Date finished: Thursday 21st September 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “THIS BOOK WON’T CHANGE YOUR LIFE
But it might just help you change it yourself
In FEEL GOOD 101, YouTube’s most outspoken star Emma Blackery is finally putting pen to paper to (over)share all her hard-learned life lessons. From standing up to bullies and bad bosses to embracing body confidence and making peace with her brain, Emma speaks with her trademark honesty about the issues she’s faced – including her struggles with anxiety and depression. This is the book Emma wishes she’d had growing up . . . and she’s written it for you.”
I’m become a big fan of Emma Blackery over the last year. True, her target audience is generally teens over ten years younger than myself, but that doesn’t change the fact that I think as a Youtuber she’s turning into an incredibly talented musician and a fantastic role model for the next generation.
While this book was aimed at teens, it is very well written. Emma’s distinctive voice leaps off the page and you can tell she has written this from the heart. The blurb on the back states that “this is the book Emma wishes she’d had growing up” and honestly, I can say the same.
The life experiences and suggestions Emma delivers in her book are necessary and incredibly relevant to kids growing up these days. Being a teenager learning to navigate the world is never easy for anyone, but Emma manages to talk people through various circumstances and tell them what to expect from life without sugar coating it or without talking down to anyone.
I’m not going to write an incredibly lengthy review for her book. I just know that I genuinely wish I’d had this book as I was growing up – I related so much with some of Emma’s stories about how horrible school was. I do know that (assuming I have them later down the line) I will definitely be recommending my kids read this book once they are old enough to handle some of the content. Dealing with teenage mental health alongside everything else they have going on is always a questionable subject, but Emma manages it perfectly.
My rating: 8/10