Book Review: Buffering: Unshared Tales of A Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart.


Release Date: 18th October 2016.
Publisher: Dey Street Books.
Twitter: @harto

I have so many thoughts and feelings after reading this book that I seriously don't know where to start. I legitimately feel like I have so much positive energy and inspiration surging through my body because of it, that it's almost too difficult to sit down and focus on my book review. I promise that's a good thing though so stick with me on this!

I can't actually recall the first time I started watching Hannah Hart on YouTube, but since that particular day I have binged watched countless episodes of 'My Drunk Kitchen,' as well as many of the other videos on her channel and I can safely say that Hannah Hart is one of my favourite people. She simple has IT. I don't know what IT actually is but whatever IT is, it's blooming marvelous. For all of you reading this who may not know who she is, please head to her YouTube channel and watch some of her videos.

Before I get into my thoughts on 'Buffering,' I want to tell you a few of the things I love most about Hannah Hart and her videos. 

1 - She's hilarious.
2 - She incredibly intelligent.
3 - There is always a meaning behind a recipe she is making or a video she is filming.
4 - She's honest.
5 - The recipes don't turn out perfect, it's all lighthearted and fun.
6 - She's proactive and is always teaching her viewers about something.
7 - She's pretty awesome.

I honestly don't think I can watch an episode of 'My Drunk Kitchen' without taking something away from it, whether it be motivation to make a change, empowerment in being myself or just a smile that goes a long way. It's a wonderful little place on the internet.

Now for 'Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded.' I'm not sure how to describe this book. To me it isn't really an autobiography, as Hannah doesn't necessarily go from A to B telling us all about every moment in her life in order, I felt it was more her telling specific stories that were a big part of her life because they were the moments that she learnt from or shaped who she is today. It's also not a rags to riches story and no matter how heartbreaking the stories in it are, it's not a 'woe is me' tale to evoke sympathy and pity. Personally, I feet like it is Hannah Hart doing what she does best; talking to us and sharing her feelings to make us think and feel something too. In 'Buffering' she shares her own stories of heartbreak, neglect and love and in doing so offers advice on how others in the same boat can go about healing or getting help. She also teaches us the importance of learning to love who you are and accept who you are first, before wanting others to love and accept you too.

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty shocked upon reading a lot of the stories in this book. It goes to show that you never really know what people have gone, or are going through on a daily basis. It seriously broke my heart finding out about how Hannah grew up, the obstacles she faced and things she dealt with, a lot of which no Child should have to go though. But the thing I loved most about how Hannah told these stories was that, they are just that, they are her stories. Never once does she sound like she's complaining or acting like she had this terrible upbringing. She seems to state the facts and then proceeds to tell you what she learnt and how she dealt with them in a very mature manner. I found myself connecting to this little girl rather than thinking of grown up Hannah telling the story, that's how powerful her words were. I could literally imagine her as a child going through all these things and I couldn't help but feel a sort of protectiveness for that little girl. Then as she tells more stories of her growing up, I had nothing but admiration for how open and honest she was about her college years, sexuality and experiments with drugs. I find her such a remarkable person for being able to share so much personal information in a way that you know it's because she wants others to learn and grow and not feel so alone. Like I said before, as emotional and heartbreaking a lot of the stories in 'Buffering' are, never once did it feel like Hannah was oversharing or complaining. From start to finish, I felt like there were lessons to be learnt in everything she wrote. Whether it be lessons like, taking the time to meditate and focus on yourself, learning to love yourself and not to be so judgmental, or lessons like how to make planes more comfortable and the faults in our Mental Healthcare systems. There is something to take from every page. 

If you're a fan of Hannah Hart or even if you're not, 'Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,' is a compelling read, that you will want to finish it one sitting. I highly recommend it to everyone. 

Happy Reading! 

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