Non-Fiction · review · young adult

All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Blurb: “I’m not an expert on ‘life’ (things I am an expert on: cake, Disney, making the perfect cuppa – that’s about it) but I think I do know a bit about what’s worrying you and maybe, with a little bit of luck, some of my stories will make you smile, make you think and, most of all, give you faith that it will all work out all right in the end. Because it will. Promise. All I Know Now is not all that much, but I hope it’s enough to help.”

On a trip to my local Waterstones I came across a table full of piles of All I Know Now a day before release! After asking a bookseller if I could buy it (who then asked the manager just to be sure) , I was handing over money at the till. I was the first person to buy a copy of a newly released book at that store. (LEVEL UP!)

I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on this book and prior to reading it, I read the Daily Mail article in which she was interviewed about her book. One thing she said that really stood out to me was “my bullies were the making of me.” I too, like Carrie, am on the other side of my teenage years (How am I twenty-one?!) and I can relate to this statement so much. While the bullying I experienced was horrific and I still think about it occasionally, it was the “making of me.” I don’t think I would be as nice, kind and willing to go out of my way to help those struggling had I not known what it felt like. (I’m not saying I wouldn’t help people if I hadn’t had these experiences, but I always make sure my peers are happy and doing okay and support them the best I can)

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a fantastic woman who proves that no matter how hard those pesky high school years can get, you can come out the other side relatively unscathed: with a massive youtube following, starring in the arena tour of War Of The Worlds and returning to the West End in her dream role of older Eponine in Les Mis, I think she’s having the last laugh.

This book is a non fiction, self help guide but also a semi-memoir. It tackles a vast range of important topics from: how to act on the internet, to consent, to secrets, appreciating yourself more and learning to admit when you’re wrong. What I loved about this book is that Carrie admits that she isn’t flawless and that, as human beings, there is no such thing as being ‘perfect.’ She backs up every bit of her advice with some element of her past to show that it is possible to make these changes. The important thing is, while she made mistakes, she learned from them and rectified them as much as she could. She talks about dealing with negativity and in her chapter “Handling Haters” she says “Occasionally I’ll favourite the tweet or reply to say it’s a shame they feel that way but, in spite of that, I hope they have a lovely day.” – This is the kind of positive I am going to work on.

She talks about how to be honest without being cruel and I too am guilty of not accepting someone’s kindness. My boyfriend frequently tells me I’m pretty/beautiful/kind/intelligent and I will respond with “you have to say that you’re my boyfriend” to which he will tut and say “one day you’ll believe me.” Well, from now on, I’m going to start working towards that “one day.” The next time he or anyone else compliments me, I’ll say “thank you” or “damn right I am!”

This book has truly changed my outlook on so many things and I hope this helps anyone out there struggling with any of the topics discussed in her book.
(Also the table of contents is displayed as a theatre programme, why WOULDN’T you want this book?!?)

For some samples of the book check out the blog that became the book.

For Carrie’s videos check out her Youtube

For her twitterly wonderings follow her on Twitter

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