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All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  6,424 ratings  ·  862 reviews
Heartfelt advice for teens from Carrie Hope Fletcher—star of stage and computer screen, and honorary big sister to thousands of “Hopefuls”

The only thing bigger than Carrie Hope Fletcher’s hair is her heart. Eternally upbeat, this 22-year-old dynamo has sung her way to fame, both as Éponine in the London cast of Les Mis, and on her wildly popular YouTube channel, It’s Way
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by The Experiment (first published April 1st 2015)
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Rebecca Fisher I know it's silly when most of us are roughly her age and don't have children, but it's such a fun and honest book that can relate to all young girls…moreI know it's silly when most of us are roughly her age and don't have children, but it's such a fun and honest book that can relate to all young girls from whichever generation we come from.

It's definitely a book I could pass down to my daughter or niece one day!(less)
antoanaxo At times people write reviews to express how excited they are about something. As for the ratings, they were probably given an arc [Advanced Reader's…moreAt times people write reviews to express how excited they are about something. As for the ratings, they were probably given an arc [Advanced Reader's Copy]. Hope this helped! xx(less)
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Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carrie is one of my favorite YouTubers ever.. I truly believe we would be really good friends IRL. So naturally, since this book is all about her and all of her stories, I completely adored this book. Carrie and I are the same age, so (like her) I wish I'd had some of this advice when I was a bit younger. Don't think I didn't learn anything though! I think there were still a lot of stories and lessons that you can still enjoy at any age! It's nice to be reminded that you're NOT alone, and that o ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first non-fiction book, so I'm a little unsure of how to review it! It's Carrie's life after all! But, I did have a few thoughts while reading the book, so while this might not be the most conventional review, I thought, seeing as a lot of people will probably get this book, that it might be nice to hear some opinions from a slightly critical fan.

1. Carrie's book is divided into sections, called 'Acts', part of the extended theatre metaphor. If you're looking for advice on friendship
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Before I review All I Know Now, I'm really close to reaching 700 followers on my bookish Twitter so please follow me: and now onto my review!

All I Know Now is written by Carrie Fletcher, the sister of Tom Fletcher from the band McFly which I grew up on and trying not to make a fool of myself singing Five Colours In Her Hair oh dear XD anyway, I am an active follower of Carrie on her YouTube ItsWayPastMyBedtime and I love watching her videos and seeing her perform
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Hope Fletcher. The big sister you never had. The sunshine on a rainy day. The master. The 'Hope' to guide the Hopefuls. (that pun is always intended). If you dont love her you're doing something wrong.

This book is a gem. I'm not going to pretend that i didnt already know many of the advices she gave in this book,but come on (!) i'm 22 myself (and i have the most amazing mom to tell me these tricks). But i'm not a 'know it all' by a long shot, so i have to say that i didnt know them ALL!
Being a lucky lucky bookseller, the publisher kindly sent me a copy. It includes a stern warning not to publish any of the text or to put up any pictures of the contents, so no quotes here!

Being an oldish person (36) and very distracted by a toddler and World of Warcraft, I'd not really heard about Carrie before a lovely friend of mine happened to have her book reviewed by her. Then I watched some of her videos AND started selling books based on her recommendations (a vlog would go up, and the n
Full disclosure: I had no idea who Carrie Hope Fletcher was prior to reading this book. In truth, I can't recall ever hearing her name, even. I picked All I Know Now up from the library on a whim after seeing it, and thinking the cover was cute, and not much more. Here's what I thought this book would be: A woman (based on the cover), a celebrity of - to me unknown - some level of fame. She would most likely reflect on her youth and teens, offering up advice from it. Most importantly, I think, s ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carrie has done it: she has successfully written the unofficial guide on how to be a teenager. And not just a teenager: how to deal with people, dreams, aspirations and more, all in adorable Carrie fashion.

I would like to say that I am a decent teenager. Not trying to be a moralistic knight in disguise, but I tend to believe I am. I enjoy school (most of the time), being around my friends (which I am grateful to have) and usually get on quite well with my parents, whom I love.

I wasn't always th
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been watching Carrie's YouTube videos for a couple of years now and she's pretty much the ideal big sister that her viewers as well as me see her as.

This book doesn't just give fun anecdotes about Carrie but its one of the biggest comfort reads I've ever had the blessing to read. After finishing this book this evening I felt all warm and fuzzy with the sense that the world is my oyster or lobster whatever you want!

