Obtained: Simon & Schuster Canada, ARC
Publish date: October 20, 2015
As a huge fan of Tyler Oakley’s YouTube videos, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of his book as soon as I could. Tyler has always been one of those YouTube celebrities that I never got tired of; he never felt fake to me – and I admired that quality. Well, Binge has the very same quality about it, which is probably why I picked it up one morning and binge-read the entire thing until I was finished. It’s just so real.
Binge is a collection of essays written by Tyler Oakley about a variety of topics, from first loves, sexuality, and heartbreak, to why maintaining your composure when speaking to someone in retail is valuable, to a list of what he would do if he were Beyonce for a day. This collection is organized in such a way that you may push through a long, emotionally heavy chapter, and be rewarded with something light and funny right after, which makes it so hard to put down.
The whole time I was reading, I could hear Tyler’s voice in my ear, as though he had sat me down and was telling me all of his deepest secrets – ones he was proud of, ones he was ashamed of, and the things that make him tick. It felt very casual, and I loved knowing that he wasn’t holding anything back, or giving me some half-concealed version of the truth. Binge is raw, honest, and very, very funny.
And even as a fan who has watched a number of his videos, follows his Tweets, or seen him in collabs with some of my other favourite YouTubers, I learned a lot of things that I didn’t already know – not only about him as a YouTuber, but as a person. And I think that’s what makes this book so special. I don’t feel like I’m reading about some famous internet personality; it’s just Mathew Tyler Oakley all out in the open, talking from person to person.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Tyler, or even people who may not know who he is, but who want to read a funny, endearing book about life and how to get through it.