Book Review: Besties by Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson

Monday, March 20, 2017

Besties by Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson
(Started: January 01, 2016; Finished: January 02, 2016)

"We made this book for anyone who looks at her life and hates it because of what she sees around her - her peers, her environment, the media. This is us telling her, hey, we've been there. We've been dumped. We've had horrible relationships. We've been bullied. We've been humbled. We've had our highs and lows. We go through the normal girl shit. We want you to feel like you've sat down and had coffee with us and gotten to know us better in a real way." (From Tales and Escapades by @Louisechelle)

Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: April 19, 2015
Publisher: ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.
Source: Borrowed from my sister (Airish)
Shelf: Goodreads

We are currently in the age where celebrities and bloggers don't just only blog or dominate the digital world, but they're also starting to make a mark in the publishing world. It's becoming quite a trend here in the Philippines and believe it or not, this marketing move is working.

Anyway, the first time I tried to read a celebrity or an influencer book was a disappointment. To be honest, I was afraid to read another one because I don't want to have the same experience. But Solenn & Georgina's book, Besties, was surprisingly entertaining but there's room for improvement.

As expected, there were styling tips, beauty or makeup tutorials, and the usual topics, we, girls look for in a self-help book. But the strong point of this book was its purpose of encouraging self-confidence. We often think that celebrities are perfect and we put them on a pedestal for it. We tend to forget that they are also humans: flawed with imperfections and insecurities. Solenn and Georgina were able to transparently show it in this book. Yes, in a no-holds-barred manner. I will never forget that chapter where they were only wearing bodysuits. They highlighted how they are usually edited in photos. They stripped off that photoshop magic thing going on and revealed what was underneath the surface. Hey, they're still beautiful but it just goes to show that they're no different from us. They also shared how they were bullied for these things and how it made them stronger through the years. Kudos to them for having the courage to embrace who they truly are, and that's exactly the message they were trying to convey.

Another interesting aspect of this book was how the authors shared a more personal side of them: their friendship and individuality. You can appreciate their different personalities, and how it's also reflected on how we see them from our standpoint. I guess, you can say there's no room for BS for these besties, and I believe, that's why they deserve the It Girls title. What you see is what you get from them and that's what makes the public love them. That's how they keep us intrigued because we feel that this is too good to be true but in fact, it is. Just check their social media pages.

As enjoyable as it may sound, I still felt that I'm looking for something different; something more compelling, something that will make this book different from the rest. It's still an inspiring read but I believe they could've been more thought-provoking. I mean, there was a creative opportunity to write a stronger and more empowering content but there might also be limitations from their end, well, publishing and management-wise. I can only assume.

But the good side here is, they can tackle more issues in the future if they're given the chance to write more books. Also, if they publish another one, I'm still interested in reading it, I mean, why not, right? This is a good start for them. Still a good job for the It Girls!

Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx

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