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Official Review: BadAss grAttitude by Nikki Nardizzi

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "BadAss grAttitude" by Nikki Nardizzi.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In Badass grAttitude: A Memoir of Finding Forgiveness and Strength, Nikki Nardizzi shares how she overcame feelings of negativity and unworthiness. With humor and honesty, Nardizzi sheds light on choosing happiness and gratitude despite facing overwhelming challenges in her life.

Nardizzi grew up in a large Jewish family and describes her childhood as idyllic. Her parents told her she was adopted when she was a young child, but Nardizzi always felt loved and never doubted that she was placed with the right parents. However, when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12, Nardizzi disliked feeling different from her peers. Then, due to complications related to her diabetes, she became legally blind and felt incapable. These feelings intensified after Nardizzi contracted meningitis, mourned the loss of her parents, and required both kidney and pancreas transplants--all by the time she was 41. A few years later, her husband suggested a separation because they were both miserable. When he advised Nardizzi that she should "find happiness," her journey began.

Nardizzi skillfully balances relating the darker times in her life with humorous memories. I most liked her ability to convey a sense of humor through her tell-it-like-it-is writing style. When she describes the helplessness she felt when forced to depend on others due to her blindness and the grief she experienced when her mother died, Nardizzi is brutally honest. Even so, her sense of humor remains despite her pain. Readers will relate to Nardizzi's self-deprecating humor and candor in the midst of adversity. On a lighter note, I found her description of listening to an audiobook of The Secret and her initial reaction quite funny. "With the weird music and the whispery passion, it felt religious, almost cult-like. What's this secret nobody else knows? How come only great people know of it? This lady is bananas."

While Nardizzi did adopt practicing an "attitude of gratitude" that she learned from The Secret, the use of gratitude lists by 12-step programs certainly predates the popular book, as does 1 Thessalonians 5:13, "In everything give thanks." I appreciate that Nardizzi stresses, "Not everything is for everyone." One doesn't necessarily need to agree with all of the teachings from The Secret to gain insight from Badass grAttitude.

The only thing I dislike is Nardizzi's graphic descriptions of painful medical procedures. The excruciating details are difficult to read and at times, border on gross. While I appreciate Nardizzi's desire to honestly share her experiences, less is more when it comes to relating information involving proctologists.

Unfortunately, due to the number of punctuation errors present, I'm unable to give the book a perfect rating. Many sentences were missing periods. Therefore, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who appreciate inspirational memoirs with a touch of dark humor. The book is intended for a mature audience as it contains R-rated profanity.

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The plot seems intriguing: though it contains touching events, it also holds humor. Nice review!
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Nardizzi is an example of the triumph of the human spirit. Her experience shows that attitude is really just a choice. She has gone through enough in her own life to prove it. I liked the creative title. Thanks for your compelling review of this book.
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Rose Harebate wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 10:03 The plot seems intriguing: though it contains touching events, it also holds humor. Nice review!
Thank you, Rose.
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kdstrack wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 10:09 Nardizzi is an example of the triumph of the human spirit. Her experience shows that attitude is really just a choice. She has gone through enough in her own life to prove it. I liked the creative title. Thanks for your compelling review of this book.
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.
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It sounds like Nardizzi is a girl after my own heart. I too am always a cup-half-full type of person. Overcoming so much, she is an inspiration. Thanks for the great and insightful review. I will put it on my list to read.
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linham02660 wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 14:05 It sounds like Nardizzi is a girl after my own heart. I too am always a cup-half-full type of person. Overcoming so much, she is an inspiration. Thanks for the great and insightful review. I will put it on my list to read.
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Wow, it seems like this poor woman really had it rough! Good for her to come out the end of it with a smile on her face. This had me truly giggling: "With the weird music and the whispery passion, it felt religious, almost cult-like. What's this secret nobody else knows? How come only great people know of it? This lady is bananas."
Great review :)
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Nardizzi sounds like she had a very hard life. Gratitude surely must be hard for her; however, she not only practices it but has a sense of humor, too! This is a memoir I would like to add to my reading list.
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Oh my gosh, these are some incredibly challenging health problems she has had to go through. Sounds like a really unique perspective she's able to offer. Thanks for this review.
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Bianka Walter wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 14:50 Wow, it seems like this poor woman really had it rough! Good for her to come out the end of it with a smile on her face. This had me truly giggling: "With the weird music and the whispery passion, it felt religious, almost cult-like. What's this secret nobody else knows? How come only great people know of it? This lady is bananas."
Great review :)
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PGreen wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 15:12 Nardizzi sounds like she had a very hard life. Gratitude surely must be hard for her; however, she not only practices it but has a sense of humor, too! This is a memoir I would like to add to my reading list.
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BelleReadsNietzsche wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 15:59 Oh my gosh, these are some incredibly challenging health problems she has had to go through. Sounds like a really unique perspective she's able to offer. Thanks for this review.
Thanks for your comment, Belle.
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Nardizzi is one tough woman. To survive in all the ordeal she went through is really commendable. She is a true inspiration.
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Shielasshi_93 wrote: 17 Feb 2019, 22:27 Nardizzi is one tough woman. To survive in all the ordeal she went through is really commendable. She is a true inspiration.
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