book reviews

Book Review: The Likability Trap by Alicia Manendez

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 stars)

Finished: June 2021

I received a copy of this book from an old co-worker couple months. She bought copies for all the women in our section because she read it and it resonated with her. She felt we would also get something from it as well. Naturally, I was interested in reading the book because based on what it was about, I knew I could relate.

Being Active Duty Military for going on 11 years and being in a male dominant organization, I found a lot of things in this book very relatable, but I also already practiced and knew a lot of the things she mentioned in the book. There were a lot of things that I personally felt was common knowledge, but as I kept reading, I had to take a step back and actually think about what she saying. As women, it can be hard to succeed in general when your career is surrounded by men. No matter how you decide to carry yourself, there will always be someone who finds something wrong with you or your work. You could be doing everything right, there will still be someone who will find something wrong. To me, this is normal, but you have to learn to not care. Easier said then done, but if all of your ducks are in a row and you are doing your job the way it should be done, no one can tell you otherwise.

I do think this is a good book, especially for a woman in their younger twenties still trying to figure it out. The whole purpose of this book is to remind you that it is ok to be yourself and spending all of your time trying to be like something your are not can get in the way of that. There will always be people who don’t like you no matter where you work & it’s ok to not care or compromise yourself to please someone else. I think any woman who reads this, will be able to take something from it regardless of age or where you are in life.


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