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A Work in Progress

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  18,383 ratings  ·  2,011 reviews
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 deci
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
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Catherine Even better! 224 pages of frantastic literature! *dies again*
Ana Yessssss !!!!! I started reading it and there are so many hilarious stories about his childhood!!!!

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Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am bit surprised by the huge number of stellar ratings of this memoir, unless they are by young people and fellow youtube fans of the author. I was mostly annoyed that a young man with a supposedly perfect family and very few obstacles feels that he can give fairly judgmental advice to older people about breaking free of the restraints of perhaps unsatisfying jobs and just be free. He has the naiveté of youth perhaps, but the ideas presented here were based on cliché. Actually, cliché after cl ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
*4.5 stars*

"Who are you? Answer; you are who you are in this given moment. Label-less. Limitless. Remember that from this day forward."

This memoir was so genuine and honest, so inspiring and raw, I related to so many things Connor talks about and agreed so hard with so many things he says. Such high respect for Connor Franta, I'm not even a fan of non-fiction usually, but I loved this!

Thank you Simon & Schuster for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy for review! Full review to come!
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
(Throwback Review) This book was the Goodreads choice award winner for best memoir in 2015. This was the first memoir reading experience for a lot of teenagers as it was written by their social media Star Connor Franta and they all loved it.

First of all, let me say that even though I happened to see a few videos of Connor, I can't consider myself as his fan. To be frank, some of the books written by YouTubers were absolute disasters. But still, I liked many of the elements in this book as
Emily Hays
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off, let me mention that this is the first memoir I've ever read. Second, I want to mention that I like Connor and his videos, but I'm definitely not a super fan. I never even subscribed to O2L when he was on it. I simply picked this up cause I'm a nosy person and ultimately just wanted to know what Connor had to say.

I wish I had read this back in high school. There was this one distinct moment in high school that lasted a few months (much longer than it should've) where this would've bee
Elyse  Walters
Conner Franta is a typical kid ...who is not typical.
More than 4 million people follow him on the Internet. Mainstream media refers to him
as a "YouTuber".

"A Work in Progress" Conner's first book. It's a lot about 'Conner', his family, his growing years, his creative expressions, his photography, thoughts, feelings, values, charity, education, and what makes him happy.

A little sample of Conner's voice:

"I was at a family's party recently and decided to spend the evening talking
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 13 year olds, Connor Frantas fans
When I came to this book, I was expecting a fresh and inspiring story about a guy who struggles with his life, but eventually figures it out.
Instead I got the same old drill: be yourself, embrace your scars, friends are not about quantity, but quality.

Oh my god, Connor, everybody knows that! Everybody.
Yes, I know how mindblowing these revelations are when you come to them yourself, but they are nothing new. In fact they have been repeated to the point where all these things have become unbearabl
Carlie K
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Because it's written by Connor :)

Merged review:

4.5 stars.
This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl
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"Real life isn't like that. It's one take, unedited, imperfect, and littered with mistakes that we must repeat until we get it right."

Who is Connor Franta? Connor is a 22-year-old Youtuber, who uploads videos ab
Jahanzaib Asim
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
is it okay for a person to want to re-read from the beginning just as soon as they have finished it?
I think I love Connor.

I seriously can't say that I've gone through his struggles while reading A Work in Progress but I did feel for him. Hot damn! I feel like today I've read such emotional books and I don't know how to wrap my head around them anymore.

Whatever Connor says in this book it is so freaking refreshing. He is honest with all of the bullshit that surrounds us in this world. I mean I've never been one to sugarcoat anything so I totally went with everything that was happening in this b
Alice (Married To Books)
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of memoirs but I needed to read something out of my huge book collection in my bedroom to keep me busy on a hot summers evening and A Work In Progress did just that. Connor is such an honest, down to earth person and with every chapter throughout the book, I could even hear his voice as if he was reading his own thoughts to me. I love his photography throughout also. A great introduction to Connor Franta and his videos. Highly recommend read. ...more
Thomas Clairmont
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Work In Progress by Connor Franta was a very interesting memoir!
I actually never watched his videos before but after getting to know him through his memoir, I am planning on subscribing to him and catch up with his videos!
His memoir was very personal, I felt connected with a lot of things and even if I don't really knew him that much, I felt extremely proud of his work! Connor is such an inspiring guy, and I really think a lot of people should read his book!
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim at my local supermarket to make up a 2 for £7 deal having been attracted by the cover and having briefly checked the Goodreads reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive.

