There have been few books produced by professional wrestlers that have captured my attention. Most of them are not well written, or embellish so badly it’s funny. Now, I’m not a professional wrestler. I’m a ghost writer. I’m a writer that has been asked to write for many companies and individuals, so I can spot work that is obviously not the author. That being said, most of the professional wrestling books you read have influence and editing from someone else, including this one. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks keeps getting a lot of attention, and the reviews across many platforms seem legit, but I don’t see the big deal. In fact, I only see a lot of flaws, and the dichotomy of a writer trying to tell their story and a vanishing point where a ghost writer has injected interjections that make no sense, or are sad attempts at humor.
Written Like A Crazy Person
The premise of the book is that A.J. has made it to superstardom even though she’s crazy. She openly admits she has bipolar disorder. It seems that if you can make it anywhere, and you have a diagnosis like that, you’re super. She writes as though she’s forcing that dichotomy a great deal of the time. You’ll get a story but in the midst of it, she’ll turn from first person narration to third person and inject similes and metaphors that make no sense in an autobiography. When you’re writing, you don’t push the narration to become a novel, it’s not a novel. The writing style goes from prose, journal entries, to an all knowing narrative that is out of place. This is grammatically bad. It reads terribly, and yet no reviewer has commented on it. Whomever greenlit this style of writing is insane. But maybe that’s the point? The idea is to convey an accessible element of writing, to people that may not normally read books, right?
Put It Down Several Times
I don’t give up on books. I read a lot. Any given week I’ll be reading two or three books at a time. Last week I finished two, and this week I’m working on 5. I’m a reader, and I don’t have a lot of friends. I focus on reading because it helps me make sense of a lot of boredom. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. Brooks attempts to create a lavish display of what she has overcome to get to the WWE, and I admit, it’s commendable. She made it in a lot of ways, but so what? So she made it, great. I can’t relate to the person half of the time, and the writing really throws me away from the actual story. Furthermore, Brooks glosses over the most compelling and interesting components. Instead of telling things like they are, she skews it, hides it, or condemns it. From locker room relationships to groping to dealing with harassment, it’s not opened up on, but rather highlights that they are “bad” or that she overcame and was the only one to get out alive.
A Glossy Book For AJ Lee Fans
This is a book for fans. It’s pandering. It’s not like Mick Foley’s first book, which broke the mold of celebrity autobiographies by being too real at times. This is not Bret Hart’s book where he let it all hang out, including skewering individuals by name. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is NOT a tell all book, but rather a novel wrapped in the disguise of an autobiography. If you’re a fan of AJ Lee and you don’t want to know the intimate secrets of her life, good, you won’t get it here. If you’re an interested wrestling fan that wants grit, and reality, this also is not for you. This is for star struck fans that LOVE AJ LEE the character, and a little of the person, but NOT the person. She sets up a wall you can’t get past, and that’s her business, way to go. Look, it’s an adequate book for fans, by someone that is interesting to a set of fans that are ok with a glossy story. This is not Malcolm X’s biography, ok? Nor should it be? I don’t know. I maybe too old for this.
Did you read “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks? Drop me a comment and let me know how wrong or right I am. Heck, I may have missed the whole point, or maybe I’m right for a change. Let me know in the comments.