Connor Franta: note to self
So, I impulsively picked this book out because I went into Waterstone’s five minutes before it was closing and it caught my eye as I was passing the celebrity books section. I literally flicked through it for a couple seconds to get a gist of it and it seemed cute and so that’s how I came about purchasing the book.
I’m the type of person that can easily spend hours clicking on my YouTube recommendations of random things but never subscribe to anyone or consistently watch their videos. However, I vaguely recognised the author’s name as being a well-known youtuber which I was cautious about because books by youtubers tend to be a bit pretentious (or just plain boring) especially if it’s not written by them. But I’m a sucker for a cute book cover and the contents page looked deep and honest, and then when I had a flick through, I was so feeling the photography and poems inside.
I’ve not finished the book but my favourite chapter so far is It will always be okay on page ninety nine. Short and bitter sweet but it also left me feeling weirdly assured. It felt like something I’d wrote except my ass has never been to the Grammys but the feelings that the short essay recalled were feelings I was very familiar with.
The pictures inside were so simple but striking. It easily flows in with the poems and short essays, making it easy to quickly flick through. A variety of photographs were included, taken at different seasons, countries, locations, angles etc. I’m guessing they were all taken by Connor himself since he mentions taking certain ones. And lastly, the poems. I lowkey flicked through the book, and skim read the poetry and the one I particularly liked was an old friend on page 247 which I’ve included a scan above.
This book was probably my best book store impulse purchase. I like to buy books that I can easily reread and this book ticks that box. Anyway, that’s my first book review done. I’m not sure if it’s a review because I didn’t give it a rating but I would definitely recommend it to you guys. I actually ordered another book online today which I’m super excited to read so look out for another book review soon!