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A Work in Progress: A Memoir

by Connor Franta

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This memoir was great showing stories of the childhood of a 24 year old entrepreneur who struggled with appearance and sexuality as a teen. Connor Franta later pursues his passions for art, photography, and filmmaking. His career grows as he becomes a Youtube personality. He gives advice to young adults in this era of technology and social media.
  vichen21 | Jan 5, 2017 |
I liked it, Connor is a funny,cute young guy giving some good speech.But.. there is a big but. he has a good amount talking about not labeling people and not let labelers affect you and guess what, at least to this point he used "people in their thirties and over" twice... If it's not labeling someone tell me what exactly this is? Maybe it got on my nerves exactly because I'm in my mid thirties but still.

what I mean is, it's good and adorable that he has achieved so much popularity by being himself and use a social network as his career path but he is still young and talks about lots of thing that ten years later he might consider his words or at least would have much more experience talking about them. ( )
  ardvisoor | Jul 18, 2016 |
I'm not a Connor Franta fan. He seems like a nice kid, but I think that he phones his videos in and just feeds off of the cult of personality he's created around himself. But I'm not even sure Connor Franta's fans will like this book. They're reading it, I'm guessing, to learn more about their favorite youtuber. And they are going to be disappointed because he doesn't share much more than they could learn by watching his videos or simply googling him. He's from Minnesota, he has 3 siblings, and his dad is a doctor. There, I just saved you the trouble of reading this book. Well, not quite, this book was saved from a 1 star rating by a single chapter. It's the only chapter that doesn't read like a Wikipedia entry/hallmark card hybrid. I forget the chapter's title, but it's the one towards the end where he talks about coming out. There he abandons the lame platitudes (reach for the stars) and shallow dives (my family used to visit a lake) and actually opens up about his internal struggle with sexual identity. So, if you want to learn more about Connor, skip to the end to read that chapter. If you want to read a decent memoir, don't read this at all. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
I will not lie, the idea of a Youtuber writing a memoir was eye rolling to me to say the least. I picked up this one because it was recommended to me, and probably only because he's gay, which is a silly reason to recommend a book.
However, as you can see from my 4 1/2 rating, I loved this memoir.
Nearly halfway through I had to stop and ask myself, am I really a 30 year old, learning life lessons from a twenty something kid who makes videos on the internet for a living? And the answer was yes!
He has a lot to say and some great views on life and living. We could all take a page out of his book, punn intended, and live life more fully. Let's follow our dreams!
I will say his writing felt very scattered and sort of crazy, until I watched his videos, and then I got it. He was writing in his voice! The same scattered and overactive energy he has in his videos are found in this book, and it just works!
I find him adorable and fresh and smart!
It's helped me go into other books with a more open heart. Maybe we can't judge a book by its cover and have to give twenty something kids a chance to talk. They actually just might have a lot to say, and we just might learn something. I did. Thanks Connor! ( )
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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. 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.--From publisher description.… (more)

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