Book Review: Queer Eye by the Fab Five

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Title: Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life
Authors: Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown
Publication Date: 20th November 2018

Synopsis: "Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what colour to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturiser. It's also about creating a life that's well-rounded, filled with humour and understanding and most importantly, that suits you. At a cultural moment when we are all craving people to admire, Queer Eye offers hope and acceptance. After you get to know the Fab Five, together they will guide you through five practical chapters that go beyond their designated areas of expertise (food & wine, fashion, grooming, home decor, and culture), touching on topics like wellness, entertaining, and defining your personal brand, and complete with bite-sized Hip Tips for your everyday quandaries. Above all else, Queer Eye aims to help you create a happy and healthy life, rooted in self-love and authenticity.

My thoughts: I had such a great time reading this book - it arrived when I was feeling pretty much my worst, dealing with a lot of mental and physical health stuff, and just generally feeling awful. I was concerned initially that it would be kind of surface level, but I needn't have worried - this book goes deep, talks about goals, about treating yourself with compassion and respect, and about connection with the people around you. The Fab Five talk a lot about how the connect with each other, and it was wonderful learning a little bit more about each of them before diving into each of their individual chapters.

The design of this book is also absolutely wonderful - the photos are flipping gorgeous, and occasionally hilarious, and there are little drawings here and there that just brought a smile to my face. A few of the pages had bold, geometric designs that made my head spin if I looked at them too much, but honestly somehow that just added to the whole 'live-your-life-out-loud' feel that the Fab Five are giving you throughout.

The hints that each member give during the book are helpful and often right from the heart - I really felt like they each wanted to help me out, and the way the whole book is written gives you a feeling of one-ness. Like you're part of the crew and they just want to give you a cuddle and a mimosa, and then maybe sit down for a heart-to-heart. That they can convey this feeling through a book was absolutely wonderful, and a huge sign that they really believe in the work they're doing.

I can honestly say I will be using the tips in this book (and probably showing them to my husband, too!). I highly recommend you check out the book.

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!}

A favourite line from the book: At the front of the book: 'This book is 100 percent dedicated to our fans. We love you.'

You would like this book if: you like the tv series!!; you love books that give you a bit of a hug and some wonderful tips.

Tea to drink while reading this book: I don't really drink alcohol, otherwise I would suggest one of Bobby's Orange Mint Tequila Magics (recipe in the back of the book!), but for me I am thinking a virgin mojito?

Rating:  10/10

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