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What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  254 reviews
A contemporary guide to life, love, and happiness inspired by the extraordinary artist Frida Kahlo.

Revered as much for her fierce spirit as she is for her art, Frida Kahlo stands today as a brazen symbol of daring creativity. She was a woman ahead of her time whose paintings have earned her generations of admirers around the globe. But perhaps her greatest work of art
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Seal Press
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Lisa of Troy
Nov 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
First of all, it should be noted that the author shows great ambition researching, writing a book, and seeing it all the way through to completion. Everyone has an opinion but few actually go the distance. Her ambition should be noted, and this review is not meant to dissuade the author from future endeavors but provide feedback that hopefully will be appreciated if not today someday.

This book was billed as "Self-Help/Biography." It seemed like a perfect fit for a self-identified feminist/social
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book as I am fascinated by Frida Kahlo and the life she led. The book is nicely separated into sections that describe Frida from when she was a girl to her early death.

What I liked about the book:
* the writing flowed very well
* a lot of historical facts and information that I did not know prior to reading this book
* cute chapter endings as to what Frida would do

What I did not like about this book:
* I was not expecting such a biographical type book but more fun notions as t
The Nerd Daily
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray

2020, my friends … a year we won’t soon forget! The way this year has been going, we need all the inspiration we can get. So, make sure you add What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly to your reading list. This debut book by Arianna Davis is both informative and fun, drawing on iconic artist Frida Kahlo’s fearless spirit to examine how she would approach life’s most challenging and important situations. Kahlo undoubtedly lived
Traci at The Stacks
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I went in thinking this would be a biography, it’s not. It’s mostly the well known stuff about Frida with some connection to modern day self help. It’s just ok. A little too redundant for me.
Megan Rivera
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A great read and what Frida would do. About life and other things. Many different quotes and pictures as well.
"I don’t give a shit what the world thinks. I was born a bitch, I was born a painter, I was born fucked. But I was happy in my way. You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious. I am; simply I am.”

"I paint myself because I am so often alone, because I am the subject I know best."

Espero alegre la salida y espero no volver jamás,” she wrote. “I hope the exit is joyful—and I hope never to return.”

Frida Kahlo truly is
Marissa Tarnosky
Dec 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I rarely give such a low score, but I almost abandoned this book several times so let me tell you why. Firstly, this book was boring. Half of the book was filled with the most shallow of information about Frida. Secondly, the first 100 pages were completely repetitive in those shallow facts. There was maybe 50 or so pages in the middle that actually got into any depth or new facts and then right back to being redundant in nature. Third, I also really didn’t love the prose of this book and how it ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-release, arcs, lgbtq
4.5/5 stars

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher. My review is my own and not influenced in any way.

And now, here I am, sitting down to write a book on the life of Frida Kahlo, adding one more to the dozens of volumes about the artist that already line bookshelves around the world.

This was absolutely delightful to read. Admittedly, I didn't know much about Frida Kahlo going into this book. Like many others in the world with a passin
Mrs. Europaea
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Most Important Thing for Everyone in Gringolandia is to Have Ambition and Become 'Somebody,' and Frankly, I Don't Have the Least Ambition to Become Anybody.

I really enjoyed the format. It was broken up into "lessons," Davis seeks to inspire readers to live a little more boldly by asking themselves, What Would Frida Do?

The mix of biography with quotes and letters is a great way to experience and learn about the iconic Frida Kahlo.

Jee Hooked On Bookz
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams or nightmares. I painted my own reality.’
An inspiring read about Frida Kahlo and her life as an artist, a wife and a friend, most of all, a trailblazer, who knew how to live loud and proud, embracing her strengths, weaknesses and eccentricities. She married Diego, known for his philandering habits, divorced him and married him again, all along loving him with the same ferocity as the day she fell for him.

Even when bed-ridden
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
The ultimate influencer, the original selfie guru - myself along with millions of others, are obsessed with Frida Kahlo. As an art school nerd, I have followed her work and life for years, including attending several exhibitions, retrospectives, and have acquired an abundance of Frida swag that colors my life and reminds me to be bold, and courageous - just as Frida lived and loved.

This is a stunning ode to the life of an amazing woman. The struggles and pain she endured throughout her life didn
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
What Would Frida Do? is a biography of Frida Kahlo accompanied by some self-help framework. The book details Frida's life, mostly her time married to Diego Rivera.

This book provided a strong introduction to Frida Kahlo for readers who did not know much about her prior to reading. I liked Arianna Davis' voice and the obvious admiration the author holds for Kahlo.

I'm not sure I would classify this as self-help because it felt like more of a biography with a few pieces of advice peppered on at the
Daina (Dai2DaiReader)
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Frida Kahlo was a force to be reckoned with!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The story of her life is vibrant, interesting and mysterious.  Her fearless approach to life, how she loved and how she took things into her own hands is empowering.  By all accounts, she was ahead of her time.  She endured a lot in her life very early on but said, “No matter what obstacles life throws our way, we all have the power to be the author of our own stories.”  She started off as the woman behind the man but ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty and fun.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I learned so much more about Frida and her family and friends. I enjoyed everyone in this book!
Kristin | mskennedyreads
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a mood reader and I picked this up hoping it would match my mood. Informational, intriguing, new, and with each chapter/section, you learn something under a different arc or topic. I loved this book so much. Consider me a Friducha after reading this. Like the rest of the world, I know who Frida Kahlo was and what she stands for, however, Arianna Davis made Frida so personal to the reader, it was like we know her. Catch me attending any and all Frida exhibits/events in 2021. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, aoc
As far as self-help books go, this one does not seem extraordinary in any way to me. The advice it gives is generic and oftentimes vague. Very little time is spent on developing how to incorporate this advice into your life in favor of short, punchy advice snippets with little substance. What this book does have, however, is an interesting premise and framework.

