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Just Who Will You Be?

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"I've learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we're starting out in the world. That's because in a way, we're starting out fresh in the world every single day."

Just Who Will You Be? is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech sh
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2008)
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Quick little book to read. It offers substantial insight and is a good reminder to yourself to just be comfortable with who you are and not what you want others to see you as. I found it helpful as a school counselor. Daily I asked my students "what do you want to be after high school?" Which implies a specific job that will define someone. When really the more appropriate question is, "who will you be after high school?" This is much more open and allows for further exploration into life outsid ...more
Lesley Looper
This book is based on a speech that Maria Shriver gave to her nephew's high school graduation. There are some good nuggets to think about in this book (like the fact that it's never too late to dust off your dreams), but a few things didn't sit quite right with me. 1) She mentioned a couple of things that her teenagers said to her that seemed very "attitude-y", that seemed to add to Shriver's "identity crisis." Since the reader only sees this on paper, there's no way to see facial expressions, o ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone thoughtful
Recommended to Lisa by: Oprah
I have only watched Oprah once in recent history. I was channel surfing in the middle of the afternoon-also a rare thing-however I was glad I stumbled across an interview with Maria Shriver. I admit--I hated her because she was beautiful. Not really, but I thought she had it all. I was delighted at the way she opened up--she thinks and feels just like all of us. She's just a person, living a life, like me. She peeled away the layers of legacy and beauty and fame to find herself.

Her book is a co
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Who Will You Be? This is a question that I've been struggling with lately. I really want to be the fun girl that I once was, but I'm also trying to be a responsible wife and mother. I'm also trying to live up to expectations that I feel others have for me. Notice- other people may not have those expectations for me, but I *feel* like they do. Or maybe I expect them to expect me to....
At any rate, I'm failing to find balance. If I would take time to reflect on the wisdom that Maria Shriver s
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I've been struggling a lot lately with how I feel about myself, how I view myself, and how I want others to see me, this was a perfectly timed read. I picked it up as a bargain buy on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm so glad I did. Shriver tells about how she felt out of sorts with herself as the First Lady of California, because she felt she was more than that. As she questioned herself, she found that she had at one time linked much of her identity to her career, but that didn't feel right eit ...more
May 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah blah blah...very disappointing book. This very small tiny book with large print and gigantic margins is basically the speech that Maria Shriver delivered to her nephew's high school graduation. You can get much more practical information by googling 'who do you want to be when you grow up'. Definitely not worth the price. Quick read-about 1 hour.

P.S. I am not a lover of Oprah's books, I should have known better.
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book, it really gives you a sense of who you are and who you want to be in life.. great read for anyone that needs some direction in life. :)
Hannah Hillman
3.5 stars. This was a quick and inspirational read. A great book to pick up right before heading to college.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lines I loved from this book:

Asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our life, not just when we’re starting out in the world. That’s because, in a way, we’re starting out fresh in the world every single day.

We can allow ourselves to keep changing and growing and evolving. Actually, we’re supposed to.

My dad, Sargent Shriver, started the Peace Corps, and my mom, Eunice, founded the Special Olympics.

Just because people know your name, it do
Feb 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, I recommended this book for our December book club since it was short and since I had seen Maria Shriver interviewed on Oprah. The book was a total disappointment! Shallow and without redeeming value. Do not buy. To make the book more palatable, I researched her life to answer the question of why she married Arnold. Now that was sort of interesting.

Following are the questions that I asked my friends to think about as a result of this book -- remember I was embarrassed that I had suggeste
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bridget by: Oprah
Shelves: self-help
This was a very quick read and a small book. This would be a great graduation present for graduating high school or college kids.

