Buffering by Hannah Hart (2016)

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What it’s about: Popular Youtuber Hannah Hart on overcoming her challenging childhood and figuring out her adult life.

What made me pick it up: I read Grace Helbig’s book Grace’s Guide a few months ago, which was fun and relatable and all about adulting. Since she is a frequent collaborator and friend of Hart’s, when I saw this book was being published I made sure to get it ASAP.

My favorite things: This gave a very unguarded look at Hart’s life including her mental illness, the difficulty of expressing her budding sexuality, and the untreated schizophrenia of her mother. I really like her frankness as well as her unequivocal stand that something is wrong with our treatment of mental illness in this country. She’s good at balancing moments of levity with moments of seriousness.

Who it’s great for: Teens. Adults. Anyone who has suffered with mental illness or had someone close to them suffer. People who watch Hart on YouTube and want to know more of her story. Someone in the mood for a memoir.

Erica’s rating: four-shells

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