Thursday, 28 September 2017

Binge by Tyler Oakley

Firstly halo ! How's it going? I'm back at uni and it's all very busy and a bit stressful and slightly chaotic but wonderful but also did I mention a bit stressful? It normally takes me quite a long time to settle in anywhere as I do not like change so I'm  quite resistant to it and maybe subconsciously, I don't want to settle in?  But a week after moving in, I'm feeling pretty chill despite everything that's going on around me so yeah, #blessed and all that. 

Today I bring you a mini review of Binge by Tyler Oakley - by far the best book cover on my shelf. Go find yourself a copy and just feel that ish up. Thank me later. 

You may know Tyler as a YouTuber but at this point in his career, he's also a presenter, social rights activist and arguably one of the most prominent LGBTQ+ voices on the internet. I'll also add, that this is one of my favourite essay collections. I spend a good chunk of my time reading personal essays - they're pretty much all I've reviewed in the past year so maybe you guessed as much. An essay collection of course has to be engaging and thought provoking but what sets a good one apart from a great one, is its ability to form a personal connection with the reader. 

Whether you know who Tyler is or you don't, his personality and voice jumps straight out of the page from the get go. It's as if he's adopted the role of your best friend and you're having all these really long deep chats and he's laying on the pearls of wisdom and insight and its all so heartfelt. But this is also your best friend let's not forget so you're also laughing for a good amount of time - life isn't always super deep. 

And what makes Binge so much more genuine, is that it isn't trying to be preachy or a self-help book. He just writes with a confidence and sense of authority essentially about experiences that have made him who he is. Everything from suicide, abusive relationships, hyper masculinity, eating disorders are covered and all, written with such care and substance. At the same time, there are essays about internships and coming out and who the Top 10 Hottest Disney Princes are (of which we'll have to just  agree to disagree, to be honest because some people were overlooked and I'm still in my feelings).  

It's also offers a necessary and important narrative about eating disorders among men, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. And it's one more voice that is normalising this conversation. 



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