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Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  910 ratings  ·  146 reviews
An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want - from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world.

Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward 27-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media, and became a bo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Harper Business
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Catherine Coles
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This part memoir/part career advice book is aimed specifically at millennial women who don’t see themselves fitting into the stereotypical ‘career person’ mold. It’s similar to #GIRLBOSS, but more practical. The author's advice can be summed up as follows: be yourself, work hard, stay nimble, set goals, keep trying, and most importantly: don’t let your insecurities trip you up. It’s pretty basic stuff on the surface, but Romolini makes it resonate.

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Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author stated that she wrote the book for her daughter, and I started reading it for my son, but quickly realized that I am, at least in part, in need of much of the information in this book as anyone else. Very good advice on being a boss and on navigating workplace life. I can think of several people I'd send this book to. Excellent book from a GenXer who has been through all of it to those of us who are going through it now. ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: worklife
The advice in this book is spot on. Be yourself and work hard.

The writing style is OK. I felt genuinely inspired by the introduction. Many parts of the book were good.

The flaw in this book for me is the inclusion of memoir-style stories by Romolini. I know that "weirdness" isn't a contest but holy cannoli is this a main-stream chick. Her examples of weirdness are disappointing. I think she might have some actual weirdness in her life, but it isn't really shared in this book. What you get in th
I love a good self-help book and good career/management books. This one is aimed at 20 and early 30 something women, and while that's me, I feel more stable and established than I think those who'll get the most out of this will be. I really enjoyed how straight forward and honest Romolini is, and she's encouraging about being weird and embracing it as part of who you are and how you work. She gets real, though, in the places where it's utterly necessary to get your shit together and be an adult ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Never in my life have a read a book that was so sadly desperate to sound cool.

The book reads like a series of Buzzfeed articles pieces together with snippets from the Onion and then some trying-way-too-hard advice from your youngish mom or aunt. It will also only be relevant (if it is in fact so) for about 15 minutes as there are references to celebrities nicknames and colloquial millennial nonsense sayings throughout the entire book. The 'Gram for example *shudder*. The writer assumes the read
Angelee Field
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at a time in my life when I really needed it. Serendipity? Needless to say, I related to a lot of what this author was saying and helped to cope with some of the hopelessness I'm currently facing in my work life. I laughed and I cried, but I never felt like she was preaching to me. ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and inspiring! This it the college graduation present you need to get for the young f-up in your life.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is for anyone who has ever felt out of place in a corporate work environment. The author manages to walk this wonderful encouraging yet real talk line of "you are a special snowflake" and "come on, they pay you for a reason." I plan to reread the section on job interviews before every one I go on. This book is funny and real and honest and I loved the author's voice. ...more
I was charmed by the snippet of this book I initially read, an autobiographical recounting of the author's first marriage and experience waitressing. As it turns out, the bulk of this book is not memoir. Nor is it the career advice book I was expecting. Rather than forging new career paths from an unconventional work history, this is more about how to succeed in a typical corporate environment coming from that kind of background. Not a bad topic, but the advice and beliefs the author presents ar ...more
Alison Entsminger
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I was so relieved to finally be done with this book. I heard the author speak at SXSW in her talk called “How to be a Boss without being Bossy”, and absolutely loved it! Everything was super practical for navigating the world of business. And extremely tweetable (who doesn’t love that). I went immediately to the SXSW book store on search of the book she was promoting in the talk.

When I began reading it, however, I was extremely disappointed. All the actionable, practical insights
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
i just quit a well-paying social work office job in june to go back to a lower-paying but way less awkward job in residential treatment. part of it was because my agency was dysfunctional and shitty but a lot of it was because i just couldn't hack office life. i felt like the biggest freak in the world. it made me super depressed and self-hating in a way i hadn't been since high school (or, more precisely, my last very bad office job, c. 2010). i wish i had had this book back then, or at any of ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the minute I started reading, this book felt like it was written precisely for my kind of people. This is a book that has multiple office-life applications, from advice on how to navigate those cringe worthy small talk conversation to just outright empowerment for anyone who feels weird or out of place in a regimented world.

One note of interest. This book seems to be advertised in some places as "for women." And sure it's written from the female perspective, but as a man I can tell you wit
Linda Steighner
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
Easy to read book full of encouragement to go after what ever it is that you want and not to give up when you think that you are a failure or too old or not smart enough and do not dress well enough. Jennifer Romolini's life and career history is full of reasons that she should have just given up, but not everyone fits into the normal cookie cutter life and she shows the reader that is okay. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, audiobook
I am probably not the audience Romolini had in mind for her book. While I believe I would certainly fit the title and subtitle callouts, I am an older male. The author, and quite a few of her stories, are aimed at women at work, generally young women at work. How can I tell? The book includes advice and anecdotes on working while nursing and on when to wear a bra, among other things. But I still found this a fun-to-read book, filled with stories of a unique person as well as some advice on worki ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book is out dated and out of touch.
Despite the title, it's a corporate how to guide for people (cis, straight, white girls) who ultimately want to conform to get ahead.

