Recently retired WWE superstar AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse-strong, quirky, and totally confident but that wasn’t always the case. Growing up AJ was a quiet girl trying to be ‘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 learned superheros could be real. AJ trained and sacrifies for years to achieve her dream of wrestling professionally. Yet she 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. Crazy is my Superpower is an unflinchingly honest story and brave confessional about her long road to self-acceptance.
Aj was this young girl living in New Jersey. Struggling to keep it together living with her two older siblings her brother Robbie who shortly after graduation joined the armed forces and her sister who left home to go to college, and her two drug addicted parents, which her mother suffered from depression and a bio-polar disorder. Having to move over twenty times because they couldn’t afford rent and pay the bills, to living in the car, and eventually in a motel for two years. With barely anything to eat and hardly any clothes to wear. AJ knew she wanted something more then this!
Potentially Offensive Content:
There is some swearing in this book, and also a note that she writes to her future daughter, in my opinion not something I would write to my daughter.
I really enjoyed reading all the positive quotes she says in this book, about women empowering each other, instead of tearing each other down, especially in a mans world of wrestling, and just being yourself and who you are no matter where you came from.
Everything I was told should be my greatest insecurities and weakness, everything that I’ve been labeled-Short, Nerdy, Skinny, Weak, Impulsive, Ugly, Tomboy, Poor, Rebel, Loud, Freak, Crazy-turned out to be my greatest strength. I didn’t become successful in spite of them. I became successful because of them.
This is probably one of the best bio books I have read, the strength this women has to overcome a crumbling and tough childhood while dealing with depression and bi-polar
disorder, and using that strength to become one of the most influentially women in WWE. It has taught me that no matter what you go through in life if you have heart and love for something no matter what it is you can achieve it. I enjoyed the sarcasm and quirkness in this book defiantly my kind of book when it comes to a biography. I give this book a five star.