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All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully Hardcover – 23 Apr 2015
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Oh, what a fantastic book - so honest, so brilliant, so KIND. If every mum or dad buys this for their teenager they'll be doing themselves a real favour - everyone will benefit, I promise! (Jill Mansell, author of DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING)
Where was this book when I was growing up? Even with describing her mistakes and stumbles, Carrie's prose remains graceful and perfect. This is a best friend in book form (Andrew Kaufman, author of ALL MY FRIENDS ARE SUPERHEROES)
Young, fab and incredibly talented, I think I manage to keep my massive jealousy of Carrie Hope Fletcher just about under control :-) (Jenny Colgan, author of THE LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY)
All I Know Now . . . It's super mega awesome (Emma Blackery, youtube.com/emmablackery)
An honest and funny guide to growing, dreaming and being (Samantha Shannon, author of THE BONE SEASON)
Oh @CarrieHFletcher I am LOVING your book. You are wise beyond your years and you're a beautiful writer (Harriet Evans, author of A PLACE FOR US)
Full of warmth, wit and wisdom, [Carrie is] the big sister everyone needs in their life (Top of the Pops magazine)
The essential guide to navigating 'the Teen Age' by YouTube star Carrie Hope Fletcher
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I'm a married woman.
I'm a mum.
I have worked in the same field for seventeen years.
Surely I should have figured life out a bit by now?! That I purchased All I Know Now for myself proves that's not the case...
I know I'm not alone in being an older reader of this book. Yes, a lot of Carrie's fans (or 'Hopefuls') fall into the teen age bracket, but she's also won a host of older fans for her honest, open approach, her good nature and humour, and her positivity. She's a vlogger with a difference- she doesn't talk exclusively about fashion, or make up, or books. Instead, she uses her vlog, tumblr and twitter to connect with fans and answer their questions, sharing her own experiences and reinforcing that you need never think you have no one who cares. I suppose in some ways she's an agony aunt or a wise older sister, someone who's got your back and has a waiting ear to listen to your problems.
All I Know Now is just like her vlog, but in book form. It's chatty, and easy to read, and it's mostly a very positive and upbeat collection of stories that remind you you're stronger than you think. Each chapter is a life lesson, something to mull over whilst candidly sharing Carrie's personal stories.
This book is a perfect way for Carrie to impart what she's learnt. She shares her own experiences of notable milestones and those difficult adolescent moments- bullying, peer pressure, sex, relationships, self confidence- and because it's written in Carrie's typically chatty style, it makes you feel like you're listening to a friend, giving you advice over a pot of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge, not just flicking pages in a book.
I read this book when I had a lot on my mind, and Carrie's words were genuinely comforting to me. They were a big, warm blanket which made me feel safe. Thank you for that, Ms Fletcher.
So, to wrap up this review, I want to say that whatever your age, whatever your outlook, whatever your dreams...you can learn from this book. It encourages introspection and self awareness, and is a perfect way to help you reassess what is important to you. Not to anyone else, YOU.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Empower yourself. Buy it.
In All I Know Now, Carrie really does seem like an 'Honorary Big Sister'. She never professes to know everything and isn't afraid of acknowledging her mistakes. She only professes to know what she's learned through her, in her own words, many mistakes. In the book, Carrie never wallows crying out ''poor me, look at all the people who've hurt me'. She writes about how she's been hurt but also how she's hurt people. It seems the grand difference here is that Carrie knows when she's hurt someone, attempts to rectify the situation and moves on unlike those who have hurt her.
Aside from the content of the book, Carrie is a great writer. Her flow and rhythm never waver and she manages to keep the book interesting from page one to the end.
The final point is this: Carrie cares. I believe that she genuinely cares about her 'Hopefuls' and their respective well-beings. That's why she wrote All I Know Now. Not only does she devote an entire chapter of All I Know Now to answering questions sent in by the Hopefuls, but her followers are thanked profusely in the curtain call. The definition of 'hopeful' underneath the book jacket on the front cover and the Hopeful logo on the back cover.
This book met my expectations and then went above and beyond.
All in all, I think that Carrie Hope Fletcher is destined for even greater things in the future. I am proud to call myself a Hopeful. *Raises Pinky*
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