She made me acknowledge my past mistakes that I perhaps could have dealt wi
Julia Everett
2.5 stars, really.
First of all this book was so heteronormative, but I guess it was talking about her experiences to I'll let it slide.
Honestly I think this book could help a lot of people and maybe could have even helped me (probably in the summer between primary school and secondary school. I think it would have been appreciated there.) But really most of it wasn't relevant to me; I'd say about 2-3 chapters were interesting to me. The rest was quite generic advice and things I've already lea
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Being a long time follower of Carrie, when I found out she was writing a book I instantly wanted to read it. (I’m just sad it took me so long to finally get my grubby little hands on it!) Like many people around the world, I have turned to Carrie for entertainment as well as advice and wisdom. And boy let me tell you, this book is full of it! If I was to write a book about life (which I actually attempted last NaNoWriMo) this would be the exact kind of book I would (started to) write. It is very ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not that this was a bad book. It was just okay and it mainly has to do with the fact that this doesn't necessarily apply to me any longer, but it is definitely something I would've appreciated in my younger years, going through college and university.

I can see myself giving this to my younger sisters and for those that are in their teenage years, they could possibly relate to this quite well.
Duda Klein
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could have changed my life I wonder what would have happened to me if I have read this book during my teenage years... Carrie made a great job on this one and I'm so excited to read her next book!
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a viewer of Carrie's videos for very many years, her voice seeped out on to these pages and gave me support in a really hard time.

With that said I did feel like some of the advice given was slightly too generic and I'd heard it before, however I do understand that Carrie is not a professional (as she mentions various times) and that she isn't experienced in all areas.

Even though this book is targeted at my age group (14), it was slightly patronising (especially when dealing with sex) and wou
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, donated
You know when you've read something so terrible you wish you could gouge your eyes out??? Yeah that's how I feel.
Literally this whole book was just Carrie talking about how perfect she is, even when she's making mistakes, and "omG people bullied me in school because i read books and i had blonde hair and BROWN EYES I'M SO QU1RKY!!!!" like I cannot describe to you how irritating this book was. The more of it I read, the more pedantic I got. There was one chapter called "The Birds and the Bees" wh
Emma Kihlberg
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this, it was absolutely brilliant and filled with both humour and seriousness. The book is very well written and it's obvious that every detail is important and thought through. I really do wish I had this book when I were 13-14, maybe I would've felt better. It is pretty obvious that the book is mainly written for people around the age of 14, but even though I'm almost 20 I felt I could get a lot of advice from it. She writes about how to deal with "firsts", for example ...more
Ordinarily I don't read books like this, but I really love Carrie so I really wanted to support her.

Being 23 years of age, I'm definitely not the right age group for this book, but I think there are certain points in it that can help someone no matter what age. For example, dealing with social media and the kind of anonymous bullying that can happen - this is a problem that anyone of any age could have to deal with so any kind of advice on it is helpful.

The chapters about friends, school bullyin
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, it was helpful to know that everyone else goes through the same things as you do, especially from Carrie's perspective.(because I really like her and her videos.)However I did find it a little repetitive and a lot of the things Carrie would talk about I already have been told before. Saying that I think people of a younger age ranging from 11-14 would really appreciate this book. I did still appreciate this book It's just If I was a little younger I think I would of enj ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopefuls, self-help enthusiasts
Recommended to Phoebe by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
I'd had this book on pre-order and was so, so excited for it to arrive to my house. When it finally arrived I wouldn't put it down and just had to be physically pulled away like


The cover is gorgeous, as well as the book itself when the dust jacket is taken off. I did find the little yellow dot slightly annoying, but I can see why she chose to keep it on there. The illustrations are also really sweet,some better than others but they help make it more personal and a little less daunting, consider
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This was a great little advice book with many a word of wisdom in it. I always enjoy reading and listening to Carrie's advice because she's really got her head screwed on straight. The only downside was perhaps that I wasn't the right audience for this book, it's definitely aimed at girls in high school going through difficult times. Nonetheless it was still really enjoyable!

