As Goodreads reviewer Katrina wrote, "I can see this getting mixed reviews because it [toes] the line between memoir and self-help. The result is that it does neither very well." I agree. This book ends up being a self-help memoir, and I think it would have been better to choose one lane, namely the "memoir" lane. I can appreciate the desire to help others with the tools and insights Chrissy Metz has found for herself--but perhaps she could have framed them as "here are techniques that work for me."
Metz had a difficult childhood, with an abusive stepfather, an absent father, and a mother struggling to raise five kids and keep things together. She found an inner strength and forged a path to make her dreams come true. And she is eager to help others overcome their own struggles, and that's awesome.
Some misgivings I have: Metz seems to be an adherent of "The Secret"/"Laws of Attraction." I have issues with this, as expressed in my review of The Girl Code. I can appreciate the spirit behind that perspective, but I feel it has some unfortunate implications. I can also appreciate reflecting on a difficult situation/experience and considering "What can I learn from this?" But I have much more trouble with the idea that the universe conspired to create the situation/experience in order to issue a lesson. Just no.
Related to that, Metz's stepfather was horrible to her. He was both physically and emotionally abusive. She maintains a relationship with him, having accepted a clumsy apology from him, and notes in the book that his abuse made her feel that nothing can break her. I have some serious misgivings about this. Although it is obviously not her intent, I have seen this type of statement used as a justification for abuse. This reasoning has been used by abusers and has also been a reason for victims of abuse to perpetuate the cycle of abuse on their own children/wards. "This is how I was treated, and it made me tough, so I will do the same thing to my own kids!" Again, I am not suggesting that Metz in any way endorses this reaction, but I can't help thinking her words might be misused that way.
I really appreciated the story that Metz shared, as well as her conversational, sit-with-me-and-I'll-share-my-story tone. Metz has great insights into human behavior and shares some excellent strategies for navigating conflict and prioritizing one's personal dreams. I recommend the book for those aspects, with the caveats noted above.