The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Book Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

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- Awesome AF5 star

This book gave me everything I needed. Although I didn’t change as I read this book I feel as if it will take years to truly master the concepts displayed in the book to come to peace with myself. The message was very clear, straightforward, and funny. This book was raw, and sometimes that’s what people need.

- Life altering5 star


- Amazing book!4 star

I liked it better in the first few chapters. Got kinda boring at the end. Still, it is an amazing book. I loved it.

- Great book5 star

I really like it, worth to read

- Title this under “would have made a better blog post”1 star

... but not really enough here for a full book. The only salient point I really walked away with is the fact that he’s in love with the sound of his own ideas.

- Astounding5 star

All I can say is I loved it.

- Anybody have a suggestion ?3 star

How good is this book?

- Ok it’s nice3 star

I do like the Authors opinions about being successful. My parents get paid well but they wish they different jobs. My mom hates being a teacher sometimes because of discipline and rudeness their. My dad which wanted to be a game creater but is stuck with helping business websites. I want to be a scientist or a game coder but even life’s a struggle for me because of school and proving that I’m responsible and mature. And I’m trying to fight off my sadness and angry outbursts. Every time I get angry I cry to prevent myself from getting in violent fights. So not give a f$&k about life is only sometimes helpful...

- Mediocre at best2 star

Starts off interesting, unwinds into subjective concepts most likely taken from the author’s own experiences .

- Trash1 star


- Mad good would def recommend so far !5 star


- Thank you.5 star

This book has changed my life and many ways you would not understand. Thank you.

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- Must Read5 star

Changes perspective on dealing with life and all of the issues that come along. Hard to change habits but being aware is already helping out so much.

- Said F*ck too many times to be readable2 star

There are so moments where I’m enjoying this book because of how the author’s words flow off the page and create these vivid, inspiring, thoughts inside the reader then it’s just ruined by the fact that you read F%&k 26 times in thirty seconds.

- Excellent book !5 star

This book gives me a true perspective on life and what to care and not care about. Excellent read !

- Badly written1 star

Poorly written book and just a load of rubbish i had high hopes because I liked the title and was hoping for something clever and humorous

- Best book i’ve ever read5 star

I’ve recommended this book to everyone I genuinely care about! I learned something new that’ll help me in life on every single page. I can truly say after reading this book i’ve become a much better person and now have a much more positive outlook on life

- Very Funny, but very true!5 star

I purchased this book a few months ago for a plane ride after I realized I was spending too much time and energy on people and situations that didn't matter. I didn't expect this book to provide so much insight to my life and my current situation. It may anger a lot of people, which is understandable especially after finishing the book, but it is very true and digs deep into who we are and our values as humans. I would definitely recommend this read, even with the amount of profanity. I personally found it funny, but if that's something you like to avoid then avoid this one, but do it at the risk of missing great points and new ways of thinking.

- Not great1 star

Really poorly written with completely underdeveloped theme and philosophy could not finish...

- Wow5 star

This book is a slap in the face, in the best way possible. It is a wake up call, and it opened my mind to a huge realization. A must read...

- Amazing Book5 star

This book had a great impact on me. Especially, when it came to life decisions and facing life difficulties. If you’re planning to read something that’ll help you. This is the one.

- Great read5 star

This book really makes you think about your whole life. It puts a lot of things into perspective. Must read great book to try and find yourself.

- Fantastic5 star

Really enjoyed reading this book. Very funny yet profound. Thank you.

- Important Advice for the Superficial and Easily Fooled3 star

If you are someone who obsesses about what others have, what you think they have, your perception of their relationships and how you're just not worthy because you can't acquire/achieve what you think others have, then you should read this. It contains great advice for learning how to not care about others' perceived accomplishments. If that sort of thing is stressing you out, then this would be a very worthwhile read. If you are confident in your own abilities and accomplishments, acquiring and reading this book might not be a good use of your time. For example, if you purchase a camera, a car, clothing, etc. because its what *you* want, then you have already accomplished much of what this book is about. However, if you constantly purchase items because you feel that it is what is necessary to impress people that you don't even know well, then you definetly need this book.

