If you’re young, female and new to the ideas of self-development, this may be a good way to begin your journey
This bubbly, short self-help book runs just over sixty pages, packing into it the very up-tempo and over-enthusiastic learnings of the twenty-something year old author. She writes with such verve that I couldn’t possible face her before my morning coffee.
As a quick read, The Universe, Stars, and a Hint of Girl Magic is full of good ideas for a better, more fortunate life, but there’s not much originality and some rather dubious statements. Correani also refers to the reader as girl and girlfriend, consequently excluding us mere males from her teachings despite the relevance to all genders. It’s an odd marketing choice for a marketer.
Her over-familiarity with the reader (for example, proclaiming “Since we are friends now…” as early as page 14), makes the text read like a phony, over-zealous evangelistic preacher. This is combined with some over-reaching connections at times, like crediting the practice of gratitude for manifesting her healthy eyesight.
There’s also the issue of her personal stories being littered at times, with extraordinary coincidences. For example, after a horrendous relationship breakup, she asked the universe for guidance and a book mysteriously fell out of the bookshelf: Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life. How fortuitous. Similarly, upon deciding that she needed to change her career, she received an email recommending a self-development booked called You are a Badass at Making Money, by Jen Sincero.
It’s hard to believe in some of these coincidences, although that’s not to say they can’t be true – we all have extraordinary coincidences occur in life. The difficultly in believing them comes from her fervent telling of these tales.
In fairness, Correani does offer great advice, however unoriginal it may be and despite her main thrust of Universal Energy being the giver of all things. Said advice includes taking responsibility for your own actions and thoughts, practice forgiving yourself and others, recognise and challenge your negative thoughts, be grateful, and be sure to surround yourself by people and things that inspire you.
On a more spiritual level, she discusses healing chakras, meditation and asking the universe to provide… only to then give a caveat on page 40 that “The universe won’t always bring what you desire in the exact way you might anticipate on a human level. The universe has many processes, and it’s not your job to judge it!” It’s always good to have an exit clause.
The format of the book suffers by being all text and no creativity. There’s no images or graphs to break up the blocks of words, and the lessons themselves are lost in the paragraphs. This makes it difficult to revisit any salient points later on. There needs to be a checklist or quick reference at the end of each chapter, or immediately after providing a few good exercises or suggestions – something a reader can find and re-read quickly and easily.
One of Correani’s big pushes seems to be her young age. Certainly, the book seems to be aimed at younger females who are more likely to listen to peers than elders. Outside of that younger demographic however, her age narrows her audience, just as her clear focus on women only will isolate half the population.
If you’re young, female and new to the ideas of self-development, The Universe, Stars, and a Hint of Girl Magic may be a good way to begin your journey but for others, there’s a great deal more to be found in other tomes in an already-flooded market.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Book Distributed by: Balboa Press
Released: March 2019