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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  7,486 ratings  ·  668 reviews
With influences that range from Jane Birkin to Mick Jagger, Alexa Chung is a unique fashion icon. Her first book, It, provides her legion of fans with a long-awaited inside look at her world. A truly one-off collection of Alexa's personal writings, drawings and photographs, It covers everything from her thoughts on life, love and music to her favourite looks and how to ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Penguin Books (first published September 5th 2013)
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Lisa
Oct 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: insufferable-pap
I literally read this book in 7 minutes while standing in the biography section of B&N. I have never in my life read anything so ridiculous, pointless, and inane as this "book". This is what it is: "selfies" of Alexa Chung, clothed and unclothed, with the most idiotic "musings" on every few pages. Such things as, and I paraphrase, but I assure you I'm not far off: 'My favorite book is Lolita (of course it is) and here's why: blah, blah, blah. I love Natalie Portman in such-and-such a movie ...more
Nat
“You know what you like, so follow your gut.”

I love photographs, and I also recently discovered my love for memoirs (thanks to I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman), so this book came at the perfect time for me to read and enjoy.

It covers everything from Alexa Chung's thoughts on life, love and music to her favourite looks and how to decide what to wear in the morning. There’s also talk of first favorites— varying from clothes to anthems to movies… and, of course,
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Sofía
I really, really wanted to like this book. I enjoy fashion, and I enjoy Alexa Chung. I mean, I think she's funny, she's good at what she does (i.e.: being there when they need cool people to be there, wearing clothes and just talking about whatever.) However, and even though I didn't have any high expectations when buying the book (yes, I BOUGHT it), I still expected something totally different from this.
'It' kind of reads like a diary, kind of not. It'd read like a diary if you patronized a
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Paige Watts
Feb 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie; I fell into the Instagram obsessed, teenage girl trap and bought this book because Alexa has pretty hair and the book looks pretty in a filtered photograph.
After looking through reviews, I wasn't expecting a thought provoking, literacy masterpiece, but I was expecting a light-hearted look into Alexa's life written in a fun "chatty" style with cool pictures.
However, the book was completely pointless (for lack of a better term).
The book was 192 pages and 3/4 of these pages
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Jen
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to say it - I love Alexa Chung. I think she sells herself short way too often just to appease all of her haters. I really do think that she is quite stylish, very witty, and charmingly talented. People really do not give her enough credit!

One thing about her that is so refreshing is that she never hesitates to downplay her accomplishments and fame. Though people love to break her down, I think that she is actually very humble. She has, on more than one occasion, referred to
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Elizabeth
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, I've held onto this book for several years and now just read it in about 30 minutes while putting off doing my laundry (which I'm continuing to put off by writing this review).

This is a great little coffee table book. It's a scattered, inane sort of account by Alexa Chung of all her favourite style icons with photographs, doodles, and a few things she's learned over the years mixed in. IT'S NOT A MEMOIR. It resembles a scrapbook combined with diary entries. Some reviewers appear to be
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Sian Lile-Pastore
So first of all... I didn't realise that Alexa Chung had Chinese heritage, which is idiotic as her name is CHUNG! how stupid am I?, although I have a friend with a very similar name and I didn't realise that he had Chinese heritage either until someone mentioned it.... also I thought my husband was Asian even though his surname is Italian.... We can draw from this that I am not a big thinker in regards to names (and lots of other stuff) and/or genealogy.

Anyway.

This book is very pretty, and I am
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Rose
I read this in less than 2 hours and those 2 hours were wasted. I saw this pretty hardcover sitting on my friend's bookshelf and asked her if I could borrow it, not really knowing anything much about Alexa Chung beforehand but being none the wiser after reading her kind of memoir (?). I'm confused as to what exactly this book is supposed to be, considering it feels like random ramblings about stuff Chung likes and collages of pictures she (I guess?) likes as well that might be better off as a ...more
Hannah
You'll love it or you'll hate it. There is no real in-between. Like your reaction to it, the book is very no nonsense.

Having read Man Repeller by Leandra Medine just prior to this, I can say that Alexa's efforts pale in comparison. I don't think its meant to be wordy though, its more art book than anything else. Stick it on your coffee table and let people think you're stylish, as it's very nice to look at.

