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In her first-ever (sort of) memoir, the beloved actor and YouTube sensation gets personal about everything from mental health to drunken debaucheries. As an only child raised in a town of less than 8,000 people and without a Starbucks in sight, Meghan Rienks has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Then one day—cue the dramatic voiceover—her life changed foreve In her first-ever (sort of) memoir, the beloved actor and YouTube sensation gets personal about everything from mental health to drunken debaucheries. As an only child raised in a town of less than 8,000 people and without a Starbucks in sight, Meghan Rienks has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Then one day—cue the dramatic voiceover—her life changed forever. On June 12th, 2010, Meghan was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Mono is basically just a really bad case of the flu, right? Wrong. To a party crazed sixteen-year-old, mono is social suicide. More than anything, it’s just plain boring. So, Meghan opened up her 2009 MacBook, used the webcam for something other than a bad Andy Warhol–style photobooth session, and recorded her first YouTube video. Since then, Meghan has shared the ups and downs of her life with the internet, documenting her teenage years for the whole world to see. Now that she’s (mostly) through her awkward stage, Meghan’s here to tell you that it gets better. You’re not alone in the thoughts you think. Sometimes a bad hair day feels worse than a punch in the gut and asking a boy out seems about as difficult as achieving that perfect dewy glow. But despite what you’ve been told, your problems are not unique, your struggles have taken form in everybody else’s life too, and somebody else has felt the way you feel right at this very moment. You’re not special. But you’re also not alone on the bumpy road to adulthood.


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In her first-ever (sort of) memoir, the beloved actor and YouTube sensation gets personal about everything from mental health to drunken debaucheries. As an only child raised in a town of less than 8,000 people and without a Starbucks in sight, Meghan Rienks has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Then one day—cue the dramatic voiceover—her life changed foreve In her first-ever (sort of) memoir, the beloved actor and YouTube sensation gets personal about everything from mental health to drunken debaucheries. As an only child raised in a town of less than 8,000 people and without a Starbucks in sight, Meghan Rienks has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Then one day—cue the dramatic voiceover—her life changed forever. On June 12th, 2010, Meghan was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Mono is basically just a really bad case of the flu, right? Wrong. To a party crazed sixteen-year-old, mono is social suicide. More than anything, it’s just plain boring. So, Meghan opened up her 2009 MacBook, used the webcam for something other than a bad Andy Warhol–style photobooth session, and recorded her first YouTube video. Since then, Meghan has shared the ups and downs of her life with the internet, documenting her teenage years for the whole world to see. Now that she’s (mostly) through her awkward stage, Meghan’s here to tell you that it gets better. You’re not alone in the thoughts you think. Sometimes a bad hair day feels worse than a punch in the gut and asking a boy out seems about as difficult as achieving that perfect dewy glow. But despite what you’ve been told, your problems are not unique, your struggles have taken form in everybody else’s life too, and somebody else has felt the way you feel right at this very moment. You’re not special. But you’re also not alone on the bumpy road to adulthood.

30 review for You're Not Special: A (Sort-of) Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Wells

