A Work in Progress – book review

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress is a inspiring and colour-filled memoir by Connor Franta.

In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from a small-town boy to a YouTube sensation. Connor shares insight into his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children at home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to pursue his creative passions in his early twenties and setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Exploring his past with insight and humour, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing words of wisdom. His words are a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and pursue your dreams.


Although I’ve never read a memoir before, I absolutely loved reading A Work in Progress. So Connor Franta is a YouTuber and while I haven’t been watching his videos for very long, he’s a really entertaining and inspirational person. This being the first memoir that I’ve ever read, I had no idea what to expect. This book definitely surpassed my expectations though, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I didn’t really know that much about Connor before reading his book. I’d watched a few of his videos, but that was the extent of my knowledge on him. I actually met Connor at Amplify Live a few weeks ago. Amplify was a YouTuber ‘festival’ and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to meet Connor Franta, Troye Sivan, Ricky Dillon, Tyde Levi and so many other amazing people. If you’re interested in seeing that, you can watch my YouTube video here. Oh yeah, and I’ve started making YouTube videos a couple of months ago, so if you haven’t checked out my stuff yet, I’d absolutely love it if you could. Click here to go to my channel, Sarah Dreams.

I found this book really helpful. It contained advice about pretty much everything. The thing that I liked the most about this book was what he said about pursuing your dreams and doing what makes you happy in life. I feel as though that is a really important message and Connor’s words were just so inspiring and eloquent. In that way, this book is aimed at younger people, but I strongly believe everyone would benefit from reading Connor’s uplifting and sincere book.

A Work in Progress is filled with Connor’s personal experiences and it was very interesting to see him reflect on specific moments of his life. Connor really understand what it’s like to be a kid and then a teenager. He understands and clearly conveys the reality of high school and the struggles of independence. He’s completely open and that makes this book exceptionally easy to relate to. This book isn’t perfectly worded, but I liked that about this book because it’s 100% Connor and his relaxed style of writing that is both raw and powerful really appealed to me.

I’ve really taken out a lot from this book and I’m sure a lot of other people will too. This book is touching. I’ll definitely not be forgetting this book and what it’s helped me realise about life, happiness and the road to independence. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re already a fan of Connor. You don’t have to know who Connor is; everything is explained in the beginning and this book flows beautifully. You won’t be disappointed.

4 thoughts on “A Work in Progress – book review

  1. I’m not subscribed to Connor, but I think he’s adorable, genuine, and funny from the few videos I’ve seen of him. Usually youtuber books aren’t so great. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this!

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