Crazy is my superpower How I triumphed by breaking bones, breaking hearts, and breaking the rules

A . J. Brooks, 1987-

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New York : Crown Archetype [2016]
First edition
Physical Description
271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Main Author
A . J. Brooks, 1987- (author)
Other Authors
Rob Guillory (illustrator)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Debut author Brooks is better known as her wrestling alter ego AJ Lee, famous for her feisty attitude inside the ring and her "Geek Goddess" persona. Although she now possesses both self-confidence and sass, Brooks survived a harrowing childhood, living in motels and even a car at one point, and struggling with addiction and mental health issues within her family. As a child, she promised herself that she would become a "real-life superhero" despite an undersized physique and disadvantaged upbringing. She then blasted through every barrier or stereotype in her way, redefining herself as AJ Lee and becoming a WWE champion. This account takes readers inside the male-dominated world of professional wrestling, describing the sacrifice and hard work it takes to succeed in the fast-paced, often brutal arena. Brooks is especially zealous about empowering young women to stay true to their inner selves in this unapologetic, painfully honest memoir. She successfully uses her own life story to show how a perceived weakness can be an unstoppable strength. VERDICT Brooks's irresistible humor, lively spirit, and motivational storytelling skills give this title high appeal to her large fan base and wrestling enthusiasts.—Janet Davis, Darien P.L., CT Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The retired professional wrestler describes her life, including her difficult childhood, her mental illness, and her career in which she crafted an alter ego that embraced her insecurities and weaknesses.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The three-time WWE champion presents an unstinting, inspirational memoir about how her erratic emotional state became the means of her success in the ring and in life, describing the poverty and abuse that marked her early years and her self-invention in a male-dominated sport.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The New York Times BestsellerRecently retired WWE superstar AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse—strong, quirky, and totally confident. But that wasn’t always the case. With humor and tremendous heart, she opens up for the first time about her harrowing struggle to understand her demons and the diagnosis that helped her gain control over her life.  Everything I was told should be my greatest insecurities and weaknesses, everything that I’ve been labeled—SHORT, NERDY, SKINNY, WEAK, IMPULSIVE, UGLY, TOMBOY, POOR, REBEL, LOUD, FREAK, CRAZY—turned out to be my greatest strengths. I didn’t become successful in spite of them. I became successful because of them. Growing up AJ was a quiet girl trying to act “normal” when she felt anything but. As her family struggled with drug addiction, poverty, and mental illness, she found escape through comic books and video games, and was inspired by the tough and unconventional female characters. It wasn’t until she discovered pro wrestling that she learned superheroes could be real. Determined to become the superhero she’d always admired, AJ trained and sacrificed for years to achieve her dream of wrestling professionally. Yet she quickly faced industry pressure to play the role of the damsel in distress and to dress more provocatively to cater to male fans. But she fought back and created an ass-kicking alter ego that was a genuine representation of herself: nerdy, enthusiastic, and a little bit crazy.  With humor and tremendous heart, AJ opens up for the first time about her harrowing struggle to understand her demons and the mental illness diagnosis that helped her gain control over her life. What most people view as a hardship, AJ embraced as inspira­tion for her superhero persona, shattering the stigma attached to mental illness. Charting her journey from a scrappy girl in an unstable home to an empowered wrestling champion, Crazy Is My Superpower is an un­flinchingly honest story and brave confessional about her long road to self-acceptance.