Before I get started with this review, I’m just going to mention a couple of things I liked about this book. Because as a teacher, instead of crushing the poor child’s dreams straight away, I like to always precede negative feedback with some positives, and then take the edge off by throwing in a few more positives afterwards. Like a little sandwich of negative feedback if you will.
I would also just like to quickly add, these are my own personal opinions of the book. I know so many people have really enjoyed this book, so it may just not be for me so before anyone gets out their pitchforks just remember it's my opinion. If you want a positive review of this book this is not the place to be.
Things I liked:
Ok now on to the review. I feel terrible that this review is going to be so negative. I thought about not writing a review at all, or just not including all of the things I didn’t like about it, but that wouldn’t be very honest, and I like to be honest in my reviews, even if it is brutal.
So this book is basically just a glorified magazine. The only difference is there are more pages to get through and there’s a pretty hard cover on it.
At the start of the book, Louise explains that the book is basically a “how to” to life. But that concept really annoyed me. What gives this YouTuber the right to give this sort of advice to people? What are her qualifications huh?? She has had some tough experiences, but I don’t really think that warrants a whole book on how you can be happy.
A lot of the information (can I even call it that?) in this book, is just common sense and feels like they needed something to fill the chapter. There was something like four whole pages on “how to shop”. I already know how to shop, I don’t need someone to tell me how to do it, and I’m sure the majority of people know how as well.
The chapters were very repetitive, constantly repeating the same things over and over again. I also don't really get how this book is a guide "to take yourself from bad to good, or from good to great". It's a bunch of personal experiences, mixed in with some fancy quotes and a little bit of advice. Mind you, the advice that is given, I'm not really sure you can consider that advice. One whole section was on parties. and then there was some story about how her friend threw a party for her daughter and it was so so great because the mother didn't like Strawberry Shortcake but the daughter wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party so the mother compromised. How lovely of her, but I don't understand how this relates!! If my daughter wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party, I'd give it to her. What's the big deal??
I feel like because I have been watching Louise on YouTube for years, I had such high expectations for this book. I honestly thought she was different to all the other YouTubers publishing books, but she’s really not. I just feel like it’s unfair. It’s unfair to people who are amazing writers and deserve to be published, or just given a chance, but they aren’t. Instead all of these YouTubers are writing books about anything and everything, because publishers know that they will get sales because of their large fan bases. But they are just doing their job and I understand that, doesn’t mean I have to like it though!
So overall, I wouldn’t buy this, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone else buy this book. It may appeal more to the younger girls maybe 13-16 but other than that, I don’t think it would be worth it or enjoyable.
More things I liked
Book: 2/10 (See my book rating scale)
Format: Hardback, 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Would I recommend: No (sorry)
**This book was sent to be by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review in any way.
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