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Publisher's Summary

From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood.

In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expression and as a way to connect with others. Ten years later, Anna has more than a million subscribers who watch her smart, honest vlogs on her YouTube channel. Her most popular videos, including "How to Put On Your Face" and "Why Girls Should Ask Guys Out", are comical and provocative, but they all share a deeper message: Your worth is determined by you and you alone. You must learn to love yourself.

In So Much I Want to Tell You, Anna opens up about her own struggles with poor self-esteem and reveals both the highs and lows of coming of age. She offers fresh, funny, hard-won advice for young women on everything from self-care to money to sex, and she is refreshingly straightforward about the realities of dating, female friendship, and the hustle required to make your dreams come true. This is Anna's story, but, as she says, it belongs just as much to Kristina and to every other girl who must learn that growing up can be hard to do. Witty and real, Anna breaks things down in a way only a big sister can.

©2017 Anna Akana (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Anna Akana Influenced Me To Be The Person I Am Today

@annaakana is and always will be one of the biggest influences on me. I discovered her when she was first starting out on YouTube in 2012. She's so strong and motivated with an amazing work ethic despite toxic relationships she's been in as well as the loss of her sister. I had a toxic family member that bullied me (step father who is now no longer in my life) and got bullied pretty badly every day at school on top of that. I had the lowest self esteem possible. I avoided mirrors if I didn't need to look into them to get ready. I had no personality. But I kept my chin up because if Anna can be in a place of depression and insecurity and still come into her own and be strong then so can I. And I did. I will never act on what happened in the past but use it as experience and wisdom to know to watch out for red flags in people. Her book is FULL of advice, bad things that have happened to her and what she's learned. This book is the advice she would give to her little sister that she lost and it's powerful (I downloaded the audio book that she narrated herself)

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The most honest and touching book

It’s so good to see social influencer to write a book so real about their life. I could feel her emotion in the book. I absolutely love it!

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Amazing

I’m a really huge fan of Anna’s videos and I actually first saw her on the movie dirty thirty. I loved her book and hope that their will be more in the future. She spoke about really relevant issues in mine and many others lives and I really appreciate it. Thankyou

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Loved this book but it was short

Loved Anna's narration and stories but it was so much shorter than I wanted it to be. I would have given it 5 stars if it was longer.

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I really glad I bought this

Powerful, deep, emotional and raw. I love everything about Anna but this book is the best thing she ever created.

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Affective, Wise,

I love this book so much. I really wasn’t prepared for how disarmingly honest the author would be in its content. Her sincerity took me aback as she described her past traumas, lessons learned, successes, and so much more. I came out of the experience of listening to this audiobook so much richer for having done so. I learned new things about myself and gained fresh insight into my own life, traumas and career. Thanks to Anna for having written and performed this so well. It’s surely one I will come back to at different stages of my life.

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This is so moving, it was amazing.

I love Anna as a youtuber and didnt know what to expect reading this book but it is so moving and worth reading no matter who you are or what stage of life you are in. Its reminds you that death is real and even though you dont know what other people are going through in their personal lives they are still real people with real emotions and real issues. It shows how even though you may think you know a person there is so much more under the surface. This book is also an inspiration to live, to enjoy life and to be yourself. Thank you for this book Anna!

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makes you think

Anna akana narrates with so much character and spirit, making it sad, funny and thoyghtful.

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  • Trinity Reece
  • 14-06-2017

Recommended!

I finished this book in less than a day. Some words brought me to tears, and some words will forever change the way I look at life. I recommend it emmensely!

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  • Abbey Benton
  • 16-06-2017

Some repetition of stories, but of great ones!

Loved! Only suggestion is to trust that your audience mostly remembers the stories you already told throughout the book. Will read again =) great story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2018

A must read!

Loved it! Super relatable and Anna Akana couldn't be a better narrator for her book.

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  • Sid21
  • 13-07-2018

Great read

Every part was relatable and a lot of it I needed to hear. Would definitely recommend, it has great stories with great advice that everyone could use.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-2018

I want more.

