Wednesday, April 29, 2015

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book after it was announced around this time last year, and have been avidly reading it since it's release last week. For those that don't know, Carrie is an actress, singer, blogger and YouTuber, often referred to as an 'honourary big sister' to lots of young people. Her inbox is often full of messages asking for help and advice, and a number of her YouTube videos offer an insight into things she's learnt whilst growing up. 

Although she's a YouTuber, this isn't one of those 'oh, another YouTube book' moments, because I truthfully think this book shouldn't be considered as one. This book is honestly so well written, and without sounding too mean, so far from anything other YouTubers (that aren't authors in their own right) are coming out with. Yes, it's a continuation of her blog of the same name, but rather than being a lifestyle blog it's a blog that offers help and advice to her younger fans. I suppose the book is sort of an autobiography, although I'd say it's more of a place for Carrie to share stories of her youth, along with lots and lots of advice on all sorts of situations, coming together to form a guide to growing up. It's definitely the book that I wish existed when I was a young teen.

I couldn't just do this post with one picture, like I would usually when speaking about books. The dust jacket cover is an awesome design, but I love the actual cover underneath even more. Covered in hearts and stars in the books yellow and purple colour scheme, you'll also find the definition of hopeful, which is the name Carrie's fans call themselves, on the front, along with the hopefuls logo on the back. 

I also absolutely adore the fact that the book has a theatre show theme throughout, as although Carrie is a YouTuber. blogger and now author, her main job currently is playing the role of Eponine in West End musical Les Mis. I love that the chapters are described as acts, and the final three chapters are titled 'Finale', 'Props' and 'Curtain Call'

Along with the book just being gorgeously designed from cover to cover, readers are also treated with illustrations throughout, drawn by Carrie herself. The illustrations are all black and white, with the odd pop of purple to match the theme of the book, and can be found throughout the text. They really help bring the book to life even more.

Although for me, this isn't much of a book to help me on my way, I absolutely loved reading it. Being the same age as Carrie, it was great to read about the things she faced growing up, and being able to completely relate with a lot of things she said. I kind of wish that I had a book as wonderful as this to get me through some of the tough moments, and to let me know that I wasn't alone. It takes a great person to let the world into personal stories and horrors, and I applaud Carrie for opening up and doing it so well. 

Sophie x

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