3 out of 4 stars
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There’s a Rooster in My Bathroom! by Trish Ostroski is a fascinating book. It is different from other books because it combines two genres, and the results are just simply good and amazing. I liked reading this book, and I am sure you would too.
In this book, the author writes about her life. In the first chapter, she starts by telling about the time she participated in the Los Angeles Marathon in 2005. She shares what this experience has taught her and made her realise. At the end of the chapter, she motivates readers with few words, and she shares this quote by Mark Twain: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
In the second chapter, she shares her memories of working in Hollywood. She was fortunate enough to produce the Red Carpet Awards in Los Angeles. The author proceeds to share her experiences, how she has met celebrities, and people she has adored for so long from afar. She also writes about her past job as a theatrical reviewer. In the rest of the book, the author shares almost everything about her life, how she has worked in several countries through an NGO assisting disadvantaged and less fortunate communities. How she has travelled to all 50 states. She talks about the relationships she formed throughout the years, people that touched her life in a big way, and learning more about others.
To be honest, when I picked this book, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. At first glance, I thought it was a children’s book. After reading its title, I got fascinated, and I kind of knew from then that this wasn’t a children’s book. While reading the book, I was surprised in a good way. It is rare to find an autobiography that is also self-motivation. It is rare to read books where the author motivates and entertains from her/his past experiences. What Trish Ostroski did here was something else.
This book was flowing seamlessly that I did not get bored. The chapters had hilarious titles. Indeed the author can make an exciting story out of a thing that you and I may consider mundane. My favourite chapter in the book is chapter 30, titled “Followership.” Here, the author got a little bit serious by going back to her youth and sharing what she had written when she was young about the opposite of leadership, which is followership. Her younger self was indeed ahead of her times because what she wrote there made perfect sense, even today. Sometimes we are so obsessed with being in leadership positions that we don’t take time to think about followership. Without followership, there is no leadership, and being a follower doesn’t mean you are a loser or something like that. You are just as special as a leader. This chapter was beautiful, although it was very short. I just wished the author could have said more about this.
What I didn’t quite like about the book is that although it is different, its results were not quite satisfying. I know I have praised the author for her ability to make a great story out of a mundane thing but, I didn’t like the motivations that she shared on every little small thing that she had to do. For example, in chapter 20, the author shared how she had found a rooster in her bathroom, and at the end of the chapter, she was now motivating people to not get “weirded” out by small things such as this one. She then talked about how she and this rooster may have become a kindred spirit. I rolled my eyes at this. Again, I don’t understand how the title of this book fits in this book. I guess the author used her marketing skills and used the title as clickbait. She succeeded because I managed to get the book.
Besides that, the book was filled with humour. Trust me when I tell you that the author shared a lot of jokes in this book. I came across one misspelled word. Besides it, I didn't come across any other kind of errors. There are no sex scenes or usage of profane and vulgar language. Because of that, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Readers who love jokes, true stories, and motivations should get this book. It is a nice, relaxing book with sweet stories that will surely comfort anyone who reads it.
There's a Rooster in My Bathroom!
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