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From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood. In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expressio From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood. In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expression and as a way to connect with others. Ten years later, Anna has more than a million subscribers who watch her smart, honest vlogs on her YouTube channel. Her most popular videos, including "How to Put On Your Face" and "Why Girls Should Ask Guys Out," are comical and provocative, but they all share a deeper message: Your worth is determined by you and you alone. You must learn to love yourself. In So Much I Want to Tell You, Anna opens up about her own struggles with poor self-esteem and reveals both the highs and lows of coming-of-age. She offers fresh, funny, hard-won advice for young women on everything from self-care to money to sex, and she is refreshingly straightforward about the realities of dating, female friendship, and the hustle required to make your dreams come true. This is Anna's story, but, as she says, it belongs just as much to Kristina and to every other girl who must learn that growing up can be hard to do. Witty and real, Anna breaks things down in a way only a big sister can. Advance praise for So Much I Want to Tell You "This book is filled with the kind of honesty, vulnerability, and determination that makes Anna such a captivating person. One warning: You'll want to hug her a lot while reading this."--Natalie Tran, actress and comedian "As a woman working in entertainment, Anna Akana is accustomed to feeling vulnerable. Which means that she's used to being brave. This book is a tribute to the duality of bravery and fear as told through Anna's experiences to date."--Hannah Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded "Frank advice on how to live a productive, happy life . . . written in tribute to a 'fearless, talented, and bold' sister."--Kirkus Reviews


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From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood. In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expressio From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood. In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expression and as a way to connect with others. Ten years later, Anna has more than a million subscribers who watch her smart, honest vlogs on her YouTube channel. Her most popular videos, including "How to Put On Your Face" and "Why Girls Should Ask Guys Out," are comical and provocative, but they all share a deeper message: Your worth is determined by you and you alone. You must learn to love yourself. In So Much I Want to Tell You, Anna opens up about her own struggles with poor self-esteem and reveals both the highs and lows of coming-of-age. She offers fresh, funny, hard-won advice for young women on everything from self-care to money to sex, and she is refreshingly straightforward about the realities of dating, female friendship, and the hustle required to make your dreams come true. This is Anna's story, but, as she says, it belongs just as much to Kristina and to every other girl who must learn that growing up can be hard to do. Witty and real, Anna breaks things down in a way only a big sister can. Advance praise for So Much I Want to Tell You "This book is filled with the kind of honesty, vulnerability, and determination that makes Anna such a captivating person. One warning: You'll want to hug her a lot while reading this."--Natalie Tran, actress and comedian "As a woman working in entertainment, Anna Akana is accustomed to feeling vulnerable. Which means that she's used to being brave. This book is a tribute to the duality of bravery and fear as told through Anna's experiences to date."--Hannah Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded "Frank advice on how to live a productive, happy life . . . written in tribute to a 'fearless, talented, and bold' sister."--Kirkus Reviews

30 review for So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister

  1. 5 out of 5

    TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:). ---- Confession: I didn't know anything about Anna before winning and reading this. YouTube I don't really use that much (movie trailers, occasional interviews with my favorite actors, and watching Lizzie Bennet Diaries mostly ) and I've never hears of most of the major YouTubers.. aside from when I see reviews of said persons' books on my feed occasionally. The description of the book caught I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:). ---- Confession: I didn't know anything about Anna before winning and reading this. YouTube I don't really use that much (movie trailers, occasional interviews with my favorite actors, and watching Lizzie Bennet Diaries mostly ) and I've never hears of most of the major YouTubers.. aside from when I see reviews of said persons' books on my feed occasionally. The description of the book caught me right away and I really wanted to give it a try. --- I loved Anna's voice and spirit throughout. She's honest, funny, and comes across as a genuine person. Each essay is well done and there wasn't any I didn't finish. I felt proud of her for forging her own way, learning as much as possible and not giving up. Many times I wanted to give her a big hug. The rating? Despite the enjoying the book very much, I wasn't in love with it (not that the book is bad, its a me thing). Would still recommend, you may feel differently. I will be checking out her YouTube channel one day soon:). A quick but good read:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I had not heard of Anna Akana, nor had I watched any of her YouTube videos. I happened to see her memoir at the library and I was interested because she had lost her sister to suicide and I'm interested in mental health issues. This is a very personal, no holds bared memoir and I found it interesting. Anna offers some good advice and life lessons. It's probably meant for a younger audience (I'm probably old enough to be Anna's mother!) but it's a worthwhile book. She doesn't spend a lot of the b I had not heard of Anna Akana, nor had I watched any of her YouTube videos. I happened to see her memoir at the library and I was interested because she had lost her sister to suicide and I'm interested in mental health issues. This is a very personal, no holds bared memoir and I found it interesting. Anna offers some good advice and life lessons. It's probably meant for a younger audience (I'm probably old enough to be Anna's mother!) but it's a worthwhile book. She doesn't spend a lot of the book writing about her sisters death, it's more about her own struggles with mental health issues and I'm for anyone who shines a light on this and isn't afraid to talk about it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadia

