Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue

I know I said I was going to read Louise’s (SprinkelofGlitter) book but I started reading Room by Emma Donoghue at the same time and honestly couldn’t put it down so I ended up finishing it a lot quicker. So I decided to just write the review now.

Sadly I can’t reference the book itself because I gave it to my Mom to read the moment I’d finished it so I’m going to have to go from memory and from the internet so here goes nothing . I assume most of you have seen the trailer for the film adaptation of the book but if you haven’t then I’ll give you a quick synopsis: Jack is five years old. He lives with his Ma in ‘Room’, a small room where the door is permanently locked. Room is all that Jack has ever known until one day Ma comes up with an escape plan. Soon Jack’s world is about to get a whole lot bigger.

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I saw the film before I read the book and as I’d enjoyed the film I kind of already knew that I was going to like the book too. But books can be weird if they’re told a certain way – do you know what I mean? Like you might really enjoy the film adaptation so you sit down to read the book but you can’t get into the way the author’s written it. Luckily that wasn’t the case here. The moment I opened it I couldn’t put it down. Like the film, the story was told from the point of view of Jack and that’s what really makes it unique and what made me love it so much.

The point of the book isn’t about the room itself or the escape; it’s more about Jack discovering everything outside of Room that he didn’t know existed. Emma has Jack reacting to things that I wouldn’t have even considered – his trouble with stairs, his fear of being separated from Ma, getting sunburnt even though it’s not that hot out and dealing with having so much space. It’s written so beautifully and you can really emphasise with Jack even though he can tend to be a little frustrating/annoying. But that’s kind of the point and besides, what five year old isn’t a bit irritating from time to time?

I read this book because I saw the film as I imagine a lot of you guys have seen or at least seen the trailer for as well. Personally, I prefer the film because I think it’s happier than the book but I suppose the book is the more brutal, realistic version. Not that there’s much difference. Then again there were bits I preferred in the book to the movie.

Either way, I’d recommend this book to just about anyone because it’s honestly really good. So yes, go out and buy a copy. It’s in ASDA at the moment because the film’s out and I got a copy off Amazon for just a penny. What are you waiting for?

Review: All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Yes, I know, I’m reviewing another YouTuber’s book… I’m going to read Louise’s and then that should be it for a while as far as I know. Unless you guys have any requests?

So today I’m reviewing Carrie’s (ItsWayPastMyBedtime) ‘All I Know Now’ which I believe is her first book and is reflecting on her own teenage years and giving advice on how to survive them.

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I don’t particularly watch Carrie all that much or really follow what she’s up to but I’ve always kind of liked her. Obviously I’ve seen a couple of her videos but mainly the ones where she collabs with someone else. I do love her hair though? Whatever, although I didn’t really follow her work I did consider myself kind of a fan so I bought a copy of the book and got started.

Before I bought this book I kind of just thought it would be Carrie’s autobiography, I was stupid and didn’t realise that it was going to mostly be advice on what to do with lots of different topics including boyfriends, friendship, parents etc. Obviously there were tales of Carrie growing up too and those were the parts I found most interesting.

At nineteen years old I’m not entirely sure I was Carrie’s target audience as most of her advice was centred on school stuff so I imagine she has a rather younger audience but that’s not to say that some of the advice didn’t apply to me. I’m kind of going through what I call ‘an internal existential crisis’ at the moment where I spend all my time worrying about the future but not actually doing anything about it, and Carrie had plenty of advice for that as well! So if you considered yourself a fan of Carrie and you’re worried you’re too old for this book, you’re not. There are also some little stories about Carrie’s past that I think you’d love too.

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For the advice itself I completely agree with everything Carrie says, especially now that I too have the secret power of hindsight to look back at my own teenage years and I kind of wish I’d had this book to help me. It’s the kind of book I’d hold onto and when if (doubtfully) I had my own daughter one day I would pass down to her and tell her to take the advice – like seriously. Carrie’s really honest when using examples from her own life and doesn’t try and sugar coat her own life. You get the impression that Carrie really doesn’t want you to feel alone and I think that’s why she wrote this book.

There are tons of books out there with advice and tips on how to get through your teenage years that, let’s face it, most of us ignored at the time because what did they know? However, considering Carrie’s already got a following of teenagers asking her for advice it makes sense that she should write a book full of it. Hopefully her audience will take something from this book and learn to move on from the mistakes they make because what’s growing up without making a few mistakes?

Overall, I’d recommend this book to any young teenager or anyone that considers themselves a fan of Carrie. It’s just generally full of good advice! So, yeah, enjoy!

Review: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (aka danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil)

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Sorry this review is so late, I originally started working on it back in November (when I was still at university, that’s scary!) and I never really finished it but I figured since I’ve posted a review of Tyler’s book I should probably post a review of Dan and Phil’s as well.

So it’s no secret that I’m a Dan and Phil fan, those of you who read my review of their show knows that (x). I wrote about my first impressions of Tyler in his review so I guess it’s only fair that I post my first opinions of Dan and Phil too… Please don’t kill me anyone! I posted on a forum that I was a big fan of another YouTuber called charlieissocoollike and someone commented to tell me they liked him too and that I should check out this other YouTuber. They didn’t say his name, just posted a link to one of his videos. So I clicked and had a look. It was AmazingPhil.

