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.
“Remember that the world we can see is the one that really matters, and never lose sight of that.”
Book: So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister
Author: Anna Akana
Length: 3hrs and 57mins
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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.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the only beholder that matters is you.”
Spoiler Free Review:
I love this. I love this. I. Love. This. So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister is the most honest, real, heart breaking, inspiring and hilarious book that I’ve read in a really long time. Trust me when I say, that this is worth every second, penny, breathe and thought it took for you to read and enjoy. I’m not even surprised.
“‘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.'”
Anna Akana is a Youtuber that I’ve been following from the beginning. So when I found out that she wrote this, I didn’t even hesitate. I knew that her narration, voice and overall style would keep me entertained. If you’re not convinced, then I suggest you watch this short clip she made from an excerpt of this book –> Take Your Birth Control Now you’re on board, aren’t you?! :p
Non-Fiction, autobiographies..etc are books I avoid. Why? Because they’re boring and repetitive with hardly much to take from. But I knew, Anna wouldn’t waste my time. Since she kept me entertained through her 3 minute videos with comedy that actually gave me something to think about. I knew this book was going to be a gem. You get to see the aftermath of suicide and how it impacts the people around it. You get a glimpse of the world of Hollywood, youtube and LA. All while she gives you advice on how to do things based on her experiences that can be applied on a broader sense. You do not get bored at all.
Please, please Read this. I’m already soo inspired I might cure cancer. 😀
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