2016/03/21

BOOK REVIEW:
BINGE BY TYLER OAKLEY

Title: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 303
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A collection of personal essays from YouTuber, LGBTQ+ advocate and social media king Tyler Oakley.


Review:
I have to preface this by saying that Tyler Oakley was one of the first people I ever watched on YouTube, and I think he's great. I laugh out loud at so many of his videos. That being said, I was slightly wary when all these YouTubers got book contracts, because I think writing is an art and a skill not everyone has, and one I have a great amount of respect for. So, one asks the question: are these people writing a book because they just happened to get a book contract or is it something that they are good at?

That being said, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this, because I was very negative going in. Right off the bat, when I started reading, I felt like I could hear Tyler's voice in my head. The writing style feels very true to him, even if it isn't extraordinary or particularly beautiful. It's simple and funny.

I am uncertain of whether this book has any value for people who don't know who he is though. I felt like the stories were funny and interesting because they were about him. I don't know how much of it transcends beyond the author, which is why it falls a bit short for me. I felt like the deeper the subject got, the shorter the chapters got, which I think is a shame. I don't know if this really brings anything more to the table than what he brings in his videos and I find that I prefer his videos over this.

I'm glad I got this book, if only to support someone on the Internet that I really like. It was an interesting and funny read, and I think it's a quick and easy read for anyone who enjoys his videos.

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