My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Book Description: “I think my video just went viral.”
Stuart Edge had a crappy run of things, including his parents’ divorce, anxiety, moving to Mexico and not speaking the language, and a job cleaning porta-potties. But instead of slowing him down, these struggles gave him the inspiration he needed to pursue his daydream—creating videos.
Now a YouTube sensation, Stuart shares his secrets to success and reveals his conversion from self-conscious to confident. For Stuart, being true to his beliefs has made all the difference.
My thoughts: I received a few emails about reviewing this book. I figured that if it kept showing up, I probably should read it. :) I am a reader, and as a reader, I don't get on YouTube often, unless it is looking up a book trailer, so I didn't know who Stuart Edge was. As soon as I received the book in the mail, I found out that my 16 and 13 year old sons did know who he was.
Of course, I went to YouTube and looked at his work. We'll call it research. I watched a few of his videos and thought they were clever. He even made me laugh. It's a good thing. You can check out his channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/stuartedge
I found this book to full of humor and great advice. Stuart Edge uses his life experiences and how they helped him be successful. He makes a point of letting the reader know that he is not done learning and growing. Not all of his dreams and expectations have been realized. He is on a journey and his attitude about life affects the outcome. The message is very positive.
He doesn't just talk about his successes, he talks about the things that he could have done better. He learned from the mistakes and grew as a person. I like this message. I think I will hand this book to my 16 year old and try to get him to read it.
About the Author: Stuart Edge was earning money for college tuition by cleaning portable toilets when inspiration hit: “Make YouTube Videos That Make People Happy.” Only months later, he called his mother in a panic. “Please pray for me. I think one of my videos just went viral.” The Mistletoe Kissing Prank did indeed go viral, netting more than 27 million views to date. Several viral videos later, Stuart Edge has found fame, and possibly fortune, making people laugh. Not bad for a boy with social anxiety.