    I've read books by other YouTubers, - and regretted buying their books. But I love Anna, her content is different to most Youtubers, so naturally, I had to give her book a shot! Plus the whole premise with her younger sister being the inspiration behind it made me feel like it would be different. So I preordered the book and received it a week before it was due to actually come out. So... was it different? -Well, it wasn't... and it was...? Anna's book follows the Youtuber suit of: I'll write out m I've read books by other YouTubers, - and regretted buying their books. But I love Anna, her content is different to most Youtubers, so naturally, I had to give her book a shot! Plus the whole premise with her younger sister being the inspiration behind it made me feel like it would be different. So I preordered the book and received it a week before it was due to actually come out. So... was it different? -Well, it wasn't... and it was...? Anna's book follows the Youtuber suit of: I'll write out my life and give little snippets of advice and morals that I've gained from that experience. Which was a little disappointing to me personally, I had hoped she would bring something different to the table. At the very least, I was hoping the book would be written in the form of actual letters to her sister. - it wasn't. That being said, it's pretty good book despite the predicable Youtuber format. She divided the book into sections: Creativity, Identity, Money and Relationships. The strongest of them, in my opinion, was 'Money', her in-depth advice based on her experiences actually in the film and social industry was very thorough and detailed. However, it is mainly centred around the 'film' industry and doesn't give much advice about business outside of that, so it has a limited audience. Her relationship section was also very entertaining as she doesn't censor herself when it comes to talking about her (un)romantic experiences. Other than that, not much else in the book was that memorable. Her introduction was the most well written and interesting part of the book, perhaps because of the way she wrote about her sister and how raw it was. And honestly, I wish there had been more of that, more emotional writing and raw depictions of her life, rather than small anecdotes followed by morals and advice. But for what it is, it's an 'okay' book. If you love Anna, want to make short films or just want an easy read - I'd recommend this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Book.Berries

    This wasn't at all what I was expecting from the title. This is Anna's memoir and she talks about her career, friendships, boyfriends and how she learned to deal with money. It's interesting and there's some good advice here for people who are starting on the film industry and things alike. But because the title is So Much "I Want to Tell You (letters to my little sister)" I went in thinking it would be things Anna would say to her sister if she had a chance to see her again. And I doubt it would This wasn't at all what I was expecting from the title. This is Anna's memoir and she talks about her career, friendships, boyfriends and how she learned to deal with money. It's interesting and there's some good advice here for people who are starting on the film industry and things alike. But because the title is So Much "I Want to Tell You (letters to my little sister)" I went in thinking it would be things Anna would say to her sister if she had a chance to see her again. And I doubt it would be how to crush numbers and not be fooled by Hollywood folks. It felt very distant to me, which is a shame because I love her YouTube channel and she's always so open and honest there.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    Beautifully written I love how Anna goes through her career in YouTube and an acting and how she dealt with her sisters death. It was refreshing to hear that everything that she went through and how she got herself where she is now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    lily ☁️

