Confessions of a Self-Help Writer

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo - Benjamin DeHaven

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.


When I was asked if I wanted to give this book a read for an up-coming blog tour, I really wasn't sure. I have this thing for self-help books (a not-so-secret passion) and comedy/satire is an iffy thing for me - sometimes I find it hilarious and sometimes I find no humor in it at all. After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to give it a try ... and I'm glad that I did.


This book was funny, in an odd-funny sort of way. And at the same time, it made you think - about the self-help genre as a whole AND about your own personal issues as you read through a journal that Enzo kept, a journal that was turned over to DeHaven by Enzo's wife after his disappearance. I like when authors use the "journal" as a way of writing their story. I feel like, if done correctly, it really allows you to get a deeper understanding of the character that's writing because everyone shares more with their journal than they are willing to share with the people around them. Add in clips from different books that he penned, and it makes for an interesting read, whether you're a believer in the self-help hype drivel or not.