I saw the interview with Maria Shriver on Oprah and again I thought that the content of the book was misleading from the interview. Oh well, I guess I need to sift my Oprah viewing a little bit better! :)

But, it was interesting to me that a person from the Kennedy/Shriver legacy was asking the question in her 50's, "Just Who Would She Be"? She had been defined by her c
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall interesting read that makes you think about what your purpose and meaning in life is. Main lesson learned is that you should really think about what do you want to be remembered as when you leave this world. Chances are that you won't be remember by just whatever career you have. The book is mainly about a high school graduation speech that Maria was asked to give at her Niece's graduation and all the things she thought about in her life as she tried to capture what a high school audienc ...more
Danijel Brestovac
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kdo želim postati @mariashriver (Maria Shriver)

str. 7- to, kdo sem, je seveda najbolj odvisno od mene, vendar pa je vse odvisno tudi od mnogih ljudi, ki so se po poti dotaknili mojega življenja - od moje družine do mojega kroga prijateljev in velikodušnih učiteljev, ki so mi podarili del sebe.

Str. 36- ..slava NE!... Toda to, da izveste, kdo ste, da najdete lastne strasti, izpolnite svoje sanje - to je cilj, vreden vašega življenja.

Str. 38- 'V kaj verjamem - in kdo želim postati?' odgovor na to v
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is foremost a graduation book for high school grads. Maria Shriver wrote this book after giving a speech at her nephew's graduation and at the prompting of those in attendance.
It appears that the speech evolved in the midst of Shriver's own identity crisis. This best part of this little book (91 pages) is her poem "Just Who Will You Be?" The poem focuses on fame (many high schoolers' dream) and the warning that fame is only a perception created by others and not who you really are.
The que
Michael Young
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-12
Genre: Self Help, Memoir, Non-Fiction

Rating: ****
Just Who Will You Be? is well-structured, direct and reflective. Shriver's message is honest, heart-felt and applicable to readers of all ages.

Maria Shriver shares a speech she gave at her nephew's graduation ceremony. In addition to the text of the speech, Shriver shares personal thoughts, connecting stories and reflective questions related to her message.

Main Characters:
Author: The story is told from the author's personal story. Characte
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I've learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we're starting out in the world."

This book was not very good. While I agree its important to ask yourself, who you want to be, and I often incorrectly ask my own kids, 'what do you want to be?' thats pretty much all I got out of the book. Its fluff. The poem that she wrote for the graduation speech was uninspired and bordering on too much like Oh The Plac
Faradis Suly Kasmaja
Kenapa tertarik ingin membaca buku ini, awalnya karena liat oprah, yg menghadirkan penulis buku ini langsung Maria shriver, beberapa komentar dari para wanita yang membacaya memberikan kesan bahwa buku ini cukup banyak memberikan masukan dan memberikan masukan2 yang dapat merubah cara berfikir orang, terutama wanita pada umumnya, meskipun pada dasarnya buku ini di tunjukan untuk mereka yang masih SMU, kuliah atau setelah kuliah. Ada rasa tertarik ingin membacanya, dan dari ulasan2 yang di kemuka ...more
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janet by: Library display
Shelves: my-reads
This short-and-sweet book sandwiches a transcript of a speech Shriver gave at a high school graduation ceremony between her motivation beforehand and reflections afterward.

It took me less than an hour to read (occasionally skim) this, because the message is presented in simple terms and repeated often for the young audience. Shriver's observations on fame and her search for identity are great for teens to hear, but I have to wonder if the larger message might have been lost on most of them. I do
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick little book. I don't remember how I acquired this book, but I certainly am glad I didn't buy it full price. I think someone gave it to me to read a long time ago, and I finally came across it and it looked like it would be a quick read (which it was, maybe it took me an hour or so to read).