I've never heard of Franta, and to be honest won't care if I never hear of him again. I'm definitely not the target audience for this book or his other work, so shouldn't really be too harsh, but I suppose I should've had a bit more sense than to purchase a book written by a 22 year old dealing with h
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“I am what the mainstream media refer to as a ‘YouTuber’. I view myself more vaguely as a content creator using an exciting new platform.” This is just the beginning of Connor Franta’s life. In A Work in Progress, readers and fans will explore Connor’s life behind the camera and his exciting and hilarious past. This book is filled with advice, clippings of old schoolwork, pictures, and personal stories that will “provoke laughter, tears, and everything in between”.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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A Work in Progress is Connor Franta’s memoir. If you don’t recognize that name you are sadly behind the times and need to search his name to find his YouTube videos. Franta is an incredibly popular YouTuber whose fame is probably due to his down to earth and friendly personality. His personality shines through in his videos, but is that the true Connor Franta? A Work in Progress dives deep into Franta’s life, past, present, goals, fears, etc. It is an in-depth look into his life outside YouTube ...more
shirley ♡
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I don’t read a lot of memoirs but I’m glad I read this one.

The words that Connor said in this book were the words I didn’t know I needed.

This was such an incredible book.
✨    jamieson   ✨
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, memoir
Well, just saying aesthetically this book is ticking all the boxes. It's got a gorgeous cover, the pictures inside are amazing, the formatting and the text and nice and the pages themselves feel good. P happy about that

As for the content, I did like this. I didn't think it was GREAT. Not really at any fault of Connor's I just think it was aimed at people a: a little younger then me (like, kids who are 13-15) and b: people more actually into Connor and his youtube. I like Connor Franta's youtube
Jamie Truman
Dec 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
If you are over the age of 18, please do not believe these reviews. Goodreads, oh how you have let me down! Early in the book, the author asks the reader if they can believe that he is writing a book and he is only 22? Yes, I can believe you are writing it, but I cannot believe that a publisher gave you an advance for said text. Here are my thoughts after reading half of this text (before I couldn't take it anymore): FOMO is not a disease and I do not need strategies to overcome it. When you are ...more
Jesse Parks
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just when I thought I couldn't love Connor more than I already do. Take a deeper look into the life, mind and soul of Connor Franta. Truly this book is an extension of his videos that I've been waiting for. Bravo Connor! ...more
Taylor Knight
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never seen Connor's videos before and I'm typically disappointed in books by YouTubers. But I seen so much hype around this book that I picked it up and I actually really liked it.
A Work in Progress is very well written and in a style that feels conversational. I felt like I was friends with Connor and was just hanging out, listening to his stories.
It was really interesting to read about Connor's life and he seems like a really cool person. All of his stories are well spoken and not overl
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people under 16 only
So this is a millennial memoir? Not surprised by the ultra short chapters as he flits about from topic to topic as part of this moment of attention span generation. And while he is forthcoming in sharing his experience he's a bit arrogant thinking that as a 22-year-old he has so much wisdom to share. Granted, he does have the self-awareness to have made a few personal discoveries, but that is what high school and college is all about. Book is mostly self-promotional and condescending.

