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Average Is the New Awesome

A Manifesto for the Rest of Us
Written by: Samantha Matt
Narrated by: Samantha Matt
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A celebration of ordinary awesomeness, for all of us who were told, "You can do anything!" and then found out we actually can't

Crappy homes, lame love lives, getting passed over for a great job (again) - not what we expected for our adulthoods. Americans tell their children, You can become anything! But let's face it - most of us can't.

Sure, some of our peers go on to become astronauts or billionaires. But most of us don't. In Average Is the New Awesome, Samantha Matt offers encouragement to us regular humans. Full of hilarious stories and insightful advice, this is a manifesto for ordinary awesomeness - for the beauty that can be found when we acknowledge that good enough really is good enough, and that greatness is ours to define.

©2020 Samantha Matt (P)2020 Seal Press

Critic Reviews

"A heartfelt pep talk of a book. A true reminder that when you're feeling average, you might just be extraordinary." (Meredith Goldstein, author of Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist)

"Samantha Matt's Average Is the New Awesome has struck a chord with me at exactly the right point in my life. It's clever and relatable - which I guess makes me average. But you know what? After reading Samantha's book, I'm okay with it!" (Charlee Fam, author of Last Train to Babylon)

"Samantha Matt nails the unique concoction of concerns that plague almost all of us - and even better, her wise, witty, warm advice offers practical solutions." (Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches and Love at First Like)

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  • Samantha Glassford
  • 27-01-20

The epitome of “I thought it was just me”

This audible had me laughing, nearly crying, and violently nodding my head in agreement. Never have I read something that had me say “I thought it was just me!” so many times. I wrote for Sam’s site Forever Twenty-somethings years ago and knew about her style and humor, but this surpassed my expectations. As a recovering perfectionist, this book came to me at a moment in life that I needed it. Listen to this audible, even if you prefer “real reading.” Her voice is great. *end rant*