Book Review: How to be a Bawse – Lilly Singh

BAWSE\’baus\ n: A person who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly,

reaches goals and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through

 it all and made it out on the other side.


Lilly Singh is one of the most hard-working, passionate and creative Youtubers I follow, and probably my favourite. Having said that, this review might be *a teensy bit* biased. For those who don’t know her, Lilly is a Youtuber with over 11 million subscribers, comedian, motivational speaker, actress, dancer, Mama Unicorn and of course, a BAWSE.

How to Be a Bawse is Singh’s debut book, she has previously done a world tour called ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island’, and released a Youtube red movie about the same. In 2016, Lilly collaborated with Smashbox Cosmetics to launch her signature red lipstick called BAWSE, and started the Girl Love initiative to help end the cycle of girl on girl hate, and also partnered with MEtoWe to promote the product GirlLove Rafiki Bracelet. The purchasing of these bracelets helped fund education for young girls in Kenya.

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Now coming to the book, I got the hardcover edition of “How to be a Bawse” and I’m so glad I did (I secretly wanted a signed copy, but that’s okay). It is a very vibrant book with colourful pictures which are a perfect representation of Lilly’s personality. The book is very captivating and is written in a lucid manner, keeping in mind that her audience is global.

Lilly has spoken time and again about how it is important to give your 110% in every aspect of your life. She works her unicorn magic to spread the motivation through her words, so I suggest not reading it in one go as it may get a bit overwhelming. Self-help books in general should be read a chapter a day or a few chapters at the most, so that one can really ponder on what is said and how they can integrate those habits in their own life. There are 50 chapters in How to be a Bawse, which range from around 3-6 pages each, so I suggest 5 chapters a day, at the most.  That’s not a lot, I know, but that helps reflect on the message. She manages to deliver her message with quirky metaphors and some real life relatable examples. Lilly speaks about her experiences with depression, how she conquered it, her passion project of #GirlLove, and various lessons she’s learned from the amazing people in her life, as well as celebrities such as Dwayne Johnson, Alicia Keys, Lindsey Stirling, and of course, one of my favourites, Jimmy Fallon.


How to be a Bawse has a good balance where she tells the reader to hustle through life to conquer it, but don’t forget to stand back and appreciate every moment. It is quite a motivating book, which tells you that there’s no easy way to success, and you will face failure again and again, however finding the route to success is your job. Unfortunately, Lilly cannot help you with that.

You may find similar advice in many ‘adult’ self-help books but Lilly has managed to simplify it in a manner that she can convey the lessons to her audience of younger kids and teenagers, and help them start off early.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that a fully grown adult like me cannot enjoy it, there’s definitely a lesson for everyone. Personally, my favourite was the chapter titled, “Send the GPS deep” which speaks about how each of us have at least 3 layers as explanations for our behaviour. It helps understand and address our deepest fears.

How to be a Bawse is #2 on New York times Best Sellers in Self-Help and #3 in Amazon India’s Best Sellers. You can get the book on Amazon in all formats, hardcover, paperback, audio and Kindle by clicking on the cover above!

In case you’re still not convinced about buying it, here’s an excerpt from the book, in Lilly’s own voice! Check it out!

FINAL RATING: 🦄🦄🦄🦄 Unicorn + 🦄  (Bonus Unicorn for Daily Vlogs on the Book tour)

P.S. I’m back after nearly 2 years, and part of it has to do with the motivation in this book. I have been very lazy when it comes to maintaining a blog, or any sort of passion project, so here I am again, trying to work harder this time. I’ll try posting at least twice a month, or so I’m telling myself (ref: Chapter 8, HTBAB)




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