Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Review Day Tuesday - All I Know Now

All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher

I read this book on the day of its release and now, finally, I can tell you all about it.

Carrie Hope Fletcher's 'Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully' is an autobiographical work by the YouTuber, singer and phenomenal star of the West End's Les Miserables. Having been christened every YouTube fan's honorary big sister, Carrie took to the book world to share her hard-earned knowledge with those of us who are, frankly, scared to death of life.

The book is a carrier of Carrie's thoughts and experiences with regards to issues such as bullying, body image, relationships and dealing with the future. Though it is targeted at younger girls, theses are issues that, in reality, affect every one of us.  


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Whilst I adore Carrie, I did not buy this book with the expectation that I would enjoy it. It is an advice book, which I am really not a fan of. It is aimed at an age group that is slightly below my own. It just was not my kind of thing.

But, to my surprise, it was wonderful. It was witty. It was intelligent. It was warming. And, most importantly, it was honest.

The key thing that I just loved about this book, was Carrie's honesty and self-acceptance. I don't just mean that she is happy to confess her fears or the fact that she isn't too comfortable with the idea of being famous or that she is confident in the acceptance of any imperfections. I mean that she admitted that, at times in her life, she had, essentially, been a bitch. And, on other occasions, people had been a bitch to her. And that, really, she wasn't willing to forgive them for that.

She did not presume to tell her reader how to be happy. She merely pointed out the obvious things that we all sail through life ignoring. She reminded me that our expectations can never be met if we just sit expecting: the world is not psychic. We have to work our backsides off, always. 

I hate advice books because they talk from a contrived, frankly weak perspective. But I would advice anyone to read this book because it isn't any of those things. I would argue that it is a book about grabbing life by the brass balls: about recognising that sometimes life is frickin' scary and other times it is freakin' sad but that it can also be wonderful, when we truly try.



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