Author: Tyler Oakley
Genre: Memoir, Humour
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
SYNOPSIS: “Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.
For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense standoff with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.”
Tyler Oakley is one of my idols! He has been such a huge influence over the person I have become over the past few years. I love how he stands up for what he believes in, and fights for everyone who cant necessarily protect themselves. For outsiders, it might just look like Tyler sits down and records a video of him, that he might be narcissistic (but who isn’t?). Those that have been following him for a while know that he is so much more than that. That he actually uses his ‘power’ for good, to raise awareness for problems and charities that help save peoples lives. He is a hero in his own right, and this novel proves it.
This novel takes us behind the camera, which is where we learn all of Tyler’s, or should I say Matthews, deepest darkest secrets. You get an insight to the highest and lowest points of his life told through the only way he knows how, his sassy humour.
Each chapter discusses a new topic, so reading in order is a choice not a necessity. The stories are unique, and all have a sense of individuality yet somehow work together like they are meant to be together. I have read another book similar to this layout before and nothing worked together at all, and it feeelt like each chapter was just thrown in hastily. Yet Binge makes it work somehow, not to mention there is countless, adorable pictures of little Tyler. It makes the purchase worth it!
No topic is left untouched within the covers, and surprisingly serious subjects are discussed. Everything from growing up in a ‘broken’ home with a homophobic parent, being in an abusive relationship to his eating disorder is spoken about. Yet Tyler works his magic and weaves a thin line of humour through it all to make it lighter, and that’s what I love about this novel. He doesn’t make it all about him with the spotlights focused purely on him; he talks about it through a mature perspective. Sure, he talks about how it was hard and that’s okay, he deserves to, but he doesn’t dwell on the negatives. The positives are glorified and talks about how people have helped him, and that even the strongest of people need a little support.
The whole novel isn’t as morbid as that may seem, the majority of this novel is HILARIOUS! I cant tell you how often I was in fits on laughter, tears running down my face trying to rub them away before they landed on my pages. Like I said nothing is untouched. Pornography experiences, unfortunate birthday experiences, being intimate with guys that have stinky foot fetishes, and somehow this makes me love him more!
The only thing I feel a bit off about is the narration. Tyler wrote it as though it was a script for one of his videos, the experience is intimate and I loved it, Most of the time. At some points the writing resembled a young child, but I pushed through it and I’m glad I did. I think I just judged to quickly, but I promise you, it gets better.
“Our fear of people’s rejecting the things that make us happy limits how much happiness we can actually find“. In this novel I laughed, cried, smiled and felt inspired. Tyler has created a wonderful novel that I recommend to people that love #TeamInterent. You will not be disappointed as you get to see a whole new side to the guy that you have grown to love. I don’t believe you have to be a fan of his to read the novel, its just that there is multiple references you might not understand but it won’t taint the overall experience.
Are you a fan of YouTube? Leave me a comment below telling me your favourites and I will see you next time!