I can’t remember what video it was, I do remember Phil sitting on the floor of a living room and talking about the apocalypse or something and I thought ‘Wow this guy is really weird…’ and stopped watching. I said don’t kill me! I can’t even remember what happened but I started watching him again a couple of months later and suddenly I was watching all his videos. Then I watched ‘the wardrobe’ which was the first collab I saw him do with Dan. My first opinions of Dan were ‘Wow this guy is really annoying’. Again, I don’t know what happened but I remember one Sunday I sat in my room all day and just binge watched all of Dan’s video. I was officially a fan of both of them.

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Back to the book! So last year Dan and Phil released a teaser trailer for their book and then announced that they were going on tour to promote their book. I was lucky enough to get tickets to this tour (twice actually, whoops) and really enjoyed it. I also got a copy of their book on the day it came out and started reading it straightaway.

Dan and Phil’s book is very different to Tyler’s. Tyler’s is long stories with maybe the occasional image whereas Dan and Phil’s is centred more on photos and expanding on stories that they’ve already told in many of their videos. It was interesting to see references to their videos and to hear things that maybe made us see their videos in a different light. My favourite chapters were about their school and university experiences. I can definitely relate to Dan’s uni experience.

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This book also kind of had a magazine vibe because it also contained a quiz (find out which of Dan and Phil’s dining chairs you’re most like – I got purple by the way) and some tips on how to create your own videos. There were also funny anecdotes of Dan and Phil’s childhood including Phil’s childhood diary and Dan’s dream journal. Dan’s dream journal probably should’ve come with a little translation at the bottom because most of the phandom has a hard time reading his handwriting.

Although it is different to Tyler’s book and perhaps I would’ve liked some more personal stories that we hadn’t heard before I do respect that Dan and Phil are a lot more private and I completely understand why. It was a different style and the idea of the book was to capture the world on the internet that Dan and Phil have created, it was more about their YouTube lives and their community and I think they did a brilliant job of creating a real-life version of their YouTube personalities.

I got this book when I was at university and I was at a really low, lonely time in my life and I’m so glad I had this with me. I was absolutely gutted when I eventually finished it because I was loving and enjoying it so much. This is a book I absolutely recommend although I think obviously you’d prefer it if you at least knew Dan and Phil beforehand.

Here’s another little fun fact, more about me than Dan and Phil so I’m sorry: When I went to their tour there were quite a few people younger than me and I didn’t think anything of it until I was waiting for my friend to come out the toilets. Then two girls walked past me saying “Oh My God, school tomorrow.” “Eugh, don’t remind me, I hate that place.” And my first thoughts were ‘Oh Hun, appreciate it now, I would kill someone to go back to school.’ That was the first time in my life that I ever felt old. Ahahaha. Fun.

So yes, go and watch AmazingPhil and Danisnotonfire or DanandPhilGAMES and then go buy a copy of their book to start reading! You won’t regret it!

Review: Binge by Tyler Oakley

Binge by Tyler Oakley

So I posted a review of Dan & Phil’s show (x) and I’m in the middle of writing a review about their book so you guys must think I’m a pretty big YouTube fan. However, I definitely love Dan & Phil but I’m not really as into other YouTubers. I do like a number of other ones but I don’t watch their videos the same amount as I do Dan & Phil.

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I remember when I first watched Tyler Oakley and my opinion was ‘I don’t find you annoying but if someone told me they did I would understand’ – which is a little harsh. I subscribed to him and didn’t really watch him until I went off to university. I don’t know what happened, I think my friend showed me his video of him revealing his book cover and I was blown away by how creative it was. When my friend left university and I was there by myself with no friends I turned to YouTube and although I wouldn’t call myself a massive fan of Tyler, I do like him. As I told my friend “I don’t watch his videos that often, but I trust him.”

Back to the book – I asked for Binge for Christmas and wasn’t given a copy. So on Boxing Day I went out and bought one. I’m so gutted because I found a signed copy in my local Waterstones. Bear in mind that I’m from Telford. Never heard of it? Of course not. I just didn’t imagine we’d find a signed copy. But I didn’t buy said signed copy because I didn’t have any money at the time and I also imagined I’d be getting it for Christmas. By the time I got back all the limited edition tour versions had sold out so I just had to make do with a regular copy.

I started reading this like last week, it wasn’t too long ago, and I finished it within no time. What made it easier I think is that he kept most of the chapters relatively short so I’d finish one and then we’d be on to the next thing – his chapters were kind of like watching one of his videos. They were also so funny but sometimes so heartbreaking that you can’t help but love Tyler even more.

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When I finished my copy I gave it straight to my friend to read, with the warning that Tyler doesn’t really hold back and a lot of his chapters are very personal. There are chapters dedicated to porn, his own shit and almost every chapter he talks about hooking up with someone. But this is what makes the book so amazing and so memorable. There are moments in that book that I will just never forget – some because they were so heartbreaking and some because they were just… I don’t wanna say disturbing but you get the idea.

Before I end this review I wanna add a quick fun fact because you guys know how much I love fun facts: At Summer in the City, which I did write a review about but then deleted, I was stood in the queue to meet Dan & Phil and got talking to one of the girls next to me. She told me she hoped the queue would hurry up so she could go and queue for Tyler Oakley to which I replied “Oh yeah he’s pretty cool.” She looked me dead in the eyes and said “I would kill a man for Tyler Oakley.” So yeah, Tyler has some pretty amazing and dedicated fans!

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of whether they were a fan of YouTube or Tyler Oakley. I wasn’t exactly Tyler’s biggest fan but I still got through this book super quick. I think I might watch more of his videos. So yes, go out and read this book! You won’t regret it – well, maybe some of the more ‘open’ chapters but overall an amazing read. Read it now!