I’m sure many of you are familiar with Internet sensation Tyler Oakley. With approximately 7.42 million subscribers on YouTube, a successful podcast, appearances on iconic TV programs like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and different ventures regarding the LGBTQ2A+ community under his belt, the guy has proven himself to be a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Well, today, I wanted to write a review for his book Binge. This is an older title, as it was released back in 2015, but something I’ll never forget, and I shall tell you why.
What I’ve always admired about Oakley is his sense of humour and overall realness. He isn’t afraid to laugh out loud while joking around, whether it’s about something hilarious he did or encountered. If you expected the same in this book, Binge does not disappoint. From telling readers literally right off the bat that his actual first name is Mathew, not Tyler, (shocking, I know) to having a bizarre meltdown at The Cheesecake Factory, he takes us all on a journey, describing the most defining moments of his life and incorporating many entertaining elements along the way.
But what really stood out to me is how he’s maintained a great work ethic and attitude through it all. He had to pay for his own university education. Yup. That’s right. I know tuition in the U.S. is extremely costly to say the least, so I consider this alone a Herculean feat. Stories like his days working at McDonald’s or Arby’s will leave you with a newfound respect for him, but also burst out cackling in the process. Binge is probably one of the most revealing and honest autobiographies I’ve ever read. The number of things the 30-year old has accomplished since beginning his career on YouTube continuously amazes me and, if you haven’t done so already, I urge you take a look at how it all began.
Check out his channel for new videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/tyleroakley