Life’s a Bitch and So Am I by Dee Bockler offers helpful advice in its subtitle: Don’t Let The Crazy Bastards Get You Down. Forty-nine pages offer the author’s observations on daily life perhaps in the expectation that readers would empathize. At least two reviewers responded by awarding five Amazon star ratings. The publication, almost pamphlet-sized, sells for USD 0.99 and is available through Kindle Unlimited. I should have downloaded the item through KU instead of wasting USD 0.99.
There is nothing “wrong” with this published advice. It is completely unremarkable except, perhaps, for its cover. I expected something that would be humorous and anecdotal. I wanted to be entertained. I was looking for snark, something I describe as non-offensive yet sarcastic observations on micro-aggressive attacks. This writing was “meh,” yet another term I am not completely familiar with but when I say it, I conjure up an image of what is behind this work’s cover.
Chapter One is an expanded listicle of the types of people there are in the world. Readers will recognize all of them; there is nothing new. There are victims, and bossy people, and gossips. OK, I knew that. Chapter Two is another expanded list of most common annoying behaviors perpetrated by “button pushers.” Given that I see all these behaviors daily, I am not interested in a review. Although I must admit pairing clacking dentures with bad grammar (same chapter) was a device that caught my eye.
Chapter three offered an explanation (to me) of why I don’t buy self-help books. I found the following unhelpful. “Don’t let them influence you or your mood but try to remember the lesson of patience and turning the other cheek. Believe me, you don’t do this for them…. you do it for yourself! Don’t allow their toxic energy to get to you. Smile and walk away.” (Kindle location 297). That was followed by “the lesson will continue on a daily basis. Get used to it.” (Kindle Location 303). At this point, I am seriously considering asking for a refund.
Chapter Four offers common sense advice. You could pay a therapist a lot for this advice. The author may or may not be licensed to offer such advice for almost free. Then we can examine the ethical issue of why someone should be paid for common sense advice.
Chapter five is a list of brief calls to action. Again, common sense stuff except for the “stop sign” at the end of the chapter which advises a reader to Keep Calm and Kill Annoying People (Kindle location 343). Why do get the impression the author might have me in mind with this advisory?
I think this publication is a fine example of how a creative person should be able to make money using lists, anecdotes, and a few transition statements. Perhaps I will be able to annoy readers in the future with similar template style work. I give one Amazon star to this piece of a passive income source and do not recommend reading it for entertainment.