Book review – So Much I Want to Tell You (Spoiler Free)

“Remember that the world we can see is the one that really matters, and never lose sight of that.”

  • Title: So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister
  • Author: Anna Akana
  • Genre: nonfiction
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication date: June 13, 2017
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

Anna Akana, best known for her YouTube channel, published a book for her little sister. The book starts by mentioning her sister, Kristina, who died at a young age. Each chapter offer advice she wished she could have given Kristina. Raw emotions fills this book.

It is set in four different sections: Creativity; Identity; Money, Work and Career; and Relationships. This is an interesting concept, but it does make the stories’ flow hard. Instead of going through her life, it flip flops around to slowly piece it all together. Some chapters I’d have to remind myself that it happened at the same time as a chapter from the other side of the book. Some chapters I’m not sure when it happened in relation to others.

Also, contrary to the title, each chapter is not an actual letter. Instead, each chapter has a unique title and Anna goes on from there. Each chapter is designed like her YouTube videos. So, if you like her video formats, you’ll like this book.

I never felt a huge climax or suspense from the book. It might be because I know Anna well from her videos. Even some advice from the chapters was mentioned in her videos before. That fact didn’t make the book bad, but it held it back from its potential.

I still finished this book in a handful of days. It’s an interesting quick read. I would recommend this book.

Score: 7.3/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.86/5

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