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Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living

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‘Untamed will liberate women - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.’ (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love)

Who were you before the world told you who to be?

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to list
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Paperback, 333 pages
Published March 12th 2020 by Vermilion (first published March 10th 2020)
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Amreeta I agree. I just finished reading this yesterday. I couldn't put it down at the beginning but the middle was kind of dull. It does pick up again toward…moreI agree. I just finished reading this yesterday. I couldn't put it down at the beginning but the middle was kind of dull. It does pick up again towards the end though.(less)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Elitist Drivel

For those looking for an old school rant review, today is your lucky day.

I have so many thoughts and words floating through my head right now that I am struggling to formulate a review - which almost never happens.

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In fact, speaking of "struggle..."

This book was a struggle to get through. And I have a feeling it matches the struggle of being Glennon Doyle and living inside Glennon's Doyle's head - ALL of which is created and meticulously curated by Glennon Doyle.

Seriously though
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Glennon
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a sacred day to me. The most important thing I’ve ever written–my new book UNTAMED–is available for the first time TODAY.

I’m often asked why I don’t publish books more often. My answer is this: I never write a new book until I’ve become a new woman. Over the past few years, I became a new woman. UNTAMED tells that story.

At an event for LOVE WARRIOR, a woman walked into the room and the moment I saw her, three words filled my entire being: There She Is. I knew, from my roots, that she was
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Skyler Autumn
2 Stars

Did anyone else find this book to basically be the author patting herself on the back about how she is just nailing life at the moment?

The author should have just made a prologue that read: Listen up masses I have figured it all out because I'm more sensitive than you and thus for just can understand the world better. Also I know what you're thinking will I as a white woman address racism within this memoir? And yes, of course, I have a whole chapter dedicated to it and I think I get
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Elyse  Walters
Audiobook... read by Glennon Doyle

My thoughts and feelings changed ‘several’ times - from positive to negative - back to positive- back to negative!!!
By the end.... I was just glad to be DONE!

If this book was ‘clearly’ a memoir... I wouldn’t have felt annoyed.

I often didn’t buy her strategies in achieving emotional balance—-because ‘she’ lacked balance in important areas of life: true empathy for others.

Glennon will ALWAYS put her needs and desires ‘before’ others. She demonstrated several tim
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Roxane
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not the target audience for this book, but I am glad she found her path and a loving partner.
Katie
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book and I am sure for most this book is inspirational and empowering. I agree with her core message, I just found the whole book annoying. I can’t put my finger on it.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Did you hear choo choo sound of disappointment train! Yes, I heard it, I’ve been there, done that! And can you feel the approaching steps of “unpopular review”: yes, it’s coming right now…One step, two step, three step: And here we are: I’m about to give two stars one of the books inspired and got so many great reviews from the readers. I wish I could be one of them. I wish I could carry a happy smile after reading this memoir and clap my hands to show my devotion and respect to the author. Nope ...more
Justin Tate
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Warrior is one of my all-time favorite memoirs. I’ve never read an author be so honest about their flaws, so completely vulnerable and exposed to the world. With everything out on the table, she delivers stories that are truly gut-wrenching, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it to 100% of my writer friends who are working on memoirs. It’s that good.

Untamed is the follow-up to that book, and a lot has happened since then. Notably, Glennon has divorced her husband and married a
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Katie Hilen
According to my kindle, I made it 71% of the way through this book before I called the time of death. The themes of honoring yourself, busting societal boundaries, and fighting inequality were appealing and honorable. But they didn’t feel honest. Glennon uses direct quotes to express exchanges that happened years prior. The quotes are too perfect. It’s the phrasing we’d use if we had years to reframe conversations and an editor to clean up the narrative. She’s lead a remarkable life. I’m sure th ...more
Deanna Bailey
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I am African/MexicanAmerican, I have a hard time reading memoirs sometimes especially when it is from the White Woman perspective, however I really enjoyed the story Glennon Doyle wrote. Doyle is able to write about finding and being true to yourself but is able to drop gems of information even though she comes from a place of privilege- which she acknowledges herself. I want to give this book to every person I know to read with the hopes that they take away from it what I did which is let ...more
Heather F
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bland White feminism, paired with self-fan fiction.
Kelly
Mar 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF

I got about 2 hours into the audiobook (18%) and had to stop.

She had me at first, with the cheetah story and being locked in cages created by those around us. How important it is to find our wild again, and let it be what dictates our choices.

But then she got into going into herself to find God, or the thing she no longer refers to as God, and letting that be what guides her decisions and she started to lose me.

I also lost count of how many times she said she was a bestselling author.

It a
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Lisa
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I was expecting this to be more of a memoir rather than a lecture
Kristi
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could UNREAD this.
Rosemary Mac Cabe
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book written to be turned into Instagram quotes

Did not enjoy. Do not recommend. Lots of it makes no sense but sounds “inspirational”. Complete drudgery. I’d love to hear you argue this with me because I genuinely do not understand the hype at all.
Brat
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only rounded up for Abby. Otherwise, this is too Rachel Hollis-y for me. Not sure where the hype for this book came from but... pretty cover!
Glennon Doyle
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a sacred day to me. The most important thing I’ve ever written–my new book UNTAMED–is available for the first time TODAY.

