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I don’t often read these kinds of books. I’m not even sure how to classify it – self-help? Fiction? Non-fiction? There is no obvious genre for this book, only the fact that it will prey on the weak, needy maybe even slightly delusional person who thinks that it holds “the secret“ to happiness in life.

Ok so what is the secret you may ask? Not sure if I should give away this spoiler so if you are really interested in reading this book look away now!
The secret to life’s happiness is that if you think positive thoughts then positive things will happen, so obviously then if you think negative thoughts then negative things will happen… yes that’s it in a nutshell. It’s not really a big secret after all is it? I often wonder how this book sold in the millions!

What I also disliked about this book is that there is no real structure to it. To me it feels quite jumbled, with quotes from people I have never heard of, supporting “The Secret”.

I hate giving bad reviews to books, and I am desperately searching for something good to say - I suppose the cover is inviting, it is very exciting thinking you are going to find out a massive secret that you never knew, but that's the only good thing I can say about it.

I’m sure this book will appeal to those who are facing financial hardship, have relationship or family problems, or just lacking happiness in life, and I have no doubt that is why this book was brought about. But I just feel it’s taking advantage of people’s emotions and is not really telling them something they don’t already know.


Rating:1.5/5
Published: 2006

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It does look like a Dan Brown novel.

Oprah was very keen on this book, and I remember her saying a great deal about it on her show.
She I believe was the one pushing for it, all that positive yada yada.

Just another Fake, on ''how too'' in my opinion.
The cover sort of makes it look like a Dan Brown novel. I haven't read it, but the basic idea behind it smacks of victim blaming to me.
BINGO!!!!! Victim blaming as an artform.
by meggf
My thoughts exactly, too!
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