    3.5 but rounding up for the chapter on anxiety alone i wanna start this off by saying advice/self help books aren't my thing as i find all of them to end up being at least a little bit cheesy/filled with advice that's fairly generic. 100% the reason i read this is because i love meghan and i have been following her for years. so the parts about her personal life, i loved and was super interested in. the advice parts however were kind of hit and miss. firstly, i feel like the target audience for t 3.5 but rounding up for the chapter on anxiety alone i wanna start this off by saying advice/self help books aren't my thing as i find all of them to end up being at least a little bit cheesy/filled with advice that's fairly generic. 100% the reason i read this is because i love meghan and i have been following her for years. so the parts about her personal life, i loved and was super interested in. the advice parts however were kind of hit and miss. firstly, i feel like the target audience for this is definitely a younger demographic, so some of the advice fell into that generic category that younger people may not have heard yet. also, i don't know if this is something common for these types of books, but there were a lot of times where the book would reference something that we already have read about yet talk about it in more detail than it needed and other things that made it seem like skipping around was a thing? idk, as a mostly fiction/genre reader, that was strange to me, and it also felt like these repeated details were just taking up space that could've went to something else. one piece of advice i really did enjoy though and will probably reference in the future is that for dating apps. i found it so fresh and current to our times. and as hinted at before, the whole chapter on anxiety meant everything to me, both reading meghan's personal accounts of it and the advice she gives on it. overall, i enjoyed this. i would've preferred a more straight up memoir, but that's just my personal taste. if you're a fan of meghan, i think you'll enjoy this for the most part, especially the latter half. if you're a fan of meghan AND advice books, then this will probably be your shit.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    4 stars. I really enjoyed this one! While I do wish it were more of a memoir than a self help book, I really enjoyed the memoir parts (and honestly would have given this a five star rating if it were all memoir), and I've been a fan of Reinks for awhile, so it was nice to see more into her personal life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend

    When the title of the book kind of sums up your review... This “sort-of memoir” starts right out of the gate with wit, self deprecating humor, pop culture references and in your face realness- and I couldn’t get enough! And I really couldn’t get enough because as soon as I was enjoying the book, it took a sharp turn and became a misdirected self help book. Meghan Rienks is a YouTube influencer who I hadn’t heard of before and that’s fine because she doesn’t talk about that experience during the bo When the title of the book kind of sums up your review... This “sort-of memoir” starts right out of the gate with wit, self deprecating humor, pop culture references and in your face realness- and I couldn’t get enough! And I really couldn’t get enough because as soon as I was enjoying the book, it took a sharp turn and became a misdirected self help book. Meghan Rienks is a YouTube influencer who I hadn’t heard of before and that’s fine because she doesn’t talk about that experience during the book. Instead she talks about her decision to either wear a one piece or a two piece bathing suit on the middle school beach day. When I was reading the list on how to make a friend, I was expecting it to be sarcastic or riddled with mishaps from her life. But no....it was actually a step by step list on how to make friends. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s really unfortunate because I was truly enjoying this book before it decided to have this identity crisis and change paths. Overall, this book was disappointing, disjointed and unfocused. 2 ⭐️ Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    I LOVE megan. I have followed her podcast since it’s announcement over 2 years ago and I watch every single one of her YouTube videos. I’m the exact target audience of this book. Wow this was extraordinarily basic. Everything discussed in this book has been covered by memoirs an exhausting amount of times: depression, anxiety, college parties, mean girls. Nothing stood out, seriously nothing. And to top it off it included the typical YouTuber book filler of Lists. Like a whole chapter of “top 50 I LOVE megan. I have followed her podcast since it’s announcement over 2 years ago and I watch every single one of her YouTube videos. I’m the exact target audience of this book. Wow this was extraordinarily basic. Everything discussed in this book has been covered by memoirs an exhausting amount of times: depression, anxiety, college parties, mean girls. Nothing stood out, seriously nothing. And to top it off it included the typical YouTuber book filler of Lists. Like a whole chapter of “top 50 worst things that can possibly happen to you” type of shit, like ten times over. This is an incredibly skipable book, very underwhelmed. Edit: regarding Megan’s podcast Don’t Blame Me...wow what a good advice show. I would recommend it to everyone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    After being a viewer of Meghan’s in the past I thought it would be interesting to get some insight into her life. One thing that put me off from this book is how angrily it’s written. I get it, everyone goes through hardships and life sucks from time to time, but I’m not going to lie, it was hard reading about bitter privilege. Some chapters spoke to me more than others, but overall I was left feeling weird and uncomfortable. I will still continue to support her and her channel, but this book wa After being a viewer of Meghan’s in the past I thought it would be interesting to get some insight into her life. One thing that put me off from this book is how angrily it’s written. I get it, everyone goes through hardships and life sucks from time to time, but I’m not going to lie, it was hard reading about bitter privilege. Some chapters spoke to me more than others, but overall I was left feeling weird and uncomfortable. I will still continue to support her and her channel, but this book was just not for me. Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Thornton

