A Work in Progress: A Memoir

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

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.

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3.07K reviews
Kyle Taylor
May 21, 2015
Now, you're probably wondering why I am only giving this 3 stars. I purchased this book a while ago, and just got around to reading it a week ago. This book... It doesn't paint the portrayal of Mr. Franta as we all know and love him. We know him as the goofy, lovable, and adorable self he is. And yes, this book somewhat shows life through the perspective of him... Just not the him we know. I personally found he was being mature. When I read this book, it kind of disappointed me. There were hardly any glimpses of the Connor we know. Yes, I understand that his YouTube self is an overdramatized version of him, but this book just flat-out wasn't him. I think he tried too hard to show us that there is more to him than a screen. Compare this book to I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson. I am not comparing this in a negative way to make anyone seem better or less than the other. But in Shane's book, he was the Shane we all know and love. In conclusion, I love Connor Franta. Although he wasn't the Connor I know, he still teaches many lessons everyone could learn from; such as following your dreams, not living in a mold everyone shapes you in society, even respecting your elders.
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Dhanya Narayan
November 16, 2016
Though I always doubt books written by content creators, this book is actually pretty good. I've watched him for a long time and it's good seeing him evolve. He doesn't go into the boring YouTube collaboration, who he watches and such crap. Franta provides secrets that many entrepreneurs use to become successful. He becomes more inspiring and personal in his book. He truly cares. But one advice is a bit cliché like following your passion. That's only one defect. Otherwise, read it. Just Frantastic.
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Ethan Meyer
September 10, 2015
This memoir was very relatable for me, minus the whole YouTube star bit, which was just a interesting to learn how it all began. The writing quality wasn't top notch, regardless of his "speaking style". Then again maybe I have read enough memoirs to know what I'm talking about.
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About the author

Connor Franta is a young entrepreneur, content creator, author, and humanitarian who uses his expansive social platform to advocate for and spotlight the LGBTQ+ community. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Work in Progress and Note to Self, the CEO of companies Common Culture and Heard Well, and has amassed nearly half a billion views on YouTube. His public speaking engagements have put him on the same stages as Prince Harry, Naomi Campbell, and Hillary Clinton. He has worked with brands such as Samsung, Calvin Klein, Audible, Google, Nike, and many more.

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