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Summary

nor-mal: according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule or principle / conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern / of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development

Normal?

Who wants to be that?

When Kelly Cutrone’s first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, was first published, young people flocked to this new voice - finally, someone was telling it like it is, in language they spoke. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller, and fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone became more than a personality, she became a beloved guru, mentor, and fairy godmother.

Now she’s back with another no-holds-barred book to awaken our souls and kick our asses into gear. With Normal Gets You Nowhere, she invites us to get our freak on. History is full of successful, world-changing people who did not fit in. Think Nelson Mandela, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, John Lennon, and Rosa Parks. Instead of changing themselves to accommodate the status quo or what others thought they should be, these people hung a light on their differences - and changed humanity in the process.

“I know you don’t feel normal, so why are you trying to act it and prove to everyone you are?” Cutrone says. So much of what we say or don’t say, and what we do or don’t do, is dictated by what others have told us, or what people may think of us. This is not how we should be living, by measuring ourselves against the mundane.

An invitation to rethink who you are, what you value, and what you want from life, Normal Gets You Nowhere goes beyond how to reinvent yourself and create your own brand, and investigates what it means to live in this world as a tuned-in, caring individual with a passion for making a difference. There’s already an army of super talented uberfreaks changing the world–isn’t it time you joined it time you joined them?

©2011 Power of the Word Productions, Inc. (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Put all her books on audible (equality act 2010) please??

As soon as I finished this book, I was quickly looking for Kelly’s other books on audible please put her other books on audible. As for the book, listening to Kelly reading her book is so inspirational. Kelly speaks of thought provoking issues. I was left wanting more. Loved her book xxxx

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  • Kelly
  • 06-01-12

For open minds and hearts.

What did you love best about Normal Gets You Nowhere?

I love the honesty of the content and the passion of the author. I could completely identify with everything she had to say. Maybe that's why I find some reviews shocking. If you are a traditionalist, if you think sex is something that should only happen after marriage or you take serious offense to hearing the F word I can't imagine you are going to be open to what Kelly has to share. This book is about being who you are, finding your truth and being tough when others (see previous reviews) tell you that you aren't normal, because you have different ideas... like NOT celebrating holidays that YOU find meaningless.

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  • Edna
  • 06-12-11

A GREAT LISTEN

What did you love best about Normal Gets You Nowhere?

THE LANGUAGE AND OPENNESS OF THE WRITER

What was one of the most memorable moments of Normal Gets You Nowhere?

WHEN SHE WAS ASKED TO RE-WRITE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND SHE WOULD RATHER HAVE HER DAUGHTER LEARN ABOUT SEX FROM HER THAN SOME STRANGER.

Which character – as performed by Kelly Cutrone – was your favorite?

THE MOTHER CHARACTER

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

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  • Henry Roberts
  • 06-12-11

You are already nowhere when you read this crap.

A waste of time and money. Sorry. I hate to be just normal but not this kind of anti normal. It will certainly get you nowhere.

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  • Whitney Brown
  • 25-06-18

This is nothing short of phenomenal.

I can't stop gushing -- I'm s SMITTEN with this book!!!She is so smart, so cool, so funny, so knowledgeable and so strong.
Best book I've read in a decade. And I'm quite the book whore.
I highly recommend this, and I listen to it every few months again to regroup.
There's so much that is applicable to life. Please get this and tell people how great it is. She's like a female Anthony Bourdain- maybe stronger. I adored this. It's my go-to.
She's a goddess.

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  • Randji
  • 03-07-17

so dissatisfied

Her brashness made me feel like I was getting bullied through an audio book.
I understand she has a big personality but I didn't pay money to feel bad about myself.

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  • Jazmine
  • 12-09-16

I wasn't really a fan this book it was boring

A lot of who gives a fuck things she talks about thanksgiving Christmas who cares be happy why does she care just a lot unnecessary discussion ahh not that inspiring

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  • brittany
  • 11-08-16

Kelly Cutrone is my spirit guide

This book and If you have to cry take it outside by Kelly are both amazing books. This one in specific sat with me on an entire different level and taught me so much, drug me out of my normal thinking habits and into a mindset I never knew existed. I would recommend this book 1000 x over to anyone! I hope she does more books.

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  • Murphia
  • 25-07-16

truly felt like my childhood best friend talking

loved it, wanted more and am excited to learn and grow from what I took from listening. thank you

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  • Sarah
  • 15-05-16

Loved it & great insight!!

Loved it due to the fact I am now 40 and I seem to relate to her great. She has a great life story , I can slip away and listen like if I had her life minus the three kids I had!! Love them but her characteristics of her are again "awesome"!

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  • Sandra E.
  • 09-01-16

Blunt and nothing remotely normal

Kelly Cutrone has a voice and this book is about her telling us about her voice so we can find ours. It's her telling us about her religion so we can sit up and look deep into ours. It's about her life so we can examine ours. It's about accepting that normal isn't for everyone and when you dance to the rhythm of your own drum, it will take you to some fucking amazing places.