    As per usual, Meghan appears to be grasping for attention and trying to stay relevant. I had extremely high hopes for her book, especially after being delayed for so long. This book falls flat. The later half is the only part worth staying for. The beginning and middle of the book are nearly impossible to get through. She writes like she speaks, in circles and without a real point. The advice she offers is trivial and juvenile at best. Like most things she seems to do, this book feels like she h As per usual, Meghan appears to be grasping for attention and trying to stay relevant. I had extremely high hopes for her book, especially after being delayed for so long. This book falls flat. The later half is the only part worth staying for. The beginning and middle of the book are nearly impossible to get through. She writes like she speaks, in circles and without a real point. The advice she offers is trivial and juvenile at best. Like most things she seems to do, this book feels like she had a great idea, started it, and then got bored. Kind of like her Youtube channel, podcast, social media, acting, etc...everything is half assed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Ann Marie

    I liked this book, I didn't love it (granted I'm in my late 20's so not really in the target demographic). If you start this book out thinking it's too not interest, seriously SKIP AHEAD TO CHAPTER 21. It had me in tears. Sidenote before I start, if you (and I say this two weeks short of receiving my masters degree, from a three year long full time program, I will update when I have received it) are judging Meghan as unworthy of being able to give advice because she dropped out of college, you se I liked this book, I didn't love it (granted I'm in my late 20's so not really in the target demographic). If you start this book out thinking it's too not interest, seriously SKIP AHEAD TO CHAPTER 21. It had me in tears. Sidenote before I start, if you (and I say this two weeks short of receiving my masters degree, from a three year long full time program, I will update when I have received it) are judging Meghan as unworthy of being able to give advice because she dropped out of college, you seriously need to grow up. College doesn't make you better and in some cases, smarter, than anyone else. If I had a dime for every person I meet in my graduate, undergraduate, and random two years I took college classes just because whilst I worked, who gave bad advice and shouldn't be a role model I'd be a very very very rich woman. Same goes for everyone I have meet who doesn't have degree who is completely and totally worthy of being to give advice. People are a case by case basis and if you're being too lazy to evaluate everyone individually that's your own immaturity and you being a down right snob. That being said. Some of the advice in this book just wasn't anything new. I do wish she had at some point in her self-love chapter used the term body neutrality (because I've heard her discuss it before and it is what she is talking about). As someone who had Anorexia, I think body neutrality needs to be talked about more. Also wished she had dropped the one insult she had about one of her ex's that is body shaming and based on patriarchal values (you'll see it when you see it). But come on Meghan, even if he's your ex, and you know better. I think for me personally as someone with mommy-issues who has a learning disability that drastically altered their mental health (granted in some VERY different ways) that their parents also were told by someone from their school about them probably needing a diagnosis, but their parents ignored it, this book was very comforting. The anecdotal parts of this book were, to me, 20x's better than most of the advice (again not her target audience). If you end up liking chapter 21, I'd STRONGLY recommend also reading, Never Broken by Jewel. Jewel's mom and Meghan's mom honestly sound like they could be sisters, definitely different situations, but very similar actions. It's also interesting comparing their perspectives on their experiences. Final note, if you are like me and you like books to start with a heavier tone and end lighter. I'd start with chapter 21 and go backwards to chapter 1, then read chapter 22. I didn't read these chapters in order and was fine jumping around.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather F

