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Binge

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by Tyler Oakley
 

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Read by Tyler Oakley!

Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than twenty-one million followers across social media.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing

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Read by Tyler Oakley!

Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than twenty-one million followers across social media.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler Oakley has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: he experienced a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; he had a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service; he crashed a car in front of his entire high school in an Arby’s uniform; he projectile vomited while bartering with a grandmother. With millions of fans clamoring for more Tyler Oakley, he delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with trademark flair in Binge.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
11/30/2015
Social media pioneer Oakley, who gained fame as YouTube star in 2007 and has since become an advocate for LGBTQ youth, draws successfully from his unique blend of snarky candor and down-to-earth Midwestern accessibility in the audio edition of his memoir. Perhaps the most entertaining—and also affirming—sections of the recording involve Oakley’s knack for calling himself on occasional outbursts of diva histrionics through personal pep talks. These include a period of heartbreak and recovery surrounding his first serious college boyfriend and—more recently—his meltdown in front of mobs of adoring fans at a YouTube convention. The material includes some frank discussions of sexuality, and Oakley projects a tone of friendly irreverence rather than over-the-top rudeness or crudeness. A Gallery hardcover. (Oct.)
Vanity Fair
"Hilarious, shocking, and devastating, Tyler delivers a coming-of-age memoir for the digital generation."
New York Daily News
"Oakley has managed to produce a quick read of tales to make you laugh, cry, ponder and cringe...a worthy debut and one that will captivate and comfort existing fans of the Internet celebrity, while helping him gain new ones."
Out Magazine Online
"With a confident voice and clear message, Oakley blends giggle-inducing humor with serious discussions of his personal battles...an accurate reflection of the man himself."
Salon Online
"Oakley uses his unique perspective on YouTube to write a touching and timely book. In “Binge,” already a New York Times bestseller, readers find Oakley at his realest."
Pop Culture Beast
"I devoured [Binge]...I think you’ll find it as hard to put down as I did. You might be shocked at times, but in the end you’ll walk away loving him even more."
A Crowded Bookshelf
"With his first book, Binge, Oakley takes apart the smiling, genial celebrity and shares some harrowing stories of poverty, addiction, abuse, and redemption... This book isn’t a tale of regrets but of survival – it’s a book that celebrates misfits and weirdos and imparts a message of hard-won appreciation of life."
International Business Times
"Of all the books released by YouTube vloggers, Binge might be the most brutally honest yet."
The Guardian
"[Binge] explores every emotion: you will laugh, then you will cry for sure too, you will gasp and you will be terrified, and then you will have too many emotions and will want to stab the book and throw it out of your window! (But you will not actually do it because by that time the book will be very dear to you.)...very meaningful and a fun voyage."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442393554
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
10/20/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
733,690
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Binge

introduction


GO AHEAD, BINGE.

I’m not saying go out and snort a bunch of cocaine or do anything that’s going to seriously put you or the people around you in danger, obviously.

Binge on the things that bring fulfillment and happiness and satisfaction and make you feel alive. Binge on people who fascinate you and love that wakes you up from monotony. Binge on exploring, both your hometown and the farthest continent. Binge on the time you spend bettering yourself and petting dogs. Binge on picking your grandma’s brain and learning the story of the time she got catfished. Binge on giving, in all senses. Binge on indulging.

We’re told every day from an early age that moderation is key. Count your calories, wait a while before you tell someone you love them, and remember that balance is the path to happiness. While all of those are great in theory, does a lesson taught from someone else’s mistakes resonate just as deeply as the ones you learn yourself? When you binge, you find your own boundaries.

Even if I spend every waking moment attempting to keep my life in balance, I’m going to fuck up. Having already fucked up quite a few times in my life, and having lived to tell the tale, I don’t regret any of it.

I’ve binged plenty of times in my life, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. Regardless, I indulged. This collection is the result.

