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What if your favourite YouTuber’s life was a lie? What if you were the one to expose it? YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box). Sixteen-year-old Melissa’s life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She’s L What if your favourite YouTuber’s life was a lie? What if you were the one to expose it? YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box). Sixteen-year-old Melissa’s life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She’s Lily’s biggest fan and spends hours each night watching her videos and liking her posts. Melissa wants that life for herself – or at least to look like she has it . . . As Melissa starts to grow in confidence – and followers - she discovers a crushing secret about Lily – the ultimate YouTube lie. Does she share Lily’s secret and crush her fame? Or will they both continue to live a lie – both online and off? My [Secret] YouTube Life is the addictive debut novel from Charlotte Seager.


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What if your favourite YouTuber’s life was a lie? What if you were the one to expose it? YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box). Sixteen-year-old Melissa’s life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She’s L What if your favourite YouTuber’s life was a lie? What if you were the one to expose it? YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box). Sixteen-year-old Melissa’s life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She’s Lily’s biggest fan and spends hours each night watching her videos and liking her posts. Melissa wants that life for herself – or at least to look like she has it . . . As Melissa starts to grow in confidence – and followers - she discovers a crushing secret about Lily – the ultimate YouTube lie. Does she share Lily’s secret and crush her fame? Or will they both continue to live a lie – both online and off? My [Secret] YouTube Life is the addictive debut novel from Charlotte Seager.

30 review for My [Secret] YouTube Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janay Brazier

    I read this entire book in one day, mostly in one sitting. I think the main reason I seemed to whizz through this book was because the chapters were short and split between the two characters, so it was very easy to think "oh, just one more chapter" and before you know it you've read ten more chapters! I loved the concept of this book, the storyline was fantastic. YouTube and social media is such a prominent part life today that I'm surprised there aren't more books like this. I also really like I read this entire book in one day, mostly in one sitting. I think the main reason I seemed to whizz through this book was because the chapters were short and split between the two characters, so it was very easy to think "oh, just one more chapter" and before you know it you've read ten more chapters! I loved the concept of this book, the storyline was fantastic. YouTube and social media is such a prominent part life today that I'm surprised there aren't more books like this. I also really liked that this book covered a lot of issues, such as confidence, idolisation, trolling, the news/media, workload, obsession/stalking, toxic relationships, friendships, and so much more. It really does cover a wide range of themes and it manages to do it in a very realistic way. The characters are also brilliantly portrayed. Melissa was a character that I didn't particularly like, at times I wanted to reach into the book and shake her to snap her out of her strange blogging habit, but it made her more real and I can completely understand that there are people who do this with YouTubers/bloggers/influencers. There were a couple of moments in this book that I could even relate to things I've seen happen online recently, such as Tanacon. There's a moment where our YouTuber character, Lily, turns up at an event and there's more people at the venue than their should be, and they talk about how people with tickets might not even get in! It just goes to show that a situation like this might seem crazy to some, but it's really happening out there. There are YouTubers and social media "stars" who have scandals and have to release statements, there are YouTubers who are caught up in arguments and they throw shade at each other in their videos, the list goes on. Honestly, I think this is a very important book and should be read by everyone who thinks people who have a successful YouTube channel or blog are perfect, or people who aspire to be them. As someone who has had a blog for over four years and a BookTube channel for a year and a half, it's not all glamorous, it's hard work and takes up a lot of time. I do it because I enjoy it, not because I want to be recognised and have lots of brand deals. I have a job that I love, a career that I'm building, and all of the blogging and other stuff is just something I do for fun in my spare time. Seriously, pick this book up because it really does shine a light on something that is a big part of most young people's lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    This is book I din't know I needed. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the world of social media and forget what is real and actually in front of you. Charlotte Seager's writing style is exquisite she portrays 2 different women discovering their way through life while showing you how social media can take a toll on your life. I cannot recommend this book enough and can't wait to see what Charlotte writes next This is book I din't know I needed. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the world of social media and forget what is real and actually in front of you. Charlotte Seager's writing style is exquisite she portrays 2 different women discovering their way through life while showing you how social media can take a toll on your life. I cannot recommend this book enough and can't wait to see what Charlotte writes next