    I first became aware of Meghan through her role in Oscar's Hotel. I knew she had a podcast, and I was curious to read this book. I found it a grave disappointment. I'd call it a low-rent Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up wanna-be, that leans too hard on being self-aware of her own privilege and status to be interesting or relatable. I would not give this to a younger person I knew, nor did I learn anything outstanding about her life. Also, she's a college drop-out, which make I first became aware of Meghan through her role in Oscar's Hotel. I knew she had a podcast, and I was curious to read this book. I found it a grave disappointment. I'd call it a low-rent Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up wanna-be, that leans too hard on being self-aware of her own privilege and status to be interesting or relatable. I would not give this to a younger person I knew, nor did I learn anything outstanding about her life. Also, she's a college drop-out, which makes her role model status questionable. Thank you NetGalley for this early copy in exchange for my review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Youre not special 3.5⭐️ This is Meghans life. Messy and boy crazed. Meghans life is comedic and also a cautionary tale. When going through her stories, her life, you get to see all of her ups and downs and a lot of boys. Because I do you know the author via the Internet I enjoyed this more because I know her humor and sarcasm and was able to sort a picture of her just going through and telling the stories about her life. She also give some pretty good advice on life and dating and staying alive. Youre not special 3.5⭐️ This is Meghans life. Messy and boy crazed. Meghans life is comedic and also a cautionary tale. When going through her stories, her life, you get to see all of her ups and downs and a lot of boys. Because I do you know the author via the Internet I enjoyed this more because I know her humor and sarcasm and was able to sort a picture of her just going through and telling the stories about her life. She also give some pretty good advice on life and dating and staying alive. The more I read the more I enjoyed the book I enjoyed her questionnaires and lists and insights it made me laugh. And getting a book to make me laugh out loud is really a nice thing. Thank you to Gallery books via netgalley for sending me a copy of you’re not special by Meghan Rienks. Available on May 5 2020 All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    You’re Not Special by Meghan Rienks is an awesome, down to earth memoir that was hilarious and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The book also had a slight advice by “don’t do what I did” and “ yeh you aren’t alone in that thought” kind of book as well. I loved the charming yet snarky, funny yet serious tones that Meghan presented with her presentation. She lets us all know through her stories that: yeh no one is perfect, yes life sometimes sucks, yes we all will end up having go through ba You’re Not Special by Meghan Rienks is an awesome, down to earth memoir that was hilarious and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The book also had a slight advice by “don’t do what I did” and “ yeh you aren’t alone in that thought” kind of book as well. I loved the charming yet snarky, funny yet serious tones that Meghan presented with her presentation. She lets us all know through her stories that: yeh no one is perfect, yes life sometimes sucks, yes we all will end up having go through bad stuff and guess what?......it is normal and OK. The biggest take home is that what makes a person is how they respond and move forward from adversities. That is what separates us. Bad things will happen to us that are sometimes beyond our control and it is what we do with that that defines us as a person and shapes our future. Meghan just wanted us to know (in a fun/playful way so as not to make us cry) that she went through that stuff too, and ypu are not alone. And it will be ok. This book was so much fun. I really enjoyed reading all the ups and downs. Great pacing and layout. A quick and fabulous read. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I waited so long to read this book! I'm so happy I finally got a chance to read it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thea

