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Normal Gets You Nowhere

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  806 ratings  ·  109 reviews
nor-mal: according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule or principle / conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern / of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development

Normal?
Who wants to be that?

When Kelly Cutrone’s first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, was first published, young people flocked to this new voice—finally,...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 26th 2011)
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Desiree
I picked this up based on title and was hugely disappointed. This would have been more tolerable if it was a straight up autobiography rather than autobiographical detail peppering a guide to life, as even she says early on that you don't need other people telling you how to think.

The author is in her forties, but to me the book's half-fleshed out idealism sounds like the rantings of a nineteen year old college student bitching at a Denny's at 2 am.

In fact, everything about the book screams "I...more
Kate Woods Walker
This book came across my desk in the closing days of 2011, and although I had absolutely no idea who Kelly Cutrone is or why she is apparently famous enough to warrant not one, but two, advice-y books, I chanced to open it and read a paragraph or two. The author's voice was so unusual, so pro-feminine and pro-sex, and so downright close to my own worldview, I had to find out more.

At the close of the book, I found myself liking the author very much, despite her obvious eccentricities and outre' s...more
Lauren
I have to admit - and I hate to admit it - but I thought this book was only ok. It read like a complete stream of consciousness, with an attempt to categorize each random thought by a quirky chapter title. The book gets two stars because I was able to glean a couple of good things and pieces of advice from a few of the chapters, but honestly, that is about it. I'm so disappointed because I LOVED Kelly's first book, "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside". But this book has a feeling of being written in...more
Melody
I picked this up because I liked the cover. The author's name with the subscript "with Meredith Bryan" failed to register, as I usually stay away from ghostwritten books. It was vaguely interesting till Cutrone decided to share her spiritual visions (which involve a guru and Eleanor Roosevelt and Wonder Woman). This is the point where I detrained, though I did keep reading till the end. I think Cutrone is probably a lot of fun to know, but she's not so much fun to read.
J. Vollenweider
Smiled and laughed all the way through. A very fun and brutally honest read, chock full of wisdom, wit and wild tales from a woman who truly runs with the wolves!
Michelle Wong
Jun 12, 2013 Michelle Wong rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Kelly Cutrone
If you don't like Kelly Cutrone, or people with loud personalities who like to tell it how they see it, then you definitely won't like this book - so don't buy it "on a whim" and then proceed to review about how much you disliked it.

With that said, I thought this was a pretty fun and quick read. My mind was opened - and I started to just evaluate how I liked myself/my life/etc. I like that the chapters felt like little personal essays, all bound together into this fun, thought-provoking book. I...more
Jessica Lawlor
Last year, just before I graduated from college, I read and devoured IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE by Kelly Cutrone. I quickly fell in love with her tough love advice, strong personality and larger than life attitude. As I prepared to begin my own career in PR, I took Cutrone’s words to heart.

When I heard that she was releasing a second book, NORMAL GETS YOU NOWHERE, it was a given that I’d pick it up. I absolutely loved the title and anxiously picked up a copy from my library and brought it do...more
katie
I love Kelly's straight-talking, funny, honest, modern, brash voice. I really do. I haven't read her first book (If You Have to Cry, Go Outside), but I will now. There were quite a few things that resonated with me in this book, particularly her views on fur and the fact that fashion can be compassionate and a source of good and healing energy. Love to have a sit-down with this woman. She had a few tangents and things I would have loved to know more about, but I loved that she works in the indus...more
Mallory Cyr
Definitely not as hard hitting for me as her first novel, but I continue to find Kelly to be an inspiration to all young, strong women trying to find their way today. It got a little out there for me as she talked a lot about her spiritual exploration, and although I'm very open to that, I found it got tiresome. Definitely worth a read if you're a fan, but don't expect the same pow of if you have to cry go outside
Jolene
As always Cutrone gives sensible and spiritual advice in a no nonsense tone. This is a great book for young women who feel they need some sort of awakening in life or direction. I wish I had read this book in my 20s. But nonetheless it is still entertaining read for any woman. Love the little Curtone antidotes of real life versus her philosophy.
Alan
Such a god awful book
Somebody really needed to smack her whenever she went off track. This book needed direction and some kind of format, it should have been called The many ramblings of Kelly Cutrone that you'll find hard to relate to unless you smoke weed whilst reading.



