Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Review - 'Binge' by Tyler Oakley

Gallery Books

Synopsis (From Amazon) - For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the internet, Tyler Oakley has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: he experienced a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; he had a fashion stand-off with the White House secret service; he crashed a car in front of his entire high school in his fast food restaurant server's uniform; he projectile vomited while bartering with a grandmother.

With millions of fans clamouring for more Tyler Oakley, he delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with trademark flair in Binge.

Never have I ever read such an honest memoir. Granted I haven’t read that many but this took me by surprise. I didn’t know much about this book before I decided to read it. I have enjoyed Tyler’s video for a few years now, so I had a good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. Oakley is refreshingly open and honest, probably too much, some might say. From sex to drugs, Oakley talks about a lot of difficult topics. For someone who’s fan base is mostly compiled of teenagers, I was taken aback at just how honest he was. I applaud him for this. Not that he is goes into especially graphic detail, but he doesn’t hold back either. He doesn’t shy away being incredibly personal at times.

Not only this but his writing is absolutely hysterical. I found actually myself laughing out loud, not something I do very often. Oakley talks about a myriad of subjects; One Direction, love, family, the internet, and best of all, there is an entire chapter about poo. Hilarious. A word of caution, though the book is not particularly explicit, Oakley does talk about topics potentially not suitable for younger readers/listeners, but that is your call.

That’s pretty much it, not much more I can say about it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I started it intending to only listen to it for an hour or 2… I didn’t pause it until the 4 hour mark.  You could say I binged on it, (heh, get it?). Also, if you get the opportunity I implore you to listen to the audiobook. It really enhances the experience. Oakley himself reads it and I can not tell you how enjoyable just listening to him is. If you like his YouTube videos, you will love the audiobook version of Binge.

(Images not mine!)

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