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All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Photo: PA Photo/Little Brown
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Photo: PA Photo/Little Brown

All I Know Now: Wonderings And Reflections On Growing Up Gracefully by Carrie Hope Fletcher

OK, it’s official: YouTubers are taking over the world. Following on from the huge success of her fellow vloggers and bloggers Zoella, Tanya Burr and Alfie Deyes, to name just a few, Carrie Hope Fletcher is the most recent internet superstar to take over the book charts.

For those over the age of about 25, who are unaware of the latest phenomenon, YouTube stars create video content, usually of them sitting in front of a camera, in their bedroom, talking about whatever they fancy. General day-to-day life, gaming, beauty, fashion... the list is endless, and their thousands (or millions) of subscribers (in Carrie’s case, the ‘Hopefuls’) sit in front of their computers and eagerly await their latest upload fix.

Carrie originally started posting covers of popular songs to YouTube, as well as some original material. But as her audience grew - to half a million subscribers no less - so did her content, and she began to post vlogs, stories and sit-down videos.

As YouTube’s “honorary big sister” 22-year-old Carrie, otherwise known as ‘Tom from McFly’s sister’ or, if you’re a fan of her videos, her channel name ‘ItsWayPastMyBedtime’, has taken a different approach to other YouTuber’s literary debuts by writing a book about growing up, full of help and advice she wished she had as a young teenager.

Not only is her offering hilariously witty, exceptionally well written and full to bursting with anecdotes, urging her fans to be individuals rather than following the crowd and doing things they feel they ‘should’ be doing, she also delves into her own life, including what it was like growing up with a famous big brother and her journey to becoming a singer and West End star. It’s a must-read for all teenagers... that’s if you can grab a copy quick enough.