This book is based on a speech (poem) Maria recited at her nephew's graduation ceremony when asked to speak. The poem itself was WAY too long and the poem could have been shorter to get her point acro
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I watched Oprah interview Maria Shriver about this book ... and was so excited to read it. Unfortunately, all the best parts (& then some) were covered on TV already. In fact, some of the most interesting stuff didn't make it into the book (about her childhood as a Kennedy ... and then a great discussion of Oprah's visit to the Kennedy compound & the afternoon of flag football competition she endured.) I was inspired by Maria's discussion of identity -- and how it's ok to continue to ask ...more
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woman
Intinya sih buku ini tentang usaha untuk terus menggapai apa yang kita inginkan. Bahwa akan jadi siapa kita, tergantung pada diri kita sendiri, dan nggak perlu kesal saat orang lain mungkin hanya memandang kita tak setinggi yang kita inginkan. Sebab intinya adalah pada kebermanfaatan diri kita. Seperti kesalnya Shriver saat anak laki-lakinya menjawab dia hanya seorang ibu rumah tangga, ketika ada seorang pria yang bertemu mereka di sebuah toko dan bertanya apakah Shriver seorang model. Sederhana ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a freakish addiction to reading anything by Maria Shriver and she didn't let me down with this one. It is a simple, easy, fast book to get through and after I read it once I thought that it was pretty basic with no "wow" moments in it. Then I read it again and found that I was reading about myself and my own feelings. The person I am was not predestined; I am not defined by my relationship to others. I am more than a wife, mother, nurse, etc., and this book reestablished that for me. Than ...more
Naiya Bustamante
This book has helped me understand its more important to figure out who we want to be as a person then what we want to do with our lives.For example, your figuring out whether you want to be a verternarian is only the first step. Deciding whether you are going to persue it for the love of and compassion towards animals, not for the love of money is whats most important. This book is great for anyone who needs some inspiration and up lift in their direction in life. Maria Shriver really makes the ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was the speech for her nephew's school. It is a quick read, but very thought provoking and a great book to help when you need to find meaning or are looking for it. Maria thinks that everyone should redefine themselves every so often. I think it is very true for women to re-think about who they are and how they define themselves. Especially when you are home taking care of the kids and aren't on the career path it is really hard to figure out who you are and what your passions are. So o ...more
This book is actually a speech that Maria gave to her nephew's high school graduating class. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud a few times, Maria is very honest in relaying her message, which makes it that much more powerful. This is a very short book, I finished it in about thirty minutes, but I can see myself pulling it off of the shelf every once in awhile to give myself a boost in the right direction. This book has also left me interested in reading her other books in order to gleam more ad ...more
I enjoyed Maria's perspective in this book very much, especially during this hard economical time period for our country. With so many people being laid off and feeling that the world is ending (or at least their own personal world), she gave the reader hope that they can turn their own life around. The only question is Just Who Will You Be?

Also in the book, I know that she didn't mean to portray her children as mean little brats but I felt that they were very cruel to their mother. Of course t
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
I think that I picked up this book at the perfect time in my life. I've lately been asking myself, "what I want to be when I grow up" and "who I will become." This book allowed me to reflect on the experiences I have had in the last nine months and really focus on "who I will be."

Shriver gives us a slight glimpse inside of her and reveals to us that even the most put together women question themselves.

Overall, it's a great eye-opener and allows us to see that it does not matter what others bel
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short book and quick read, but I really liked the message. It was a speech originally given at a high school graduation, but if I had heard it at that time in my life, the message definitely wouldn't have sunk in. I'm glad I read it now in my mid-thirties after another job move for my husband and trying to figure out what my role is in all of this. Basically, we're starting out fresh every single day, and we're all works in progress, and it's never too late to become the person you want to ...more
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"It's never too late to become the person you want to be...We're starting out fresh in the world every day...It's not what you do, but who you are."

Famous, vivacious Kennedy family member, ex-newscaster and wife of Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger (sp?) offers, in brief fashion, some trite but always helpful ideas about how we change through our decades.

Some of the writing, such as the poem she offers as a commencement address "Just Who Will You Be?" is quick-skim it's-OK-If-You-Miss-It stuff, b
Susanne Alexander-Heaton
In this book, Maria shows her authenticity and her vulnerability when she goes into a tail-spin when asked to speak at her nephew's Grad ceremony. She did not know what she could offer since she had previously been forced to resign as an NBC anchor woman when her then-husband became governor. What did she have to offer these graduates? She feels like a failure and has to do some deep soul-searching when her nephew persists in having her speak. This book is the result of her self-inquiry and it i ...more
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