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An indispensable guide for women to surviving in the 21st century. It shows how to combine work, relationships, friends, fashion, health, shopping, cooking, etc. without using up valuable time which could be spent enjoying yourself.


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An indispensable guide for women to surviving in the 21st century. It shows how to combine work, relationships, friends, fashion, health, shopping, cooking, etc. without using up valuable time which could be spent enjoying yourself.

30 review for Life's Too F***Ing Short: A Guide to Getting What You Want Out of Life Without Wasting Time, Effort or Money

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manasee

    Life's too f***ing short to spend time on this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This book is a fun read. Janet's humor is injected into each page. Each page has character and details to enhance the feel of the page. Like you're looking through a personal scrapbook. She makes some excellent points to ponder. While at other times her cynicism paints a picture of a very lonely life. Overall, you can tell she's quite a sassy lady with some keen insight she is sharing. Life is too f***ing short, so take a read! It's an easy read and whether you enjoy her writing or not, her phil This book is a fun read. Janet's humor is injected into each page. Each page has character and details to enhance the feel of the page. Like you're looking through a personal scrapbook. She makes some excellent points to ponder. While at other times her cynicism paints a picture of a very lonely life. Overall, you can tell she's quite a sassy lady with some keen insight she is sharing. Life is too f***ing short, so take a read! It's an easy read and whether you enjoy her writing or not, her philosophy becomes quite clear. There are plenty of things of which we waste our time. Time to cut them loose!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Ashwell

    I can't say anything in this book was a revelation. I think JSP's target audience must have been shrinking violets with no ability to make an assertive decision or think for themselves. She does make some good points but on the whole it felt like she was shouting at me all the way through the book and I felt like I was constantly being patronised. JSP has some very strong views, many of which I disagree with but you had the feeling that she is the type of person who believes she is always right I can't say anything in this book was a revelation. I think JSP's target audience must have been shrinking violets with no ability to make an assertive decision or think for themselves. She does make some good points but on the whole it felt like she was shouting at me all the way through the book and I felt like I was constantly being patronised. JSP has some very strong views, many of which I disagree with but you had the feeling that she is the type of person who believes she is always right and everyone else is stupid. Amazed I finished it to be honest!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gabrijela Kermeci

    This is a great book for motivation and confidence boosting, but it seemed like it was directed at a very specific group of people. For instance, when I picked up this book, I didn't know that it was so middle-age-women oriented. I though it was a simple self help psychology book. Now I am a child free person myself, but I feel that while writing, JSP didn't take into account women with kids or women who don't earn that much as her. Or did I miss the point of the book by saying that? She seems to This is a great book for motivation and confidence boosting, but it seemed like it was directed at a very specific group of people. For instance, when I picked up this book, I didn't know that it was so middle-age-women oriented. I though it was a simple self help psychology book. Now I am a child free person myself, but I feel that while writing, JSP didn't take into account women with kids or women who don't earn that much as her. Or did I miss the point of the book by saying that? She seems to be overly aggressive towards men too. My dad is the type of man JSP described in her book as very annoying, and to be honest, he is. But I won't recommend this book to my mom, I don't want her to say, "Life is to fucking short," and divorce my dad. Some people just can't do that; it's not so simple; life is more complicated than that. I also feel like that she is somewhat biased toward workplace environment. All of her life she had to compete with men as her line of work is male dominated. But I work as a nurse, which is a primarily women dominated field. I feel very comfortable there, so why should I be so aggressive towards my male coworkers? In my opinion that is just deepening the fault between the two genders. And last, being a 21 year-old, her fashion advices don't really appeal to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Noelani

    If you want to read a self help book geared toward women try "Women who run with the wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Don't waste your time with this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lizanne

    On of my best and most fun reads in a while. Loved her wit, honesty and humour.