    I really enjoyed this book! I’ve followed Meghan’s YouTube videos/content for probably 6 years now so I was super excited to hear that she wrote a book. I appreciated Meghan’s candid and warm writing style; it felt like having a conversation with a friend and her personality shone through. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of her as a person from reading this book. Somehow, You’re Not Special was both very easy and engrossing to read, and funny, while also addressing several serious I really enjoyed this book! I’ve followed Meghan’s YouTube videos/content for probably 6 years now so I was super excited to hear that she wrote a book. I appreciated Meghan’s candid and warm writing style; it felt like having a conversation with a friend and her personality shone through. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of her as a person from reading this book. Somehow, You’re Not Special was both very easy and engrossing to read, and funny, while also addressing several serious, personal topics—toxic parents, mental health issues, alcohol dependency. Meghan hits that balance of honesty and humor well. One thing I didn’t really anticipate is that the book has a handful of self-help/advice chapters that I didn’t enjoy as much as the memoir/narrative sections, but maybe that’s just me. Personally, I love memoirs and couldn’t really relate/make use of much of the advice. I feel like the advice parts are tailored at a younger demographic (like high schoolers maybe?) while the memoir parts seemed more suited/tailored towards 20 somethings. A little disjointed but not a huge issue. Overall, a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne | read.gram.repeat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars- I used to watch Meghan Rienks on YouTube when I dabbled in “beauty blogging” ages ago so I thought I’d see what her book was all about. I almost DNF’ed during the first half because the chapters about dating and friends seem childish and pointless or are just about her being drunk. She also mentions being assaulted, but totally grazes over the subject. With that said, I did like the second half much better because it felt more like a memoir than satirical advice. She’s self-deprecating 2.5 stars- I used to watch Meghan Rienks on YouTube when I dabbled in “beauty blogging” ages ago so I thought I’d see what her book was all about. I almost DNF’ed during the first half because the chapters about dating and friends seem childish and pointless or are just about her being drunk. She also mentions being assaulted, but totally grazes over the subject. With that said, I did like the second half much better because it felt more like a memoir than satirical advice. She’s self-deprecating and may not be “special” as her title suggests, but she did get a book deal because of her fame and really doesn’t explain a lot about her YouTube or acting careers. I think this book is geared toward her younger fan base and doesn’t do anything to gain her new fans so I’d only recommend it if you follow her. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this advanced copy before its release.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie LeMasters

    I was really excited about this book as someone who's listened to Meghan's podcast for a long time. I expected it to be more of a memoir but it was mostly self-help advice that I didn't find particularly useful or interesting. As someone in my 20s, I think this book was a little too young for me, but when I was 15 or 16 I would've loved it. The memoir-ish parts are the best and are what kept my attention.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isabell Einarsson Nygårds

    I loved this book. I've been folowing Meghan for A long time now and to get the chance to get to know her on a diffrent level was amazing. I like how peronal she gets and for me it's like having a big sister telling you about life as I'm a only child and at 22 years old I still dont know anything about life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Love Meghan and this memoir/self-help book. Super honest and genuine and her voice really comes through.

  17. 4 out of 5

    sofia

    enjoyed the audiobook a surprising amount actually

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joann 'bartunek' prashek

    I'm over twice Meghan's age so I had to google some of the acronyms she used, as well as some of the people she referred to. I will definitely recommend the book to my grand nieces.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    wish this had been more memoire-y and less advice-y but that's just me, it would be great if you feel like you need the advice that's in this book it just wasn't for me was still a cool insight into her life

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    "You're Not Special" is a great title ....and description of this review. I think when people try too hard, they over compensate and become unrelatable which is what I feel happened here. I detached from the book early on and just could not get back into wanting to read it... although I did finish it. I was intrigued because I watched a few of Meghan's early YouTube episodes and thought this book would be more lighthearted and fun to depict her life and struggles. I was not expecting more of a s "You're Not Special" is a great title ....and description of this review. I think when people try too hard, they over compensate and become unrelatable which is what I feel happened here. I detached from the book early on and just could not get back into wanting to read it... although I did finish it. I was intrigued because I watched a few of Meghan's early YouTube episodes and thought this book would be more lighthearted and fun to depict her life and struggles. I was not expecting more of a self-help gone bitter type of read.... hence the low star rating. I found this to be hard to read because of the language used and was hoping for something different I guess. Thanks to NetGalley for my eARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of You're Not Special! Unfortunately this was a miss for me. I watched Meghan on YouTube back around 2012-2013, but slowly grew apart from her audience as she and myself evolved. I was really excited for an ARC of her book, and it started off really strong. Her humor is evident in the book, and she has reflected on her past in a way to make it relatable and gives the "you aren't alone/you're not special" vibe. It then started to feel like it was meant more for high Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of You're Not Special! Unfortunately this was a miss for me. I watched Meghan on YouTube back around 2012-2013, but slowly grew apart from her audience as she and myself evolved. I was really excited for an ARC of her book, and it started off really strong. Her humor is evident in the book, and she has reflected on her past in a way to make it relatable and gives the "you aren't alone/you're not special" vibe. It then started to feel like it was meant more for high school readers, but then at times it felt so adult maybe it would be too much for high school readers? Lots of mixed messages on who the audience was meant to be, which showed a few chapters I really enjoyed and but most I could have done without.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carlynn Arcese

