B L O G M A S D A Y 7
This is a memoir that does not need extra promotion really, but I still wanted to talk about it. 🙂 Tyler Oakley is a large internet personality and has also made his way into mainstream media through appearing on talk shows and red carpets.
I’m a fan of Tyler Oakley’s podcast and truly this book felt like him. His voice definitely carries over and it has a very similar feel to the content he has already created– just written down. He covers the same type of stuff, just spends a little more time in his childhood and school years going deeper with those stories. You pretty much get what you expect– inspirational stories, funny stories, and a lot of innuendos.
Which brings me to the thing that I liked the most about the memoir– but also shows off this weird sort of tension that exists in the book. What I like is seeing how Tyler Oakley is just so… Tyler Oakley. He is himself and is bold and is messy and is fun and is just him. All day every day.
And the tension lies where at the end of the day he is trying to be his 26-year-old self while reaching an audience that is VERY diverse in age/skews super young in the bulk of the numbers. So there’s this thing where he is sort of walking the line of sharing these details from college and beyond of more… adult situations- haha- but still be able to connect with readers that are 12, 13, and 14– basically a lot younger than him. As a result, there is a story literally for every age and it’s neat to see that bundled up in one collection. But at the same time, I almost wish he would have split the book in two and just focused on one batch of ages per a book. As someone super close to his current age, there were things I would have loved for him to expand upon from his later years, and there were sections I definitely skimmed from his earlier years.
Do you have to be a “fan” of Tyler Oakley to read this? I wouldn’t say so! It’s essentially a really interesting person that’s done a lot of really interesting things talking about his life so far. It has a lot of wide appeal. 🙂 It’s goofy, yet filled with heart. Although clocking in at 300-ish pages, it’s a pretty quick read with short chapters and a lot of jumping around that keeps you going.
Did you read it? How’d you like it?
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