There's no denying the pop culture relevance of Frida Kahlo. In fact, a week before I read this book I saw a bunch of handbags with her
Andrea Pole
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis is an absolute delight, from the gorgeously bright cover to the inspiring celebration of a life lived beyond convention and without fear contained within, this is a beautiful tribute to a woman who remains more iconic and relevant than ever nearly seven decades following her death. Ms Davis has delved deeply into the creative and revolutionary spirit of Frida to reveal a life that was full of happiness and purpose despite a plethora of obstacles. When readin ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I know Frida's art, I know her legacy, but I must be one of the few who don't really know her story. I was too young to catch the hype of the 2002 film, my knowledge of her doesn't extend much further than the abundance of Instagram and Pinterest quotes.

Arianna Davis introduces Frida with a fresh take on traditional biography. She captures Frida's art, love, loss and pain beautifully and I really enjoyed Davis' anecdotes on what Frida meant to her. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyo
Dec 27, 2020 added it
If there’s one thing that we learned in the year of 2020, it’s that women are STRONG.

In every aspect of life mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters stepped up to the plate and RAN this world during a pandemic.

Stepping into the new year, I couldn’t have asked for a more inspirational and appropriate read in What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis.

Part biography and part motivation, this book is an immersion of the life of the great Frida Kahlo and how her ideology applies to the modern day.

Sydney Young
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a confusing time to read books! Only those which completely capture me will do, and this one did just that.

It seems like Frida simply is, just as Blue Dog simply is (don’t mistake this for a comparison of Frida to Blue Dog, no, no, no. But the images, one of self-portrait and the other of a blue dog, are proliferate in our culture due to the painter’s singular concentration on their subjects). Other than watching the Frida movie and knowing the icon, I didn’t know much about Frida. This bo
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I did not know much about Frida prior to reading this book, except of her iconic look and that she had lived with chronic pain. This was a great debut, part biography, part self help, part information on Frida's art work. There were moments when it was repetitive and moments that could have been edited out but I tend to be forgiving of debut author's books. Would recommend this to those that want to learn more about Frida and those that want to revisit her famous artwork and quotes. It might be ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m at about 4.5 stars from this but that doesn’t take away from how much I loved this book!

The reason why I went with 4.5 was because I felt the first 30% of the book was a bit repetitive. It also felt like a very long introduction.

Once I passed that I flew through this book. Loved the narration for this book as it was easy to follow while working on my crafts!

As of last year I read a book on Frida’s life but really preferred this one. I thought this book was very informative and enjoyed how
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had so much fun reading this! I loved the way this was formatted with biography mixed with "What would Frida do about ____". I thought this was a fun spin on a biography. And the cover of this? GORGEOUS! It definitely drew in my attention. I knew basically nothing about Frida before this and now having read it and knowing more about her life I would have loved to been friends with her. She was an awesome person who had her flaws, recognized them and accepted them. The introduction chapter with ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Some of the reviews for this book are confusing, the author mentions very early on that this is not meant to be a biography but rather an opportunity for us to learn lessons from Frida’s life experiences. Each chapter explores how Frida approached different things in life, from confidence to pain to love to sex to identity. The love the author has for Frida bleeds into every page, the admiration and respect with which the author
Kaileigh Wenglikowski
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
I went into this book with little knowledge of Frida and her life. I felt like this was a good wrap up of her life and the key things that people would talk about in history. The author recited many quotes, described Fridas love, work, and family life and mixed it in nicely with some self help ideas. This is book truly encourages feminism and being a strong woman in a society that has unhealthy expectations for women. While this was a good read, it was just okay in the sense that I would want to ...more
Mercedes Johnson
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I started reading this book with no prior knowledge of who Frida was. I was intrigued by the beautiful cover and the book did not disappoint. I normally wouldn't be interested in a "lifestyle" book... but this wasn't your typical lifestyle book. The author talked about Frida's life so beautifully and made it really clear why she is an image most of us recognize. The author included quotes by Frida along with timelines of when things happened, and then wrapped it into ways we can live our lives a ...more
What would Frida do is a part biography and part self help book. Author David has compiled the painful and joyous facts in Frida’s life and has given us a book, that was amazing on audio.

I am a big Frida Kahlo fan and I have read several books on her life and paintings. So naturally many facts that were said in this book weren’t new to me and I felt that the second half of the book was iterative w/facts in the first half! It was still short and enjoyable. I read/listened to this in a day.

Mary Bronson
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me an e-ARC of this for an honest review

thought this was such a great biography with a combination of self help book. I think that Arianna Davis did such a great with her research and how then taking different aspects of Frida's life and how somebody today can be more like her or finding the best in themselves and embraces their own identity and be very proud of it.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought this was an interesting introduction to Frida Kahlo's life framed by lessons we can learn from her life today. I really enjoyed the details I learned about her life, and did find inspiration from her life to make small changes in my own.

I thought the narrator did a wonderful job giving voice to Frida and Diego, and I thought the descriptions of the paintings were very good at evoking the feelings through audio.
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