Book Review: The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Title: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire

Author: Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Genre: Non Fiction, Biography, Autobiography, Humor, Contemporary, Memoir, Comedy, Funny

Publisher: Ebury Press

Published: October 8, 2015

Page Amount: 224 pages

Blurb From Goodreads:In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil’s teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan’s a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas…

Why Read: So… this Tuesday thing might become a habit… might not – depending on my reading habits I suppose. To come straight to the point – I couldn’t not read The Amazing Book is Not on Fire… I am an avid Youtuber watcher and occasional vlogger, and Danisnotonfire & Amazingphil are two of my favorite channels. So it only made sense to buy their autobiography (since books are the newest craze among Youtubers)

Review: Perhaps this books is truly meant for teenagers, or maybe it’s meant for any avid viewer of Dan and Phil? No one can really be sure. I felt at times that the book was aimed to their younger viewer audience, but other times there were moments that I couldn’t stop laughing at (This may have been because it was 5am by the time I finished reading it).

It is a difficult book to review mostly because I find it difficult to show no bias in this review. It is also nothing like a normal book. Each page is filled with beautiful computer-created collages and creative representations of different phases in their life. Phil has some of his old MSN chatlogs and Dan shows us his old Myspace page (with all the glories of the old Internet days included). When writing plays a part in the presentation of the story – it was naturally written and with enough humor to keep any reader interested.

I enjoyed how for experiences that the two shared, the descriptions were written like chats – switching back and forth. As a common watcher, I can attest to the fact that it is their chemistry as friends and vloggers that makes their videos so funny and hilarious. Because that was incorporated in the book, I think many other viewers will find it just as comforting as I did.

Obviously there’s not much to say about plot or about character development. I will mention, however, that the style of the book – beginning with their births and continuing through high school, college and how their careers have flourished was chronological to the Nth degree. I appreciated that, and even though I knew most of the information before hand – having it in yet another entertainment form was particularly lovely.

All in all: it was a fun book to read. I would highly recommend it for any viewers of Dan and Phil – even if you will know most of the information from videos. If you haven’t seen their videos or even know who I’m talking about – go waste a little bit of your life on the internet watching two guys talk about their lives. (and then go read the book!)

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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