A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Humorous memoir meant to entertain.
No one has the right to dictate who you are or what you should be. Look back on and learn from all the moments of your past so you'll be ready for whatever comes next. There's no success without a lot of failures along the way, so you have to keep trying to succeed. Being honest with yourself and others gives you a much better chance at happiness. Binge on the positive things that make you happy; take the time and make the space in your life for the things that bring you joy.
Positive Role Models
Tyler fully recognizes that he's been very lucky and wants to be a positive influence. He wants to show others that they have a voice and provide a space where they'll feel less alone. He talks about struggles he's had and how he worked through or overcame them, and he supports causes and advocates for those experiencing the same difficulties.
Violence & Scariness
Brief, non-graphic description of being beaten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frank, matter-of-fact talk about a wide range of topics from Tyler seeing his first "nudie" magazine as a kid to indulging another's foot fetish as an adult. Same-sex kissing and making out are mentioned or described briefly. Sexual intercourse is mentioned but glossed over. A chapter of lessons learned about sex mentions BDSM and a woman voluntarily getting her "downstairs" whipped.
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"S--t" and variations (including a chapter called "Fecal Matters"), "boobs," "badass," "a--hole" and "d--k" as insult and body part, "f--k" and made-up variations such as "Count F--kula," "bulls--t," "butthole," "bitch," "faggot" (referring to himself and in graffiti), "ten cummandments" as a chapter title.
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Products & Purchases
Frequent mention of Tyler's YouTube channel and other YouTube creators. Gives his Twitter address and asks readers to tweet him funny names and elsewhere to tweet him a picture of themselves with the book. Lots of tech, pop culture, food, and entertainment products mentioned, usually to establish place, time, or character. Explains the dating/social app Grindr.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of funny or important episodes include drinking to excess with hangover consequences mentioned. How he was able to find a better way to cope with a panic attack than by downing shots to relax. Recounts his first years after college spent frequenting bars and nightclubs. Mentions cocaine as something not to binge on. Occasionally smokes marijuana and mentions he's had some good and some bad experiences with it and recounts one bad experience in particular. Once unknowingly ate a pot brownie. Advises never to get drunk and high at the same time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Binge is a memoir by popular YouTuber and LGBTQ advocate Tyler Oakley, whose subscribers and viewers number in the millions. From a mature perspective (but with lots of strong language) he looks back on formative events and times in his life and frankly but non-graphically talks about sex, drinking, bodily functions, and more from childhood through his post-college years looking for a job and eventually making a successful living as a YouTube personality. Teens who are fans of Oakley will enjoy the added insights and previously unknown events in Oakley's life, but it's best for those mature enough to handle the matter-of-fact attitudes toward drinking and casual dating. His messages are very positive, and he has a strong work ethic, so teens will also get to see that it takes a lot of hard work to be a successful YouTube creator.
Is It Any Good?
Still in his early 20s, Tyler Oakley displays a remarkable maturity as he looks back at the events, people, and phases of his life that have led his phenomenal success as a YouTube personality. The lively writing ably conveys Oakley's charm and wit with an honesty and warmth that make him instantly likable. Older teens mature enough to handle the strong language and frank talk about life from an adult perspective will easily relate to Oakley's struggles and successes. Whether gay or straight, and whether you've seen one of his videos or not, readers will connect with the universality of the emotions at the heart of every story Oakley tells about himself.
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