In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation-so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker. Exploring his past with insight and humour, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.
I have been an on-again, off-again subscriber to Connor for a year or so. He seems a nice guy but his content is only occasionally to my taste.
I came to this book with similar thoughts, thoughts that it could be ok but probably wouldn’t be for me. I since heard people raving about it and I became intrigued. I was tempted to buy on several occasions but couldn’t actually bring myself to. Then came along the June #LGBTReadathon and I was looking for a third physical book, so in light of Connor’s recent coming out, I finally felt I had reason enough to pick it up and read it.
Yesterday was the first day of the readathon and conveniently I had a long train journey to pass time on so I started with Connor’s book. By the time I finished the journey, I had finished the book. Yes, it’s a relatively short book with lots of pages taken up with photographs (stunning photographs might I add!), but that has got to be the fastest I’ve whizzed through a book in my life!
A Work In Progress is, if you are a fan of Connor, perhaps exactly what you might expect from him, a perfect extension of his YouTube channel. You can hear his voice and idiosyncrasies coming through on the page. Connor describes the book as a memoir. However, I would describe it more as a book of life lessons, albeit passed on to teens and young adults in an anecdotal way.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of Connor Franta, this book has been out over two months, why haven’t you read it yet?! If you aren’t a fan generally but are thinking about picking it up, do! This is where I was with it and I thoroughly enjoyed it!