jomoJOMO: Celebrate the Joy of Missing Out! by Jessica Misener is one of those books that might have been useful before the internet existed but doesn’t really hold much of a place in the world nowadays. There’s honestly nothing that really stands out as exceptional about the activities this book lists, unfortunately, and the only new thing comes from the title itself. Sadly, the title is probably the worst part about the book. I don’t know about you, but for me, I’m really not a fan of all these unfortunate sounding acronyms that have become popular lately.

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I won’t say that JOMO is entirely bad. Sure, many of the activities it suggests one does instead of spending the night out doing things extroverts do could be fun. But the truth is that there really isn’t anything this book offers that you couldn’t find from a quick internet search. Also, I’m sorry, but it seems like kind of a cop-out that a fair number of the activities are literally just a movie title that the author seemed to think was better to watch than spend time out with friends.

Which, is fine, really. But who’s to say that the readers of this book are going to have the same taste in movies?

I dunno. I ultimately just found this book to be incredibly disappointing. There was nothing unique or exceptional about it. And frankly, we just live in a time when books like this are super unnecessary. I don’t know what caused someone to look at this and think it was worth putting on a shelf and selling in a way that made it somehow more useful than the internet. Literally, anyone could put together a list like this and they don’t have to be an introvert to do so.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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