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by Alexa H., South River High School

Note to Self is a beautifully constructed memoir created by internet personality and entrepreneur Connor Franta. He writes about his experiences dealing with mental illness, coming to terms with his sexuality, and growing up. Apart from this, the format of the book is truly unique and aesthetically pleasing. The chapters of this book are made up of personal stories and poetry sandwiched in between stunning photography captured by the author himself. As a reader, I enjoyed the causal tone established in the book. The writing will keep you engaged and will make you feel like a personal friend of the author as you grasp his interesting life story. Furthermore, Franta does a great job of establishing imagery in his book. He pairs his writing with images that correlate with the intriguing themes developed in each chapter. One tiny critique about this book is the length. The word count is quite short when you account for all the images that take up many pages.  

Overall, I thought that Note to Self was a good book. Any person who is especially interested in poetry should consider reading it. I would recommend this book to mature readers or high-school students since it discusses serious topics. Readers may even want to consider reading Franta’s first memoir titled A work in progress, yet doing so is not necessary to understand this book. 

Click here to check out Note to Self by Connor Franta. 

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