How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh | Book Review

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is the Youtuber/ Actor/ Author’s first book.  The book was originally published on 28th March 2017 by Penguin and has topped the bestseller charts across plenty of borders ever since.

About the Book:

From actress, comedian and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) comes the definitive guide to being a BAWSE – a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over 9 million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

Warning: This book does NOT include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for – not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators. Only stairs.”

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

My Take:

I found this book to be a fascinating read. Laden with imagery and armed with tough love, this book not your ordinary Self-help book. This book is not for those who need to be pacified and cajoled. From the get-go, the author maintains that in order to be something in life you need to be prepared to put in the hard work.

The book is replete with unique yet relatable metaphors about life, struggle to be seen and acknowledged, to work hard to achieve your goals in life. There are autobiographical elements in the novel as well. Throughout the book, she borrows from her own life in order to explain to her readers what it takes to be not just better but the best versions of our selves. The idea behind the book is to motivate the readers to “hustle harder” and build a quality life for themselves.

I feel that the title of the novel, How to be a Bawse: A guide to Conquering Life, goes a long way in catching the fancy of a reader who has no idea who the author is. When I saw the title reveal, I was instantly curious about it. The idea of just surviving life was so deeply ingrained in our perception that most of us don’t even realize “conquering” is also an option. The tone of the book Lilly Singh sets even before the reader begins reading the book is a unique one. Enough to pull the reader in and give her words a chance.

Lilly Singh’s penchant for connecting with her audience also shines through in the way this book has been designed. Every little detail has been carefully considered and executed to serve a purpose. I honestly thought that all the colors might hinder the reading process but surprisingly all the different elements on each page don’t overwhelm but instead help the process along. She has highlighted what she wants the reader to absolutely retain, she has put in images what is better seen than elucidated through words. It might be my internal fangirl speaking, but she really has thought of everything to cater to her fan base as well as someone who just picked up the book regardless of the author.

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Bookish Brat



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25 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    I had never noticed this term before – I like it!

  2. Morgan Smith says:

    I’ve heard really good things about this book!

  3. Megan says:

    I haven’t heard of this one yet but it sounds great 🙂

  4. Anky says:

    Hadn’t heard of this book before but it sounds pretty good!

  5. Savannah says:

    Wholesome review! Thanks for sharing.

  6. sounds great. I never heard before, but i like the way you presented it.

  7. Joan Cajic says:

    Hadn’t heard of this book before, thanks for the review.

  8. Nadene says:

    thanks for the review. I am always looking for something new to read

  9. GiGi Eats says:

    I think we all have our OWN path to becoming “bosses” so books that discuss this are hard for me to get behind because I don’t believe there is one size fits all.

  10. Megan says:

    I’ve also never heard the term Bawse before but I like it. I like the sound of the overall tone of the book. Self help books can sometimes be a little too much rainbows and unicorns, I like a more direct, go get ’em style!

  11. Amber Myers says:

    This sounds like a fabulous book. I love to read, so I’ll add this to my list.

  12. Dian says:

    in general the boss needs to learn how to be the bawse 🙂

  13. Susie says:

    I was debating buying this book, it actually sounds like a great read!

  14. Kitty says:

    I love Lily Singh andd this is a great review… I need to check this out 🙂

  15. Claudia Krusch says:

    How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh sounds like a great book to check out. I love to learn more about Boss Women.

  16. Susie says:

    I’ve heard good things about this book so I gotta add it to my list. Lilly Singh is just great 🙂 can’t wait to read it!

  17. Anosa says:

    Impressive review, I have not heard of Lilly Singh but need to check this book out

  18. Jennifer L says:

    I absolutely love Lilly and her How to be a Bawse. I even have the audiobook because its amazing hearing her reading her own book. SOme amazing tips!

  19. Sayantani says:

    I love Lily and follow her on youtube too! So glad that you did this book review as I was planning ot buy this book 🙂

  20. Rosey says:

    It’s nice to come across a book you want to tout. This would be a good holiday gift idea too!

  21. I love how she address her audience in this book. I think it’s a book I could benefit from reading and putting to use in my life.

  22. This book sounds like a lot of fun. I bet it would be an insightful and amusing read. Thanks for showing it to us.

  23. I love to read and am always looking for new books. This sounds like a fun one to check out.

  24. This is the first time I heard about her. By reading your post it convince me. A kind of book I would like to read on my “me time”

  25. Kim says:

    This sounds like such a great read! Thanks so much for your thorough review!

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