Written by a Gen X woman who is "weird" about how she made it in the New York magazine scene starting in the early 00s. Which means she's never had to deal with any of the hiring mechanisms that have become common in the past 10 years or the highly competitive nature of finding a job. Her advice ranges from the sort of usefu
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Partial memoir and partial business book that is written to avoid legal and formal lingual. It's a secular, no-nonsense, casual read; it almost felt like a series of blog posts or something of that nature before it was compiled into this book. A part of me wishes that I didn't receive the ARC so I could easily flip to the sections that are only the tips; Romolini heartedly encourages you to use this book in any way that you want. I mostly enjoyed her honesty since it pairs nicely with her advice ...more
Kelsey H
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a "weird" person myself, this book fell flat in so many ways.

I was hoping to find some advice for the real untraditional employees in this world-- the writers, the firewood salespeople, the acrobats, the massage therapists, etc, who make up the bulk of the people I know and would actually deem "weird," yet what I found was... advice on how to get by in the office. Yes, the office. That career trap that, apparently, no matter how strange you are, you'll end up working at eventually.

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Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
In all honesty, I hardly enjoyed this at all. But I think that's because I really needed a different book. The author hardly mentions figuring out what you want/need your career to be, going so far as to say this is the easy part & you already have this figured out. I tuned out right then & there. Honestly hurt that the writer I was looking to for comfort just said my big problem isn't a problem, and moved on. I'm too sensitive. Anyways, I did love that she's very inclusive, and realistic about ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
I am slightly older than the target audience of this book but have certainly had experiences that mirror those of the author. I found her writing style refreshing and fun and her advice sound. This was a quick read and was a nice way to spend my lunch breaks. I would definitely recommend this book to my past self and all those women who feel a little out of step with traditional corporate life.
Charreah Jackson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Juicy and needed read! Loved Jen's honesty. When she shares how her car broke down as she tried to leave a relationship, I howled.
Leanne O
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I think overall this is a nice career advice book, but the title is misleading. Maybe I'm just too weird for the Weird Career Book? ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The career guide every woman should be handed on their way out of university. I was drawn to the title but actually this is much more targeted to youngish women who feel insecure or out-of-place in their job search or in their work than it is to "weirdos".

I have to say that I only read the advice section - about half the book - as she recommends reading the book for what you need and ignoring the Type A compulsion to finish something in its entirety. As I read only the "embrace your weird" sect
Kelly Scanlan
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a refreshing look at what it means to be successful. For a lot of us weirdos, our inner racquet feels like it will keep us reaching great heights, but Jennifer Romolini makes a strong case for bullsh*t on that one. Her candidness about personal and professional fumbles, addressing them, and each time getting back up and trying again show that it’s not our flaws or failures that outline who we are - though they remain an integral part - it’s how we address and react to them. I immed ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, ideas, mgmt
Although I thought the title was too long I am glad I picked up this book. Maybe it was the cover. The anecdotes and advice given by Romolini were honest and very helpful indeed for those who are new to management positions. Constantly trying to adapt and stay current in a changing workforce is tiring, and to succeed you need quality people around in your profession for support.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insightful, relatable, and hilarious. Would recommend to every twenty-something woman who’s itching to have impact and be different in this world.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this book - the author hit on so many thoughts and feelings I have all the time and gave solid advice in real-woman terms that made sense to me. I enjoyed hearing about her life and progress. I have recommended this book to several women already.
Michelle Chan
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Good to gift to someone who is wrapping up their undergrad.
Quick, easy to read
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challen-f-e
It seems as though she knows me!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
General premise of the book,which is part memoir part guide: chill the fuck out and be yourself, have good judgement, be ambitious but not ego driven. Sound advice but Romolini is able to really get to the heart of it in a really authentic way- I'm considering making this required reading for my new hires. (Not really...but also, maybe?) ...more
***I received my copy through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.***

More Millennial memoir than self-help.
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Jennifer Romolini is the former chief content officer of, a website founded by Shonda Rhimes. She was previously the editor-in-chief of HelloGiggles and Yahoo Shine and the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times,, Lenny Letter and many others.

She's been weird since at least 1978.

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