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- Very good5 star

This is the first self help book I have ever read and I do not regret reading it. Some good perspectives in here but I would say don’t take everything he says too liberally.

- Just the from the sample...3 star

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- Amazing5 star

Really eye-opening and revealing. Sometimes you have to hear it even if you don't like what is being said. Amazing book and the messages and concepts are spot on. Thank you

- Positively Counterintuitive5 star

This read was very interesting since it forced the reader to change their perspective of what is and is not important. Will be rereading in the near future.

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- 3.5/53 star

Good read and awesome for self reflection. Great words to scout and add to vocabulary box.

- love and thought provoking5 star

an amazing read. and highly recommend. through a series of different real life stories of his own and many others, mark manson is able to convey key points to readers. point in which should be considered and used when making decisions throughout life.

- I Love this book! ❤️5 star

Awesome book 📖🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

- The greatest book I’ve date5 star

It’s quite plainly, a book choosing not to care about things that don’t need to. Caring takes energy and this book encourages you to realize not every person who cuts you off in traffic doesn’t require any response. This book will literally save years of your life 👍👍👍👍👍

- Awesome read!5 star

I just began reading (for pleasure) again after finishing school and this was the first book I finished so far. Not only does the author make some great jokes, but he makes a lot of his points simple, without the sugar coating (and I think we all need that). It’s an honest, well-written book and I have recommended it to a couple of people! It really is a self-improvement book rather than a self-help one and I truly enjoy that. If you don’t know the difference between the two, well I’d say this book is a great place to start. Thank you Mark :)

- Truth at your face5 star

I hates reading and I’m not the person to handover a book to and expect him to read. I’m more of a visual/movie kind of a person. This is my first ever book that I’ve read in my life and surprisingly finished it, cause i guess i needed to hear all of that. I just love reading now. Books are my new best friend.

- I needed this book5 star

This book came at a time when I needed it the most. I have always been a ‘blunt, to the point, say it like it is person’ but the past few months I was repressing who I am. It started by being involved in a work culture lead by a narcissistic bully and then unravelled as she brought on a ‘mini me’ of herself. The way I dealt with chastising emails, ridiculous self involved social media posts, culture of ‘don’t complain - you’re bringing the rest of us down’, was to keep my head down. I shut-up. I stayed quiet. I ‘ignored’ the best way I could. Until one day, today, I was about 3/4 of the way through this book, and I saw a good friend / colleague get berated for simply questioning the logic of a decision - and I decided enough was enough. Why? Because I heard the words ‘if something is bugging you, confront it’ take action. And I did. And it felt sooo great. I may never change the narcissist, but I can, and I will, be true to me. And stand up for what I believe in. Thank-you for this!!

- Really gave me insight5 star

This book is amazing and I’ve really gained a different perspective on life!

- too expensive5 star

so expensive

- Worth the Read4 star

Overall the book was good, but it wasn’t as if every chapter was mind-blowing. There are a few key messages and strong chapters that make the whole book worth reading. Definitely a change in perspective and a nice reminder that everyone is going through the same thing.

- Great book5 star

You learn a lot. Period.

- [email protected]! What you know!5 star

Take time and read this book. You’ll learn more about yourself and what you want out of life.

- This book will make you think…5 star

It’s ridiculous how much this book opened my eyes. You must read it. Everyone should read it. It should be in high-school curriculum as a mandatory read to graduate.

- Thank you5 star

Mark you have my deepest gratitude for helping me open my eyes and face my fears with a smile thank you

- 100%5 star

A bit of spelling errors, but you don’t even mind when the book is speaking your mind 😉

- One of the greatest book5 star

One of the most amazing book. I will read it again forsure. It gave me the sense of reality

- Quit Reading1 star

Poorly written an incoherent most of the time. I just decided to cut my losses and quit reading it.

- Enlightened5 star

Thank you for this.

