Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Author: Hannah Hart
Genre: Autobiography, YouTuber
Pages: 256 (hardback)
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is an autobiographical work by the YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. If you do not know about Hannah Hart or her hit show My Drunk Kitchen, then please do yourself a favor by checking out her YouTube channel here. Buffering is deeply personal and oftentimes serious in tone. There a moments of comedy sprinkled throughout, but readers should expect a genuine, emotional journey through Hannah Hart’s most formative struggles and successes.
First of all, I just want to say that I love the cover, the color scheme, and the general layout of the book. The pictures of artifacts from Hannah’s life and helpful footnotes of additional commentary from Hannah really personalize the experience.
Hannah Hart knows how to connect with her audience. She finds creative ways to express very trying situations to her readers while maintaining an overall sense of optimism. The core struggle in the book is centered around her early life growing up in a home where her mother suffered from schizophrenia. Her childhood traumas reverberate throughout the book and ultimately lead to a confrontation with her mother’s illness in the final chapters. Hannah’s inner strength really shines through in these moments and should inspire her fans or new readers alike.
Acceptance of one’s self, specifically sexual orientation, is another overarching theme in Buffering. Hannah is extremely honest about the process of accepting her sexual orienation, as well as her struggles against the self-loathing and self-harm that haunted her through her life. I really appreciated that Hannah took the time to speak directly to those who might be reading her story and going through the same difficulties. She gives real advice for real people.
Readers should know that while Buffering is funny at times and that Hannah definitely manages to sneak in more than a few puns, the overall tone of the book is fairly serious. Some chapters are lighter than others but no one part of the book is exclusively played for comedy. I think this was a great choice because the book reads like real life in that the good and bad times often intermingle. Whether she is dealing with PTSD, going to college and experimenting with her first girlfriend, learning to design live shows with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart, or simply trying to fly home, Hannah keeps it completely real at all times.
I recommend Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded to anyone who wants to learn more about Hannah in a more deeply, personal way. If you are interested in a breezy, light read, then this book might not be for you. I went into Buffering expecting more comedy, but ultimately found a deeply personal journey that deserves to be told.
Check out my review of her first book, My Drunk Kitchen