It isn’t often these days that I dedicate an entire blog post to one product or to one book, but I knew I had to move today’s planned post – you’ll get it next week! – to share my thoughts on The Insecure Girl’s Handbook. Liv, a wonderful friend of many, many years, only went and wrote a book! And, spoiler alert, it is expectedly great.
Liv founded The Insecure Girl’s Club Instagram in 2017, a platform for women to share their insecurities and be vulnerable in order to overcome them. Since then, it has grown to accommodate its’ own website platform and a supporting handbook. As somebody that is certainly insecure at least some of the time, I’ve found great comfort and an inspiring sense of community from The Insecure Girl’s Club and so I was thoroughly excited to read Liv’s The Insecure Girl’s Handbook.
On the whole, I’m not a voracious non-fiction reader. I think non-fiction must make up about a quarter of what I read: it’s essential to me that I read a mix of both fiction and non-fiction books, across an expanse of genres, because the key is almost always in diversity. I’m quite particular about self-help style reads as well, choosing to read less or none of them, because it’s just such a subjective topic, isn’t it? However The Insecure Girl’s Handbook happily sits in a niche of its very own.
Whether you’re regularly plagued with imposter syndrome or you experience confidence issues only now again again, this handbook has got you covered in the authentically relatable and non-patronising manner that we all adore Liv for. I first delved into the book on Monday evening after work and instantly felt comforted by her words and nuggets of wisdom. The best way I can describe it is it feels like you can relax into it, drop a few inches from your shoulders, and it leaves you feeling uplifted and empowered every time you put it down. Of course there are plenty of ‘already knew that’ quotes throughout, but Liv excellently connects the dots and guides you through the journey and succinctly gets you to the coveted ‘I’ve got this!’ feeling we all not-so-secretly want.
The Insecure Girl’s Handbook itself is divided into five chapters, all of which cover a different type of insecurity that modern-day women face. Within the chapters are brilliant anecdotes – a select few of which you may recognise from her blog and Instagram – along with real-life insecurities from The Insecure Girl’s Club members, interviews with experts, and quick-fire takeaway tips to close.
Personally, I’ve reached a stage in my life where I feel wholeheartedly content and self-assured, but that’s not to say I don’t still have my own insecurities. The Insecure Girl’s Handbook has left me feeling ultimately wiser and ready to take on those everyday niggles. It’s taught me that having insecurities in itself is the first step to battling them head-on, and most importantly it means I don’t feel so alone in them. Just scroll through the Instagram feed and you’ll see that!
Lastly, I know at least some of you reading this post/review will be here to see if I think this is ‘another blogger book’ and if the author’s voice feels authentic, edited or ‘worthy’. Whilst Liv is a good friend of mine, I must and can still honestly say that The Insecure Girl’s Handbook is a great work in itself. It reads just like posts from her blog, just in a much longer format, and if you’re a fan of Liv, you surely won’t be disappointed by the handbook. It contains both style and substance, and I really do think it’ll make a great read for any age group. I know I’ll be sharing this with any future children I may have.
Pin this post for later:
(*Affiliate links used.)