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.
Ahh, Connor my love! Yet again, you’ve done something wonderful, and man oh man do I adore you for it.
To be honest, this book wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t what I was expecting, you know? I expected a lot of life stories, which were definitely there. But I expected to know all the ins and outs of his life growing up, the struggles he went through, his relationships with friends, family, and partners, his life as a YouTuber, good and bad. I wanted to know not only what he loved, but what he hated. What we got instead of that was a whole lot of advice, based off snippets off his life. Like I said, this is still good, but it wasn’t what I’d got myself ready to read. I don’t feel like I know Connor way better now.
The advice he gave was in perfect Connor style. Written very poetically, with things that you don’t even think about until he points them out to you. Then he really makes you think, until you’re staring out the window of your car freaking out because your life is LITERALLY JUST GOING PAST YOUR EYES.
Too specific? Oops.
You know what I mean though. He has the solution to every problem, and he gives actually good advice. It never involves telling you what to do, he’s about thinking for yourself and finding whatever makes you happiest. I love that he seems genuinely invested in our lives, and he truly does want us to be the happiest we can be. Thanks, Con.
The stories we did get all had a message behind them. Connor lived a pretty happy life, and he can tell you where he went wrong and how he’d change it if he could. He tells you where he went right, because obviously he’s happy with where he is right now, and he tells you how to do the same. He speaks to the artsy types, which as a writer I am, and I finished this book feeling so inspired to get up and do something with my life. Did I? Well, no, not exactly. But I will! Just you wait Connor, I will!
Like most of these YouTuber books, I really recommend it to people who already watch the YouTuber. However, I also recommend you go and watch his videos, because a lot of them aren’t your typical vlogger videos, he makes some gorgeous artsy stuff too. Go on, go!
Side note: I listened to this as an audio book, and I think I would recommend reading the physical copy. Apparently it’s full of pictures, and Connor sounded kind of awkward through the narration!