Author: Tyler Oakley
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: October 20, 2015
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.
[If you’re here for the giveaway, scroll down to the bottom! Of course, I wouldn’t object to your reading some of what I’ve written about the book as well . . .]
Binge content warnings: profanity, eating disorders, depression, sexual content.
I’ve never fully understood Tyler Oakley’s Youtube demographics, but this is a very grown up books, and I would not recommend Binge to readers under the age of 16.
A couple of my favorite excerpts (SPOILER FREE!):
"It's like when I was in sixth grade and this kid
told me in the hot-lunch line that I had a hook
head. When I asked what what even meant, he said
that the back of my head jutted out like a pirate'shook, like I've got a big brain or a least a siza-
ble tumor going on. I had no clue whether it was
true, but he had planted the seed of doubt in my
big hook head. To this day, you will never catch meprofiling my silhouette." - pp 111-112
"February 29 needs to be discussed. Every four
years, we have an extra day in our calendar and
call it a leap day, and everyone just kind of goes along with it. But why don't we do something radi-
cal on that day to celebrate? Like something com-
pletely outrageous. I've got ideas. Hear me out.
What if, on February 29 we . . .
-Give women equal pay.
-Don't shoot people based on racial bias.
-Gays and straights alike accent the existence of
-People stop accusing me of having a hook head.
Let me know what y'all think! Maybe if everyone
likes these the first year, we can just make them
an everyday thing?" p 159
I’m going to start another review detailing what this book is NOT. This book is not written in the lush prose styles of literary fiction. This is not the type of book that is going to win a Pulitzer. I think we tend to forget that the vast majority of published works out there do not go on to win groundbreaking or career-defining awards. Most books are just books. A lot of them are good books, don’t get me wrong! But there are only a few selected every year that get the prestigious honors we tend to associate with “good” literature. Continue reading Book Review: Binge by Tyler Oakley + GIVEAWAY