Book Review | So much I want to tell you : letters to my little sister by Anna Akana

so much i want to tell you anna.jpgAnna Akana is a film producer and YouTuber living in LA. Growing up with a military Dad meant her family moved often and she experienced life in many places. When Anna was a teenager, her younger sister committed suicide. The event had a strong impact on her and is said to be the preface for this book. Though subtitled “letters to my little sister”, there actually are no traditional letters, with the book having more of an essay type approach. Think of the book as advice from life-learned lessons, as relayed by a millennial on the following topics: creativity, identity, relationships, money, works and career.

As a YouTuber, Akana has a lot of experience distilling broad topics into short, digestible chunks. This book read similarly to video script ideas. Though I found much of the advice valid, it all seemed pretty straight-forward, without offering any groundbreaking news. The helpful anecdotes contained within would be much more beneficial to a younger reader (high school / college age), or someone with less life experience. The book is a quick read with short sections, making it easy to pause often. Check it out from a library near youI received an advance uncorrected proof of this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author/publisher for participating in the giveaway.

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Book Review | Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

book cover Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne GladstoneAfter reading the synopsis, I was pretty anxious for this book to come out. The premise is great, but the execution is lacking. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse chronicles the “adventures” of a late 30’s Jameson drinking single male in New York City when the internet goes down, indefinitely. First his cyber blogger friend arrives at his doorstep from the West Coast. As they hunt for the internet (as if it will be hidden in a closet somewhere) they make friends with a 24 year old Australian punk chic in Central Park. The mismatched threesome’s bonds are tested as they combat the terrors of the new age – a psychic librarian, a totalitarian police regime, and Christians against the proclaimed Internet Messiah.

This book is pretty easy to get into and the story flows fairly well, but it’s overly coincidental and focuses on the wrong plot points. For example, a major storyline is pornography and how people go about getting their fix since the disappearance of the net. (I did not want to read about this). I thought something was going to happen eventually, but nothing really did. More than a start to end story, it was a rambling journal from the main character about what he encountered daily. The biggest cop-out was the ending. I’m sure other readers may have differing opinions, but I’d say this one’s not really worth your time. I picked this book because I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and Ready Player One, but it’s not in the same league. Maybe Gladstone should stick with magazine pieces – no offense.