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    This book has such great idea and writing. Although the plot is quite simple and predictable, it somehow still made me curious to want to know what would happen next. The story’s building and dramas were suspenseful which I enjoyed. I loved that the story conveyed an incredible message, about not to believe everything on social media is perfect and how you should care for your true self in real life, not one on social media, especially appreciate genuine things around you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    For anyone who has ever doubted the influence social media has on us/our mental health, this is a must-read. Told through alternating viewpoints, it forces us to take a moment to consider the extent to which we pander to an idealised notion of our lives and the need to affirm our sense of self through the responses of others. Lily is a YouTube sensation. Initially a vlogger who gave make-up tutorials from her bedroom, she’s become a brand. Her life is dominated by the need to chronicle what she’s For anyone who has ever doubted the influence social media has on us/our mental health, this is a must-read. Told through alternating viewpoints, it forces us to take a moment to consider the extent to which we pander to an idealised notion of our lives and the need to affirm our sense of self through the responses of others. Lily is a YouTube sensation. Initially a vlogger who gave make-up tutorials from her bedroom, she’s become a brand. Her life is dominated by the need to chronicle what she’s doing and to perpetuate the glossy lifestyle her fans seem to think is her reality. Yet Lily knows that isn’t the case, but how can she break out of the very thing that once brought her such relief? Alongside Lily we have 16 year old Melissa. Determined to emulate the social media profiles of those she admires, Melissa gets caught up in a web of deceit that causes some pretty unpleasant reactions. Inevitably the two lives collide, though not quite in the way I was expecting. Fun to read, engaging characters and a timely wake-up call. Thank you NetGalley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shijia

    5* I finished this in a day... So this is a story told from two different perspectives. On one hand we have Lily Henshaw- a famous YouTuber and makeup guru. Her life is perfect to her audience and her and Bryan are apparently #couplegoals. but nobody really knows the truth- her life is falling apart. On the other hand, we have Melissa Davies- a schoolgirl who wants her life to go from boring to something more. She's been watching Lily's vlogs for NINE YEARS. So she starts to fake her life online an 5* I finished this in a day... So this is a story told from two different perspectives. On one hand we have Lily Henshaw- a famous YouTuber and makeup guru. Her life is perfect to her audience and her and Bryan are apparently #couplegoals. but nobody really knows the truth- her life is falling apart. On the other hand, we have Melissa Davies- a schoolgirl who wants her life to go from boring to something more. She's been watching Lily's vlogs for NINE YEARS. So she starts to fake her life online and everything goes wrong from there. Melissa's character really annoyed me, but I saw why it was necessary. She is how I see most kids today and these things DO happen in real life. Lily's life is nothing like the one she portrays online. Her relationship is breaking apart, and she doesn't want to be the centre of attention anymore. I loved the premise for this. This book needs to be read by kids everywhere who are addicted to social media. It highlights the issues of body image that society deems as 'beautiful'. I really loved how through Melissa's life we see the dangers of social media, and how it can lead us to become a different person. People need to understand that although social media is a good platform for advertising, it's not always safe and everyone needs to make sure they are sure of the content they post when doing so. Highly recommend!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jules.Bookverse

    I must say I am positively surprised by this book! I got this book last year wrapped up as a mystery book, so I had no clue about this book and I admit it wasn't a top priority to read for me. Now I've finally come around to read this book and noticed I actually like this story. Usually, I'm not for stories of obsessed fangirls as I myself am rather thrown back when it comes to celebrity crushed and all. Don't get me wrong I am a fangirl myself for characters, actors/actresses, books, authors, etc I must say I am positively surprised by this book! I got this book last year wrapped up as a mystery book, so I had no clue about this book and I admit it wasn't a top priority to read for me. Now I've finally come around to read this book and noticed I actually like this story. Usually, I'm not for stories of obsessed fangirls as I myself am rather thrown back when it comes to celebrity crushed and all. Don't get me wrong I am a fangirl myself for characters, actors/actresses, books, authors, etc., but I always still think about the people behind it all and see them as normal people who don't want to be bothered all the time and deserve their privacy. So with this known about me, I hated Melissa's role of the obsessed and stalker-like little naive girl she was. I mean what gives a stranger the right to pull one situation out of your life with no context at all and misinterpret it to destroy all you've worked with some shitty gossip. But I sadly have to admit that with the internet and social media controlling our lives this book and Melissa's storyline reflected the real society we live in today. I adored Lily on the other side from the beginning as reality caught up with her and felt sorry for all the trouble and drama she had to go through. Therefore I liked her finding herself again and getting back control of her life. The ending with the flashback showed a more settle live for both girls and left me with hope for both of the girls' life. The most important lecture I got from this book which I think is especially important to remind the younger generations about is: Stay true to yourself and keep in touch with reality.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Quick, easy read about the perils of social media. Kept me interested, although I did not especially connect with any of the characters, because I don't share their obsession with social media. I love my Instagram, and I have a blog, but I truly, honestly don't care about how many likes I get, and I don't even know off the top of my head how many followers I have. 100-ish? I guess I'm just old. Quick, easy read about the perils of social media. Kept me interested, although I did not especially connect with any of the characters, because I don't share their obsession with social media. I love my Instagram, and I have a blog, but I truly, honestly don't care about how many likes I get, and I don't even know off the top of my head how many followers I have. 100-ish? I guess I'm just old.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jack Oughton

