This is the first memoir I’ve picked up in a while, and it’s not the typical memoir I read. While I found the trajectory of the story to be predictable, I found the message inside to be incredibly moving nonetheless.
The Pursuit of Happyness is a story of hope and trauma. Gardner takes into account all of his successes and pitfalls in his past, and bundles them together to produce a memoir that I believe exists to inspire hope in those who have little. He continues to repeat his message of try hard, shoot for the stars, if you fail take a break and go right back at it. He always believed in himself, and his confidence never allowed him to give up entirely, because of which he ended up succeeding.
Now, this book is not going to be the message everyone needs. He encourages everyone to keep hustling and let some things slide in the short term in order to impact the greater good. That kind of message is incredibly hard to follow, and not always the best course of action. However, his message is that it worked for him and he wants to be that person on the other side offering hope and support when there is none. He has such a big heart, and his story was beautiful to hear.