I really really wanted to love this book. I picked it up after hearing Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, speak at a conference last summer. I found her to be an engaging speaker and I immediately picked up her two books, hoping for more of the same.
In Option B, she talks primarily about unexpectedly losing her husband and how she has coped since his death. The book’s subtitle, “Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”, leads one to believe that the lessons she learned can be applied to all adverse situations. In reality, she spoke mostly about grief.
While there were a few key points I underlined, and a few notes I made, my biggest problem with the book was its relatability to the average person. By all accounts, Facebook is an amazing and supportive place to work- willing to overlook sleeping in meetings, breaking down in front of important clients, or correcting your boss- but for most of us non millionaires, that’s just not the case in our workplaces. She touches the struggles of those facing adversity around the globe after losses like hers…. but doesn’t really offer concrete solutions for people who aren’t as privileged as her.
I found that this dragged and could have fit the best parts into a book half its size. I found it dragged on, and it was a struggle to finish. Granted, someone who is walking through the loss of a spouse might feel differently, but for me it was a miss.