A ‘Let’s Pretend I’ve Been Reading and Not Watching Youtube Too Much’ Book Review!

Hi there!

Let’s pretend that I’m great at updating this blog, okay? We’ll just skip over the fact that I’m the worst blogger in the history of the inter webs, shall we? Awesome, sounds good, so glad we’re all on the same page! 😉

Quick obligatory disclaimer: all of these books (except Yes Please) were purchased by me, with my own money. I do work at a bookstore, so I do get a small discount, but that just means I get paid nothing because it enables me to buy far more books than I would otherwise! Honestly, I pretty much buy enough books to pay my own wage… I think I need help. I was given Yes Please for free, as I also do book reviews on the blog of bookstore that I work for.  I do not receive compensation for any of the Book Depository links on this post, I simply don’t feel comfortable sharing the bookstore where I work with strangers, and I think the Book Depository is pretty awesome, and deserves the shoutout.

Let’s get to this book review! So these are all books which I’ve read from February onwards. It’s really not that big, considering I can generally get through 3-4 books a week, but these last few months I’ve been in a bit of a book slump and haven’t consistently found awesome books to draw me out of the black hole that is watching too much Youtube and Gilmore Girls to pick up a book! (Not that there’s anything wrong with watching Youtube or Gilmore Girls, that is! I do it everyday… Not something I should probably confess…  I ramble too much. Let’s just move on!)

So these books are all non fictions – and if you don’t like non fiction books,  I’ll have a fiction book review coming soon! I’ll list them according to how much I liked them, with 1 being the least and 6 being my favourite out of the bunch.

1. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart.

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I did like this book, but I didn’t love this book. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t watch Hannah Hart’s Youtube channel. It’s a very funny cookbook/ memoir hybrid, with a few pieces of helpful advice sprinkled on top. There’s nothing really I could compare it too; I think it really excels in being unique. The recipes, however, are really there only for hilarity purposes – there’s nothing in there that you would actually make. I think it makes a nice coffee table book, and I’m glad I bought it because it was a very entertaining read, but I don’t think it would appeal to anyone outside of Hart’s audience.

2. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer.

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I found the Pregnancy Project to be really interesting, however, it drags on a  bit. I think it would have been much more suited to be a really long journal article on the Huffington Post or the New York Times rather than an actual, fully fledged book. Basically, Gaby pretends to be pregnant for a school assignment, and because she only tells two people,she finds out who her real friends are, the way society treats pregnant teenagers, and, most importantly, the disapproval and almost hatred she receives from her family because of it. The “characters” in the book, mainly her family, say and do things which are incredibly unlikeable, and because of it, it affects how much you want to continue reading the book. This isn’t something that Gaby can control, nor should it be something which impacts on the book, but it is.  if you like to read thought provoking, almost ‘psychological experiment’ type books, I’d definitely recommend it, but, whilst I’m glad I read it and it was interesting, I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, and probably won’t ever reread it.

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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I really enjoyed Yes Please! In general I quite like reading memoirs by celebrities I like, and Amy Poehler’s book really lived up to the hype. Some of the essays in the book were more interesting than others, but in general the book was definitely funny, interesting and likeable.

4. Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig. 

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Whilst Hannah Hart’s downfall is her book is really only recommended for fans of her work, Helbig succeeds in writing a book that would be interesting and applicable for even people whom have never heard of her. Normally, I find Grace’s humour in her videos to either be completely hilarious or comes across a bit too awkward, like she’s trying too hard to be funny (which, in all honesty, happens to me as well, so I don’t blame her for it at all. It makes her more relatable), but the humour in her book is completely on point. The humorous essays in her book are interwoven with incredibly helpful advice, and I honestly think that every tween, teenager or twenty something should pick up a copy.

5. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr.  

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The best word to describe Love, Tanya is ‘sweet’. This book is like.. Imagine you were a 1950s teenager, sitting in a poodle skirt in your favourite milk bar , devouring a strawberry milkshake and holding hands with your beau. It’s just a cute, sweet and nice book.  It’s Tanya’s memoir, with some advice on make up, relationships, friendships, and work included.  I’d definitely recommend it – it’s probably better if you’ve heard of her first though, just because a lot of the book is about her life, and might not be interesting if you don’t know anything about her.

6. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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GO BUY IT PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Now, I originally bought this book because I watch Carrie on Youtube. I AM SO GLAD I DID. It was so incredibly different than any other book written by a Youtuber (my post about Youtubers writing books will be coming soon) and it was so incredibly great, brilliant and helpful.  I bought it yesterday, and finished it in about two hours. Carrie just gets it. If you’ve never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. In this book, she isn’t Carrie Hope Fletcher, singer/ songwriteractress in Les Mis and youtuber – she’s Carrie Hope Fletcher, giving you the advice that you need and no one has told you, interwoven through stories of her own life.

If you ever feel like you need a bit of advice in your life (whether that be in love, friendship, your future, or y’know, life in general) go buy this book.IT IS SO BLOODY HELPFUL. Unlike with other books written by people who are incredibly successful, you don’t come out of it thinking “well of course she can give advice, she’s successful and I’m not and I’m never going to be successful as she is”, you come out of it thinking “yes, she’s successful, but she’s also a real, relatable and flawed human being who wasn’t part of the popular crowd, wasn’t always successful and has her fair share of ups and downs. She worked hard to be successful, and y’know what?  I have the potential to be as successful as she is.”

It has so much good advice that I feel like going through and highlighting passages and writing them down just so I can remember them when I need them most. I wish that when you turned twelve, along with a packet of tissues, some chocolate and a ‘get a day off school’ punch card, you got this book. I really could have used it when I was in high school, and I’m definitely going to get a lot of use out of it now (I’m almost twenty). GO BUY IT, come back and then tell me how much you love it. It’s my favourite non fiction book I’ve ever read.

PS. Thank you for writing your book, Carrie.

So that’s it! Thanks for reading. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve reviewed. What are your favourite non fiction books? Have you bought Carrie’s book yet (GO BUY IT)? What’s your favourite book you’ve read in these last few months? Let me know in the comments!

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