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Tony Blankenship
Self-Help Sucks
Are harmful habits and addictions ruling your life, no matter how hard you try to control them? For those who’ve read every self-help book out there with no results comes the anti-self-help book that will finally allow you to affect real and lasting change. Because while self-help sucks, claiming the aid of a Higher Power and the support of others can lead to recovery, inner peace, contentment, and freedom from destructive behavior—and author Tony Blankenship shows you how. A six-part program based on the principles of the original, highly successful twelve-step program, Self-Help Sucks is filled with exercises, meditations, prayers, examples and experiences from the author’s life which lay the groundwork and provide rules for healthy daily living. Break free once and for all from the addictive behaviors that are hurting you and your loved ones with this unique, one-of-a-kind guide to living your best life.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Blankenship resolved to write Self-Help Sucks after suffering through other unproductive self-help texts. The book is based on the first six-step version of the twelve-step program and focuses on stopping harmful addictive behaviors. It highlights the importance of trusting a Higher Power and asking others for help. 

Prose: Blankenship expresses frustration with rambling self-help books, and Self-Help Sucks definitely lives up to this promise to be more concise. The prose is clear-cut and easily graspable, especially when it comes to explaining exercises. While overall the writing style may not leave a significant impression on readers, the author effectively conveys his perspectives and ideas.

Originality: Self-Help Sucks is novel in its use of the original six steps, as opposed to the more commonly known twelve, but there are certainly similar books that use a version of the twelve steps as a jumping-off point. Ultimately, this work doesn't stray quite far enough from the traditional self-help manuals it critiques. 

Character Development/Execution: Blankenship presents himself as a reliable author by honestly depicting his own struggles with traditional self-help guides, as well as including the stories and testimonials of others. The book's combination of linearly proceeding through the six steps alongside well-explained exercises makes for a well-executed text.

Date Submitted: October 27, 2021