'NEXT LEVEL BASIC' Book Review
Hello dolls! This week’s blog post will be a book review! I’m a huge fan of self-help books. I like the way they’re written; they talk about real issues and realistic ways to deal with them, and who doesn’t love some encouragement and tips on self-improvement every now and then?! To be honest, it really helps to read other people may be going through the same things I am, and they’ve made it out the other end.
I’ve gone through a couple self-help books: Sarah Knight’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck” (LOVE the title, indifferent about the writing style, would recommend to kill time during your commute to work), “You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero (GREAT READ, totally recommend to any and every body), and “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (I found it easy to put down...), just to name a few.
The reason/need to order NEXT LEVEL BASIC (aside from my obsession over self-help books) was because of Vanderpump Rules (yes, you have come across another avid Bravo watcher - #dedicatedfan). Stassi Schroeder is one of the cast members of Vanderpump Rules and is the author of Next Level Basic. When I first heard the title of her book I was intrigued! It got me interested - what exactly could she be talking about in this book called Next Level Basic? Starbucks drinks? Taking photos of food before you eat? Hmm…
In Vanderpump Rules, Stassi doesn’t have the best reputation and she’s made a few mistakes (but who hasn’t? Unfortunately, her mistakes have been broadcasted for the world to see). Because she made it very clear that she was a writer in the show, I found myself really curious to see what she had to say and more so how her writing style is.
After 16 pages, the first thing that came to my mind was that I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO ENJOY READING THIS BOOK. It is an easy read and I really felt like I was sitting on the couch, red solo cup in hand and talking with my girl about life! I love writers who can achieve this!
Stassi writes exactly how she talks on the show (very in your face and ‘matter-of-fact’). She encourages readers to embrace whatever they love, whether or not it would label them as “basic.” (But since when was being basic such a bad thing?) Do you enjoy musical theater? Spray tans? Love a celebrity that isn’t a fan favorite? Stassi’s advice – “don’t hide it – make it your thing.”
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Stassi takes readers on a 5-page rampage of trends she wishes never existed. While I agree with her opinion on crocs (never been a fan) she went in on the athleisure look, which happens to be one of my favorite looks….personal shot to my gut. Lol! JK. She not only talks about traits that can be taken as “being basic,” but she lets her readers in and shares more personal aspects (that were not shared on the show) like her obsession over serial killers, musical theater, and her holy grail beauty products. She gives you tips on how to move on from the inevitable – a break up, a list of the types of friends you need, and a good ol’ story about how to make the first move (#gowomen!)
Eleven days and 236 pages later (table of contents/introduction included) I finally came to the last period. What kept my interest was the same thing that attracted my interest in the first place - her relation to Vanderpump Rules. While it’s not THE best book I’ve read, or the most motivational, I found it enjoyable to read. My running time with a book can be a couple months before I actually finish reading it (with, you know, life happening and all). It took me less than 2 weeks to come to the last chapter of Next Level Basic, so I’d say that’s a win in my book. She talked about topics that are relatable (minus the chapter dedicated to serial killers…) and kept the encouraging voice of ‘embracing your interests/who you are no matter what people will think’ throughout the book. If you’re a Stassi fan, then I recommend purchasing her book (#weloveasupportingfan). While I wouldn’t nominate Next Level Basic for the Nobel Prize in Literature, I would recommend throwing it in your carry on and reading it on the plane (heading to your best vacation yet) or on the beach, Mai Tai in hand 😊.
Have you read Next Level Basic? What are your thoughts? Also, leave the title of the last book you read in the comments below!