- Better than expected5 star

Yes, some of the stories from his blog are in the book. Having said that, the book is really great I'm so glad I bought it. I will definitely be picking up extra copies as gifts for friends this Christmas.

- Canada5 star

Mark is brilliant, compelling and truthful. I can't wait to see more books from this writer.

- A good read4 star

I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t mind blowing

- Life Changing5 star

My whole life I’ve suffered with anxiety. Which led me to living a life where I was consistently trying to impress other people. You can say my mind was prisoned in a way. It also destroyed my confidence and Self-Esteem. After reading this book it’s helped me clarify my attributes and what the meaning of life is. Mark Manson I’m grateful for this book and appreciate the time and effort you invested to put this together. One of the best investments I’ve made and I’m not referring to the money, TIME, my time.

- Mind blowing5 star


- For people who can’t meditate5 star

Very good at explaining the impenetrable world of “inner work” in terms that I understand and can use practically. And a gifted writer and wit to boot.

- Written by a self-indulgent narcissist1 star

Save your money and don’t bother with this book.

- Financial Market : Terminologies and Their Definitions4 star

This is a book written by an ex-banker, Md.AliAkram who resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The book deals with the technical terms used in the capital market, banking, insurance and leasing companies . It also mentions accounting , economic and legal terms. The book is very useful for bankers, insurers, economists and those who are trading in the share market. The ex- editor, Financial Express, Late Mr.Moezzem Hussain wrote the prologue of the book and highly lauded its contents. The publisher of the book , Mr. A.M.M. Ali ABBAS may be contacted if any body is interested to purchase the book. We are also looking for publishers in USA or Europe.

- Fun but profound5 star

Mark has a great conversational laid back style but packs a massive punch right at the end. Much like life.

- Good but repetitive3 star

The Books has amazing analogies, really smart way of seeing life and a different approach to our reality . However I do feel like there was repetition of the same concept in the middle of the book . But after a few hours pages it became interesting again .

- Don’t let it trick you in to buying a useless book1 star

Not worth the money !

- Better than the free sample5 star

I read the free sample available on iBooks which was full of ‘fook this, fook that, and fook you and fook everything’ (that’s how I read it really) and thought no way I was going to read this had many good reviews so I decided to go against my first impression... and surprisingly the book is actually well thought with interesting concepts which made me question my perception of life. Five stars and I guess as the saying goes “don’t judge the book by its cover” or in this case the free sample full of ‘fooking’ things.

- Best read for people who have interest in sociology and psychology5 star

Refreshing, straightforward, honest and brutal at times

- My dream book5 star

Basically me any given day

- A book you will come back to again and again.5 star

Wow, such a deep book yet humorous. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I highlighted far more paragraphs to come back to in this book than any other ‘self help’ book I have read. And I read a lot!

- You should read this book5 star

Amazing book. Very true and relatable. Could not put it down!

- My new bible5 star

Enjoyed every word. Definitely will read this again until every chapter sticks to my brain!

- An absolute must read5 star

Making a conscious decision of what is important has already made such a difference in my life

- Wow!5 star

Amazing book that is written well and does exactly what it says, explores a fine art of becoming happy. Would recommend to anyone.

- Honestly, the best 'Self Help' Book EVER5 star

I've read a lot of self help books over the years, but none like this one. Marks written this so well that it's genuinely had a positive effect on my life in that I've taken in what he has said and I've put it into practice and would you believe it... He's right! Would absolutely recommend this (already have convinced my friends to buy it!) to anyone, particularly if you are going through a hard time.

- Just fantastic, great read from start to finish.5 star

This is by far the most touching book I have read so far, I couldn't believe how many life events in this book relates to my life. Great stuff.

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- Mind shift5 star

This book has opened up my third eye if you can say iv never looked at self from the perspective this book is making me look from

- Great5 star


- Probing and thought provoking!4 star

The author does a great job at getting below surface. He exposes how shallowness and entitlement can creep into our lives and wreak havoc, only IF WE LET IT. Throughout the book, he dissects his most eye opening experiences. This guy is open, honest and brave. I give it four stars because some themes in this book are repetitive, nevertheless it is effective and in SOME case necessary.