I get the sense though that whatever your opinion of the book itself, it very much
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Blair
I only took this out of the library because I've heard several times that it's absolutely terrible, and I was curious. I quite like Alexa Chung, largely based on her style - I don't think I've ever seen her presenting anything - but that's probably the way most people think about her, hence the publication of this scrapbook-cum-style-guide rather than an autobiography. It is a combination of irreverent commentary, fashion advice, photography and illustrations, mixed with autobiographical ...more
leynes
Nov 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a piece of shit. Sorry I can't put it differently. So overpriced!

What you get are poorly written excerpts of word vomit by Alexa Chung that don't give you any insight into her life/ her style/ or anything of interest AND on top of that some shitty hipster pictures (in all honesty my personal tumblr has better inspo pics).

This book won't take you half an hour to read and afterwards you won't have gained anything and in a month you'll have forgotten everything because it was just so
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Andy
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly not a complexly put together novel or a young adult series by far, but this book gave me exactly what I wanted.

Extremely entertaining and rather hilarious, as well as informative and almost guidebook-ish, what more could you want?

This is a book I rated four stars not for the quality of the literature, but for the fact that I'd pick it up and flip it open to a random page if I had a spare five minutes.

The photographs and artwork were also beautiful.
Paige
Jul 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the weirdest thing I've ever read. It was a lot of word vomit and random pictures thrown in that made me think of Tumblr and those quirky blogs of troubled teens who think they're special (news flash, you're like everyone else). I usually have a lot of respect for models and other people in the fashion industry, but this was just so...weird. So glad I didn't spend any money on this and just picked it up from the library. Literally finished it in 20 minutes, and won't be reading it ...more
David Schaafsma
Apr 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-bio-memoir, art
I picked this up as I was leaving the library because I thought it might be interesting as I teach multi-genre research papers, a kind of pastiche style, and I am always looking for good models and there was one that might be HIP! though it just at a glance looked ridiculously awful and I don't even know who Alexa Chung is (she's a model, I find out, but…) and fashion is something I don't care about. And it IS bad, random, scattered, just a kind of middle school girl thrown together type fashion ...more
Roberto
Cute and stylish scrapbooky mix of memoir and fashion tips from Miss Chung...she comes across as real and funny and like someone you'd want to have a pint with, and yeah it's a slight thing, like a half-hour read, but it doesn't pretend to be otherwise, and it may well introduce a bunch of young folks to Annie Hall, Lolita, and the proper way to apply cat-eye eyeliner so therefore the world is a better place for it.
rebecca ☂
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
though i'm still a slave to the Aesthetic, after 'rereading' this (not counting though cause it's basically just a glorified, dragged out and unnecessary blog post) i have no idea how 13 yr old becca actually LIKED this dull trainwreck ...more
Rachel
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. I literally read this in about 40 minutes.

There wasn't anything good about this book. It's basically like reading someone's journal chronicling their life lessons (basically someone who is stuck in a bubble of self obsession.)
I enjoy reading books like this because really when it comes down to it I'm nosey and like to know everything (I don't really even like Alexa Chung that much and being Australian, I actually have no idea why she's famous..) so I read.

I didn't learn anything and
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Nikki
Mar 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read someone's private diary? Yeah, me neither. Only monsters do that. But let's say that I had, and let's say it was a pretty exhilarating experience. Skipping around inside someone else's head is my idea of a good time. I love memoirs, blogs, confessional texts even. But there is nothing salacious or intimate or even borderline interesting about this "book." It's kind of like a really long, really boring email from some girl you used to know in college. You just delete it and ...more
Ipek
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read this at a bookstore in 30 minutes while waiting for a friend who was late. I've enjoyed it because I enjoy Alexa Chung's humour but other than that, it's more a scrapbook than anything else. If someone's Tumblr was made into a book, this is what it would look like I think. Not really worth the money so I'm glad I didn't purchase it.
Annie Pontarelli
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
too many boobs for the car dealership waiting room
Thuong Le
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
THIS IS MY 100th READ!! *Throws confetti*
(I swear I have read more than 100 books though! I have not included all those Mary-Kate and Ashley Two of a Kind, So Little Time and Sweet Sixteen books I read when I was 12-14 because I’ve read about fifty of them and that's too long to add into Goodreads).