Meet the Author

Michigan native and pop-culture tastemaker Tyler Oakley has amassed more than twenty-one million social media followers through his humorous, no-holds-barred YouTube videos, high-profile interviews, and social rights advocacy. After uploading his first video eight years ago, Oakley took the Internet by storm. With successes ranging from interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama and boy band One Direction, a worldwide live tour, and his chart-topping podcast Psychobabble, Oakley is an Internet icon. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he uploads weekly videos from his living room.

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Binge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im ready for dan and phils book too!!! They are so cute!! Have you ever heard of Jae Edward or Alex Bertie! I dont know how to put a question mark so...... :)
FaeQueenTitania More than 1 year ago
Let me start off with saying that while I was familiar with Tyler Oakley prior to listening to his memoir, I wouldn't have considered myself a "fan". I just wasn't knowledgeable enough about his YouTube channel or any of his other projects. However, when a friend and I started discussing what was missing from all the YouTube books that had come out in recent months, Tyler's name came up. Neither of us knowing much about "Binge," we looked it up, and found Tyler's YouTube video of him reading of one of the chapters. I immediately knew that not only did I need this book, I needed it told to me by the author himself. I could not have been more right. "Binge" is everything my friend and I had been lamenting was missing from a lot of other YouTuber books; this book is funny and full of weird, hilarious anecdotes on everything from Tyler's quirky family, to his party-filled life in San Francisco during the ascent of his YouTube popularity, to cute lists of "Hotness Disney Princes" and "What I Would Do If I Could Be Beyonce For a Day". "Binge" is also extraordinarily poignant and emotional as Tyler discusses with frank honestly his struggles with eating disorders, broken hearts, anxiety, and depression. He doesn't tip-toe around delicate subjects, but lays them out on the table with a heartfelt earnestness that is refreshing and beautifully empathetic. In short, everything a memoir should be. And the cherry on top? Tyler's adorable enthusiasm for the audiobook. There are several points where he tacks on comments and questions specifically for the listening audience, which I thought was magnificent. Hearing him laugh his way through some of his memories was also amazing beyond words; it made you feel like he was sitting right there next to you, chatting over coffee. It could not have been a better experience. Buy "Binge", even if you don't really know who Tyler Oakley is. By the end of it, not only will you know, you'll want to know more. - @QueenTitania
Anna_Aimeri More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing because it simply reflects the amazing person Tyler is. I think he left a part of himself in every chapter and that's what made this book so interesting and different from the others. Queen, you couldn't have done a better job, you wrote it being yourself and telling your life stories in the most honest, funny, beautiful, kinda messy way. (In the best way possible) Tyler, if you read this, keep doing what you're doing, you're killing it. I'm extremely proud of everything you've done, I'm proud of Binge, of Snervous, of the tour, I haven't had the chance to meet you yet because I live in Argentina, but I'm hoping there'll be time for us to meet soon. When that happens, I'll be able to tell you everything that I can't tell you here. My twitter user is narratoroakley, in case you want to let me know you read this, it would truly make my entire month. You're a role model to so, so many people. Stay humble and amazing queen, slay. :)
Zaeoki More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER! ILY TYLER
Anonymous 5 months ago
I just wanted to say you book inspired me and I love it so much! ilysm you're my queen :^)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved it sm!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in casually glancing around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here, Jen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone PLEASE lend me this book?
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tyler is the greatest call me
lufeviso More than 1 year ago
I just received my signed copy of this book and am predicting it will be as fantastic as the author himself! Keep slaying darling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tyler did such a good job writing this book and I'm so proud of how far he has come. I could not stop myself from laughing and maybe even tearing up at times. I have read this book more than once and each time it seems to get even better. I'm such a big fan and I promise to always be one. So proud of him and I can not wait for what he has in store for the future.