- Not for me.1 star

I did not like the book at all. Everyone has there style, likes and dislikes but it just didn’t resinate with me.

- Great!5 star

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- Great Read5 star

Excellent book. Really puts reality into perspective.

- Loved this book so much5 star

Gave me meaning in life and totally made me cry at how real he was. Honestly the best book to read

- No Stars1 star

This book is well written if he wrote it drunk and sitting at a bar ( which it may have been). I read a lot that I don’t agree with but I’ve never read a book and literally hated the author at the end. Perhaps a nice children’s book written by a self admitted drunk who spent his youth high and had to spend his 20s learning what he missed. The story where he actually watched his drunk and high best friend walk to his death and the lesson he learned was to “live for now”. How about the lesson should be to help others who are in peril. Selfish. Incredible. Icky human.

- Disappointing1 star

I have no idea how this got a book deal. There is nothing to be taken away from the book outside of the concepts in which the author has borrowed himself. Do not waste your time.

- Great read!5 star

My fav book of 2018! Love the raw and uncut package of his delivery of his message in this book. One of my top 5 fav books

- It wasn’t bad, just a little boring3 star

I was very excited to read this book because of all the hype I’ve heard about it. But it was tough to finish, I was so bored! It did have some good advice about perception. I would still recommend reading for yourself!

- Simply amazing5 star

A fantastic book that will help you understand what you focus on and what you actually should care about. This book has helped me tremendously in my life and I look forward to applying the principles to every situation going forward.

- Witty. True. Great advice.5 star

Witfully written. Comedic. True. Enlightening. Gave me permission to choose what I care about.

- Kay1 star

I didn’t read the whole book. I stopped in the middle. The book has great key factors about life. But it’s basically telling how to think, or how his thinking is rather. It rants in about the difference between strong and week people, choices and after 1 problem here comes another one. That’s life. I don’t consider this a great self help book.

- Wanted it to be better3 star

I enjoyed reading this in the beginning but a little over half way through, I started to feel that it was just a means for the author to complain about his past life decisions. There are a few points within in that I felt were helpful, but I heard a lot of hype about this book and wanted it to be better.

- Amazing Read!5 star

I absolutely love this book so far.

- Great book5 star

Everyone should read this book!

- Amazing5 star

This was the very first book I read since out of high school and I’m only 20. I thought I’d giving reading a shot and that this be my first book. No regrets in reading this book. Very inspiring and gives a good perspective on your life.

- Good start4 star

If you’re just getting into self help books this is a good place to start, it has a lot of basics that get covered.

- I got hooked5 star

I picked up the book started reading the first pages, and found myself liking the book. Has some great views and it’s straight to the point

- Very insightful5 star

Great read. Very honest and eye opening. I’ll probably read it again, and probably again after that.

- Speeches5 star

Very informative & entertaining!

- Just what i needed5 star

Sometimes it’s nice to have it given to you straight. This made me want to consider another point of view! Loved it. It was just what i didn’t know i needed!

- Awesome!5 star

Book was by far a very eye opening experience. It spoke to me in volumes, thank you to the author for this amazing work!

- Good Read5 star

Helps you look at things in a different way! liked reading it and easy to read and understand. makes you think about some good stuff

- Brilliant5 star


- Excellent5 star

If you need it. Read it!

- Don’t get the hype2 star

A minor waste of time. There are so many better self help books. “The four agreements” “you can heal your life”.

- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck4 star

Great book. This book gave me a different perspective on life. I feel that many people judge the title, but the title is just trying to say what and what not to let effect you in life. Truly an inspiring page turner. If you are an unhappy or lost person in life, I encourage you to read this book. Thank you Mark Mason for showing me what is important and what truly matters in life.

- What a great read5 star

Talk about a sudden realization of things in life we can change to make the load easier! I just finished the book and am going to read it over again. I feel as though any and everyone can relate somehow to this book.

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