All I Know Now
This book is essentially the memoirs of Carrie Hope Fletcher intended
Rebecca (whymermaids)
You may know Carrie Hope Fletcher from her YouTube channel, It’sWayPastMyBedTime. Or you might know her from her portrayal of Eponine in the West End’s production of Les Miserables. Or perhaps you know her brother, Tom Fletcher, from the bands McFly/McBusted. Or even her sister-in-law, Giovanna Fletcher, author of British chick lit such as Billy and Me. However you know her, if you do, you know Carrie is a phenomenal person with a good heart, values, and a “big sister” to many. If you don’t know ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Devo confessar que não sei bem quais eram as minhas expectativas para este livro, mas fiquei surpreendida.
Tenho vindo a ouvir falar sobre este livro e a ideia que criei dele foi a de um "manual de sobrevivência para a adolescência", mas, agora que o acabei de ler, parece-me mais um amigo do que propriamente um manual. O que está dentro deste livro é de facto a Carrie (aquela miúda gira, querida e super feliz que se vê no youtube) a falar com quem lê o livro sobre temas que afectam qualquer pesso
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

I was so sure I would absolutely love this book - and don't get me wrong, there were some bits that made me smile, laugh and feel all fuzzy on the inside or fill me with so much sympathy and gratefulness for Carrie because she'd expressed exactly what I've felt. It just wasn't the case for the overwhelming majority of the book, sadly. By all means, I don't think it's a bad book, I think it's wonderful and does what is sets out to do, there were just many sections that d
Maria Menduni
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, Carrie. How do I even begin to express my admiration for you, you wonderful human being?
I really wish I had this book while growing up! All the answers, the tips, the "try to see the bright side" and the "try to be the best version of yourself", the awareness that I wasn't the only one going through certain things.
It felt so unreal reading this book and realising that I am actually very similar to the person who wrote this book and I really look up to. It felt like I was reading a book fro
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I only bought this book because I think Carrie Fletcher's video's are awesome.

Despite being too old for this book, I loved it all the same and found it enjoyable and in some places very funny (i.e Harry Potter/Doctor Who punsy things).

For example I think the birds and the bee's part was hilarious. For example: "Don't you think 'the birds and the bee's' sounds like the name of a pub?"

The only problem that I had was me. I am too old for it and have made all of the mistakes and figured lif
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Loved it.
Review on release date as I promised the publisher not to share until then =)
Colette Sheaff
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Congrats!!! Oh my gosh I am so excited!!!
I absolutely adore Carrie! I have two older sisters that I'm incredibly close to so I've never needed to think of her as my honorary big sister but as we're the same age (I'm only a few weeks younger than her) instead I've always viewed her as the kind of person that I would just love to be friends with. We share most of our outlooks on life and we share a lot of tastes which makes watching her videos all the more enjoyable for me. I've always found her incredibly easy to relate to and in this b ...more
Melissa Riley
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie, you wonderful human. I am a fan of Carrie's youtube channel and have been following her on Twitter for a while so I was rather excited when I heard about this book & couldn't believe my luck when an advanced reading copy turned up at the bookshop I work at.

I went in not knowing much about the concept behind the book, assuming that it was just a bio (which quite a few youtube stars have started to bring out lately) but I was greeted by something vastly different. This book an essentia
Bavita Rani
I really like Carrie Hope Fletcher. I just wanted to put that out there before I reason with my 3 star rating. I initially bought the book because I've been watching her YouTube video's for quite a while now and I really wanted to support her. Having said that, I found that this book was missing something for me personally. I think that my age (19)could have become a barrier taking away messages and advice from Carrie, because I've already experienced such things. The topics which I haven't yet ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-read
3.5 stars. Carrie was 22 when this book was written and I found loads of relatable little anecdotes in this cosy, relaxing and light read, having turned 23 last week.
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Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, author and singer-songwriter.

She played Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre until February 13th 2016. She is the first actress to have played both young Eponine and older Eponine.
Fletcher went on to play Truly Scrumptious in the UK touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Wednesday Addams in the UK touring produ
“One of the things that strikes me most though is how some people don't realise they're self-harming. The phrase 'self-harm' brings up thoughts of 'cutting', but that's only a small portion of it. When you drink excessively to drown your sorrows to the point you throw up and can't see straight and/or, like a girl at my school, ended up being driven to hospital to have her stomach pumped, you've brought harm to yourself. If you take drugs to feel numb and it becomes an addiction that you can't break, you've self-harmed. When you starve yourself or binge eat to fit the latest fashions, you're pushing your body further than it can go.
We need to start treating ourselves how we deserve to be treated, even if you feel that no one else does. Prove to the world you ARE worth something by treating yourself with the utmost respect and hope that other people will follow your example. And even if they don't, at least one person in the world is treating you well: YOU.”
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