VictoriaFreire More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute must-read. Whether you know Tyler from his infamous YouTube videos or this is the first time you've ever heard of him, you are sure to love this book. Oakley includes all of his best and worst experiences that will fill you with all sorts of emotions. Shock, astonishment, sympathy, dying-of-laughter, spellbound, and scarred are only a few of the emotions I had felt on this roller coaster ride of a book. Every chapter was filled with surprises, and I could not stop reading. I can 100% fully assure you that I binged on this book, Tyler. As someone who has been watching his videos for about three years, and have watched lots of his previous videos, I thought I knew a decent amount about Tyler Oakley. Not everything, I knew, but a decent amount right? After reading Binge, I cannot believe how far that was from the truth. After reading this book, I love Tyler even more than I did before. I could not believe anyone could be as courageous as to share all of their deepest secrets in a novel, but Tyler Oakley has definitely (and confidently!) stepped up to the plate. So what are you waiting for? Binge on this. My personal Twitter: @victoriafreire9 The Queen's Twitter: @tyleroakley
Sara Pike More than 1 year ago
I finished my copy of your book not to long ago after receiving one after meeting you! It was amazing meeting you by the way you were so sweet thank you
CrownYoutube More than 1 year ago
Binge is jammed packed of stories you've never heard about our favorite youtuber, the one and only Tyler Oakley! (Or is that his real name...? You have to read to find out.) I don't want to ruin the book or you, but it's a purchase you won't regret! If you're one of Tyler's people or you're new here (welcome to the family), this book will be a great read! Filled with Dial Up Delight...! XOXO, Natalie @CrownYoutube on twitter
_Recees More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It really helped me learn more about Tyler and grow even more attached to him than i already was. I have been watching his videos for a long time and when i heard he was coming out with a book, i freaked out. I bought it immediately and did not regret it. It was the best book i have ever read, and one of the best memories of 2015. Its got humor, good times, bad times, and everything important for a book. I HIGHLY recommend it, Especially if you love Tyler like me, but its good for people who haven't heard of him as well. If Tyler is reading this, I really love you and thanks so much for helping me through some really bad times in my life. You really make me smile :) -Sophie G (Twitter handle: @_Recees)
PattyCruz More than 1 year ago
GO AHEAD, BINGE. WELL YES I DID BINGE. OKAY. Anyways. This book is a great book. Not just great, but great great great. If you haven't read it, or bought/ordered it, then you SHOULD. Because this book isn't just any book by a social media star. Not a normal autobiography. This is a book that will bring you to tears, learn you lessons, and make you laugh a lot. I may have not been with Tyler from the start. Lolol I even used to subscribe to him, and thought he was boring, then unsubscribed. But, in February?(i think) of 2014, I decided to subscribe to him again, thanks to my friends. Everyone at my school was talking about how amazing Tyler Oakley was, so I decided to check out his channel and BINGE watch his videos. And I ENJOYED them. That was the day that I decided that I loved Tyler Oakley, and would love him for the rest of my life. When I found out that Tyler was writing a book, I was overwhelmed with happiness. Pure happiness. I knew that he didn't want to do it just for attention, but because he had a hard driven passion to write one. And he made the right decision. Tyler, if you're reading this, then I would like you to know that you are a big inspiration to all, and will continue inspiring people to find their true selves. I know this because you helped me become the fangirl I am today. And that is saying a lot! Love you :) MAKE SURE TO BUY BINGE IF YOU HAVENT YET OKAY THANKS Stalk me :) @laughingaiono on Twitter!
minasicle More than 1 year ago
