This books reads less like a novel and more like a workbook, which is how a good self-help book ought to be. Branden doesn't let his readers get away with just reading words on a page - he makes them work for their self-esteem.
Sometimes I am my own worst enemy - my harshest critic. Branden asks us to examine our behavior and question whose standards we are judging them by. Branden mentions that the exercises in this book are designed in order to help a person tap into their own subconscious thoughts, and this seems helpful for getting down to the roots of self-esteem problems.
I can honestly say that this book has helped me to get in touch with who I am as a person, and I feel like my self-esteem has improved since I've read it. That being said, this book is not a miracle insta-cure for low self-esteem. You will have to work at it. Fortunately, this book will show you how, and it's worth it.