GO AHEAD & LIKE IT is not at all what I expected. Granted, based on the bookâ€™s vague and weirdly broad Amazon description, itâ€™s difficult to pin down precisely; in one breath, it purports to be a scrapbook, art book, self-help book, how-to guide, etc., etc., etc. So perhaps itâ€™s unfair to dislike it for failing to meet my already hazy expectations. But. When the description says that it features â€œwriting prompts,â€ I donâ€™t think it unreasonable to assume that the book will also include blank space for me to work on said prompts. Not so much.
GO AHEAD & LIKE IT isnâ€™t an interactive journal or workbook, with space for the reader to formulate her own lists, but rather an instructional guide, the bulk of which highlights Suskinâ€™s own lists, photographs, and ephemera. The end result feels remarkably self-indulgent: Suskin fans aside, who wants to shell out seventeen bucks to read an assortment of a strangerâ€™s random lists?
What we have here is a case of good idea, poor execution: this book would have been 100% better had Suskin complemented her writing tips with one or two of her own lists (and perhaps a plethora of artwork with liberal white space), and then given her readers ample space to record their own.
To add insult to injury, Suskin includes in her lists things which I find morally repugnant: hunting, fishing, and fetishizing the bodies of dead animals. One list sports this cryptic entry: â€œdisorders.â€ I can only hope the author isnâ€™t referring to physical and/or mental disorders (the romanticization of which is entirely uncool).
After skimming through GO AHEAD & LIKE IT, my knee-jerk reaction was to give it one star. But, upon a full read-through, I have to admit that some of Suskinâ€™s advice is rather intriguing and evocative. Just not to the tune of $16.99. Wait for it to go on deep discount, or else just save yourself the time and Google â€œgratitude lists.â€
Buy it if: You want a Post-Secret style art book.
Skip it if: Youâ€™re hoping for an interactive journal or workbook thatâ€™s all about *you*.