So far, I’ve described the book and parts of it. Mostly what Barbara Ehrenreich thinks, with some of my opinions thrown in; this post is entirely dedicated to my thoughts of the book. It was brilliantly written by an intelligent woman who refuses to fall into the positive thinking trap. It is comedic and sarcastic, as well as logical and well researched. I was impressed and I loved it. Bright-Sided was one of the best books I have ever read, and one of the most enlightening as well. It may seem like it’s about pessimism and never being happy, but that isn’t it at all. This book tells the readers that it is okay to smile, it’s absolutely fine to be happy, but that it’s also okay to get depressed and feel rage occasionally. I highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind that is willing to actually listen to and analyze what was written. I recommend it to those stuck in the positive thinking trap themselves, and to realists who think that something is wrong with them because others call them negative or pessimistic. Bright-Sided explains what is wrong in our society, how that came to be, and gives specific examples of why the Positive Thinking Movement is more negative than negativity itself. It teaches readers, and hopefully that will include all of America one day, that life is balanced by negative and positive, it is a rollercoaster full of ups and downs, and the sooner we accept the reality, the better off we’ll be.