Originally published: 24 April 2017
Original Title: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Author: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
Page count: 240 pages
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Non-fiction, Self Help, Psychology
Product Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm
100 Word Book Review:
Sheryl opens up describing the grief and isolation in the wake of her husband’s sudden death. No proper farewells, no premonition nor physical indications of an end. Abrupt as it is, life goes on. Option B illustrates that deep within us, we all have resilience and adaptation. A dynamic evolutionary process that fits us to our current circumstances. While Sheryl was certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again, her psychologist friend Adam Grant guided her. Indeed, it is a sad book to read but this will help readers to seek the recovery strength within themselves.
Who should read:
Ironically, Option B is very suitable for those who are upset, depressed or despondent. The author has been through possibly the lowest point in life one could ever be.
One may argue what she been through is worse than having suicidal thoughts. But this is not the point here. If anyone is upset and depressed for a prolonged period of time, he or she should seek help. Of which the author did, and she is using herself as a living example to guide those in need too.
Who should not read:
Obviously, readers who are expecting a happy story, or maybe a sad-first-then-happy-ending-story, should not read it. Option B focuses quite a bit on the author’s feelings and emotional state. Unknowingly, one will eventually feel equally depressed or probably even worse after that.
Also, the positive turn comes much later towards the end of the book. So it takes a bit of patience to get to that part.
- Life is short, unexpected, a constant struggle
- It is natural to feel sad, but it is important to snap out of it and recover.
- Life goes on, and there are so much more.
- Happy and sad things happen for a reason, and at times, happen unexpectedly without a reason too. And events that happen without a reason usually will have the greatest impact.
Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department