    Generic, trivial, sisterly advice for someone finishing high school/starting college, but at the same time has content I wouldn’t want a high schooler to read. LOTS OF LISTS that are dumb and total page fillers (one was a list of over 100 ways to not breakup with someone? Can’t remember but it was over 100). I know this was a “not-so memoir”, but it would have been better if it was a full-on memoir. The ONLY interesting portion was about her parents and meeting her significant other. Was excited Generic, trivial, sisterly advice for someone finishing high school/starting college, but at the same time has content I wouldn’t want a high schooler to read. LOTS OF LISTS that are dumb and total page fillers (one was a list of over 100 ways to not breakup with someone? Can’t remember but it was over 100). I know this was a “not-so memoir”, but it would have been better if it was a full-on memoir. The ONLY interesting portion was about her parents and meeting her significant other. Was excited about this one (especially because it had a super delayed release), but it fell totally flat.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chinese Censorship

    No one is special. We are all equal.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    “Your perspective on life isn’t like drawing a line on a whiteboard and erasing it every day. It’s more like walking on wet cement: your past is permanently preserved but you keep walking forward. You can stop and pause and look behind you and remember those feelings, but once you’ve walked a few miles, those first few baby steps are a distant memory.” “When you’re seventeen and your world begins and ends with a school bell”. Forgive me, as this is an actually longer review, and it’s been so long “Your perspective on life isn’t like drawing a line on a whiteboard and erasing it every day. It’s more like walking on wet cement: your past is permanently preserved but you keep walking forward. You can stop and pause and look behind you and remember those feelings, but once you’ve walked a few miles, those first few baby steps are a distant memory.” “When you’re seventeen and your world begins and ends with a school bell”. Forgive me, as this is an actually longer review, and it’s been so long since I’ve written one that feel I feel out of practice. Before heading into this review, I should admit my bias - I love Meghan; at least, the facets of herself that she has shared over the years online. I found her channels when I needed it the most in November of 2013, when I was going through a similar situation in my own life. We were similar, we’re the same age, and I’ve gotten used to her online persona being like that long lost friend that you check up online every so often, and interact with them. Whilst every chapter of the book does not directly apply to me, I loved her writing flair and sisterly advice. I, like most subscribers, selfishly wanted to know the answers to hard hitting questions that had been dodged for a better part of the decade: what happened to her friendship with Marissa Lace? Why did she suddenly stop vlogging? What happened with her family? Whilst I got all of these answers, the bottom line is (and as someone who has diagnosed MHDs myself) you’re never really 100%. But I hope that she is, and gets as close as possible to it. I hope that she makes it through. I hope that she got things off her chest, and that she can move on with her life. I hope that therapy keeps breaking new ground for her. I wish her and Mats the best. I hope she can continue to build a healthy relationship with her Dad. I’m so disappointed with myself that I didn’t see the facade her mother was projecting, though, in hindsight, the car reversing accident made it obvious. I hope the Meghan can work through that trauma, and decide if she wants a relationship with her in the future, without being harassed and forced. Or not even have one at all, as it’s her choice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    It was pretty entertaining and Meghan is a better writer than I expected. She tends to stammer and talk in circles when speaking aloud but her writing is much better. I enjoyed the stories she told. The hole reason I got the book was to hear about what the deal is with her parents. Although, I still don’t really get why she doesn’t talk to her dad. Because he works a lot? Because he fought with her mom when Meghan was younger? I actually related to a lot of the stories regarding her parents (div It was pretty entertaining and Meghan is a better writer than I expected. She tends to stammer and talk in circles when speaking aloud but her writing is much better. I enjoyed the stories she told. The hole reason I got the book was to hear about what the deal is with her parents. Although, I still don’t really get why she doesn’t talk to her dad. Because he works a lot? Because he fought with her mom when Meghan was younger? I actually related to a lot of the stories regarding her parents (divorced parents that cheated and constantly fought) but unlike Meghan I don’t feel like a victim of it all and I still have relationships with my parents. Half of the book is stories about her drunken past and the other half is advice geared towards 15 year olds. At times I felt like I was too old to be reading this book. I thought Meghans core audience was around her age (early to mid twenties) not high school freshman, but maybe I’m wrong about that. 