- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501117696
- ISBN-13: 978-1501117695
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,088 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hilarious, shocking, and devastating, Tyler delivers a coming-of-age memoir for the digital generation." (Vanity Fair)
"Oakley has managed to produce a quick read of tales to make you laugh, cry, ponder and cringe...a worthy debut and one that will captivate and comfort existing fans of the Internet celebrity, while helping him gain new ones." (New York Daily News)
"With a confident voice and clear message, Oakley blends giggle-inducing humor with serious discussions of his personal battles...an accurate reflection of the man himself." (Out Magazine Online)
"Oakley uses his unique perspective on YouTube to write a touching and timely book. In “Binge,” already a New York Times bestseller, readers find Oakley at his realest." (Salon Online)
"I devoured [Binge]...I think you’ll find it as hard to put down as I did. You might be shocked at times, but in the end you’ll walk away loving him even more." (Pop Culture Beast)
"With his first book, Binge, Oakley takes apart the smiling, genial celebrity and shares some harrowing stories of poverty, addiction, abuse, and redemption... This book isn’t a tale of regrets but of survival – it’s a book that celebrates misfits and weirdos and imparts a message of hard-won appreciation of life." (A Crowded Bookshelf)
"Of all the books released by YouTube vloggers, Binge might be the most brutally honest yet." (International Business Times)
"[Binge] explores every emotion: you will laugh, then you will cry for sure too, you will gasp and you will be terrified, and then you will have too many emotions and will want to stab the book and throw it out of your window! (But you will not actually do it because by that time the book will be very dear to you.)...very meaningful and a fun voyage." (The Guardian)
About the Author
Michigan native and pop-culture tastemaker Tyler Oakley has amassed more than twenty-four million social media followers through his humorous, no-holds-barred YouTube videos, high-profile interviews, and social rights advocacy. After uploading his first video eight years ago, Oakley took the Internet by storm. With successes ranging from interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama, One Direction, and Ellen DeGeneres, a worldwide live tour, and his chart-topping podcast Psychobabble, Oakley is an Internet icon. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he uploads weekly videos from his living room.
Top customer reviews
Binge isn’t a typical biography that chronicles his life from birth to where he is now. It’s more like what the cover suggests, you dip your hand into a bowlful of sweets and you never know what you’re going to pick out next. Tyler shares with us a look into various parts of his life that hold meaning to him, be it good, bad, or completely bizarre.
What I especially loved about this book was the pure honestly within its chapters. Tyler isn’t afraid to talk about anything. Call it an overshare if you will, but he is unapologetic in writing about the details, and I loved every moment of it. There was an entire chapter on poop that I didn’t realize I needed in my life until I read it. I was crying with laughter over how absurdly hilarious it was.
We are taken on an emotional roller-coaster with Tyler through his memories, laughing and cringing at some of his wild tales, but not every chapter is full of funny moments. What was also captivating about Binge was Tyler’s honesty about the darker times in his life, and the struggles he has faced. It made me view the work he does for The Trevor Project with a new admiration.
There are also a few important lessons within the pages of Binge, reminding us on several occasions that it’s okay to indulge ourselves in order to find our own limits, and to never knock something until we try it (see for example chapter ‘Hopeless Toemantic’).
Tyler on the page is exactly how you imagine him to be from watching his videos, he is still as brilliantly entertaining. He speaks to readers as friends, in a casual and fun way, so we’re able to feel as connected with him as we do whilst watching him speak his mind on YouTube.
Binge left a huge smile on my face and I came away from this book feeling energized and positive. I’m so glad Tyler is able to share his story with us in book format because it works perfectly. Even if you’re not already a fan of Tyler through his videos, this book is so very enjoyable.
Katie from The Queen of Teen Fiction
What a refreshing surprise. What I expected to be a book that would slightly elaborate on stories from his videos ended up becoming an engaging, humorous, and emotional rollercoaster. He delves into subjects many people would never touch with a ten foot pole, and he is relentless in his execution. His voice, the one we've all come to know and love through his videos and his podcasts, is embedded within these words in a way that is so natural and strong that you're sucked into the world of "Tyler Oakley" with each sentence you read. Binge gives us the embarrassing relationship stuff, the hilarious of-course-he-would stories, the heartbreaking times, and the simple but resounding life lessons.
Thanks to this, I've set aside my skepticism because as Tyler continuously emphasizes in Binge, in the end, his goal isn't anything else but to be himself. And while this book won't be required reading for AP English Literature anytime soon, it is the epitome of Tyler's presence, and that in itself makes for a fantastic story.
Tyler spoke eloquently and honestly about his life. He bravely opened up about so many things that have happened to him and how he made it through all sorts of situations, good, bad, funny, embarrassing, scary and crazy. I applaud Tyler for being so honest and I loved every minute of the book. I was truly sad that it had to end.
Should you buy this book... well that is met with a resounding HECK YEAH... whether you choose to listen to his voice or hold his writing in your hands, trust me you will not be disappointed.
Pause for self promotion: hit me up on Twitter Tyler Oakley - @lisakttn And thank you for sharing your story!!!
I really enjoyed seeing a new side to Tyler Oakley. I watch his YouTube videos and I really like him as a person. Being able to see more of a background version of his videos and life was interesting. It was like reading the deleted scenes. He seems like a humble guy who wants nothing more then the be successful and have the things he wasn't able to growing up. He has worked hard and it's paying off.
I can relate a lot to what is in the book being the same age as Tyler. It is a funny, thoughtful read.
You don't have to like him or watch his videos first to pick up and enjoy the book he wrote. Smart move Mr. Oakley. I applaud you!
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My advice: Save your time and don't read this book.