Ironically I read It by Alexa Chung whilst I was in Waterstones! It only took half an hour.

I must clarify that I absolutely love Alexa Chung! She’s been my style icon for such a long time. I
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Tessie S
Not the most a complexly put together novel or a young adult series by far, and definitely not something you are meant to just 'read', but this book gave me exactly what I wanted.
Karen
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone like me to pick this up and unwillingly give it a try, I enjoyed it for the most part. Sure, some bits might seem "vapid", but perhaps one persons way of talking (writing) so simply about certain things isn't for me to judge. I like the bits about Annie Hall and her characters fashion sense, or the bit about Jeremy Irons floppy hair. I'm no trendsetter, nor a fashionista ... I shop in the boys section of Forever 21. I don't know Alexa Chung. I'm sure she is a very pleasant person, ...more
Skylar
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dig Alexa Chung but babe..
this book is more for being an aesthetically pleasing coffee table book to make you look posh in front of your girlfriends & other house guests; Not if your looking to be inspired to the core.

I've read the same info in greater detail in her interviews. This book is for this generation with all the social media references so older audience might not get it & the pictures seemed more like filler. She should have waited to write a book that's less
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Athena
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book Review: It, Alexa Chung – Paper Cups and Paperbacks
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Blog Excerpt: I read this book in less than twelve hours which shows the poor quality and weak length. It was as if Chung only wrote her first thoughts about the topics ranging from childhood to beauty to underwear. I admit that her writing was not bad but she could have put more time into it. For a book that is priced at $12.00 (10.00) and made with heavy-duty, expensive paper (publishing student
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Susannah
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pictorial
This book is so hip it hurts. Chung's personality comes through surprisingly well for a book that is just basically her thoughts on style, fashion, and other musings to do with her life. She still sounds quite young, if worldly, and the section towards the end about her broken heart is probably the most personally revealing.
The book is also filled with interesting photos. I am not sure if Chung took all of them and if they are all images of her friends. The layout is very cool and looks like one
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Faith (uponthepages)
“It” provides an interesting insight into the childhood and current life of British model, Alexa Chung. This book was entertaining and easily read in one sitting. It was just the right length to incorporate the anecdotes as well as the various photography. Chung includes the perfect amount of humor in her writing and maintains a friendly tone that leaves you feeling like you know her personally. For someone who has never had much interest in the topic at hand, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this ...more
Jessie
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m very much in two minds about this book. I loved reading it. It’s written like you are having a late night conversation with your friend. Which is -at the same time-exactly it’s problem. Although it was a fine read, it was not well written at all and it lacked a lot of structure (and that is an understatement). Nevertheless, it is a good read if you like fashion and if you like Alexa Chung, which in my case worked out well. Don’t pick it up if you are easily offended by sloppy books.
Joyce Gerhardt
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Even if this is a book with no chronological line and stuff, I absolutely loved it. Alexa Chung is somewhat of a fashion inspiration to me, and her writing is so much fun to read!
It's really just about her, which seems selfish, but it's not. She tells about her fashion inspirations and icons and where it all comes from. I really really liked it! Good writing!
Camilla
I liked it. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but I did kind of like it. Some pictures were really beautiful, and I also did enjoy some of the texts. A bit boring at times, perhaps.
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Alexa Chung is a model and the co-host of the daily music television programme Fuse News, airing in the US. She is also a contributing editor to British Vogue. The recipient of numerous style awards, Alexa has won the prestigious British Style Award (voted for by the public) three years in a row. She currently lives in New York City.
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“Boys say they don't mind how you get your hair done. But then they leave you for someone with really great standard girl hair and the next thing you know you're alone with a masculine crop crying into your granola.” 49 likes
“The problem with heartbreak is that nobody can help you when you're heartbroken. Nobody and nothing. Not the films you watch alone desperately searching for a character who feels the way you do, not the glasses or bottles of whisky you keep by your bed and certainly not Instagram.” 34 likes
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