🤷‍♀️ It was an interesting read, though Meghan portrays herself as a victim in almost every regard in her life. She talks about having anxiety, depression (clinical and situational), trich, adhd, and ocd. Oh, and she’s dyslexic as well! Like wow. I’ll just leave it at that. I know she didn’t want this book to just be a memoir but I think it would have been better if it was. I would have preferred it without the all the big sister advice strewn throughout but then again it seems like it’s meant for young teenagers. It’s still an overall good read that I don’t regret buying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    I have watched Meghan on YouTube over the years (probably discovered her some time around 2010) and have enjoyed watching her and her content develop and mature with her audience over the last 10 years. Since as Meghan says, this is a "sort of memoir" it's hard to separate your feelings about the book from your feelings about Meghan (both of which I like). However, objectively the quality of the writing is better than I expected. I think books written by celebrities and YouTubers can be hit or m I have watched Meghan on YouTube over the years (probably discovered her some time around 2010) and have enjoyed watching her and her content develop and mature with her audience over the last 10 years. Since as Meghan says, this is a "sort of memoir" it's hard to separate your feelings about the book from your feelings about Meghan (both of which I like). However, objectively the quality of the writing is better than I expected. I think books written by celebrities and YouTubers can be hit or miss, and while some of this is definitely written in a more casual/conversational tone (complete with parenthetical asides), I think it works here and is balanced against the other sections. I enjoyed reading the anecdotes and snapshots into her personal life (like I said, I was already invested in her life and am somewhat familiar with the people described). The advice and revelations weren't so much groundbreaking for someone my age as they were validating. It was like getting advice from a friend. You might technically already know it. But it's nice to hear it again and from this person. I also thought the chapter about her bad date was hiLaRiOuS. The chapter about meeting and falling in love with Mats was sweet. And the chapter about her parents was heartbreaking. I think she also very articulate and introspective about connecting her experiences and habits from childhood affecting the way her anxiety/depression has developed and manifested. I don't really rate memoirs anymore because it feels weird, but good job Meghan!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    You’re Not Special by Meghan Rienks is an awesome, down to earth memoir that was hilarious and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The book also had a slight advice by “don’t do what I did” and “ yeh you aren’t alone in that thought” kind of book as well. I loved the charming yet snarky, funny yet serious tones that Meghan presented with her presentation. She lets us all know through her stories that: yeh no one is perfect, yes life sometimes sucks, yes we all will end up having go through ba You’re Not Special by Meghan Rienks is an awesome, down to earth memoir that was hilarious and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The book also had a slight advice by “don’t do what I did” and “ yeh you aren’t alone in that thought” kind of book as well. I loved the charming yet snarky, funny yet serious tones that Meghan presented with her presentation. She lets us all know through her stories that: yeh no one is perfect, yes life sometimes sucks, yes we all will end up having go through bad stuff and guess what?......it is normal and OK. The biggest take home is that what makes a person is how they respond and move forward from adversities. That is what separates us. Bad things will happen to us that are sometimes beyond our control and it is what we do with that that defines us as a person and shapes our future. Meghan just wanted us to know (in a fun/playful way so as not to make us cry) that she went through that stuff too, and ypu are not alone. And it will be ok. This book was so much fun. I really enjoyed reading all the ups and downs. Great pacing and layout. A quick and fabulous read. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I know Meghan from Clevver Style's Beauty Break series, and I honestly found out about this book from recently watching her vlogs about having her second channel hacked. Though I've never been a huge fan, I thought it'd be a quick quarantine read so I requested it on NetGalley and I was pleasantly surprised. Though I wasn't thrilled at the fact that this was part memoir and part advice, I really liked the candid writing style and honest advice. I've read excerpts from advice books aimed at teens I know Meghan from Clevver Style's Beauty Break series, and I honestly found out about this book from recently watching her vlogs about having her second channel hacked. Though I've never been a huge fan, I thought it'd be a quick quarantine read so I requested it on NetGalley and I was pleasantly surprised. Though I wasn't thrilled at the fact that this was part memoir and part advice, I really liked the candid writing style and honest advice. I've read excerpts from advice books aimed at teens before and they all had generic advice about making friends and growing up, which this book did have, but Meghan also continues on giving advice about college life, sex and relationships, safe alcohol and drug use, anxiety and depression, and toxic family. I found these chapters to be very mature and honest, and I think older teens would be more likely to take this brash advice, not only because she is an influencer but also because it's written by someone they can truly relate to. I also really enjoyed reading her personal stories and I thought they complimented her advice well. A solid Youtuber memoir for sure. I received this advanced copy from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nemo

