friend" demeanor she has. And I also really like how the book seems to read in a biographical-self-help sort of way, allowing the reader to peak into her life from her mind as opposed to from behind a camera. Yet despite all that, remember when I said "sometimes cliché just works"? Well, sometimes it doesn't. There were definitely moments when I thought well, here goes the run-of-the-mill self-help mumbo jumbo (read: 7 rules, 5 tips, recipes that will change your life, life is not a competition!). I don't intend to be rude by saying that; it's not that it made me hate the book. But it did kind of cause me to lump it in with the other self-help books that I usually wouldn't touch with your hands, if you know what I mean. Not unbearable, just standard, I suppose.

There's a moment towards the end of Strong Looks Better Naked that shocked me and might have a lot to do with why I bumped the rating.

"We are never fully in control of our emotions... Writing the things I can't control makes me feel more in control."

Imagine me, staring down at this book in confusion. Somehow, in telling about her habit of journaling, Khloé Kardashian has stated the reason I write - for control. And despite whatever cliché, I'd read this book all over again, just for that turn of phrase.

Did you read Khloé's book along with us? What did you think? Won't you join us next month?  

Our next book is Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz, a new release that had me at abandoned hotel, a two-decade old mystery, a dangerously sexy love interest. It's like some sort of suspense, mystery, romance mashup that screams to be picked up.