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Normal Gets You Nowhere

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,486 Ratings  ·  148 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

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,
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by HarperOne (first published April 26th 2011)
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Dec 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olivia Arrow
May 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.

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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in2011
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
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Great to read some things that could be written by me. In some parts of me book I was like "touché that's it!".
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
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c2014-20-20, 2014
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
Katie Heflin
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Was hard to listen to. I'm sure Kelly Cutrone is a great person, seriously. I'm sure she is a loving mom and is incredibly resourceful and intelligent. I personally like authors and "self-help" books that make me think, "I could be friends with this person" like Brene Brown. Compassionate folk. I LOVE straight talkers but straight talkers are not awful to people. They can say it how it is without pulling out someone's spine (ok maybe a bit dramatic but whatever). I could just picture the event w ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Gibson
Really surprised by how insightful I found this book....that sounds really bad, I know, but its true. I picked this up hoping to read this and to just be entertained by her no bullshit attitude (& I was!) but to not really find anything new or noteworthy (sometimes you just feel like rereading some of the same ol' lessons for the sake of reading (at least I do...)).

In this book, Kelly talks about love, death, human rights, compassion and redefining success and reasons for being. I loved it!
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
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I really liked listening to this audiobook. I've admired Kelly Cutrone and her no-nonsense attitude since watching her Bravo show, Kell on Earth. Initially, I was more interested in picking up her first book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, but it wasn't available on audio so I settled for her second book and I am very happy I did! It mostly centers around her personal spiritual outlook and how she applies it to various aspects of her life. I always come away from books like this refreshed, espec ...more
Krisanne Lane
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was mostly stream of consciousness and deviated from Cutrone's previous book in that she was more prone to display emotion than just be a cut-throat bitch (and I mean "bitch" in a good way). Her spirituality is a bit of an enigma and I'm not exactly sure what she follows but it seems New Age and it works for her. Her feelings on her place in the world, relationships, family, love and death are so relatable. Although I'm not a high profile anything much less fashion promoter, I get her ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say this, because I thought Kelly's first book -- If you Have to Cry, Go Outside -- was outstanding, but I found this book to be just tiring. It was basically an extended rant about all of the injustices in society today, and I jut got sick of reading it after a while.

I still love Kelly, but I wish there had been more positive messages in this book, instead of "this is why our world sucks" for chapter after chapter.

I don't recommend this book, unless you're really angry and discourag
RD Morgan
I absolutely LOVED Cutrone's first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, and I was very sad that I didn't feel the same about her latest. I'm in my early thirties and fairly comfortable with the aspects of life that Cutrone delves into in Normal Gets You Nowhere, so my guess is that I'm not this book's target audience.
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