I-Dare-Me-cover-FINAL-08-28-13-198x300Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

This book could be considered inspirational or it could be a book of ideas for anyone who is bored with her little slice of life–the reader can decide. I Dare Me, by Lu Ann Cahn is a simple little book on revving up your life by learning to reduce fears and live within the realm of a higher consciousness than ever before. The author conquered breast and kidney cancer, and is an active reporter for a Philadelphia news channel. She has won eight Emmy Awards and speaks from experience when she describes the need to hit rewind on her personal life (note: this is not a book about career goals).

The premise of the book is that for one full year, Cahn promised herself to do something new each day. She did some interesting things such as going to a movie alone (which I’ve done), eating raw food, learning to throw a football, going to a comic book store, serving diner at a shelter, puppetry, and also became an expert at driveway chalk art (which I’ve also done). The problem with the book is that the few fun activities that she did over the course of the year are definitely outweighed by the mundane list of “new adventures”. The more interesting list includes taking a sushi lesson, playing with seals, and driving with no planned destination in mind (a requirement for mothers with young children to avoid breakdowns).

I liked the book, but would have much preferred a journal or diary of how she was progressing while doing a few short out there and fun adventures, instead of filling the book with fluff activities such as climbing a tree, telling the absolute truth all day (?), whipping her hair around, and walking to work. The book is told in 10 chapters that give advice for reinventing yourself by finding those things that make you live life to the fullest–even if you have to force yourself to do something new every day to prove that you are still alive and capable of having more fun today than yesterday. The one activity mentioned in the book that caught my attention was playing with all of the toys in a toy store. I did this once when my children were little, and again in an arcade where I put money/tokens into every single machine. I will never forget how much fun this was, and my children no doubt will never forget this cool memory. I recommend the book to anyone who feels stuck in the same place, and who wants to shake up the new year with new activities (many of which are free).

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Perigee Trade. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.