I'd never heard of Stuart Edge before picking up this book. But I'm really glad that I did. In the name of research I checked out his YouTube channel. I have to seriously recommend the Porta Potty prank episode which you can find here. I also thoroughly enjoyed the book as Stuart shares some of the key experiences in his life that led him to where he is now, both the good and sometimes bad. He mentions discovering from a young age his enjoyment of entertaining people and the ways he developed his talents along the way. It reminded me that whatever plans we make things don't always go the way we think they will. I know I never really planned to end up where I am, nor did I anticipate the circular path I took to get here. And yet, it feels so right for me to be where I'm at. I'm glad I watched some of Stuart's videos because afterwards when I went back to the book, I had his voice in my head and somehow it made the words all the more sincere and funny. Hmm. I'm not sure how that works but that's what happened.
What I love about these memoir kinds of books is the glimpse into someone else's life. In addition to sharing some of his life experience, Stuart includes what he calls 'sticky notes' that shares the lessons he learned from his different experiences. Things like, "Don't ever underestimate the joy you can feel by spending quality time with your family" or You've got to find a purpose, but then you've got to make sure you have the discipline to stick with it." I think what I enjoyed most about this book though, besides all the funny parts, was how honest Stuart is about his struggles. If I'd worked as a porta potty cleaner I don't think I would talk about it at all, let alone turn it into a joke (see video mentioned above). The other thing that shines through in the book is how easy it is to relate to the things that Stuart talks about. All people have struggles and ups and downs, and I found it easy to empathize with and relate to the struggles that Stuart discusses. I can highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book and take a look at some of Stuart's videos, because I can guarantee that it will lighten your day and give you a reason to smile.
I received a few emails about reviewing this book. I figured that if it kept showing up, I probably should read it. :) I am a reader, and as a reader, I don't get on YouTube often, unless it is looking up a book trailer, so I didn't know who Stuart Edge was. As soon as I received the book in the mail, I found out that my 16 and 13 year old sons did know who he was.
I found this book to full of humor and great advice. Stuart Edge uses his life experiences and how they helped him be successful. He makes a point of letting the reader know that he is not done learning and growing. Not all of his dreams and expectations have been realized. He is on a journey and his attitude about life affects the outcome. The message is very positive.
He doesn't just talk about his successes, he talks about the things that he could have done better. He learned from the mistakes and grew as a person. I like this message. I think I will hand this book to my 16 year old and try to get him to read it.
I will just admit that I have never seen a Stuart Edge YouTube video. But after reading this book written by him about his life, I'll have to make time to!
I loved the way this book is written. Stuart Edge has a style that is interesting and I was kind of amazed by all of the life experiences that he had that made him who he is today.
I liked that he talked about making videos with a purpose and how he wanted those videos to reflect him and who he is. This book is a quick, easy read that you'll enjoy and that will leave you inspired and wanting to learn more about just who Stuart Edge is and what he does on YouTube.
I loved this book! It is a very uplifting and inspiring book. There is something in it for everyone. Stuart shares stories from his life including moving to Mexico after his parent's divorce, dealing with anxiety, serving a 2-year LDS mission, cleaning porta-potties, and how he got started on Youtube. I also loved how he wrote the book as if he was talking with a friend and I believe that as you read it you will make a new friend. So if you are looking for a great book to read or you are a fan of Stuart Edge then this is the book for you!
How many of us can identify with facing challenges in life. this book made me look at my challenges as stepping stones in becoming what God sees in me.