I finally finished Binge by Tyler Oakley, and now it’s time for a review!
Binge is a memoir written by YouTuber , and now podcaster, Tyler Oakley, who has amassed nearly 8 million subscribers! He’s a mid-twenties guy from the midwest, living in Los Angeles and he’s most famous for being unapologetically himself, as well as his ever changing hair colour.
I’ve been watching Tyler for years now, and I met him at his book tour, as you can see, my copy of the book is black, as it’s the ‘Exclusive Tour Edition’ – how cool!
I had previously tried (and failed) to meet Tyler at Summer in the City 2014, and at his Slumber Party tour in mid-2015, during a random draw for VIP backstage passes, the girls next to us won! Whilst we were a little sad, we were trying to be the big adults as these preteens cried out of sheer excitement.
I love memoirs, especially ones with a comedic flair (this sentence sounds kinda profesh, I think it’s the word ‘flair’). Tyler’s look back at his life is hilarious, his humour crosses mediums so easily, from his YouTube videos, to his Podcast (Psychobabble with Korey Kuhl), to page. It’s so easy to read the book in Oakley’s voice, and when you laugh, you can hear his signature laugh along with your own.
However, this book does touch on some real issues, it isn’t all a barrel of laughs, Tyler discusses coming out as gay, going through an abusive relationship, going through an extremely tough breakup, rocky family relations and more. In some shape or form, we can all relate in some way.
This book is a lighthearted look back at life, a discussion of true to life issues, with advice and real life experiences included.
This book is so nice to look at as well, I know the content is the main thing and to never judge a book by it’s cover (whoever said that had never heard of a thing called ‘coffee table books’, but I digress). The sweet/candy theme is something I can get on board with, and the formatting/layout of the actual text is very easy on the eyes! It makes the read somehow much more enjoyable!
This is a book everyone can see themselves in, Tyler’s story of embarrassment in a restaurant reminded me of the time my Dad asked the waiter if we could order some drinks, directly after the waiter asked us if we would like any drinks. The Earth could have opened up and swallowed me whole then and there, and I wouldn’t have cared.
While this story is very different to Tyler’s anger over a beetless burger, it brought this memory back into my head, and I’m grateful to Binge for reminding me of so many things I’ve experienced!
Also, Tyler’s Cheesecake Factory description is alarmingly like a West Coast version of our very own ‘cheeky nandos’. Also Tyler, if you’re reading this by any chance, Nandos is pronounced ‘nan-dohs’ not ‘naan-dohs’, if you wish we can discuss this over some Nandos chicken next time you’re in the UK.
You shall laugh, cry and fully enjoy Binge, unless you’re an emotionless robot. But hey, you do you. This shall sit along some of my other favourite YouTube books, including Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig and You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart.
If you like Binge, you will definitely enjoy these books.
So as you can see, I fully recommend Binge, here are some links to buy it:
The Book Depository (free shipping here!)
This isn’t one of my greatest pictures, but it was so great to finally meet Tyler, even if it was only briefly! I hope one day we can hang out for a bit longer over some sort of cocktail. That’s my only prerequisite!
Thanks for reading!