    3 1/2 stars “Don’t wait. Make your own opportunities. There’s no better time to start than today. (…) All the time you spend wondering how to do something could be spent actually doing it—and getting better at it.“ So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister is a book that is chock-full of deliciously worded anecdotes, biographical content, and advice, dipped in unmistakenly Anna Akana-ish humor, and I enjoyed reading it immensely. “Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are 3 1/2 stars “Don’t wait. Make your own opportunities. There’s no better time to start than today. (…) All the time you spend wondering how to do something could be spent actually doing it—and getting better at it.“ So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister is a book that is chock-full of deliciously worded anecdotes, biographical content, and advice, dipped in unmistakenly Anna Akana-ish humor, and I enjoyed reading it immensely. “Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” If you’ve watched Anna Akana’s videos on YouTube, you’ve probably noticed how quick-witted, well-spoken, funny, and smart she is. She’s incredibly wise and knowledgable for her age, something that’s probably been helped by going through so many experiences many people much older than her haven’t gone through, and her innate ability to analyze situations and topics, formulate her opinion, and present it in a way that’s both educational and entertaining. “Remember that the world we can see is the one that really matters, and never lose sight of that.” I’m not a big fan of the word role model, but I do believe she has many traits that are worth striving for. Much of what she writes may seem obvious and clichéd, but they’re to the point. She touches upon topics of race, feminism, (romantic) relationships, growing up while struggling with—and learning to embrace—insecurities, trying to find your place in the world, and standing up for yourself. “As much as I want more close friends in my life, I have to put myself first. I have to treat myself as if I were my own best friend.” So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister is sharp, thought-provoking, and poignant, and honestly, it’s just so damn quotable. Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    4.5/5 i just which she talked less about YouTube itself. Even as someone who's done YT it's kind of dry (Listened to the audiobook read by the author) 4.5/5 i just which she talked less about YouTube itself. Even as someone who's done YT it's kind of dry (Listened to the audiobook read by the author)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sofi

    I’m really happy that I started off the new year reading this book. I’ve only seen a couple of Anna’s videos, but that’s definitely going to change after reading this. She talks about more serious topics, such as her sister’s suicide, relationships and racism in media. And she definitely gives really wonderful advice that I think people could find useful. If you’re looking for a book that is inspiring and honest, or simply want to know more about her life, then I definitely think you’ll enjoy th I’m really happy that I started off the new year reading this book. I’ve only seen a couple of Anna’s videos, but that’s definitely going to change after reading this. She talks about more serious topics, such as her sister’s suicide, relationships and racism in media. And she definitely gives really wonderful advice that I think people could find useful. If you’re looking for a book that is inspiring and honest, or simply want to know more about her life, then I definitely think you’ll enjoy this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Manon

