Becoming more and more prominent in my 2015 Reading Challenge are books that no longer fit into any leftover category. No matter. It just means I’ve got to read a few more books than anticipated to complete the challenge.
Today I finished my 28th read of the year: “All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully” by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Carrie is a YouTuber/West End star, thus I placed this book into my third made-up category: #53 A book written by a YouTuber. I was extremely excited going into this book, but it’s fair to say that I was more than a little disappointed.
My Goodreads Review
“‘All I Know Now’ is an advice filled memoir, written by YouTuber/West End star Carrie Hope Fletcher, who shares her 22 years of life experience. Whilst in theory, the premise was good, I think I am at least half a dozen years too old to appreciate the content (I’m 21, I’d estimate the ideal target audience age is 11-14).
Carrie shares her experiences on a variety of topics, including love, bullying and friendships. As I was reading the first third of the book I wished it was available ten years ago, as I found some of the advice may have been helpful to my tween/teen self, but as the book went on, the content (unfortunately) gradually deteriorated – I’m saying nothing bad about Carrie whatsoever, she seems like a lovely person, but as she confesses, she is not a professional. I actually found myself struggling through the last half of the book (it was not edited well – partly because of lack of punctuation – and it felt like a chore reading it at times).
That being said, I think there are positives younger audiences would find in this book – I just didn’t think it lived up to its potential.”
I always feel terrible when I rate a book badly, especially if the author seems like a genuinely lovely person, but I’m nothing if not honest when it comes to my reviews. I was just expected much more – and a better editor! On a positive note, I liked the layout (it was as though the book was a stage show) and the Props section at the end with relevant contact and help numbers for vulnerable readers was an excellent addition. I probably would recommend the book to younger audiences, as I’m sure there are things they could learn from this book, however it just didn’t cut it for me.
#53 A book written by a YouTuber – All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully by Carrie Hope Fletcher (4/10)
Twenty-five down, twenty-five to go. (Twenty-eight read)
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