    Despite being associated with blogging for quite a while now, I lacked an insight into the world of female lifestyle/beauty/fashion blogs. Obviously, this is a fictionalised narrative - and not exactly 'high brow' reading, nevertheless I found myself learning a few things, and immersed from start to end, finishing it in 2 days. The way that story is told from two narratives helps to keep things interesting, and the way that one of the main characters evolves from a somewhat mercenary beauty blogg Despite being associated with blogging for quite a while now, I lacked an insight into the world of female lifestyle/beauty/fashion blogs. Obviously, this is a fictionalised narrative - and not exactly 'high brow' reading, nevertheless I found myself learning a few things, and immersed from start to end, finishing it in 2 days. The way that story is told from two narratives helps to keep things interesting, and the way that one of the main characters evolves from a somewhat mercenary beauty blogger to women's rights activist is very gratifying. This might be a good read for young, impressionable paid up members of the cult of social media celebrity - a cautionary tale, as it were.

  9. 5 out of 5

    CherryCarrot

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My Secret YouTube Life is a book of two halves. The first half is really good; sharp, engaging, and with an underlying sense that something sinister is going on. Unfortunately, the latter half of the book is a big hot mess, and left me really annoyed that all the interesting possibilities the first half raised were not done justice to. To start with the things I did like: the dual narrative worked well. It's an odd choice to have a 23 year old as one of the narrators in the YA book, but because L My Secret YouTube Life is a book of two halves. The first half is really good; sharp, engaging, and with an underlying sense that something sinister is going on. Unfortunately, the latter half of the book is a big hot mess, and left me really annoyed that all the interesting possibilities the first half raised were not done justice to. To start with the things I did like: the dual narrative worked well. It's an odd choice to have a 23 year old as one of the narrators in the YA book, but because Lily's world is essentially rather teenage (the adult details of it are omitted) I think it works. Lily was sympathetic and her struggles to please her fans didn't come across as the whining they easily could have done. Melissa, the other narrator, is far less likable, and is pretty irredeemable - HOWEVER, I did enjoy reading her chapters, and felt a cringe factor as she dug herself into a deeper and deeper hole. She's shallow, perhaps acts younger than her 16 years and treats her friends really badly, but she did feel quite real. I really liked how in her desperation to be cool and popular she starts telling lies you just KNOW will bite her in the backside. Unfortunately, the other characters are not as well-developed as Lily or Melissa, and this is I think where some of the problems start. Chris, for example - he's the love interest to Lily, the light to Bryan's dark, and yet I don't feel I got any insight into him as a character. It meant I struggled to support Lily when she kisses him (a huge incident, as it sparks the breakdown of her world) and I just felt she acted pretty pathetic and needy around him, even allowing for her fragile state. Had he been more of a person, and had I liked him and been willing him and Lily to get together, I think I'd have felt her pain more strongly. I get that Lily's tension isn't about Chris vs Bryan as such (which is good) but as Chris is so key in instigating the breakdown of that world, and that they're together at the end and I am supposed to feel joy at this, something more needed to be done. Perhaps Chris could have played a more active role in her life as a friend rather than them suddenly remeeting? I dunno. I also found the side characters on Melissa's side of the story underdeveloped - such as best friend Suze. I didn't buy how easily she made up with Melissa, and the revelation that she's dating a girl had me groaning, because I have literally read three books in a row where this happens, and it feels like a lesbian character is just being chucked into a story to tick a box. The biggest problem I had, though, is that the pacing after Melissa publishes the photo of Lily and Bryan is totally out. Everything is too rapid - the bullying of Lily, her retreat home, Melissa's world falling apart, her making up with Suze, Andy forgiving her (and not minding what she did to him at all?!) and then the subsequent bullying of Melissa, which is over in pages. So much interesting material not explored properly - argh! I rarely say this but MSYTL could have benefited from being slightly longer, and perhaps edged slightly into thriller territory to capitalise on the online nastiness. It also felt in places to me like the writing could do with some work - quite a bit of the dialogue was a bit stilted and unreal sounding. In summary: really interesting material, not really done justice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Luna