  7. 4 out of 5

    J.P. de La Fontaine

    Candid. Straightforward. True. Funny. Absolutely worth your time reading, whatever your gender. Who better to sell this book to you, however, than Janet: "I can write this book because I grew up weird-looking, with big filly teeth, thick glasses and boring hair. I was the girl who never had a boyfriend at school, the last one in the class to wear a bra, the girl others used to cal 'lezzie' in the changing rooms for netball. Externally I might have seemed gauche and insecure, but inside I knew I Candid. Straightforward. True. Funny. Absolutely worth your time reading, whatever your gender. Who better to sell this book to you, however, than Janet: "I can write this book because I grew up weird-looking, with big filly teeth, thick glasses and boring hair. I was the girl who never had a boyfriend at school, the last one in the class to wear a bra, the girl others used to cal 'lezzie' in the changing rooms for netball. Externally I might have seemed gauche and insecure, but inside I knew I was special and different." Read this book and then tell me you didn't learn a LOT about yourself - and others! 2nd reading, December 2019 - What J.S-P has to say is no less relevant and fresh today than when the book was first published in 2008. One of the key messages - take charge of your agenda and cut the crap; feel good about yourself. As Janet states, 'Life should not be a series of tests which you fail to varying degrees, but a chance to celebrate your individuality.'

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    JSP writes exactly as she speaks, very witty and opinionated. Sometimes you do wonder if she actually comes from the same planet, she forgets some people can't actually afford to shop at farmer's markets, nice if you can but it is a privilege that not everyone actually gets to experience - if you live alone or with 1 other person though then it is cheaper than the supermarket, it's only if you have a family to provide for that it gets prohibitive for most people. Don't always agree with what she JSP writes exactly as she speaks, very witty and opinionated. Sometimes you do wonder if she actually comes from the same planet, she forgets some people can't actually afford to shop at farmer's markets, nice if you can but it is a privilege that not everyone actually gets to experience - if you live alone or with 1 other person though then it is cheaper than the supermarket, it's only if you have a family to provide for that it gets prohibitive for most people. Don't always agree with what she says but she doesn't expect that. Very funny that she doesn't believe in following rules but the book is all about just that - following her set of rules. She's actually quite good at it despite the impression she gives out, but she's worked long and hard to be able to live by them and hasn't deviated from what she believes and I think that is the true message of the book - find what works for you and go for it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    I picked this up on a whim at my favorite book haunt, the Salvation Army and it reminded me of a book I want to read called the "F#ck It Philosophy". It was a quick read and honestly could have been a magazine article really. While at times I thought it was funny, I couldn't relate to the whole world of personal stylists, decorators, etc..so I'm definitely the wrong demographic for this particular self help book. I understand the author is a well known 'larger than life' personality in Britain I picked this up on a whim at my favorite book haunt, the Salvation Army and it reminded me of a book I want to read called the "F#ck It Philosophy". It was a quick read and honestly could have been a magazine article really. While at times I thought it was funny, I couldn't relate to the whole world of personal stylists, decorators, etc..so I'm definitely the wrong demographic for this particular self help book. I understand the author is a well known 'larger than life' personality in Britain but I had no prior knowledge of her til I picked up the book. I needed brain candy this weekend though and it gave me that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A very entertaining read. I took it away with me to Madrid and it was good reading during siestas! JSP is blunt and nearly always amusing when giving advice on living your life her style. I use the term 'advice' loosely as I think JSP would think you just need to "F****ING DO IT - DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT. IT'S NOT OPTIONAL, YOU MORON." I love the fact that she manages to swipe at a few former colleagues, fellow journalists and family along the way. I'm looking forward to reading her follow up to B A very entertaining read. I took it away with me to Madrid and it was good reading during siestas! JSP is blunt and nearly always amusing when giving advice on living your life her style. I use the term 'advice' loosely as I think JSP would think you just need to "F****ING DO IT - DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT. IT'S NOT OPTIONAL, YOU MORON." I love the fact that she manages to swipe at a few former colleagues, fellow journalists and family along the way. I'm looking forward to reading her follow up to Baggage; Fallout which is the next installment of her autobiography.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Viv

