On April 24th I read and loved All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, and on May 7th at Waterstones Piccadilly I got to meet the woman herself.
I'm not going to lie, the first part wasn't pleasant. The event was in the basement - which I only found out after trudging up four flights of stairs - and even though I was there early, there weren't any seats. On top of that it was boiling hot, dark, and very crowded. As you can imagine, that wasn't very nice! But there was free cake. Doesn't it look amazing?
At least I think it was free. I really, really hope it was free and that the one I ate wasn't actually stolen. That would be awkward.
As you might know from many sarcastic tweets of mine like this one, nothing annoys me more than standing in a crowd trying to see something and being met with a wall of tall people in front of me. It really sucks. But this time - and this actually made my day - a girl near me asked if I wanted to stand in front of her because she'd be able to see over me anyway. Seriously, my day was made and she is clearly a true Hopeful. Unfortunately I didn't get the girl's name, but in the unlikely event that she's reading this, thank you for being awesome!
I am so sorry about the poor photo quality; I considered not including this photo and the next one as they make me cringe they're that bad, but I figured you'd want to see them anyway. You'd think after bringing out so many different models that iPhones would have a good zoom by now, but apparently not.
Anyway, the talk began and was hosted by the one and only Internet-genius and friend of Carrie, Ben Cook. He talked a bit about how proud he is of Carrie before 'throwing some shade' at YouTubers who have their books written for them, which was hilarious even though it's not something I'm personally bothered by. For the record, Carrie wrote and illustrated the book herself!
After they'd chatted about the book and taken some questions from the audience, Carrie whipped out her guitar and played a quick cover of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift followed by her original song Boys in Books are Better. It was so unexpected and the crowd went wild. Watch my vlog of the day here if you want to see that.
Soon enough it was time to get books signed and I was fifth in the queue, thank god, because the signing was estimated to go on for three hours and my feet were just about ready to drop off!
For once I didn't make a fool of myself; I am very happy about that because this is rarely the outcome when I meet an author. I'd been planning to tell her that I reviewed her book but then when I got there I didn't trust myself not to be an idiot. After getting my own book signed I got one signed for Ami, the girl who won my Twitter giveaway.
After that I traipsed around the stationery section and found a sketchbook almost as big as me, before receiving a surprising amount of tweets from viewers, I guess, who said they'd seen me at the signing but hadn't said hello. Really weird but really cool.
Before the signing, I'd been to Laduree to get some macarons. If you know me at all, you'll know that I have an unhealthy obsession with macarons and the joy I felt as I entered the shop was probably a bit over the top. But there we go.
And then I came home! Overall, it was a great day and I'm so glad I went. Carrie is honestly one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and if you ever get the chance to meet her, you definitely should.