    I requested this book because it looked fun but it actually was a lot deeper than that. Lily of LilyLoves the famous Youtube channel seemingly has the perfect life. Sponsors, makeup lines inspired by her, a cute boyfriend and an amazing London flat, not to mention three million subscribers. But behind the camera, Lily is buckling under the pressure. There's launches and the constant content she has to produce - everyone is relying on her. Not to mention her boyfriend isn't actually the most supp I requested this book because it looked fun but it actually was a lot deeper than that. Lily of LilyLoves the famous Youtube channel seemingly has the perfect life. Sponsors, makeup lines inspired by her, a cute boyfriend and an amazing London flat, not to mention three million subscribers. But behind the camera, Lily is buckling under the pressure. There's launches and the constant content she has to produce - everyone is relying on her. Not to mention her boyfriend isn't actually the most supportive...and who's this girl who keeps sending him pictures and messages? I love Lily. She's a great protagonist and I loved reading her journey. She deserved her happy ending after everything she'd been through. She was kind, genuine and I really felt for her. She works so hard at pleasing her fans an the companies that work with her, even though this means that she doesn't put her own self care first when she really needs to. Unfortunately I can't say the same for Melissa. I enjoyed her chapters a lot less. I was already uneasy with what she was doing but then after what she did to Lily, I did not feel sorry for her at all. At the end she really needed to learn a few lessons. I think this would be a wonderful book for young teens to see the pitfalls and dark truth behind social media and how easily someone's reputation can be damaged. Lily spent years building her brand and then it crumbled in a matter of days. People can easily turn on you, especially when they're hidden behind a computer screen. Cyber bullying and abuse can have such an effect on mental health and I love that this book is upfront about it. It also shows the treatment that famous women receive in the media as Lily and Melissa experiences this brutally. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I hope that maybe it will make someone think about that what we say and do on the internet has consequences and that there are real people behind the screens. Also I would like more Lily! I truly adored her character and I would love to see more of her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Wakefield

