If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone

You might recognize Kelly Cutrone from her stint on MTV’s The Hills, her current role on MTV’s The City, and/or her own Bravo show Kell on Earth. She owns the PR company People’s Revolution, only wears black, is brutally honest, and has a very interesting story to tell about how she got where she is today.

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside is a memoir/self-improvement hybrid. It’s exclusively aimed at women. Kelly gives you the advice “your mother never told you,” about how to take control of your professional life by creating your own religion and embracing your inner bitch (it can be a good thing!). If you’re not into the self-improvement stuff, you might still enjoy reading about the whirlwind that has been Kelly’s life so far, including her quitting a nursing job to climb up the PR ladder in NYC, marrying an Andy Warhol protege, divorcing said protege, moving to LA with no money, finding her guru, touring with Mazzy Star…I don’t want to ruin the rest for you!

My one gripe is that the quality of writing in this book isn’t consistently good. (Example: “That’s when a thunderous voice inside me shrieked, ‘You will die!!!'”) I don’t know what role Meredith Bryan had in writing the book (“co-author” can be a pretty vague title), thus, I can’t point blame for things like their use of parenthetical footnotes. If things like that bother you, this book might not be for you. That being said, I still finished the book within a day!

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