Olivia Arrow
I'd give it even less of a star, not even a tip of a star, if I could. I almost didn't even review it because I was ashamed for anyone to know I had read some of it. Lucky for me, I never finished it! Being an outsider my whole life, I attempted to get through the terrible writing, the superiority and inconsistencies because maybe there was something I might take away from it. God, it was just awful. This woman is not in the position to give anyone advice on life, regardless of how many names sh...more
Kt
I LOVE a strong woman in business and Kelly (Cut throat) Cutrone is one strong... lady.

Its funny how I stubbled upon this book, Ms Cutrone was simi-haunting me to be read her. I first discovered her fist book "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside" at Kinkos (of all places) while doing some business work. I then fell upon it again at Barnes and Noble while browsing the music section (at the time the Fashion section I guess was spilling into the Music), but I never was able to come around to reading it...more
Jaclyn Day
I made no secret of the fact that I loved Kelly’s first book If You Have To Cry Go Outside. I thought the advice was sound and it was interesting learning more tidbits about her personal life and work. It was a fast, worthwhile read and I still recommend it to people.

You can imagine how excited I was to read her second book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, and I know some of you were looking forward to it as well. I had high expectations, even though I didn’t expect it would be a same song, second vers...more
Skelly
Normal Gets You Nowhere was good (but not great). I can relate with Kelly's opinions on a lot of topics she spoke about and that was why I enjoyed reading this book. Her writing reads like you're hanging out with a friend, having drinks and just talking about the world. I think she has good insight on a lot of topics. I'm also a little motivated to look into the powerful women she's talked about in her book.

When she starts going on and on about her guru though, I got bored! There was even a part...more
Arij
I hated her attitude on the Hills, I still do in a way. I read from one of the reviews that it was almost like a biography, so I did not expect to find this book fun or easy to read.

I loved loved it, would and probably will read it again!!!

1- "All of us are sparks, and the whole global universe is a fireworks show."

That is beautiful yet terrifying, because sparks eventually die too. I don't think i fear my own death though, I am utterly convinced that the world ends when I die. BUT I can't and i...more
Diana
If you have caught Kelly Cutrone on TV, you already know that she's got that emo look that was popular with the kids in the past few years (or is it still popular?) that goes along with her tough personality. She knows what she looks like and how she comes across but as she puts it, her hard work allows her this luxury that you nor I could probably get away with if we were in the fashion industry. So how does that relate to this book? Well, she wants you know to that just because the masses does...more
Isabelydancer00
The title - 'Normal Gets You Nowhere' grabbed mmy attention. I've never heard of Kelly Curtone until I saw this book. I read the entire book in a span of two days - so easy read. I found her ranting and raving writing-style commical to a certain extent. Mmy thought is that a good mmajority of wommen mmay think a long her line of thinking in one formm or another, especially the younger ones. I'mm almmost 50 and I've never really been normmal!
I actually speed-read through the book in somme chapte...more
Rebecca
At first, I thought this could be a fun/easy read. I was prepared to not have to finish it if it didn't keep my interest in the beginning. But once I started reading this, I just could not put it down. Kelly Cutrone's writing was easy to read (a bit vulgar at a time - but I wasn't expecting this to be some literary master piece), relevant, and EXTREMELY entertaining. Her stories and outlook on life are so real, and I felt like I could totally relate. She sounds like the girlfriend you want to ha...more
Courtney
This is one of the worst books that I have ever read. The author champions compassion and love for others one minute and the next minute she is judging and swearing at others like it is her job. I can't remember the last time a book has infuriated me in such a profound way. It was even harder listening to her narrate the audio book. The sound of her sanctimonious voice was too much to handle.
Karen
Kelly Cutrone was such a cast-iron bitch on ANTM that I was intrigued enough to pick up her audiobook. I can't say I enjoyed it immensely - some of the stuff is so random such as throwing death parties and how to deal with litigious bitches - but it did have some snippets of good advice in there. Despite her ranting, I did enjoy her social consciousness, her repeated use of profanity (who doesn't like a good 'motherfucker' thrown in every now and again to get a point across!), and her advice on...more
Chenice
I was blessed to meet Kelly herself on Thursday (7th July 2011) at a book signing in London and she was the most gracious woman ever.

