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Follow Me: A Memoir in Challenges Paperback – June 7, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Dillon writes about his life—from growing up with few friends and a speech impediment to discovering YouTube and working his way to becoming a social media star. The narrative rambles, covering everything from his family life to music. Each chapter ends with a challenge to readers, accompanied by a hashtag that fans can use to upload their responses. While teens might be interested in learning more about their favorite YouTuber, this memoir lacks structure. Dillon encourages readers to try things like running a marathon, although he himself has never run one. Other issues undermine the book's message. Dillon blithely dives into problematic topics but lacks depth, empathy, and diversity when discussing things like rebellious teens, haters, and body image; his writing comes across more like pretentious personal branding than honest dialogue. VERDICT If readers want to read about the lives of YouTubers, they should try Dan Howell and Phil Lester's The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire. If they are seeking inspiration, Esther Earl's This Star Won't Go Out and Josh Sundquist's We Should Hang Out Sometime are better alternatives.—Jessica Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
About the Author
Ricky Dillon is a vlogger and a musician with millions of fans worldwide. A former member of the popular YouTube group Our2ndLife, he released his first studio album as a musician, Gold, in 2016. Follow Me is his first book. To learn more, visit Youtube.com/RickyDillon.
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I don't really watch YouTube. I use it for K-Pop music videos and for learning how to fix a leaky taps without having to call a plumber.
The YouTube personalities I've seen on TV shows like The Amazing Race tend to irritate me. I'm always hoping they will get eliminated early so I don't have to see them anymore. And
I'm not twelve.
I say this so you know I'm well aware I'm not the target audience of this book. And I do think my limited exposure to YouTube stars and being a lot older than the target demographic coloured how I viewed it.
Follow Me is a fun little book where Ricky Dillon talks about himself and his life as a YouTube star. He breaks the book up into different sections with each part being further divided into little anecdotes about love, health, family and fun.
He talks about his childhood, friends, family and just how awesome it is to be a YouTube personality.
You also get to see many photos of him with balloons, tinsel and other props which I don't exactly get the relevance to...
It's well presented. There is definitely that cute, pre-teen kind of vibe to both the stories and the photos.
And then there are the dares. After every little anecdote Ricky presents two dares to his readers. These dares are another reason why I felt like I was not the target audience. They're cutesey little things like hugging random strangers, toilet papering houses or making music videos where you lipsync to popular songs. I just can't imagine anyone actually doing these things unless they were a tween.
This book is VERY upbeat. Ricky talks about the importance to being fit and healthy and how great it is to have friends who share your interests. There's plenty of YouTube personalities being name dropped all over the place so you know he's rubbing shoulders with famous people.
Look - he seems lovely in a hyperactive adult stuck in a twelve year olds body. And this book feels like it would be perfect for young fans of his videos. There's advice about being honest with one's family and how important is it is to follow your dreams (even when your dreams lead to you dropping out of college and moving across the country to achieve fame. It worked for him. And for JD Salinger... who am I to judge?).
But there's no real substance to this book. It's mostly about how lovely it is to be him. And how great the YouTube personality circle is to be a part of. Cause everyone involved is just so lovely and they're all friends. All of them. Everyone he mentions in his book is his best friend. Seriously... It's just too sunshine and rainbows for my liking. I liked how positively he came across in all his stories. I really did. But I also think that he glossed over the more difficult times in his life. Or he's just epic and lucky to have everything fall into his lap.
I think Follow Me would appeal to fans of his channel. He comes across full of energy and like he is probably a very nice person.
But as someone who has never seen his channel, reading Follow Me has left me still with no desire to watch his videos or listen to his music.