Book Review – Finding My Badass Self

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
She Writes Press
Publication Date: 08/15/2017



“Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley chose to stare down fear through The 52/52 Project: a year of weekly new experiences designed to push her far outside her comfort zone. These ranged from visiting a nude beach with her seventy-five-year-old mother in tow to taking a road trip with her ex-husband—and then another one with his girlfriend. She also went on a raid with a vice squad and SWAT team, exfoliated a rhinoceros (inadvertently giving him an erection), and crashed a wedding (where she accidentally caught the bouquet). While finding her courage in the most unlikely of circumstances, Sherry ultimately found herself. 

For midlifers, fatigued parents, and anyone who may be discontent with their life and looking to shake things up, try new things, or just escape, Finding My Badass Self is proof it’s never too late to reinvent yourself—and that the best bucket list of all may be an unbucket list.” ~ NetGalley

If I had to pick just one book to share with all of my girlfriends, a book that was a surefire way to kick them in the panties and spawn some inspiration for living, truly living, life – this is it.

I laughed, I cringed, and I laughed a whole lot more.

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley is not only “badass”, she is a fabulous story-teller. Her experiences are not just; she wraps each one up beautifully and delivers them to the reader like a fabulous gift. Because that is what they are. Experiences of all kinds are gifts and Sherry is reminding us of that in this incredible read.

I know, I know. I am fangirling. What can I say? I AM a new fan and I want to follow along as Sherry continues to push herself to try new things. AND I want to push myself to try new things, too!

Each chapter is a new, wonderful retelling of one of Sherry’s 52 experiences at age 52. And if she has the gusto to hit a nude beach, crash weddings and go zip-lining – just imagine what other incredible gems are tucked away in this book.

If you need a laugh, a bit of inspiration, and a book that feels like a friend – this is definitely for you. This book is easy to read when you are short on time. Take a chapter or two when you’ve got a few minutes to spare. You will be glad you did.

I give this fabulous read,  5 badass stars!!


A huge thank you to NetGalley and She Writes Press for the opportunity to review this book and to provide my honest feedback. All comments and opinions are my own.

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