Note to Self by Connor Franta

Note to Self

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube—and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.Now...

Title:Note to Self
Author:
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ISBN:1501158015
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Note to Self Reviews

  • Kathryn G.
    Jan 17, 2017

    I CANNOT PRESS THE WANT-TO-READ BUTTON ENOUGH HOLY CRAP

  • Taylor (Taylicious Reads)
    Jan 17, 2017

    I just want to talk about how excited I am for this novel.

    As a content creator myself, there are so many thing that I sweep under the rug about my life; my eating disorder, anxiety, depression, my recovery from those things. The lies I told myself before I went to sleep, the lies that told me I was unloved. The thoughts of never being good enough, the bullying that I was victim to in elementary school and middle school. The threat on my life that was sent to me. They're things I choose not to t

    I just want to talk about how excited I am for this novel.

    As a content creator myself, there are so many thing that I sweep under the rug about my life; my eating disorder, anxiety, depression, my recovery from those things. The lies I told myself before I went to sleep, the lies that told me I was unloved. The thoughts of never being good enough, the bullying that I was victim to in elementary school and middle school. The threat on my life that was sent to me. They're things I choose not to talk about because I want to spread light into the world and spread happiness on my channel, just like Connor does.

    Seeing him sit down and write a novel that will, without a doubt, change so many lives by just being open and honest about struggles that we all face - proving that having a social media following doesn't make you a "god" - is so important not only to viewers, but other content creators. It validates our feelings, it is raw and real, and it might be painful to read at times but it is what we need to hear.

    We are not just the person we portray online.

    We fall down.

    We scrape our knees and scar our hearts.

    But we get back up again.

  • Natalie
    Apr 18, 2017

    I was quite excited going into this because the promise of short essays, original photography and poetry combined into one sounded right up my alley.

    You might recognise Connor Franta from his popular YouTube channel, and in this diary-like look at his life since

    , Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles

    I was quite excited going into this because the promise of short essays, original photography and poetry combined into one sounded right up my alley.

    You might recognise Connor Franta from his popular YouTube channel, and in this diary-like look at his life since

    , Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.

    However good the above might sound, in the end it didn't live up. And I was disappointed to find Franta's writing style coming across as quite hollow and privileged. Also, his weird “I’m a special snow flake” complex rubbed me the wrong way multiple times:

    I couldn't help but think of

    about Artsy White Boys™.

    Then the genericness of Franta's thoughts and feelings didn't help his case either. There wasn't anything compelling enough for me to continue on where the writing's considered, so I did skim-read a lot towards the end. And another thing I want to point out: the atmosphere. It just felt so cold and standoffish with a lot of telling with little to no showing. I mean: 

    Here's an idea: How about you 

    me why it fucking sucks instead of repeating it for emphasis…

    To be frank,

     felt a lot more fitting for the blog post format than something you’d expect to read in a book. Which leads me to the pretentious Tumblr-esque poems interspersed throughout:

    There's a lot more where that came from... I'm genuinely rattled that this made it into the final version of the book.

    However, to end this review on a much brighter note, I have to mention the vibrant photographs. Not going to lie, they were the only reason I continued on with this book. But I quickly noticed that - save for a few - the pictures weren’t as eye-catching as I'd hoped. (You can just go on Connor Franta's Instagram for the same effect.)

    But still, here are a few of my favorite photos to brighten this ending a bit:

    ,

  • Emilija
    Apr 19, 2017

    It feels like I wrote this. Like, these are my thoughts. If for some reason you ever want an insight into my head, read this. This book is me in a nutshell.

    I will definitely be going back to reread this time and time again.

  • Mischenko
    May 07, 2017

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    I decided to try

    by Connor Franta because I had a free Audible credit and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I appreciate learning about other people and the struggles they've had in life and how they've endured them.

    I went into this book fairly blind and didn't even know who Connor Franta was. My oldest son, who's a YouTuber did, and I can see this book being helpful to ol

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    I decided to try

    by Connor Franta because I had a free Audible credit and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I appreciate learning about other people and the struggles they've had in life and how they've endured them.

    I went into this book fairly blind and didn't even know who Connor Franta was. My oldest son, who's a YouTuber did, and I can see this book being helpful to older teens and younger adults. It's so raw and insightful-I think it would've been helpful to have this book when I was in high school. There are so many emotions that we go through at this age and into young adulthood. Connor lays out his emotions and exposes his experiences in a way that helps you to understand that you're not alone in your thoughts. At times it felt like he was pulling some of his thoughts right out of my own head. How should we be thinking and how can we deal with these emotions in a non- damaging way to ourselves and others? Hmm, that may take me some more time to figure out...

