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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Social media pioneer Oakley, who gained fame as YouTube star in 2007 and has since become an advocate for LGBTQ youth, draws successfully from his unique blend of snarky candor and down-to-earth Midwestern accessibility in the audio edition of his memoir. Perhaps the most entertainingand also affirmingsections of the recording involve Oakleys knack for calling himself on occasional outbursts of diva histrionics through personal pep talks. These include a period of heartbreak and recovery surrounding his first serious college boyfriend andmore recentlyhis meltdown in front of mobs of adoring fans at a YouTube convention. The material includes some frank discussions of sexuality, and Oakley projects a tone of friendly irreverence rather than over-the-top rudeness or crudeness. A Gallery hardcover. (Oct.)