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.”
― Anna AkanaSo Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister


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

Anna Akana, best known for her popular Youtube channel, has published an inspiring book  for her little sister that she lost to suicide. She starts the book by mentioning her sister, Kristina, and has each chapter offer advice she wished she could give Kristina. Raw emotions and great advice 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 book hard to follow a bit. Instead of going through her life, we flip flop around through different sections and slowly put all the pieces 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 of the 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 her story from there. All of the chapters are designed like her YouTube videos. So, if you like the format of the videos, you’ll like this book.

Overall, I never feel a huge climax or suspense from the book. Perhaps it’s because I know Anna well from her videos, so I know she’s in a better place from page one. Even some advice from the book has been mentioned in her videos before, so I knew the advice beforehand. I don’t think that factor made the book bad, but it held the book back from its potential.

I did finish this book in a handful of days nevertheless. It’s an interesting quick read. I would recommend this book by suggesting others to read it, but it’s not a must-have.

Score: 7/10

Average rating on Goodreads: 3.86/5

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