    While much of the mainstream media bickers over what the price of a cauliflower will be after Brexit, the attention of most young people is instead consumed by social media channels – on which they present their ideal selves to their friends and public. This is the space in which Seager's epoch-defining novel operates. If it were written for adults, it would be serialised in the New Statesman, be made into an episode of Black Mirror, and described by the Guardian as "Orwellian... the most importa While much of the mainstream media bickers over what the price of a cauliflower will be after Brexit, the attention of most young people is instead consumed by social media channels – on which they present their ideal selves to their friends and public. This is the space in which Seager's epoch-defining novel operates. If it were written for adults, it would be serialised in the New Statesman, be made into an episode of Black Mirror, and described by the Guardian as "Orwellian... the most important thing since quinoa". Happily, My (Secret) YouTube life is instead aimed at the very audience who battle with the issues raised on a daily basis – teens. Instead of wading through magical-realist metaphors and font sizes that require a monocle to read, we get an addictive, fast-moving tale of two characters at the opposite end of the social-media popularity scale, learning the same life lessons through the vehicle of online-shaming. There are break-ups, there are break-downs, there are parents that just don't understand. It's got all the makings of a teen classic. I highly recommend you treat yourself to a copy – £6.99 is a bargain. In a year's time you won't even be able to buy a cauliflower for that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    YouTubers/Instagrammers hold such sway with young girls now with their seemingly perfect lives and happy Mills and Boon like relationships but do we ever get to see the real story - the people behind the carefully constructed facade? Melissa, one of the dual main protagonists in this story, is almost obsessed by her favourite YouTube star, Lily, and wants to have a life just like hers. The only way to do this however is to bend the truth a little and create a different persona , neglecting her r YouTubers/Instagrammers hold such sway with young girls now with their seemingly perfect lives and happy Mills and Boon like relationships but do we ever get to see the real story - the people behind the carefully constructed facade? Melissa, one of the dual main protagonists in this story, is almost obsessed by her favourite YouTube star, Lily, and wants to have a life just like hers. The only way to do this however is to bend the truth a little and create a different persona , neglecting her real friends at the same time. Lily has problems of her own and her perfect little world is about to implode. This salutary tale should be in every secondary school library to give young people a dose of reality. The short chapters with the two switching narratives keep you interested and show you the two sides of the coin, reality versus acting a part. Will reading this stop kids idolising glossy online stars? No of course not but for some of them it should at least help them stop and think and enjoy the videos for what they are in many cases, a carefully thought out production, not real life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    Lily is a Youtube vlogger who goes by the name LilyLoves However her life isnt perfect as she deals with her drunk boyfriend who's a wannabe rock star who treats her badly. Then there's Issa, a follower of Lily whom wants her so called perfect life for herself, only to be forcing it to happen and it doesn't in the way she dreams as she uses others photo's on her blog to enhance her life to the online world to have startling friendship consequences for her. When Lily and Issa see each other, a shock Lily is a Youtube vlogger who goes by the name LilyLoves However her life isnt perfect as she deals with her drunk boyfriend who's a wannabe rock star who treats her badly. Then there's Issa, a follower of Lily whom wants her so called perfect life for herself, only to be forcing it to happen and it doesn't in the way she dreams as she uses others photo's on her blog to enhance her life to the online world to have startling friendship consequences for her. When Lily and Issa see each other, a shocking actions sets the two spiralling and we witness their lives break and then to realise what truly matters in life and how they can grow and evolve from their shared experience. It was a typical Youtube experience, believable and crazy from both girls perspectives. It deals with cyber bullying and online hate as well as tabloid news and how the media can spread lies and truths but blow them out of proportion. For a debut it shone through all the other YouTube fiction books I have read sounding more grown up in tone of language and relationship issues raised.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Vlogging is part of the world within which we now live and it was the blurb of this book which drew me in. We are introduced to Ruby, a girl and Vlogger, who is worshipped by millions. Having made a name for herself within her world, Ruby suddenly disappears, her parents have no idea where she is, she is out of contact and event Dan, the errant boyfriend is clueless (in all senses of the word) has no idea where she is. The disappearance of Ruby brings in DI Kate Riley and Zain Harris, her sidekic Vlogging is part of the world within which we now live and it was the blurb of this book which drew me in. We are introduced to Ruby, a girl and Vlogger, who is worshipped by millions. Having made a name for herself within her world, Ruby suddenly disappears, her parents have no idea where she is, she is out of contact and event Dan, the errant boyfriend is clueless (in all senses of the word) has no idea where she is. The disappearance of Ruby brings in DI Kate Riley and Zain Harris, her sidekick, both of whom I warmed too immediately. Kate is American and Zain is suffering from PTSD and together, they just work. Looking into Ruby’s online life, we learn a little bit about who she is and what a Vlogger does – she in essence has made a lot of money and people sponsor her to feature their products in her videos. Ruby, comes across as a really kind person on her vlog, but then, if she is so nice, why has she disappeared?. Dan, the clueless boyfriend, we also learn is a vlogger, but he vlogged about gaming and again has made himself quite a bit of cash. I instantly disliked him as a character and found him to be an arrogant teen who is far removed from reality, but is this all a show? He claims to know nothing about his girlfriend’s disappearance, does he? Well that you will have to read for yourself. What we do learn is that a company called MINDNET, whose name is quite apt. MINDNET have editing controls over the vloggers, in as much as they tell you what goes where, how to get more followers and essentially they control your virtual life. If Vlogging is a term you have never heard of, Caan has done a great job at bringing into this world and explaining things simply, so don’t worry. MINDNET brings us full circle back to Ruby, she had fallen out of love with the idea and concept of who and what they are (mind control would have been a better name) and she found out a few things she shouldn’t have. As Ruby's millions of fans become hysterical about what may have happened to her, the media have their own field day as the investigation twists, turns and then totally spirals out of control in the glare of publicity. It becomes quite that the world of Vloggers, their celebrity status and the power of social media is much, much darker than anyone could have imagined. Absolutely brilliant book which I consumed in a matter of days and loved every minute of

