Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: All I Know Now

Title: All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully
Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Publisher: Sphere
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: Through BookDepository (Affiliate link)
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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-functionin 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 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 privde 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...

My thoughts
I love Carrie. She's one of my favourite youtubers, and she is so talented, I can't believe it. I was lucky enough to see her on Les Miserables in London last week, before she's leaving in the middle of February. She was amazing there as well, and my mom was really impressed with her.

This isn't a review of Carrie though, this is about her book, All I Know Now. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, and therefore I don't really know what to expect when I read one. I don't expect to not wanting to put the book down, because it's not a novel. This was, however, the case with this book. I started reading this book a couple of weeks before I went to see her in Les Miserables, because I wanted to read the book before I saw her. I started early, because I didn't expect to read a lot each day. I did however finish it in a couple of days, because I couldn't put it down.

This book is funny, sweet and sad. I enjoyed every part of it, and you can really tell it's Carrie's book. It was almost like hearing her telling me this stuff, not just reading a book. I might be a bit over the target audience, but I still enjoyed it. You could feel Carrie's personality through the books, and it just shows how great the book was.

If you enoy Carrie's videos, you will definitely enjoy this book as well.

Buy this book?
Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)
Bookdepository (Affiliate link, worldwide)
Adlibris (Norway)

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