    First of all I want to say that Anna is my favorite youtuber out there. Every week, I look forward to her upcoming video. She is so genuine, and she always tries to tackle important matters while still being funny. So of course, I had to give her book a try. That being said, I found the book itself kind of okayish. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It is a quick and easy read, but I didn't really click on her writing. I always appreciate it when I watch her videos, but I think it isn't w First of all I want to say that Anna is my favorite youtuber out there. Every week, I look forward to her upcoming video. She is so genuine, and she always tries to tackle important matters while still being funny. So of course, I had to give her book a try. That being said, I found the book itself kind of okayish. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It is a quick and easy read, but I didn't really click on her writing. I always appreciate it when I watch her videos, but I think it isn't well suited for a book format. Nevertheless, it was interesting reading more about her life and her experiences. Anna is a mental health advocate, she encourages women to pursue their goals and dreams and to stand up for themselves without taking no shit from any man. And I think that's great. Some essays really resonated with me - especially the one about food, I'm so grateful for that - and others did not, as I am no American influencer-slash-entrepreneur. Overall, it was still an interesting reading experience. Despite all that, I still feel a little bit left down. I would have expected a more in-depth narrative in this book as it was labelled "letters to my little sister". First, there are no proper letters, only some essays about different topics that she would have wanted to discuss with her little sister. The introduction was the most well-written part of the book, it was raw and emotional and I wish there had been more of that in the rest of the book. Anyway, if you like Anna, or if you could use some advice about growing into adulthood, I'd still recommend this book - or her youtube channel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    I had never heard of the author's YouTube channel until I picked up this book. I expected it to be something heart-wrenching and emotional, considering her stories are supposed to be "letters" to her sister who committed suicide. The very first chapter was, but after that, it's a collection of stories about her success and internet fame, which I felt was off-putting and showing off. Most of her stories read like blog posts, rather than stories with actual emotion behind them. Overall, the book f I had never heard of the author's YouTube channel until I picked up this book. I expected it to be something heart-wrenching and emotional, considering her stories are supposed to be "letters" to her sister who committed suicide. The very first chapter was, but after that, it's a collection of stories about her success and internet fame, which I felt was off-putting and showing off. Most of her stories read like blog posts, rather than stories with actual emotion behind them. Overall, the book felt very juvenile. Maybe I just wasn't the target audience or maybe I expected too much from it, but this book just did nothing for me. The synopsis was misleading and didn't fit the book, so I was disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been watching Anna on youtube for a while now so I was excited to read this! This book discusses sexism, binge eating, abusive relationships, suicide and more. One part I found hilarious was when Anna mentions a pep talk she sometimes gives herself in the mirror- “I’m a straight white male" One of my favourite sections was "Take Your Birth Control."You can listen to a shortened version that Anna made a video about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVmEL... I've been watching Anna on youtube for a while now so I was excited to read this! This book discusses sexism, binge eating, abusive relationships, suicide and more. One part I found hilarious was when Anna mentions a pep talk she sometimes gives herself in the mirror- “I’m a straight white male" One of my favourite sections was "Take Your Birth Control."You can listen to a shortened version that Anna made a video about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVmEL...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    The first time I encountered Anna Akana, I didn’t know she was a Youtuber, and I’m quite certain I didn’t even know what a Youtuber was at that time of my life. It was many years ago when I stumbled across a video called Please Don’t Kill Yourself on my Tumblr dashboard. Nonetheless, I didn’t discover her Youtube channel until much later, when I was reminded of her and I instantly looked her up, remembering how touched I had been by her video. I devoured her videos in two or three days, feeling The first time I encountered Anna Akana, I didn’t know she was a Youtuber, and I’m quite certain I didn’t even know what a Youtuber was at that time of my life. It was many years ago when I stumbled across a video called Please Don’t Kill Yourself on my Tumblr dashboard. Nonetheless, I didn’t discover her Youtube channel until much later, when I was reminded of her and I instantly looked her up, remembering how touched I had been by her video. I devoured her videos in two or three days, feeling so inspired and excited. This woman made comedic videos with important and insightful messages immersed in them. I’ve been watching her videos and more or less keeping up with her social media accounts ever since. Anna’s book is collection of personal essays, or letters, in which she opens up about her life experiences and gives advice through them. The essays are about four main subjects: Creativity, Identity, Money, work and career and Relationships. She talks about these issues thoroughly with her admirable straightforwardness and good humor, and as I was reading I could hear her voice so clearly in my head, as if she was talking directly to me. Chapters that ended up striking me the most were “You Don’t Realize How Important Friends Are Until You’re Friendless” and “Know Your Shit”. Anna goes from talking about deeply personal experiences, which make you want to buy a ticket to the next flight to the US just to give her a hug, to giving some solid, straightforward career and financial advice. When Anna wants something, she pursues it and strives to do it the best she can and that’s just one of the reasons why I look up to her. Overall, this book is fantastic and I enjoyed it very much. And much like its writer, you should not let its cute and petite appearance let it fool you into thinking it is nothing but a force of nature changing the world one adopted cat at a time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm not much of a YouTube user, but Anna's channel is one of the 5 I've subscribed to. When I first picked up this book, I was mentally steeling myself for an emotional look into personal letters from Anna to her sister; what I got was a book version of her videos: mental health/ self care tips and helpful life advice (on money, on social media, relationships, on reading the fine print) peppered with beautifully sarcastic quips. I love Anna's videos, so it's not a surprise that I enjoyed this bo I'm not much of a YouTube user, but Anna's channel is one of the 5 I've subscribed to. When I first picked up this book, I was mentally steeling myself for an emotional look into personal letters from Anna to her sister; what I got was a book version of her videos: mental health/ self care tips and helpful life advice (on money, on social media, relationships, on reading the fine print) peppered with beautifully sarcastic quips. I love Anna's videos, so it's not a surprise that I enjoyed this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    like......a pretty weak 3 stars. I liked this I guess, but it was so much less than I was hoping for