Ever since it came out, I have been searching every corner of every book store that was in my area and each time, I would be so dismayed when I couldn't find it. Now, I believe in miracles, but one has never occurred to me - until a couple days before Christmas. I was out of town, and therefore I thought, What better thing is there to do when you're at somewhere new than raid a bookstore? And that's exactly what I did. I went to Barnes & Nobles, having been there a month before only to find Binge not there, and searched literally everywhere. If you asked my brother, he would say that I am obsessed. I would complain to him every two minutes how I couldn't find it, and how I looked everywhere almost ten times and still haven't found it. Disappointed, I walked to the front counter to check out the other books I have got (because c'mon, you can never walk out of a bookstore empty-handed) when suddenly - surprise! - a whole stack of Binges were on a table next to the counter. I felt like I was in heaven. No joke. I was about to scream and cry and get down on my knees and worship the stack. I was so happy and excited. I immediately whisked (whisk - I'M SORRY) a book off the shelf, kissed it, and ran to the counter. I had to risk putting down another book to be able to get it but no worries, no regrets were made. After months of searching for it, and finally finding it, I couldn't have been any happier to give up a book for that beauty. Immediately, I started reading it. I have led myself to believe that that was truly a beautiful Christmas miracle. Binge is, without doubt, one of the best books I have ever read (totally not being bias what? cough) and it's full of many heart-stopping, funny, hysterical moments, as well as some sad ones that I may or may not have cried from reading. It has all of the pure, raw, and deep emotions that you expect in a book, and I definitely received the full spectrum while reading it. Many stories were explained and many inside jokes were made (now I can't look at beets the same way without thinking of you and bursting into laughter, Tyler) You have made my world and many others' a wonderful place to continue living in and I couldn't thank you any more. Thank you for this beautiful book. And thank you for being yourself; I wouldn't want you to be anyone else. Love, @wildestphan on Twitter ♥••*´¨`*•.☆•☆.•*´¨`*••♥
supernaturalmf More than 1 year ago
There will never be a book quite like Binge. Tyler truly made all of his memories come to life, so you felt like you lived through them all with him. There were parts that made me laugh, there were parts that made me cry. Thank you Tyler for creating such a wonderful piece of literature that I will never forget. Binge makes me want to be myself and not be afraid of that. Tyler, it was one of the best books I've ever read. @supernaturalmf on twitter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tyler Oakley is an amazing person and he is a great representative of the LGBTQ+ community... He is not just a great person but he does truly speak up for what he believes in. I have been a an of his for a couple years now but I didn't know much about his past besides the things he has told us in videos. Besides that, I was just proud of him for all of his success... Reading Binge was just such a huge life changing experience because he goes deeper into his life and not many other youtubers would do that... He talks about a lot of his embarrassments and everything that a person doesn't want other people to know, he dives into. More than that, though, he goes into talking about things that many young ones go through which is a huge difference. You don't know how that one little comment about anorexia, or anything you might be facing might mean to someone and Tyler did a great job of that! He is really such an inspiration and I know he will definitely go far in the future... Love you so much Tyler!-@oakleysburritos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to be quite honest here. I'm not a big fan of reading books but only if I have to for school. When I heard that Tyler Oakley was writing a book I thought, "Oh, it's just another autobiography, nothing new. It's just going to be like any other book' I was clearly wrong. This book is so AMAZING, WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE THE BOOK. It made me lose my shit. I cried so many times and a book never makes me cry. A song maybe, but a book never. If you are thinking of buying this book I suggest you do because trust me it's not just another YouTuber book and don't underestimate Tyler's work. BINGE is a masterpiece . -@trufflefranta
Jordyn More than 1 year ago
I might be a *little* biased, but I loved Binge so so so much and even if you're an avid fan of Tyler's you still learn so much about him. I know many people who have only watched one or two Tyler videos in their lifetime and still loved it so I would definitely get it. Jordyn / @OakleysPOV
Emmie Buse More than 1 year ago
I've been watching Tyler Oakley for a little over a year now and he is probably one of my favorite humans. Tyler, thank you for inspiring me this way and that and for teaching me so many lessons. You're such an inspiration to kids my age and probably people both older and younger. Even is I wasn't a fan of you I would still give this book five stars because it is the epitome of amazing. Good work, Ty :) ~Em (@embuse30 on Twitter)