I’ve been working on this book for a while, but don’t think it’s because I didn’t like it. I think it was one of those situations where since I owned the book I felt more pressure to finish the books I didn’t own from the library first, but then I just kept finding new books from the library and on and on until I finally just decided that I wanted to finish this one.
The book is YouTube star Hannah Hart’s memoir and it is very well done. Sometimes I almost felt like I knew Hannah just from the way she wrote and the way she told stories. It was one of the most personal memoirs I’ve read so far. She wrote a lot about her family and friends, but she also included a lot of the struggles she’s faced in life. Most people want to bury their embarrassing secrets, but she laid bare all the issues she’d dealt with when it came to mental illness in her family, self-harm, anxiety, etc. It was pretty refreshing and gave some insight for people who might not have so much experience in those areas.
Hannah Hart is known for her online content, but I was surprised to find that she didn’t focus too much on her work in the book. She mentioned some of the projects that she had done, but that clearly wasn’t meant to be the focus. One interesting tidbit: Hannah’s YouTube show “My Drunk Kitchen” was a spur of the moment joke to cheer up a friend. I guess in my mind all the people who are YouTube famous have spent a lot of time cultivating ideas and creating things that they know will be successful. You just don’t expect it to fall into people’s laps, but I guess it can happen.
All in all, this was a very good book and a very good memoir. It’s always interesting to get a glimpse into the life of another and this one was well written and thoughtful. After reading the book I definitely want to meet Hannah Hart because tbh she seems like an awesome person/friend.