Book Review: All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully, by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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Available on Thursday 28 April from bookstores nationwide.

YouTube star Carrie Hope Fletcher’s book, All I Know Now, is the growing-up guide that she wished she had when she was a teenager. Everyone needs a role model; someone to help guide them down the path to becoming a grown-up, and Carrie has proven herself to be worthy of this role.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer and internet star; her YouTube channel, ItsWayPastMyBedtime, has reached over 560,000 subscribers. She is currently playing Eponine Thenardier in the West End production of Les Miserables, which was her dream as a child. Her videos have become increasingly popular over the past four years, and she has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to the hundreds of thousands of people who follow her. With her great sense of humour, kindness and love of all things tea, cake or Disney, it’s easy to see why so many young people go to her for advice.

All I Know Now serves as both an advice guide and a memoir; Carrie shares stories from her childhood and talks about her early acting career. She describes her favourite moments and most epic fails, in hopes that her readers will learn from them as she has. The book mainly focuses on the questions that Carrie gets asked the most frequently by her viewers: how to deal with broken hearts and being bullied, how to make new friends and cope with stress. It also features a section on ‘Internetiquette’, which is especially useful; Carrie explains how to avoid Internet disputes, and offers tips on how to navigate Twitter. She expresses her annoyance with Excessive Complainers, and lists tips on how to keep calm in stressful situations. The book is, overall, a goldmine of wisdom, funny stories and ideas that will make you stop and think.

All I Know Now is the ultimate guide to surviving the Teen Age; it’s for those who need inspiration, those who want to reach their goals but don’t know how, and those who just need some words of comfort. I highly recommend that you read this book; it’s best read over the space of a long, rainy afternoon (tea and cake optional).

Reviewed by Tierney Reardon (15)

All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully
by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Published by Sphere
ISBN 9780751557510

Buy this book at your local bookshop.

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