...so i'm unsure if the 5 star rating or this review is coming from my gushingly positive rainbows and unicorns side or not, so feel free to take all of this with a grain of salt and refer to other people's reviews before my own.
first things first, let me state that i see myself as being an unbiased reviewer as i never knew of zoella/zoe sugg before this book came out and i've actually never, to this day, watched a single video of hers. i heard about her through the advent calendar drama that came about from eltoria through my recommended youtube videos, as people had refered to eltoria as a zoella clone due to the way she looks, talks, acts, and also because of following in zoella's footsteps with making her own (failed) advent calendar, and essentially "scamming" people (i put "scamming" in quotes because i'm neutral on the subject, and would prefer you to look up "eltoria advent calendar" or "zoella advent calendar" on youtube to form your own opinion on the subject rather than refer to a third party who may or may not know what they're talking about, despite no one on the internet lying, am i right?)
now that my longwinded disclaimer is out of the way, let me comment from my own experience with the book so far based off of what other people say. it's been commented that she has a lot of filler content through her photographs taking up multiple, unneeded pages. i on the other hand, actually enjoy looking at all of them, and it doesn't matter to me how many pages it takes up, even if it was used to meet the requirements to be made into a book or whatever. i want to be a cute, small housewife and eventually a hostess of my own parties inspired by this book, and this is the perfect handbook for just such a dream (personally speaking), in my opinion. i love the in-depth pictures of the different settings, and that there's multiple of them so that i can get a better idea to each party/event/outing/etc that's set up in the book. i don't have much of an imagination when it comes to these things, as being a hostess (or party planner) of any sort has never been in my blood, and i really appreciate the supposed "filler" content ("filler" is in quotes because i don't see it as that, due to how helpful it actually is to me, but that's just me! maybe you feel differently, and that's okay).
zoella/zoe sugg's been criticized as well for things such as telling you how to basically write on a chalkboard (page 97), or how to take a walk (bluebell walk, page 46) as examples that have been brought up, and i totally get it and see how and why that would be ridiculous. however, for me, when i read these pages, they have tips that i never would've thought of because these things never occur to me. i've never done things even remotely similar to what's listed in the book, and i don't have a knack for it like zoella/zoe sugg seems to. it seems to come naturally to her, all of these ideas, and that's kind of cool, as i wish it did for me. i've gotta give her some credit for being able to pull all of this so easily out of where the sun don't shine, as i could never do that with this topic (being a hostess). the bluebell walk has tips such as stopping with blankets to enjoy a view, having sandwiches and warm drinks, packing extra socks for your guests that may have stayed over the night before that have gone on the walk with you, and none of this would have occured to me. i think of a walk as literally just a walk through somewhere that has monuments and such that already give you something to do, and then stopping somewhere for lunch. there's no... fun or creativity (once more, say it with me now, in my opinion) involved. as for the chalkboard? that page gives me ideas on what to write, how to decorate it, how to make guests feel welcome and invited when they stay over or come and visit for an event i'm putting on. again, things i never would've thought of because i just don't have that sort of creative streak in me.
i'm an artist, not an event organizer/party hostess, which is okay, it just means that it's not my calling in life to be one. and that's why i got this book, so someone could tell me what to do when it comes to that and give me tips and advice on how to be one, and give me ideas so that i could seem creative and like i know what i'm doing.
so far, as of 7/30/19, this is all i have to say on the subject, and on the book as a whole. maybe i'll come back to edit it and add more as i get further along in the book. i've been taking notes, so i'm slowly getting through it. don't judge, haha.
thanks for reading, if you have!
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