In Summary
  • Joan tackles 21 lies you have most likely been preaching to yourself in four parts.
  • She allows you to look into yourself and start beholding your life and what you believe in as you go through each part.
  • She brings every woman face to face with herself vis-à-vis the wisdom she holds to be true or spread as the truth.
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BOOK TITLE: I’m too Pretty to Be Broke and Other Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself

AUTHOR:Joan Thatiah

REVIEWED BY:Benson Mwangi

PUBLISHER: Self-published

YEAR : 2017


If you are tempted to think Joan Thatiah’s I’m Too Pretty to Be Broke and Other Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself, like Years of Yest by Shonda Rhimes, makes a case about you starring in the show of your own life or seeks to reveal crucial adulthood skills most of us seems to know but hardly talk about as Kelly Williams Brown does in Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, you have missed the point.   

I’m Too Pretty to Be Broke is a fresh breath of air, the unadulterated single dose of common sense so real it breaks down perceived and imagined walls women have hedged around themselves. Joan seems to write for ladies, only to aim so precisely that she takes every man with her as she infuses real-life anecdotes with bullets of truth perfectly aimed.  


I’m Too Pretty to Be Broke makes a case that we have allowed ourselves to be boggled down by a tonne of lies and half-truths some of which have dripped down from way back when we were children. It’s possible to live a lie all your life and accept hurt and rut as normal just because everyone says it is okay.

Joan brings down the curtains of misplaced notions about life that no woman should entertain. Who is a real woman? How far can a pretty face take you in life? Is female emancipation really served by women-only clubs? Does marriage really mean happiness? How logical is training a man to be the sufficient partner you want? Is there wisdom in living with the hope he will come round? Does a marriage certificate hold value anymore? Silent treatment, really? Ever felt the death of a relationship is a clear indication you are a total failure and a loser? Should you rethink loyalty to your job? Postpone investing until you are married? Do you need to do better than men? Do careers have to start from the bottom? How do you balance desire for entrepreneurship and quitting your job? Can you enjoy success in your job without letting it take all your time? Does being a stay at home mom mean you are an object of male and societal oppression?


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