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
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ISBN:1501158015
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:320 pages

Note to Self Reviews

  • Kathryn G.

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

  • Natalie

    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:

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  • Emilija

    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

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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

    To see this review and others please visit

    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****

  • Raquel Bookish

    No había oído hablar de Connor Franta hasta que compré este libro. Lo sé, para alguien que pasa tanto tiempo en internet me entero de muy poco. La cosa es que cuando vi este libro en la estantería de la librería no me acerqué a él porque fuese el libro de un personaje público, sino porque, pese a no haberlo visto nunca antes, me llamó tanto la atención que me atrajo como si fuese una luz cegadora y yo un bichejo atolondrado. Creo que es, sin exagerar, el libro más bonito que poseo. Desde la port

    No había oído hablar de Connor Franta hasta que compré este libro. Lo sé, para alguien que pasa tanto tiempo en internet me entero de muy poco. La cosa es que cuando vi este libro en la estantería de la librería no me acerqué a él porque fuese el libro de un personaje público, sino porque, pese a no haberlo visto nunca antes, me llamó tanto la atención que me atrajo como si fuese una luz cegadora y yo un bichejo atolondrado. Creo que es, sin exagerar, el libro más bonito que poseo. Desde la portada a la tipografía están tan cuidadas que hace que quiera restregarme el libro por la cara. En serio. Da gusto solo verlo.

    En cuanto al contenido e intentando no ser TAN TAN superficial, está clara que Note to Self no es una obra maestra de la literatura, ni el testimonio de una generación, pero tampoco pretende serlo. Connor Franta lo deja muy claro en su introducción, este libro es para él, son sus reflexiones, sus fotografías, sus textos y poesías escritos en momentos de tristeza, lucidez y felicidad. Es un libro sincero y, personalmente, eso es algo que aprecio mucho. Sin saber nada de este youtuber, instagramer y empresario me he sentido conectada con él, me he reconocido en muchas de sus vivencias, sus miedos y deseos y como cada vez que eso ocurre me he sentido un poco menos sola. Qué grande es el poder de la literatura y del arte, ¿eh? Es uno de esos libros que te deja con un sabor esperanzador en la boca, con ganas de levantarte y comerte el mundo y con una extraña sensación de paz interior. Dejaos de yoga y de mindfulnes y escribid un diario (bueno, o haced las dos cosas. Haced lo que queráis, esto es una reseña literaria, no tiene poder sobre vuestra voluntad). Esa ha sido mi conclusión.

    (muy Tumblr todo)

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