Monday, January 11, 2016

Binge (audiobook) by Tyler Oakley - Paul's Review

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Title: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Year Published: 2015

Narrator: Tyler Oakley
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

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 written in the voice that's earned him more than 21 million followers across social media.

For someone who made a career out of oversharing on the Internet, Tyler Oakley has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: He experienced a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; he had a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service; he crashed a car in front of his entire high school in an Arby's uniform; he projectile vomited while bartering with a grandmother. With millions of fans clamoring for more Tyler Oakley, he delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with trademark flair in Binge.


Review: I have followed Tyler Oakley online for over 6 years. I remember when he was a part of the youtube channel 5awesomegays. His popularity has skyrocketed. He is one of the top youtubers, branching out into red carpet interviews, hosting events, writing a book, and a competitor in an upcoming season of The Amazing Race. He is an all around personality.

This book covers it all. There are funny stories. There are sad stories. There are short chapters. There are long chapters. There is one chapter that really gets deep into the emotions. 

At times the order and sense of the chapters may seem off, but overall this is a great collection of stories. 

I am the same age as Tyler so all the references of his childhood were very close to me. I was also a kid growing up confused and gay in the 90's, so I shared some of the experiences Tyler writes about in this book. 

I give this book a 5/5 and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to readers familiar with Tyler Oakley. Or just interested in a 20-something gay guy's stories of growing up and experiencing this crazy world we live in.


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