I received a copy from Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Title: A Work in Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Publisher: Kewords Press: an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation—so far. 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 thrilling 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 message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.
This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.
“I am what the mainstream media refer to as a ‘YouTuber’. I view myself more vaguely as a content creator using an exciting new platform.” This is just the beginning of Connor Franta’s life. In A Work in Progress, readers and fans will explore Connor’s life behind the camera and his exciting and hilarious past. This book is filled with advice, clippings of old schoolwork, pictures, and personal stories that will “provoke laughter, tears, and everything in between”.
If you follow Connor Franta on YouTube or Twitter, you are already aware of how he is such an inspiration! A Work in Progress is no different. This book is filled with helpful advice about everything. Connor spills the details on all sorts of things, such as pursuing your dreams and going with what your gut says to do. “Know what you like, know what makes you happy, stick to your guns, and state it with confidence.” I think that this is really important for people, especially teenagers, everywhere to know, because it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks you should do. Make your own decisions and do something that makes you happy.
I really enjoyed looking at the schoolwork that Franta has included in A Work in Progress. For example, there is a note written to his teacher in 2006 mentioning how he is always worried about things like history tests and swim meets. This is interesting because the next page in the book is the beginning of a chapter called “Live Now, Worry Later”. The clippings and pictures in the book always relate to what is going on, which helps the reader grasp a deeper understanding of what was going on in specific moments in Connor Franta’s short twenty-two years.
A Work in Progress is filled with personal experiences that Franta looks back and reflects on. It’s fantastic (Frantastic) that he is even willing to share such deep childhood memories with the world! I love this because his stories prove that memories will stick with you for the rest of your life and that you should make the most out of every day. This memoir is the most inspirational one I have ever read!
A Work in Progress is such an interesting and inspirarional book that the reader won’t soon forget. I would recommend this book to those that are already fans of Connor Franta. However, you don’t need to know much, or have even heard of Connor, before reading his book. Everything is explained at the beginning.