Thursday, April 8, 2021

Even More Fantastic Failures by Luke Reynolds - ADVISABLE

Even More Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First by Luke Reynolds
, 288 pages. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster). 2020. $13. 



More fantastic failures details how people who changed the world, from celebrities to teen advocates, succeeded in spite of setbacks to follow their dreams and overcome obstacles. Individuals vary from Joan of Arc to Barack Obama with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Jamaican Women’s National Soccer Team. Segments are short and readable vignettes with even more examples in sidebars. 

 The format and cover didn’t do much for me initially. I admit it took me awhile to finally pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised by the readability, though I thought the beginning of each story pointing out how easy it must have been for each person and then refuting that belief unnecessary. There is also a fair bit of editorializing to go along with each entry. But these stories remind us that people are more than the successful images we see on social media and that it’s ok to fail because we don’t know where failure will lead us. 

Michelle in the Middle

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