  15. 5 out of 5

    allbooksnoheart

    This book take two looks at the online world- the successfu youtuber and the aspiring teenager. Both characters, despite the differing points in their lives, find that their lives online and what is happening in brickspace are two very different things. For LilyLoves it has become the pressure of an often frighteningly overwhelming fanbase and the need to show an idealised version of her life to maintain a positive outlook- even if it's stressing her out to the point of breakdown. On the other h This book take two looks at the online world- the successfu youtuber and the aspiring teenager. Both characters, despite the differing points in their lives, find that their lives online and what is happening in brickspace are two very different things. For LilyLoves it has become the pressure of an often frighteningly overwhelming fanbase and the need to show an idealised version of her life to maintain a positive outlook- even if it's stressing her out to the point of breakdown. On the other hand we have a girl beginning to lie online and to herself in order to project that kind of aspirational life. On the whole it is a book designed to show the pitfalls and struggles of a modern intsta-ready era. The story does some interesting things in this, but what in the end I wanted was a bit more depth to the actual characters. The story flips points of view but I felt like we never really got a good look at either character, or could grow close to them, as a consequence. It's not a bad read, but it was not always easy to empathise with the characters and some of the relationships were kind of rushed and airbrushed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hurse

    The last 10% of this is far better than the other 90, sadly. In that last 10, you can see exactly what the whole book is trying (and kinda failing) to educate about, and you see some decent character development. The rest of the time, I did find Lily's perspective very interesting, especially as it turns that whole 'YouTube celebrity' lifestyle on its head but to me both Lily and Melissa felt so naive and immature and frustrated me so often whilst reading. Melissa in particular, gave no explanat The last 10% of this is far better than the other 90, sadly. In that last 10, you can see exactly what the whole book is trying (and kinda failing) to educate about, and you see some decent character development. The rest of the time, I did find Lily's perspective very interesting, especially as it turns that whole 'YouTube celebrity' lifestyle on its head but to me both Lily and Melissa felt so naive and immature and frustrated me so often whilst reading. Melissa in particular, gave no explanation for her very bizarre, vain behaviour other than this sort of selfish desperation to be popular...I don't know, maybe some of us are like that as teenagers too, but it just didn't seem right to me?!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Overlady

    The story is split into 2 narratives. That of a youtuber, and of a fan. Melissa is more than a fan, she's absolutely obsessed. She's thinking about Lily during every single moment of her day. I found her to be a very cringey and an unlikable character. She acts like she's 12. On the other hand I quite enjoyed reading about Lily. All her struggles of being a Youtuber. Generally speaking though it's a very weak title. A bit too melodramatic for my taste. The secret" part wasn't a surprise at all... The The story is split into 2 narratives. That of a youtuber, and of a fan. Melissa is more than a fan, she's absolutely obsessed. She's thinking about Lily during every single moment of her day. I found her to be a very cringey and an unlikable character. She acts like she's 12. On the other hand I quite enjoyed reading about Lily. All her struggles of being a Youtuber. Generally speaking though it's a very weak title. A bit too melodramatic for my taste. The secret" part wasn't a surprise at all... The final message is nice. However I don't feel like it connects well with the book itself. It's possible that it's more targeted towards teens, who knew about facebook the moment they learned to speak. If that's the case then my rating is unfair, as I'm in my 20s.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A really fun read with an important message inside. I watch a lot of youtube myself but don't follow any of the youtube 'personalities', I am very aware of the power and influence they can have though. This book comes from 2 different viewpoints; the very popular youtuber with millions of followers who is stretching the truth a little to keep up the 'perfect life' facade and then the girl who desperately wants to be like her and will go to any lengths to gain more followers. I thought this book wa A really fun read with an important message inside. I watch a lot of youtube myself but don't follow any of the youtube 'personalities', I am very aware of the power and influence they can have though. This book comes from 2 different viewpoints; the very popular youtuber with millions of followers who is stretching the truth a little to keep up the 'perfect life' facade and then the girl who desperately wants to be like her and will go to any lengths to gain more followers. I thought this book was very timely and will certainly make readers question what they see online.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Dixon