    Like her or loathe her, JSP knows about food and cookery. A humourous, light-hearted serious book about life, the universe, the rip-off that is face cream and everything connected with being a woman, JSP-style. I don't suppose even she expects you to hang on to her every word, and I didn't, especially the bit about making up school qualifications on your CV. Know where she is coming from, tho. Worth a look. They've got it in GOMA Glasgow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Philippa

    Sassy no-words-minced advice from a sassy woman! Read this many years ago but was inspired to read it again after seeing her on Celebrity Masterchef. Janet plays by her own rules and while I think perhaps you need to be a bit more flexible in life than she appears to be, I like her advice. She advocates setting your own agenda rather than being brainwashed by the media about what your life "should" look like.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    This book has a few good recipes. i suggest reading it in stages - as the whole life's too effing short gets a bit too effing much after a while.... all in all i thought it was a good read. I purchased it because i thought it would be a humorous book, however it is a serious self help type of book... not exactly what i had in mind but oh well..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Never heard of her. A super quick fun read. All her opinion about things she's learned in 60+ years. I learned that my skin creams might stop working for me because my skin, like my hair, reacts to the same old same old and would like something new. Walk lots. Find a dressmaker/tailor. Use the personal shopping services of a good department store.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    A funny little book covering almost everything in life from friends to furniture to food. It's a bit like an extended magazine article - easy to read, slightly inspiring at the time but you soon forget it all afterwards! It's comical in places and JSP is so opinionated - it's not a self help book - she is telling you what to do OR ELSE!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I like people with opinions, and even though I disagreed with many of JSP's, I still enjoyed this book. She stresses striving for independence, individuality, and self-respect, and ironically, for someone who makes a living in the media, not believing the hype of media - and that I can agree with wholeheartedly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Booksdingle

    A lighthearted/tongue in cheek look at lots of modern day issues that we probably should worry less about written in Janet Street-Porters distinctive style. The kind of book you can read in one or two sittings, that is fairly entertaining and that you find yourself agreeing with quite often.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Great book, full of commen sense. I like that it is not so much a self help book, but a book of advise on listening to your own induividual wants and desires, and do what you like, not what some expert tells you is right. Recomended read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Saritha

    JSP is downright hilarious - much like a madcap aunt who tells you to stop stressing about your looks or your life and simply cut the crap. I wouldn't buy the book, but it was a pretty good and breezy read as a library book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Haslam

    I now understand why this book was 50p in a clearance sale. I was so glad when I finally turned the last page. Don't get me wrong, there is some helpful advice and whatnot in here, I just don't plan on paying attention to any of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Harriet-lisa

    Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant! This book really helped me out of a not so fabulous self-image, and I always keep it handy for those grey days. It is a hilarious read, packed with brutal honesty, and proof that everyone has a bad hair do sometimes!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Brilliant! I love JSP's no nonsense approach to everyday living. Too many people are quick to moan and complain about themselves but not prepared to help themselves. I think everyone needs a bit of JSP's get off you arse attitude!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I liked the creative set up of the book which looks much like a scrapbook. It has a good message reminding us life is short and we often get caught up in the silly stuff instead of what is meaningful and lasting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Go Janet! Obviously written by a woman with no children who has been able to focus entirely on (herself) her career ... Hilarious, but completely ridiculous. Good for a laugh.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sassy advice from a sassy broad. Easy to read. Janet Street-Porter has a good sense of humor. And keeps her message simple.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    a short simply amusing afternoon read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teresa D

    JSP doing what JSP does best,and making me laugh.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Howerton

    This book wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be. That being said, it was entertaining and funny at times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter Hall

    Mildly entertaining but not packed with many insights.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    Not as funny as I had hoped with an acerbic tone I wasn't expecting.

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