A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
What's the story?
Tyler Oakley is a YouTube phenomenon with millions of viewers. This memoir takes a warts-and-all look back at formative episodes and eras of his life that not even his biggest fans would have heard before. The series of essays chronicle the failures, lessons, triumphs, fears, hard work, and downright hilarity that have made him an internet star, LGBTQ advocate, and young man who knows what's really worth a BINGE.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Oakley means by "binge" -- binge on what, and why? What are some things you could "binge" on the way he's talking about?
What do you think about Oakley's attitudes toward drinking and sex? Does he make them seem glamorous? Does he talk about any negative consequences, dangers, or how to stay safe?
Have you seen any of Oakley's YouTube videos? Do you subscribe to his channel? His life is pretty much all out in the open online, so why do you think he wrote this book?
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