How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life – Lilly Singh

31202835How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: March 28th, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Life Experiences, Motivational & Inspiring, Celebrity Life


From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.


Initially, I didn’t want to read this book. I mean, look at it. Look at the cover. Look at the title. Look at the made up word, ‘‘bawse.’’

Are you kidding me?

But despite the cheesiness and silliness that sometimes arises, it remains a precious self-help book. It really does give helpful advice and motivates you to wake up at 6 am in the morning to conquer life.

It’s also surprisingly honest. I had no idea who this YouTube sensation was before I started reading the book. And I only cared to check her out when she began talking about her struggle with depression.

I, like a lot of people, love inspirational stories. To me, Lilly Singh was born to make videos and inspire others. She talks about how she made her first YouTube videos in 2011 because she wanted to cheer herself up. Not because she wanted to become rich and famous, but because she needed to fight depression.

She also discusses how sometimes a failed attempt to climb a business or personal ladder can end up opening new doors. Like when she was supposed to meet a celebrity to make an important video that meant a lot to her, but the meeting never happened. Still, that didn’t keep Lilly from developing her idea, even if she had to trash her first plan. Even if she had to find another way.

I agree. I absolutely agree. If everything went as planned all the time, and no one ever failed at anything, life would be… dull. We need to push ourselves and encourage ourselves and make mistakes to be able to grow – and, in my opinion, that should be everyone’s number one priority. I want to see people change for the better and dodge the icebergs life puts in their way. I believe that’s possible.

Otherwise, there would be no inspirational stories to tell.


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7 thoughts on “How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life – Lilly Singh

  1. I see this at the library a lot when I go in, and I always kind of laugh at the cover but think it might actually be kind of motivational (and apparently it is, based on your review!). I also don’t know who the author is, but it seems as if that’s not really an issue for reading the book.


  2. I am a huge Lilly Singh fan! And I was so happy to see that you read this book! I don’t feel like very many people in the book blogging world have talked about it, and it is an excellent book! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and that maybe you found a great YouTuber to watch as a result 🙂


    • Oh, thank you! I wasn’t really gonna read it so fast, but I read the first chapter and couldn’t stop! Yeah, I haven’t seen a lot of people review it either. But I do think it’s a bestseller so there’s that ^^ Also, I got the movie A Trip to Unicorn Island which I can’t wait to watch!

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  3. “If everything went as planned all the time, and no one ever failed at anything, life would be… dull.” Quite true. To be very honest, I am currently facing the exact issue you pointed out at the beginning. The title. I can’t bring myself to read this book. “Bawse” just did not strike a chord with me. It sounded utterly pretentious to me. After reading your review, I think I am being unfair to the book. I should give it a read before making up my mind on it.


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