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The memoir is set up in an interesting way, with each chapter following a thread of the author's life as she explores a new path, or hat in this case. From 911 dispatcher to custom paintball business owner, it seems like her life is a jumble of mismatched lives somehow all jammed into one person. This is probably what makes the book such a compelling read: you simply cannot put it down, one hat flowing into another somehow naturally when it seems absurd in retrospect.
What struck me most was how relatable the author is: for the first time in a long time, maybe even ever, I've had insight into a mind like mine. I too juggle mismatched jobs, my life seeming like chaos from the outside but completely natural from my perspective. Reading about how the author describes her energy, her lack of sleep, all was like seeing a reflection of myself. yet another reason I couldn't put this book down.
Not to mention that the author's style makes it feel like you're catching up with an old friend, who's filling you in on decades of your life, and you just have to keep buying coffees so you can keep chatting. Her voice is honest, true, so even in the most absurd of moments you know she's being completely transparent with you. Sometimes maybe too much (there are some details I was surprised to see shared with such candor!).
Overall, the memoir feels like a love letter to life itself. The author's reflection on her life so far obviously therapeutic for her, and it's almost intimate being on this journey with her. She is living proof that the universe offers possibilities every day, and you just need to be brave enough to take them. Even if sometimes the universe can be cruel: my heart broke for her and her family multiple times, and I was in awe that she would share these personal moments with us.
This memoir is an eye-opener to anyone who believes that life is lived along a straight line. The author offers such insight into exploring the opportunities life throws at you, and shares the wisdom she has gained so far, sometimes with hilarious results.
I finished the book feeling like I knew this author so much better, and with a new resolve to finish my projects. Highly recommended for anyone who is unsure of what path to take in life, and who need reassurance that wearing many hats doesn't make you weird, it makes you a fashionista.
As I started to read it wasn't very interesting but the more I read the more involved I got into it. I myself suffer from depression and reading about some one who is going through it made me feel connected to this book. I love the whole story of her life. As I got closer to the end I had to stay up late and finish it. Its a very well written book and I loved it. Thanks for opening up about your life and struggles. Make the world a better place knowing we are not alone with problems. Thanks for writing this book.
This was a great story, and I could definitely relate. We all wear different hats and have different roles to different people, and this story showed the world how it all relates. I loved this story and will probably read it again when the time allows for it. Kawaii brings the reader on her journey, as this is her memoir, of going through life, as it is a wild ride. It's emotional and giddy, and all around wonderfully written. She takes on everything from small issues to life-changing issues, and even some social issues. I highly recommend this book.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
Denise Kawaii addresses what many of us are discovering in our own lives, that what we’ve been told about the way the world works isn’t the reality for a growing number of people. Traditional ideals about success equating to more money and in turn more happiness just isn’t a reality for a lot of us. Denise Kawaii takes us on her own journey of navigating life in the wake of this and other realizations. She shows how to discard the unnecessary in order to rediscover her own passions and happiness in life. Woman With a Thousand Hats does what any good memoir does. It will make you reflect on your own life and struggles as you forge your own path in life.