    I know there are a lot of girls (and women) who get so caught up in the Image that they lose sight of reality. And I can truly believe that the events in this novel could actually happen. But boy, I wanted to shake some sense into Issa and give Lily a good talking to! 3.5 out of 5 stars, really, but I've upped it to 4. I personally have no interest in vlogs or blogs or instagrams or any of that stuff, nor am I bothered about make-up and style, etc., etc., but I found this story engaging and a goo I know there are a lot of girls (and women) who get so caught up in the Image that they lose sight of reality. And I can truly believe that the events in this novel could actually happen. But boy, I wanted to shake some sense into Issa and give Lily a good talking to! 3.5 out of 5 stars, really, but I've upped it to 4. I personally have no interest in vlogs or blogs or instagrams or any of that stuff, nor am I bothered about make-up and style, etc., etc., but I found this story engaging and a good insight into the minds of so many.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    What a sneaky book this is! I chose it thinking it would suit our reluctant readers at school, anything that says YouTube on it is like a magnet to students. The blurb reads well so I won't repeat it here, suffice to say it is well written, has a plausible plot and I actually think the author gets inside teenagers' heads really well. What a nice surprise this was. What a sneaky book this is! I chose it thinking it would suit our reluctant readers at school, anything that says YouTube on it is like a magnet to students. The blurb reads well so I won't repeat it here, suffice to say it is well written, has a plausible plot and I actually think the author gets inside teenagers' heads really well. What a nice surprise this was.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Maybe my rating is a bit harsh for I guess I am at least twice as old as the intended reader... Anyway, this book has a heart in the right place, but it definitely could have fleshed out its characters a little more. It does sound true and has a really good message, but is written in a simplistic way. I guess. Or maybe it’s the age thing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    I'm a huge YouTube fan and spend more hours than I should watching vlogs etc. so a book based on YouTube and influencers is right up my street. This book did not disappoint and really gave an insight into the somewhat 'fake' life of social media. I'm a huge YouTube fan and spend more hours than I should watching vlogs etc. so a book based on YouTube and influencers is right up my street. This book did not disappoint and really gave an insight into the somewhat 'fake' life of social media.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Em

    I enjoyed this book, easy to read and contains a good message.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kyra

    confusing, but cool

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Interesting drama, easy to read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Loved the message of the book. Something that all teenagers who should watch YouTube should read - very eye opening.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Olson

    I must say this was an interesting read. I would love to read more books in this format.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wika_385

    This book is interesting. It's story about 2 girls. The book shows, how are YouTubers really. This book is interesting. It's story about 2 girls. The book shows, how are YouTubers really.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Craig

    I really enjoyed this book. Although I got frustrated with some of the things Melissa was doing in her chapters, it was really interesting to think about Lily and how, while Youtubers might seem to have a picture perfect life, that isn’t always the case!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shanice Singh

    YouTube beauty vlogger, Lily has the most perfect life. Perfect home, perfect boyfriend, countless sponsorships and a book deal. Atleast that is the way it looks on the outside. Lily is constantly under pressure to look perfect and is stressed and anxious all the time. Her perfect home doesn't belong to her and her boyfriend might be cheating on her. Sixteen-year-old lifestyle blogger, Melissa is Lily's biggest fan and has a less perfect life. No perfect London apartment, no perfect boyfriend and YouTube beauty vlogger, Lily has the most perfect life. Perfect home, perfect boyfriend, countless sponsorships and a book deal. Atleast that is the way it looks on the outside. Lily is constantly under pressure to look perfect and is stressed and anxious all the time. Her perfect home doesn't belong to her and her boyfriend might be cheating on her. Sixteen-year-old lifestyle blogger, Melissa is Lily's biggest fan and has a less perfect life. No perfect London apartment, no perfect boyfriend and just one best friend. Melissa would do anything to have a life just like Lily's and when that proves to be tough, she decides to just make things up on her blog. It isn't long before Melissa has a life that looks to be as good as Lily's. But on a trip to see Lily at an event, Melissa stumbles across the truth about her perfect life. It isn't long until both girls learn that being internet famous isn't everything it is cracked up to be. I started reading this book as soon as I bought it and I did not regret it one bit. "My Secret Youtube Life" was an entertaining read that I could not put down.

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