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I don't watch youtubers, so I'd never heard of Anna Akana before this book. After finishing this book, I watched a few of her videos, and found that she is exactly what I imagined from reading her book. That's what I liked about her book, the way she told her experiences and what she'd learned over the years in a very candid, open and genuine manner. She even tackled issues like suicide, depression and her past emotionally abusive relationships in a matter-of-fact way, designed not to evoke symp I don't watch youtubers, so I'd never heard of Anna Akana before this book. After finishing this book, I watched a few of her videos, and found that she is exactly what I imagined from reading her book. That's what I liked about her book, the way she told her experiences and what she'd learned over the years in a very candid, open and genuine manner. She even tackled issues like suicide, depression and her past emotionally abusive relationships in a matter-of-fact way, designed not to evoke sympathy, but simply to share her life experiences with us readers. I commend her for not feeling ashamed of her past mistakes, but rather accepting it in a self-deprecating manner, learning from her past mistakes and moving on to share with us readers so we won't make the same mistakes. In fact, I think this book gives great advice for teenagers and people in their twenties, simply because her intention is not to preach, but to share. The only problem I found with this book is that some of the advice given was rather cliched and too optimistic in a slightly unrealistic way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    4.75 stars. I loved every second of this book and read it in one sitting. This hit home in a way I couldn't have prepared for. It was inspiring in all the ways I needed. And it was upsetting in ways that everyone needs to hear at some point in their lives. I'm not currently a subscriber, but I think I need to change that. I can't wait to see what Anna does next. 4.75 stars. I loved every second of this book and read it in one sitting. This hit home in a way I couldn't have prepared for. It was inspiring in all the ways I needed. And it was upsetting in ways that everyone needs to hear at some point in their lives. I'm not currently a subscriber, but I think I need to change that. I can't wait to see what Anna does next.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Prim

    ➸ 3.5 stars I really enjoy the first half of the book but for the rest, I think some of the topics/ advices may not relate with me that much. I will not recommend if you want a kind of memoir-self help book because a lot of advices are very generic (in my opinion). Anna Akana's narration is fascinating and very genuine. ➸ 3.5 stars I really enjoy the first half of the book but for the rest, I think some of the topics/ advices may not relate with me that much. I will not recommend if you want a kind of memoir-self help book because a lot of advices are very generic (in my opinion). Anna Akana's narration is fascinating and very genuine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I love Anna Akana and the content she creates on YouTube. Not sure how to feel about her book... some parts I feel like she was describing me and there were bits that I thoroughly enjoyed, but there were some parts I could just not relate to!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Seitz

    4.5 out of 5 stars So well written and full of emotions. Heartbreakingly beautiful is the best way I can describe this book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Corradeno

    This book is everything Anna Akana is in videos, powerful, vulnerable, funny, but most important, real. Please read this book, you won't regret it. This book is everything Anna Akana is in videos, powerful, vulnerable, funny, but most important, real. Please read this book, you won't regret it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    My favourite youtuber book I have read so far.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Poppy

