Last week, YouTube personality Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen) released her second book, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, dishing her life story and the obstacles that make her the full picture she is today.
If Hannah Hart isn't a name that sounds familiar to you, I strongly urge you to check out some (if not all) of her amazing media content. While most of her 2.5 million (and growing) subscribers will tell you they discovered her on YouTube, she has since grown to conquer many other media outlets. She has a New York Times bestselling cookbook, has stared in a crowdfunded charity-driven mini series, preformed live on stage, acted in movies and even has a television show in the works -- just to, you know, name a few of her achievements. On top of that, she is also an active member in the LGBTQ+ community and active social media contributor, filling the interweb with her witty puns, words of encouragement and, as she puts it, "reckless optimism".
If you can't tell yet, I am quite the fan. And, even if you aren't familiar with her work, don't let it stop you from picking up this incredible memoir. If you are familiar with her work, be prepare to see a different side, as she shares some of the most intimate details of her life thus far.
The book starts with a trigger warning -- the subjects that lay in the pages ahead share the struggles and growth found in family, love, work, and health. We dive right in, as Hannah shares details growing up with her dad who is a devout Jehovah's Witness and her mother who suffers from schizophrenia. Hannah shares a personal collection of essays from journals she has kept over the years that cover deep emotional topics such as sexuality, self harm, and mental illness.
Each story she shares brings to light the struggles of growing up and learning who we are and what we want to become. Regardless of your own journey, the true life events unfolded in this book are bound to resonate with you. I, personally, found myself pausing to take it all in, tears pooled in my eyes. With each turn of the page, I found myself wishing I could reach out and hug this beautiful woman -- not out of pity but out of respect for bravely bearing her soul so we may try to heal our own.
Sprinkled within each chapter is the silver lining of growth, support, understanding, encouragement and advice. From tidbits on how to travel and tips on staying in the right frame of mind, Hannah's outlook on life despite its hurdles is truly inspiring.
Having read a far share of autobiographies, what stands out most in this one compared to others is that Hannah's stories feel down to earth and something you can relate to. She feels like a role model, a big sister of sorts, passing down her experiences and making you feel accepted and loved as the reader. While there is sadness, there is warmth and forgiveness, too. Emotions pour out of the pages in moments where you understand how hard it must be for her to share and how much it took to reach a point in which she could.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded for yourself and experiencing this emotional journey. Hannah Hart may have become famous from a viral internet video, but this book and the lives she has touched through it will be her legacy.
You can find Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart wherever books are sold. It is also available in audio book, narrated by the author herself. Check out http://www.bufferingbook.com/ for more details!
Have you had a chance to read it? What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below!