    Connor discusses some of the problems he's had including struggling with his sexuality, depression, social anxiety, loss of relationships and issues he's had with feeling accepted. When listening to him talk about his struggle with depression, I admire the way he describes his depression as being another person and to be sure to never believe the horrible thoughts that run through your mind. Be sure to wipe them away- I loved this because it's so true. It's something I feel anyone who struggles with depression and anxiety can benefit from-realizing that the emotions and feelings are part of you, but

    I also enjoyed the part where he discusses how we feel about ourselves. If you think you're confident you will be - self perception. How many times have you felt unconfident? I've had this happen numerous times in my life.

    I did listen to this on audible and was thrilled that the audio-book is read by the author. I'm afraid I may have missed some visual content, but I do know that there are many positive statements in this book that can benefit those who struggle in life and for those figuring everything out. I feel that it can help instill bravery. In some ways the writing did feel like it could have been better and maybe didn't feel compelling enough, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone, especially older teens who are moving towards adulthood.

    3.5*** rounded up to 4****

  • Jamie Scott
    Apr 27, 2017

    why should I care to read a six page letter to Franta's older self?

    an extremely self-indulgent book by the author.

    however, great pictures, lovely poems and some interesting introspective ideas to think about.

  • Marius Paulsen (Amethebookdude)
    May 21, 2017

    This IS my new favorite book! Connor writes about emotions, feeling and everything in between just beautifully! I related to every piece of writing, every poem and every single photo, they were just mesmerizing. I love how this feels like a memoir, a true story and at the same time like something real happening in front of my eyes as I'm reading it! Franta has truly become one of my all-time favorite authors for sure! Connor, wherever you are, you are amazing and just THE BEST!

  • Rachel Lightwood
    May 16, 2017

    Oh, Connor. This was... buddy, this was just not your finest work. I read

    two years ago (or something like that), and adored how it was so authentically

    . The tone, the wording, the pictures. It was like seeing a printed version of one of his videos. It was surprisingly touching and I got so much out of it. My copy is so sticky-noted, it isn’t even funny… so anyway, that was a sloppy segue me for to say: I adore Connor Franta (if you couldn’t already tell). His videos we

    Oh, Connor. This was... buddy, this was just not your finest work. I read

    two years ago (or something like that), and adored how it was so authentically

    . The tone, the wording, the pictures. It was like seeing a printed version of one of his videos. It was surprisingly touching and I got so much out of it. My copy is so sticky-noted, it isn’t even funny… so anyway, that was a sloppy segue me for to say: I adore Connor Franta (if you couldn’t already tell). His videos were not just the first videos on YouTube that I watched (although they literally were) but also the first I fell in love with. No matter what he does he always manages to make me smile and for that, I can never thank him enough.

    … but

    was unnecessary. I know a lot of people have problems with so-called “YouTube books” but I have always had the attitude that if they can write something worth reading than to go for it. Unfortunately, this was not worth writing. I hate having to say those words. It’s killing me to admit this but it’s true. I expected to get a lot out of this. It is meant to be a reflection on Connor’s experience with depression, anxiety and an awful breakup over the past two years (or so) and it was just… not that.

    For one, the poems were cringey. I seriously hate having to write those words! When I saw

    , I was so, so excited to read more of his poems. It was so beautiful but dear God, they poems were awful. I had to force myself to read them. I desperately wanted to skim them, they were

    cringey. They were not poetry, they were recycled Tumblr quotes broken up or artfully arranged. They were not insightful, not touching or even enjoyable. I am so, so sad to say this but I think Connor’s thing is strictly photography. He is not a poet and it made the whole premise of this book fall apart…

    The anecdotes in between the poetry were so… generic. I wanted to get an insight into Connor’s personal experiences with mental illness and the break up we have all heard about (and know really affected him) but everything he wrote so unoriginal, so unengaging. He even bastardised TFIOS at one point and I couldn't help myself literally, physically cringing. I was so uninspired by this and it makes me so, so sad to say that. I feel like this was something that Connor needed to write for himself, not for an audience.

    The photography was jaw-droppingly on point as always, though, so there’s that…

    Overall? Umm, not Connor’s finest moment.

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