Title: The Balance Project
Author: Susie Orman Schnall
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 250
How I Got It: from author
Katherine Whitney has it all. She’s married, has two daughters, is the COO of Green Goddess & Co., a multi-billion dollar health and wellness lifestyle company, and with the release of her book on work-life balance, she is not only a media darling but she is a hero to working moms everywhere. In reality, though, Katherine’s life is starting to fall apart, and her loyal assistant Lucy Cooper is the one holding most things together. But when Katherine does something unthinkable to Lucy, Lucy is faced with a difficult decision. Will she choose to change Katherine’s life forever or continue being her main champion. Her decision could change the trajectory of both of their lives. The Balance Project is a story of loyalty, choices, and most of all balance as it explores the hot-button issue that all women struggle with.
I was soooo excited when Susie contacted me to review her newest release since I loved ON GRACE. I about fell off my chair when I saw that in the back of this book she thanked some book bloggers and one of those bloggers was ME!! Too cool! So I set the book to the side when I got it because I wanted to read it "at the right time." Well, "life imitates art" and vice versa and I was having some balance problems. Between my senior graduating and planning a big vacation, I didn't get my ARC read before the release date. But I locked myself in my bathroom and took this book in the bathtub with me for some much needed alone time. I loved it so much. It is one of those books that is such a treat that I think I may have hugged my copy when I finished. So I should have reviewed it right then, right? But did I? No. I was in the whirlwind that was May when I reviewed a whopping 3 books. My point is that every woman knows the struggle for balance and this was a wonderfully relatable read. I wanted Lucy to stand up for herself at the beginning but then I liked that she had a meltdown. I could see pieces of myself in Lucy and Katherine. I also liked that Schnall had several characters calling Katherine's "balanced" lifestyle bluff. Families, careers, and relationships can't always be balanced and the fact that Katherine (and modern media) keep telling women that they should makes them feel that somehow they are a failure. We all try to balance our lives and keep things running smoothly but life happens. Sometimes one area of your life suffers while another soars. We are each only one person and there are only 24 hours in every day. We can only do our best to strive toward a balanced life, but not be disappointed when it isn't regularly achieved. The next time you hear a friend vent to you about how they are trying to do it all, recommend this book. While it may not hold the answers, it will bring consolation and comfort that millions of other women relate with them.
** Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **