REVIEW OF ‘LOVE TANYA’ BY TANYA BURR
Everyone should know by now how much of a sucker I am for a good cover and this cover did not disappoint. I love the cover and the book itself is beautifully made, it will definitely be taking prize possession on my shelf for a good while. If you don’t know who Tanya Burr is, have you been living under a rock?! For those of you who have, Tanya has a very successful YouTube channel rocking 2.6million subscribers. Full of make-up tutorials, beauty and style advice along with vlogs, its no wonder why she’s so popular. She also has her own make-up range at Superdrug and clothing range on the horizon.
I was a little on the fence going into this book, despite being marketed at part diary part beauty manual, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However I was happily surprised. The first two chapters titled ‘growing up: part one & two’ were a great place to start the book. It was very interesting to read about Tanya’s life starting from when she was very young and in school, featuring how she met Jim, and what she was up to before her YouTube channel really kicked off. In all honesty some of the writing is a bit awkward in places but all in all was a great read. Something I want to point out is that Tanya did have the help of a ghost writer but has openly admitted this many times. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a book being written by a ghost writer as long as, I think, you’re upfront about it, and reading this book, you can definitely hear Tanya throughout so it isn’t a problem.
I want to give a massive shout out to whoever did the photoshoots for this book, they are absolutely stunning. It gives the book a very professional finish and helps bring the book together. I also love the photos that are thrown in throughout, they really help you get a sense of who Tanya is and its fun to see these moments in photographs as she writes about them. I love the chapters that have little how-to guides like in the ‘Hair and Nail Essentials’ chapter, we’re given the recipe for a DIY manicure, which is a lovely touch to have and shows that it is a beauty manual as well as a diary, to be honest I wish there were more sections like this.
There were a few things that I wasn’t massively fond of. For example, the end of chapters features feature a ‘top 10’ section, which to begin with isn’t so bad, but then I feel like it end up being there for the sake of it. However, what I disliked even more was the ‘notes’ sections where you’re invited to write your top 10 of whatever was discussed, for example childhood memories, songs, places to visit. While this is very cute and I see where Tanya was coming from in putting these in because she wanted her book to be something her readers could participate in and keep to look back on, I absolutely hate (with a raging passion) writing in books, especially books that are so beautiful! While I know that most people will probably write these lists at the end of every chapter, my copy with stay ink free and clean.
Despite that, I did have some favourite bits! For example the ‘Baking and Recipes’ chapter. I am a sucker for a good recipe (pinterest addict over here guys) so I knew I’d enjoy reading this section. There are some delicious looking recipes here, accompanied with some mouth watering photos, I will definitely be trying them at some point!! I also really at the enf where she lists her 10 favourite books. Being an avid reader I am always interested in what others read but I would have loved a little passage saying why it was her favourite book.
All in all, it was a great read and would be lovely for any fan of Tanya or anyone who’s interested in beauty and such. Well done Tanya, we’re all so proud of you!
Love, Tanya is available now for £12.99 from Penguin.
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