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Good books don't give up all their secrets at once. – Stephen King

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing? Never begin a sentence with “well.” [a writer should break rules.]Well, writing, for me, was characterological. It was a consequence of a repressed and depressed childhood and adulthood. It was the spume of a discontented and directionless youth, of misspent energies …

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. One of the most thought provoking memoirs in recent years challenges readers to examine not only the world around them but how they are living their lives in author Mathias B. Freese’s novel And …

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July 23, 2016

Shane Dawson’s “It Gets Worse” Book Review

Hilarious. Emotional. Original.

These are just a few words that perfectly describe the incredible second book from YouTube sensation and author Shane Dawson, titled “It Gets
Worse.” The follow up to his first book, “I Hate Myselfie,” this memoir gets even more personal and in-depth into the life of one of the biggest
names on the internet, and delivers an intimate experience unlike any other.

Stories revolve around so much of Shane’s life, from his experience coming out to the world as bisexual, to the emotional experience of connecting
with a lost loved one, and the hardship of dealing with haters from an early age. While his dark humor and incredible wit shine in every page of
this memoir, what really shines above all other things is the heart and emotion that one reads between the lines, (and often times right there in
big, bold print). The strong emotional pull that each story imparts with it’s lessons cut through to the readers core. So many of his stories
can easily be a reflection of our own lives, from the pain of loss to the struggle to define oneself or even the heartache that comes from being
told you aren’t talented or worthy enough for your dreams. His struggle is something that many people can identify with, and in a second book like
this the intimacy and deeper stories being told only serve to bring the readership closer together, and shows that while life can in fact “get
worse”, it can also get better or at least serve to strengthen us and show that we aren’t as along as we may feel in a given moment.

This is a powerful memoir that will make you laugh, make you cry, and will leave you wanting more, and this reviewer can only hope to see more from the
incredibly creative mind of this amazing author. Be sure to pick up your copies of “It Gets Worse” by Shane Dawson, and subscribe to his YouTube
channel to follow him across social media!

May 19, 2016

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) by Felicia Day Review:

A voice for an entire movement can come in many different forms. You never see when these voices will come along, utilizing wit and charm to
inadvertently give a sense of community and belonging to people. That’s what Felicia Day has done, and she showcases how being yourself can
lead to happiness in her memoir, “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost).”

In this incredible book, Felicia Day does an excellent job of weaving humor into her life’s adventures. While many will know her from such works
as Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eureka and her original web series, The Guild, the young actress and writer had a unique childhood
that helped shape her into the creative tour de force that she has become. What really had this reviewer engrossed in the memoir was her
struggles with self-confidence and social anxiety, which are both things I identify with and I think a lot of people will respond to positively
once they read this book. Established fans of Felicia Day will love to get to know their favorite actress more in this book, while newcomers
will thoroughly enjoy the honest voice she writes with and the very real life experiences that have shaped her into the accomplished
entertainer she has become.

Overall, this is a story of following your passions and dreams, and not being afraid to push ahead and do things the way you want without
compromising your own vision. This is a story of a young woman who grew up in a sort of isolated state, who excelled at most of the things she
took on and pursued her dream rather than taking the self-assured path that many thought she should take. Written in her wonderfully hilarious
voice and using her incredible intellect and passion to connect with the reader, this is a one of a kind memoir that cannot be replicated, and
you guys should pick up your copies of “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) by Felicia Day today!

A wonderful read! This memoir is a fantastic look into the world of the digital age. It showcases one person’s personal story of growing up with a fascination of the tech world, and her journey to immerse herself completely in that world. As a fellow tech lover, I responded to this story immediately. It also …

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While most of my favorite books to read are usually fiction, specifically horror and science fiction novels, I’ve been enjoying reading memoirs and nonfiction books more in recent years than I ever did before. After reading and reviewing Viv Albertine’s memoir, Clothes…Music…Boys…, I really enjoyed reading that kind of book, and since I’m also a …

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