Author: Louise Pentland
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter is the latest 'YouTuber book' to hit the scene, this time by Louise Pentland otherwise known as Sprinkle of Glitter. Louise's videos aim to bring a bit more goodness into the world and focus on things such as kindness, positivity and feeling good within yourself. Honestly, Louise has been my favourite YouTuber since I started watching people on there, and she has always seemed to be one of the friendliest and most down-to-earth out of all of them. I was incredibly lucky to have received a signed advance copy of her debut, and after posting a photo of it on Instagram, Louise commented saying that she hoped I would enjoy the book and to let her know when my review went live because she would love to see it. How nice is that?
This is such a beautifully presented book. It's a treat to look at and even more so to read. In fact, it reminds me a bit of Pinterest, which I think Louise will be happy to hear!
TYPOGRAPHY. DRAWINGS. PHOTOS. If you don't think this is one of the prettiest, most well presented books ever then you're lying.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Another book about fashion, make-up and beauty? Meh." I thought it was going to be a beauty book, too - and I wouldn't have minded that - but, whilst this book does include some beauty tricks and tips, overall it focuses more on how to feel good about yourself, how to make others feel good about themselves, and how to accept yourself for who you are. There are also sections on bullying, travel anxiety, how to survive education, crafts, DIY inspiration, online safety and a whole lot more.
The publishers wanted a baking chapter, too, so Louise named it 'anti-baking' and filled it with hilarious anecdotes of her kitchen fails. I relate. Twice now I have attempted to fry eggs, and each time I've made flames, instead. Not really the result I was hoping for. I loved how Louise stayed true to herself with this book, right down to that chapter, instead of letting herself be swayed by the professionals.
Alongside Louise's pearls of wisdom are disasters and embarrassing moments which Louise has experienced. I loved this, and not just because the embarrassing moments in magazines used to be my favourite bits to read. I think it's great that she included these as well as other less than good events in her life because it's good for other young people to see their favourite celebrity/role-model dealing with awkward stuff. They might be able to learn from it, and there's less pressure to live up to impossible standards. Does that make sense? And some of it was hilarious, like with Louise's dating disasters. Oh, dear. When I read those I almost choked on my Sprinkle of Glitter branded lolly, which was great and which I got with the book.
If Louise happens to be reading this, I'm sorry about the above gif but it needed to be included, really. It's iconic.
Overall, I expected this book to be good but it was even better than that. It was a joy to read, with invaluable pieces of advice here and there which you can never have too much of, and I recommend this and Louise's channel, although you've probably seen that already. This book is truly lovely. What a gem.