Saturday, 23 May 2015

REVIEW : A Work In Progress by Connor Franta

Review

Title : A Work In Progress

Author: Connor Franta

Genre: Memoir

Star Rating: 4****

Goodreads Synopsis
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far.

Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don't be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.

Review
I think it's safe to assume that most people reading this blog have heard of YouTube and possibly have their own YouTube channels. If not, your way behind!! Connor Franta is a huge YouTuber, known for funny little skits, tackling issues such as sexuality and generally sharing his life with people around the world. 

Since YouTubers have started releasing books I've been a little wary about picking one up. I'm not 100% sure why but, for some reason it just doesn't sit well with me. However, I've been watching Connor Frantas' videos for a good few years and I felt that I wanted to support him and the direction he was taking, and part of that direction was this new book. So, after much deliberation I decided that I was going to read it and I'm so happy I decided to. 

Connor's book takes the form of a memoir, again, I'm not a huge fan of these types of books but, I gave it a go, and finished it in two days. This book is definitely a book you can sit down and read in one sitting, I was a little busy around the time I was reading the book which is why is took me a little longer than usual to read it. 

His book explores his childhood and memories from his life so far. It includes photos from his childhood, photos he's taken himself and lot's of little snippets and mementos he's gathered throughout his life which personalised the book and made us get to know him so much more. Whilst also exploring Connor's life so far he also shared his experiences with issues surrounding sexuality and accepting yourself. Whilst I'd love to say this book helped me in that aspect, it didn't because I haven't been directly affected by any of this, it may seem harsh but that is the only reason I marked this book down one star because I couldn't directly relate to some of the things that was mentioned in the book and therefore I felt a little detached from the advice that was given. 

However, I loved the the heart and soul that was clearly put into the creation of this book and it was obvious to see whilst reading that a lot of thought and love had gone into the production of this book. 

Connor's book is full of inspiring and beautiful quotes but, the one I loved the most I will use to end this review. 

"Who are you? Answer; you are who you are in this given moment. Label-less. Limitless. Remember that from this day forward."
- Connor Franta

So, that is my review for today!
Just to let you know, next week's posts might be a little all over the place as my exams are so close now but, I will try my best to get my posts up on time!

Okay, see you soon!

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