    Very sweet and at times brave.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    I've been a fan of Anna's for quite some time now - watching her video's from my teens into early adulthood - and I've always enjoyed how her comedy manages to bring attention to serious subjects, making me laugh whilst sending a message. I ended up purchasing this as my first ever audiobook and was not disappointed. I already knew that I liked her humour and style so I thought it'd be a safe bet and was quickly reassured in my decision when Anna's delivery seemed to just flow effortlessly from I've been a fan of Anna's for quite some time now - watching her video's from my teens into early adulthood - and I've always enjoyed how her comedy manages to bring attention to serious subjects, making me laugh whilst sending a message. I ended up purchasing this as my first ever audiobook and was not disappointed. I already knew that I liked her humour and style so I thought it'd be a safe bet and was quickly reassured in my decision when Anna's delivery seemed to just flow effortlessly from one topic to the next. Anna has provided an insight into her life - from suicide, to relationships, to the film industry and dealing with prejudices. This book somehow manages to combine humour with mental health and helpful life lessons. Personally, I feel like I've come away benefiting from having listened, whether that's a little bit of extra motivation to pursue my passions regardless of my doubts or just gaining knowledge on the complexities of subject like mental health, I'm not sure, but I know that I'm grateful for it. Whether you're a fan of Anna's or you have no idea who she is, I think this book has the potential to hit a note with a lot of people - there were certain points that felt like she was describing me and my life. To sum up, a thought provoking listen that I would highly recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    'I find it strange when people ask where ideas come from. As if Stephen King is going to point to a well in the ground and say, 'There. All my ideas come from there.'" I love Anna's videos; they can make me smile even when I'm not in a happy mood and yet sometimes tackle deep and intense topics. I loved how she only briefly mentioned in her videos that she wrote a book (in stead of promoting the heck out of it) - and just this made me more interested. And I really liked it! It's more of a memoir 'I find it strange when people ask where ideas come from. As if Stephen King is going to point to a well in the ground and say, 'There. All my ideas come from there.'" I love Anna's videos; they can make me smile even when I'm not in a happy mood and yet sometimes tackle deep and intense topics. I loved how she only briefly mentioned in her videos that she wrote a book (in stead of promoting the heck out of it) - and just this made me more interested. And I really liked it! It's more of a memoir than I expected, with tips about life and business, but I really enjoyed it. Anna writes in a very easy, funny and addicting way. If she would ever decide to write another book (about her six cats, her depression or her work) I would be in! "Every single moment of every single day, we are floating. We live on a floating rock, hurtling through outer space, in an endless expansion of gas balls, black holes and other floating rocks. My sister died. My whole family will die. I will die. Maybe nothing matters, but that means all the bad stuff doesn't matter either. That embarrassing audition I had this morning doesn't matter. The broken friendships over the years don't matter. The only things that matter are the ones you decide matter. It's up to you to choose what to do with the time you're given on this earth."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carman Chew

    After a 16-day wait for this book to arrive, I was so excited to get down to reading. The blurb was fantastic and even the introduction was promising. The anecdotes were lovely, and definitely communicated the importance of heeding the advice given. I kind of wish some instances, especially those regarding mental health had been expanded upon more, especially since as Anna mentioned, her sister was a pivotal part of the book and her life. It was almost like she'd veered off into a separate tange After a 16-day wait for this book to arrive, I was so excited to get down to reading. The blurb was fantastic and even the introduction was promising. The anecdotes were lovely, and definitely communicated the importance of heeding the advice given. I kind of wish some instances, especially those regarding mental health had been expanded upon more, especially since as Anna mentioned, her sister was a pivotal part of the book and her life. It was almost like she'd veered off into a separate tangent entirely before realizing in the final chapter that the book was for her sister. Nonetheless, it was an interesting peek into the life of Anna Akana and the lessons learnt can definitely apply easily to anyone. Perhaps this shall be, like her past works, a short practice run. Looking forward to more publications in the future, which will hopefully have a clearer direction in the overall narrative. All the best Anna.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Lee

    Sweet memoir. I couldn't even imagine what it was like to be her; growing up with such a traumatic experience that utterly destroyed her entire family. I admire a story where a female pursues her dreams; regardless if it ends in failure or success. She could have continued on with her life feeling sorry for herself, addicted to drugs and in constant abusive relationships. She's fucked up before, and with humility, admits her faults. Even so, she admits how she made the same mistake several times Sweet memoir. I couldn't even imagine what it was like to be her; growing up with such a traumatic experience that utterly destroyed her entire family. I admire a story where a female pursues her dreams; regardless if it ends in failure or success. She could have continued on with her life feeling sorry for herself, addicted to drugs and in constant abusive relationships. She's fucked up before, and with humility, admits her faults. Even so, she admits how she made the same mistake several times. We've all been there and wish we were adult enough to say "make a mistake but make it once" -- but the truth is its extremely common for people to make the same mistake a few times. It's the reality, and to Anna's point, at least you have this reality. Our days are numbered. If I wasn't at the gym listening to the audiobook, I most likely would have cried at the end. Extremely touching and very sweet. I wish I could share my own insight with what I believe lies after death.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yanne Albert

