Author: Alfie Deyes
Published by: Blink Publishing
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Those who know me will know I love YouTubers. I watch their videos every night before I go to bed and they're so entertaining - some even have upwards of a few million subscribers! My favourites are Zoella, Jim Chapman, Marcus Butler, and Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog) to name a few. Well today, a very special book arrived (so special, in fact, that I'm writing the review and publishing the review the same day I got the book - I never do that!)
What book? The Pointless Book by none other than one of my favourite YouTubers himself, Alfie Deyes. But don't be fooled by the title - it's not so pointless! Full of random things to do from origami and passing the book to a stranger and having them draw you, to making paper aeroplanes and baking a cake in a mug, boredom won't even exist anymore with this book around. Just flip to a random page (don't do it in order) and you're good to go!
I'll admit I wasn't hugely excited about the book when it was first announced, but by the end of Alfie's video where he revealed the book I was fangirling so hard. I personally love books like this. Having filled my copy of Wreck This Journal, a similar book, I was in need of something else... and then this book was revealed. Good timing. I'd say this is more fun and definitely more random; I think the 'Draw genitals on the people below' page proves that. But my favourite page - yet to be completed - is 'Places I'd like to travel to' which for me is pretty much everywhere.
You don't even have to be a fan of Alfie to enjoy this book (although if you're not a fan, I suggest you go and marathon-watch all of his videos until you are.) However if you are a fan, like me, this book also comes with a free app which unlocks exclusive digital content. I couldn't actually get the app to work but it was only released a couple of hours ago and seeing as I haven't seen anyone else scanning a page with the app, I was probably doing it wrong. I'm really looking forward to using it, though! Edited to add: I just tried again and it works - no idea how! Very cool addition to the book.
And the final reason for me loving this book? It's really positive, and I'm all about spreading positivity! There are tasks such as 'Write a compliment, rip out this page, and give it to a stranger' and 'Write five things you like best about yourself and why."
Grab some pens, close your eyes, and flip to a page; your boredom is about to disappear in 3, 2, 1...