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.
I am giving Binge by Tyler Oakley 4/5 stars.
After my last run in with a Youtubers book, Username: Evie by Joe Sugg, I wasn’t sure I was reading to move onto a another Youtbers book, but with all hype and praise for Binge I decided I will give it a shot. The format/writing style Oakley used I preferred over what Joe Sugg used. Tyler decided to tell stories about his life that he hasn’t been able t put into his videos, like Mamrie Hart, Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa did with their recently released books.
Now, I am not the biggest Tyler Oakley fan, but I do enjoy his videos so I thought I would enjoy Binge. I wasn’t disappointed at all with all the stories that Oakley shared. Okay I could of lived without knowing Oakley’s encountered with a guy with a foot fetish, but you can’t always get what you want.
Oakley shared many emotional stories in Binge, that gave his loyal subscribers a deeper look into his life, but I feel that the struggles that Oakley faced are common ones that people can relate to. Instead of saying all this negative stuff, Oakley shared how he stayed as positive as he could and move past his issues as best as possible. These stories for me helped pushed the idea of Tyler Oakley as role model for today’s youth.
The one thing I do have to criticize is that Oakley seemed to have a sexual story or mention for almost everything. I kept getting shocked at how many times he brought up a hookup or sexual encounter. Know I don’t think I would mind this if the book was written for an older audience, but Oakley has an audience of viewers from a wide age range, but many are quite younger, so I don’t feel that so many of these stories should be included.
About the Author:
Michigan native and pop-culture tastemaker Tyler Oakley has amassed more than 21 million social media followers through his humorous, no-holds-barred YouTube videos, high-profile interviews, and social rights advocacy. After uploading his first video eight years ago, Oakley took the Internet by storm. With successes ranging from interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama and boy band One Direction; a worldwide, multi-city live tour; and a record-breaking social media following, Oakley is a YouTube icon. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he uploads weekly videos from his living room.