    I have been following Anna for some time for her humourous choice of words and her courage to speak about topics that otherwise are shunned. While the book is a collection of essays, it more feels like a self-help book. Some easy and not-so-easy do's and don'ts for improving your life. It is empowering and motivational - a book I will definitely read again and again. I like that she chose a quote by Leonardo da Vinci as the preface of her book: "Our life is made by the death of others." Througho I have been following Anna for some time for her humourous choice of words and her courage to speak about topics that otherwise are shunned. While the book is a collection of essays, it more feels like a self-help book. Some easy and not-so-easy do's and don'ts for improving your life. It is empowering and motivational - a book I will definitely read again and again. I like that she chose a quote by Leonardo da Vinci as the preface of her book: "Our life is made by the death of others." Throughout the book she mentions her sister in multiple occasions reminding the reader of how much losing her sister has shaped her life. Either it is suicide, an accident or natural death - we are never the same people afterwards. There will always be the 'before' and 'after'. I admire Anna for being honest and open about what she has been through.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I've seen some of Akana's work on Youtube, but I didn't subscribe to her channel until now. I really enjoyed this memoir - lots of short anecdotes/essays, all relating to Akana's career and personal life. The book begins and ends talking about her sister, who committed suicide, and why she believes in what she does and what she wants to do for other people. The book is advertised in parts as what she would tell her sister, but also what advice she would tell her audience in general. Akana's voice I've seen some of Akana's work on Youtube, but I didn't subscribe to her channel until now. I really enjoyed this memoir - lots of short anecdotes/essays, all relating to Akana's career and personal life. The book begins and ends talking about her sister, who committed suicide, and why she believes in what she does and what she wants to do for other people. The book is advertised in parts as what she would tell her sister, but also what advice she would tell her audience in general. Akana's voice is very honest, and I'm really looking forward to watching her videos after this. You can tell that everything she says is something she really believes, and her writing is straightforward. This was quick to get through, especially since some of the advice is more generic, but I really enjoyed reading about her life and what she's learned so far.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vania Velikova

    I really liked this book. I’ve been a fan of Anna’s videos for over a year now and what I enjoy about them is that she doesn’t sugar-coat her opinions and beliefs and has the courage to discuss the (actually) important things in life such as mental health, relationships (not only romantic ones) and the importance of failure. This book gave me the feeling of both my older sister and my future self giving me advice. I really respect Anna’s honesty and courage to discuss what she went through after I really liked this book. I’ve been a fan of Anna’s videos for over a year now and what I enjoy about them is that she doesn’t sugar-coat her opinions and beliefs and has the courage to discuss the (actually) important things in life such as mental health, relationships (not only romantic ones) and the importance of failure. This book gave me the feeling of both my older sister and my future self giving me advice. I really respect Anna’s honesty and courage to discuss what she went through after her little sister committed suicide. I think this is a very good young-adult book for those searching to find inspiration or themselves in general for it simply teaches us to appreciate life and enjoy it while we still have the chance to.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Camille Dent

    **3.5 While the content and advice are quite practical and universal, I wish that it had stayed more true to its title. You can definitely hear Anna's voice in the writing, so if you love her skit scripts, then you'll love that! However, that also took away from the personal tone that the title promises. I do believe her when she says that everything that she does is done with her sister in mind, but that isn't communicated very clearly except for when she directly states it. I was hoping to feel **3.5 While the content and advice are quite practical and universal, I wish that it had stayed more true to its title. You can definitely hear Anna's voice in the writing, so if you love her skit scripts, then you'll love that! However, that also took away from the personal tone that the title promises. I do believe her when she says that everything that she does is done with her sister in mind, but that isn't communicated very clearly except for when she directly states it. I was hoping to feel like I was getting big-sisterly advice and stories, but instead I felt like I was at a TED Talk with a practical life coach. None of my critiques are negative characteristics of the book itself, but I do feel like there is a bit of a gap between advertisement and delivery.

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