And the 4.
Kyla Harris
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kyla by: Kaylee // Ourbookworlds
connor. you are defiantly my favorite celebrity ever. your words inspire me to want to do better, to be happy and myself. to reach for my goals. I already feel the impact your book has placed on my life. thank you connor for going through all the hard things you did to get to where you are today. your story is incredible and I wish to find more like it. please everyone! read this book, and let's it change the way you look at life for the better. ...more
Fabián Tapia
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All the stars of the universe.
First of all, let me tell you how much I admire Connor and his work as a creator not only of videos, but a creator of ART with his poems and awe-inspiring videos where you can know him better and better and feel him near of you. What was my experience with this book in a few words? I HAVE A LITTLE CONNOR FRANTA IN PAPER. Really, guys. This book was like having a conversation with him: a profound and deep conversation that you could not find in his videos because he
Justine (bookwormaniac)
This book is just purely fantastic. Every word written in here is like magic. I was moved while reading this book, Connor Franta really is an inspiration to all of us. I didn't expect to like a memoir, but this was out-of-this-world amazing! I have been watching him since maybe last year, I know I'm late but his videos are absolutely the bomb.

His life is truly inspirational and I was encouraged as he said a lot of things about motivation. Reading this memoir was the best thing ever. This book do
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-and-here
Real rating: 3.5
Connor is frankly someone who uses absolutes too much. There is a fine line between talking about your experiences and just giving advice and he fades the line - in a way that doesn't really work. I sometimes got so bored I didn't even notice I got to the sexuality 'chapter', which happened to be the one I was looking forward to. It would make sense to talk about something that happened and what his advice is from that, not just giving random advice about things that he hasn't an
"Girls can be athletic. Guys can have feelings. Girls can be smart. Guys can be creative. And vice versa. Gender is specific only to your reproductive organs (and sometimes not even to those), not your interest, likes, dislikes, goals, and ambitions."

I’m going to admit something pitiful right now; I’ve always struggled to get into YouTube. I have no problem watching the videos with friends; I actually enjoy when they show me the latest and greatest stories, songs, or skits. However, I’ve nev
Mission Blue
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: english
Connor Franta is a YouTuber with over  4 million subscribers. He posts a five minute long video every week and just talks. Whether it's about a simple thing like the kind of pizza he likes or something as deep as the meaning of life. At 22 he's decided to write a book about his journey towards doing what he really loves. Making YouTube videos.
This book might seem like one of those inspirational books with nothing to say but it's different. It feels real. It feels raw. It feels like you're talkin
rachel ☾
I am not going to pretend this book was written gold. I can tell you right now that the simple writing style is not going to cut it for some critics. I understand that, honestly, but for me it captured the essence of Connor and his videos and that is all I need. You can hear him reading it to himself exactly as its written on the page. It's quirky and fun but more importantly: creative, clever and thoroughly heart-warming. inspirational. I've taken a lot out of reading this book, and I am sure a ...more
Ok, I finishied it and I think I was a bit harsh before. He is mature for his age, I remember when I was in my early twenties, believe me, far from being mature. Still my paragraph about Labeling is valid.
I normally don't write a review before I finish a book, but I'm almost finished so I think it's ok to judge it before the end.

I liked it, Connor is a funny,cute young guy giving some good speech.But.. there is a big but. he has a good amount talking about not labeling people and no
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I don't really know where to start or what to say. This is a strange feeling - in the good way.
I am at a stage in my life in which I needed to read this book, but I didn't know I needed to read it until I finished it. It's weird, but in a good way.
Once in a while, I'll watch one of Connor's videos and I'll just be happy, and this is how this book makes me feel. I have this really warm feeling in my chest, and it makes me incredibly happy and grateful. I'm grateful he shared his lif
Tan Markovic
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3/5 stars!

I listened to Connor Franta's autobiography on audiobook - this is the 4th YouTuber autobiography I've listened to this year and I have to say this was my least favourite of them all.

Don't get me wrong, this was overall an enjoyable read and super easy to listen to, however I don't feel like he really opened up about his struggles in depth where as other people have. I get that everyone is different and maybe he didn't want to, but I wanted more from his YouTube story - that's what I c
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