This is a backlog review, meaning I read this either before starting to blog or it got lost somewhere along the hectic journey of blogging.
We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better. Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, ALL I KNOW NOW. Part memoir, part advice guide, it will include Carrie’s thoughts on some of the topics she’s asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships and perhaps the scariest question of all: what does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully …most of the time. *Although she did recently post a video about how to pee in a onesie. So the definition of ‘adult’ is a bit flexible here …
When/Why I Bought It
I got this in 2015 and I think it was one of the first memoirs I had read. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read a memoir when I looked at it, but I was interested to find out more about Carrie Hope Fletcher.
I hadn’t watched many of Carrie’s videos on YouTube. I saw her live one year when she was in The War of The Worlds, and that was the first I had heard about her. I think I actually saw more of her videos after reading the book!
This is a self-help/memoir with a bit of everything in it. It gave me a good laugh and was definitely entertaining throughout. Carrie reflects on her teenage years – the mistakes that she made and the fun that she had. She actually had a pretty normal life other than Tom Fletcher being her brother!
I did love all of the nerdy puns she used! It definitely gave me a good laugh.
The book is full of little anecdotes. I didn’t really get along with the form because it didn’t seem to flow very well. Each chapter (or ‘act’ as she puts it) jumps around a lot throughout Carrie’s childhood which made it a bit hard to follow. I would rather she had just written about her childhood than categorising everything and making it into a bit of a confusing mess.
My main problem with this was that parts felt forced. The writing didn’t always flow or feel natural and I feel like that fits in with the theme of YouTubers bringing out books. They often seem rushed and not quite right, and this one was another of those.
This didn’t stop me from enjoying it, but I feel like it could do better.
Genre: YA Non-fiction/Memoir
Recommended to: People who watch Carrie’s videos or have seen her shows
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