She hugged each 'fan', took a photograph with them and signed our books. She donated all the money made from the books to the charity; S.O.P.H.I.E. It was money well spent.

After reading mixed reviews about this books, with many saying it was disappointing compared to her first one, I feared slightly the reviews may be correct. I was wrong. It was just as good, if n...more
Tiffany
I bought this book after hearing Cutrone on the radio. Her tough-as-nails (as they say) demeanor is something I respect, especially when it comes to business. I think more women should embrace this in themselves so to eliminate the feelings of many that assertive women are "bitches." OK, that being said, this book started out being everything I hoped. And then...quickly became everything I didn't want. I didn't care for her lengthy tributes to The Mother (a.k.a. The Divine Mother) and other spir...more
Jamie
The divine Kelly Cutrone continues to impress me with her realness, her humor, and her spiritual intelligence.

I love her take on life, love, professionalism and the things that do and should motivate us in our daily lives. She can get a bit hippy dippy at times, but with one foot grounded firmly in the frivolous land of fashion meets upstate New York girl born and bred-ness (to which I can relate), I can trust that her accounts of her spiritual awakenings are truly genuine, rough around the edge...more
Melissa
I was hoping for so much more... I just couldn't put myself through the torture of finishing this... So I dumped it in the Salvation Army bin so some other poor soul can try to enjoy it...
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IMO this book was useless. I was hoping to be wowed with some killer insight in the fashion industry but I wasn't. Glad I rented it from the library instead of buying it.
Kimberly
I was rocked by "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside". Rocked. Period.

This book - although I greatly enjoyed it, it was a bit of an all over the place manifesto. I'd definitely recommend reading it, as Kelly - there's no other way to say it - kicks ass. But, this one reads like a series of blog entries put together in book form. I understand and was moved by everything - from Amma to her life challenges and even the death parties (which I agree with) along with finding your own true North. However,...more
Denele
Nov 01, 2011 Denele rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people looking for spiritual guidance and/or desire change in the world
Like others, I absolutely loved If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, so perhaps I had high expectations for this book. Sadly it fell short. The points in Normal Gets You Nowhere that inspired me were mostly just concepts she repeated from her first book. I have great respect for Kelly and believe she has many valid points, but unfortunately this book will not end up on my book shelf.
Rebecca Johnson
I absolutely loved this book. Some of the other reviews put down the "train of thought" type book; while I adored this train of thought, life praising, romp that takes so controversial views, but does so with passion and grace. Speaking from life experiences, but admitting she could be wrong at every corner I fell in love with Kelly. I am not familiar with the author's other work, but I don't think you have to be to "get it."

Discussing life, death, friendship and standing up for what you believ...more
Ashley
LOVED, loved, LOVED.
Things I never thought I'd do: Finish a book by Kelly Cutrone (who, prior to reading her books, I knew only as "the angry lady from 'The Hills') and be like, "Damn. This lady rules."

I love the way she sees the world; I love the way she explains, lives and promotes her spirituality, why she lives the way she does, and why she feels the way she feels; I kept finding myself wanting to underline paragraphs (I read a library copy) so future readers wouldn't miss the parts that spa...more
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Kelly Cutrone is the founder of the fashion public relations, branding, and marketing firm People's Revolution, which has represented clients such as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Christie's, and more. She stars in Kell on Earth on Bravo and has appeared on MTV's The Hills and The City. Prior to founding People's Revolution, Cutrone c...more
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