I’m often asked why I don’t publish books more often. My answer is this: I never write a new book until I’ve become a new woman. Over the past few years, I became a new woman. UNTAMED tells that story.

At an event for LOVE WARRIOR, a woman walked into the room and the moment I saw her, three words filled my entire being: There She Is. I knew, from my roots, that she was
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Nadia
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, the format of the book feels a bit disjointed, as if I was simply reading a bound collection of blog posts rather than a cohesive book. After reading Love Warrior, I was interested in her story of what took place afterwards, how she was able to reconcile her faith and move forward with her life. Readers looking for this will be left wanting and personally, I felt as though instead of reconciling her faith, she has traded it for a brand of moralistic therapeutic deism.

Much like Love Warr
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Jenna Polan
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed by this book, especially after seeing such great reviews everywhere. The overview seemed promising, but I found so much of it repetitive. A lot of the shorter essays, focusing generally on injustices or world observations, ended right as they got interesting. The broad claims about gender inequality or cultural expectations are not new or groundbreaking; I don't mean that they shouldn't be written about (actually I think the exact opposite), but Doyle isn't adding any s ...more
Katharine
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't enough words for how much I loved this book. It was exactly what I needed during this strange time. It grounded me, brought me back to myself, and made me feel a little calmer. I hope to return to this often (something I'm not very good at doing). It was hard not to underline almost everything, and I used about a million book darts to mark passages I loved and want to remember or read again. If you're a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, and Brene Brown, I think this one will ...more
Pocket Watch Purveyor
Abysmal, smug and sanctimonious. I'm confident we'll be reading about her next divorce soon.
Jazmin
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think this book is more self-help than it is memoir, and the memoir parts were way more interesting.
First off: I have a real problem with the author describing herself as “caged.” I think middle-class, college educated white women really overestimate and catastrophise the kind of disadvantages they face from being women. We are all certainly confined by cultural and social values that are arbitrary. I would not call being in an unhappy marriage “caged.” There are actual people in cages in Ame
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Danielle
Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I have loathed a book so fully as I did that wash your face book. I suppose it was time to find one that I wasn't just bored by, or indifferent about. I detested every page of this nonsensical, self-indulgent, inauthentic word salad. The bold, beautiful cover is as much of a deception as she admits her last two memoirs were.
Jessie Bartholomew
The whole thing felt like an overcompensation. For what? I don’t know exactly. It was like during the whole book she was just trying to convince us, and herself, that she got it right this time. Her little revelations weren’t exactly groundbreaking. Trite sayings. This book is way overblown
Kait F.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know authors who write books like this polish up conversations that they recount in order to make them more coherent and meaningful in the rear view mirror. But oh my god. The conversations with the authors kids, ex husband, wife, therapist, friends and family were so incredibly self aggrandizing. Pretty much half this book for me was filed under “oh I’m SURE that’s exactly how it happened” *eye roll*. I’m also definitely not the target audience— none of the narrative about finding myself real ...more
Mk
Apr 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone was talking about this book and so I got it. Now all these people need to give the two days back to me that I spent reading this crap.
The tone is so self righteous, like I have figured everything out and you’re weak and you don’t listen to yourself nonsense.
Also, who the hell has conversations like the ones written in this book? And that too for very general everyday things. And when someone asked her to repeat what she had said, she was like oh I can’t say it again but here it is in
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Emma
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kalyn Nicholson
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.
This cracked open so many internal and emotional doors! It's both beautiful and cathartic while remaining grounded and graceful fuzed with so much empowerment.
This is by far one of the most inspirational and relatable books I've read in a while (and that is saying a lot).
I'll be returning to this one all the way into my late womanhood.
Judy Harper
I wrote a review when I was 3/4 of the way done with the book, talking about how hollow and untrue it felt. And now, I've finished the book (finished it several days ago), and I can't stop thinking about how much I still don't like it, how the author comes off as self-absorbed and sanctimonious.

I wonder if I would have a different reaction to the book if I'd read it in the world we lived in before this awful pandemic, and I have no way of knowing the answer.

So, all I can do is write my review fr
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Kelsey Mech
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like every book Glennon writes, Untamed felt like a conversation between my soul and her soul. It's as if she climbs into my heart space, curls up, puts her hands around my heart and goes "Listen closely. You need to hear this. Also, I love you. You got this." That's what her books always feel like to me. And then at some point, her words start melding with everything I already know to be true so it's like my own inner wise woman is speaking to me as I'm reading and I'm feeling a little stronger ...more
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Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers UNTAMED (a Reese’s Book Club selection) and LOVE WARRIOR ( an Oprah's Book Club selection), as well as the New York Times bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. An activist and thought leader, Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthr ...more

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