I very much enjoyed the book. I wish I could hear more about Anna's life. She's been through a lot and has so much to offer.

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  • Multicultural BRIDGE JV
  • 13-06-2018

i cried

listen, this book will make you feel stuff. but you will learn from Anna. Anna is excellent. she's great.

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  • Gio
  • 29-04-2018

Honest and eye opening

I really the honest sounding and expressive way that she narrates. the story itself is full of stimulating thoughts about our own lives and how we can affect others. I started spending more real quality time and talk with my brothers and mum. Funny enough, this is helping me stay single and developing.

You can hear every expression that she makes. And it helps to remember that even though she is a celebrity now she's at home with her own flaws and development as an individual.

Thank you Anna. (don't read too much into this punctuation though;)

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  • Anna Christine
  • 23-04-2018

Perfect

I loved this memoir. I have been listening to a lot of them lately, but this is in my top five.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-2018

This is everything everyone needs in life

The lessons any person should know or be reminded of at any given time of their lives are just in this book. If you don't want to believe that a person less than 30 years old can figure out how life works, just read this to be proven wrong

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  • Alina Hernandez
  • 04-04-2018

Very honest

Thank you so much. Thank you for writing such an honest book, that I will no doubt be thinking about for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2018

helped

I loved this so much it really helped thank you. I've been working in a job I really don't enjoy and dealing with mental health issues in a family that really just sweeps things under the rug, so honestly this felt like advice from an older sibling I really needed this.

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  • Emma
  • 11-04-2018

Honest, relatable and inspiring

I love watching Anna Akana's YouTube videos. They get me through my week, so when her book came out I knew I just had to read it. Maybe it's because I'm just really nosy or just generally interested in getting tips on how I can get through life.
I loved every second of the narration. it's brutally honest - I love the down to earth "saying it how it really is" vibe. Really feels like the advice an older sister would've given me, real, personal and hard hittingly honest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2018

Extraordinary

i loved it! It was an interesting experience. Anna, you are soo strong! Hats off to you❤

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  • Henriette
  • 01-03-2018

Amazing and motivational!

Listening to Anna Akana’s story makes you really think. About life, about dreams, about relationships, about self-worth, about everything. It makes me want to become more efficient and to work harder, cause I am the one in charge of my own life. It’s a joy to listen to her voice as she reads, and the pace of the book is pleasant. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, no matter what stage you are in your life!

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  • Dori
  • 25-01-2018

loved this book!

Anna Akana's book was very personal and at the same time it was really easy to relate to the stories and struggles mentioned in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2017

A great book

I love this book and I learned a lot. Thank you so much Anna for sharing your insights and experiences with us.

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  • Buyer
  • 24-11-2017

Amazing, touching, inspiring

Cannot recommend this book highly enough to everyone, especially young women.

I watch Anna on YouTube and her life advice is always so relatable to me, especially in regards to female friendships. It's like we are experiencing or have experienced the same friendship cycles and types of people! It's really moving to hear how she overcomes these obstacles, and her lessons learned to date.

Her creative advice is inspiring and helpful as always, and it's amazing to hear how far she has come to achieve her dream. I wish her continued success and eagerly await volume 2 (whilst watching her YouTube videos)!

All the love and luck for the future ❤️

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  • Rosalind Mosis
  • 15-11-2017

Gorgeous.

That's the only word I can think of. I am so glad I got to hear this and it's the reason I got an audible subscription!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2017

Absolutely perfect

I loved that it was narrated by Anna herself, you get such a good sense of who she is. If you read this Anna you're a boss ass woman. Anyone who is looking for some good life guidance should listen to this.

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  • Jessica
  • 20-10-2017

Raw & heartfelt

You can tell Anna poured her heart into this and there are some good takeaways. Her performance is great and the stories are really personal without feeling alienating. This book definitely made me look back at some of my own experiences differently. Thanks Anna.