Confidence is Queen by Susie Castillo
Posted July 27, 2009on:
Title: Confidence is Queen
Author: Susie Castillo
Good If… You’re looking for a self-help book that actually helps.
Summary: (Taken from Amazon)
Former Miss USA and MTV VJ Susie Castillo shares her ultimate beauty secret.
MTV personality, Neutrogena spokesperson, and former Miss USA Susie Castillo knows firsthand what it takes to get the most out of life: confidence. She learned this through her greatest victories, as well as through her greatest challenges. After her father left the family when she was only six years old, Susie could have succumbed to feeling discouraged and insecure. But her resilient mother taught her the power of positive thinking, which gave Susie confidence, earning her a crown and a dream come true.
Today, that positive thinking has become a way of life for Susie. In this inspirational book, she reveals the four keys to building self confidence and how to apply them to one’s life. By developing spirituality, embracing relationships, taking control of health and body image, and making dreams a reality, readers will be unleashing their own ultimate beauty in no time.
My Thoughts: I had pretty neutral expectations going into this one. Self-help books can go either way with me and I wasn’t too sure what a model would have to say that would be useful to me. But by the end, I was extremely impressed with this novel.
I should probably note that this isn’t a straight-up self-help book. There are many of Susie’s personal stories included and quite about her life but I felt that added to the book and made it easier to relate to.
I really liked how the book was split into four parts and they each built on each other. I found at least certain bits of each part to be helpful, especially the Relationships section, and applied some of it to my own life. The one topic I didn’t get much out of was the diet/weight/food topic. The recipes she included were so foreign and disgusting that I can’t believe anyone would eat them. However, that’s probably just from the lifestyle I’m used to and just because I got nothing out of it doesn’t mean you won’t.
Overall, this is one of the few non-fiction books I will recommend.