Author: Connor Franta
Publisher: Keywords Press
Released: 21 April 2015
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned - so far - on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation. Here, Connor offers a look at his midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his flourishing career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.
Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless and to go after what you truly want.
Beautifully designed and including photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor, this is a must-have for those seeking inspiration on their own journeys.
I haven't been a fan of Connor for long, only starting to watch his channel at the end of last year, but I think he's a great YouTuber and so jumped at the chance to read his book and learn a little bit more about his life and road to YouTube stardom.
The book looks at Connor's life from childhood to present day, looking at the ups and downs of his life and the moments that helped he become who is today. From growing up in a small town and moving LA, to coming out as gay, and overcoming his personal insecurities. But as the title suggestions, his life is a work in progress and he's eagerly awaiting what his future holds.
This book made me laugh, cry, and smile and I loved every minute. Connor alternated between long life stories and short anecdotes, all with morals for the reader to take away with them and learn from. What makes the book even better are the photos and clippings that tell their own stories, or tie in with what Connor's written. I especially loved the letters from his parents, which gives an insight into what they think of Connor.
I loved this book and getting a glimpse into Connor as a child. I really loved the opening chapter, which painted a picture of when Connor first fell in love with the camera at the age of six. Even though I didn't know what Connor or his family looked like, or the town that they lived, I was able to vividly picture this six-year-old using his mother's camera to film himself, instead of the marathon that they were trying to film.
Overall, if you're a fan of Connor and his videos, then you are going to love this book, and even if you don't know much about him, you'll still be able to appreciate his story and take away the messages he wants to share.