Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Author: Hannah Hart
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Release Date: October 2016
I’m fairly certain that this is the first time I’ve reviewed non-fiction, and not only is this book non-fiction, but it’s an autobiography, which I feel makes it a little weird to review, but I’ll do my best.
I am pretty familiar with Hannah Hart, and watch her and the Holy Trinity religiously on YouTube. From this alone, I have some general and basic knowledge of who she is and know, from vague allusions, that her life has been a little rocky despite her present-day positive and inspiring persona. So with that said, I didn’t find her autobiography to be shocking, but I was definitely surprised at the level and amount of hardship, grief and trouble she has lived with and overcome in her lifetime.
As the blurb on the dust jacket reveals, the autobiography tells “tales of family, faith, mental health, LESBIAN SEX, and my ongoing journey to love myself (and not just me selfies.)” That alone is exemplary of her writing throughout the book.
Hart writes with clarity, honesty, integrity, emotion, and humour, and her voice shines through every piece with hope and faith and inspiration for her readers. She tackles heavy subjects by telling her story, giving advice, and wishing luck and hope to those struggling with their own issues. Her goal in writing this autobiography was to build a community wherein no one feels as though they are alone, and I really think this sentiment resonated throughout the book. Although I may not be dealing with the same issues, I was able to gain insight on my own and really gain perspective in the whole spectrum of it all.
I really liked the addition of her journal entries, pictures and sketches. I feel like it really added to the work and the message she wanted to get through to the readers. Her writing is very self-reflective and a look back on her past, so it was interesting to have those aspects and pieces that came from her living through those moments to see how far she has come, how it has shaped her, and what she has learned from those experiences.
Overall, it was a great work. I highly enjoyed reading Hannah Hart’s autobiography, it just felt real and truthful and genuine. You can’t really write a review on someone’s life, and I’ve read blurbs on Goodreads of “bad” reviews because of the stories she chose to share. I can’t wrap my head around those reviews — you can’t review an autobiography based on the life events that the author is sharing with you — because if you’re reviewing an autobiography, it should be based on the quality and effectiveness of the writing and its ability to tell the stories, evoke emotions, and invoke critical thinking. And, Buffering achieved all of those things and more.
Let me know if you’ve read Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded and if you liked it. And, don’t forget, practice reckless optimism!