• Candice Williams

Shook One

This is hands down one of the best autobiographies I have read thus far.

The book is outstanding and gives an insight into how a celebrity deals with their mental health while in the limelight.

The author of the book is charlamagne the God, a world-renowned radio personality based in New York.

When he was first introduced to the world via YouTube several years ago, his usp if you will is to ask the most awkward questions and in turn making the interviewee(s) very uncomfortable.

He called himself a digital dickhead and the prince of pissing people off.

If you type in top charlamagne the god- savage reactions you will understand why.

It appeared that he thoroughly enjoyed pissing people off but that made for ‘good radio’ somehow.

Fast forward to today, his self-development is evident.

As of a few years ago, Charlamagne began to discuss his mental health and how it made a huge impact in his life.

Charlamagne now calls himself a mental health advocate and is continuing to discuss the anxiety and ptsd he experiences.

Throughout his latest book, ‘Shook one’ he discusses his upbringing and experiences he believes have contributed to his mental health.

A unique point of the book, is the layout. Each chapter follows his life but what I loved is that at the end of each chapter there is an excerpt written by Dr ish, a psychiatrist. He gives his take on the life experiences charlamagne expresses in each chapter.

I found it useful to get a professional perspective and to understand how our experiences can impact our mood also.

Another positive aspect of this book is that it is easy to read and relate to. I love that it appeared that Charlamagne’s writing style is very personable.

We all will experience mental health issues to some extent during our lifetime so it is important that we understand the signs, symptoms and how-to best deal with these aspects effectively.

I would definitely recommend this book as it is important to see how celebrities and/or those who seem to ‘have it all together’ cope with mood disorders.

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