    I have been following Meghan for a while, and listen to her podcast, so I understood her humor and style of advice going in and already knew I would love that. So I could be a little biased lol. But I did really enjoy this book. I finished this in two days. I listened to it on Scribd and loved that she narrated her book. I wouldn't have had it any other way. It felt like a big sister I never had was telling me her story and giving me life advice. Now I will say, as I'm a 22 year old, lots of the I have been following Meghan for a while, and listen to her podcast, so I understood her humor and style of advice going in and already knew I would love that. So I could be a little biased lol. But I did really enjoy this book. I finished this in two days. I listened to it on Scribd and loved that she narrated her book. I wouldn't have had it any other way. It felt like a big sister I never had was telling me her story and giving me life advice. Now I will say, as I'm a 22 year old, lots of the advice in the first half I already knew it, and was a bit old for, and some of the advice I had already heard from listening to her advice podcast Don't Blame Me! (if you loved this book and haven't listened to the podcast, would highly recommend, it's on YouTube). And I enjoyed the memoir aspect of the book the most, her writing style made it funny, I laughed, I almost cried multiple times (I'm a cancer moon no one is surprised lol). And now feel like I understand her in a new light. And it got me to think about how we grow up shapes us in ways we know or might not yet know. I'm proud of her for writing this book, some of these chapters must of been very hard to live through again mentally, so I applaud her for including them and being so honest. Overall a great experience!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Adolfo

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks Goodreads. I had no idea who Megan Rienks was prior to reading this book...I follow her on IG now. So after reading the book I clearly liked her enough to follow her. She’s adorable btw😊 I feel like this book’s target audience is readers ages 17-28ish. I’m 36 and the first chunk of the book just made me feel old because I didn’t really “get” a lot of the references she made or connect to some of the things she talked about. She often comes off a lit I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks Goodreads. I had no idea who Megan Rienks was prior to reading this book...I follow her on IG now. So after reading the book I clearly liked her enough to follow her. She’s adorable btw😊 I feel like this book’s target audience is readers ages 17-28ish. I’m 36 and the first chunk of the book just made me feel old because I didn’t really “get” a lot of the references she made or connect to some of the things she talked about. She often comes off a little bratty and angry. She was 26 when she wrote this so it totally makes sense that a decade age gap could be problematic for the more mature (🤣😂) reader. In the beginning it seemed like she was being crass just for the sake of being crass....ya know “millennial speak” which made getting into this book a little difficult for me. HOWEVER, the book got better towards the middle and end where she talks a little less about getting drunk & doing drugs and more about her growth as a person. The way she describes the relationship with her parents was sad and a bummer to read but the story of her relationship with Mats just warmed my heart. It was a decent book. I just think I would’ve liked it more in my 20s. So if you’re in your 20s you should absolutely check it out.

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