I picked up Love, Tanya on a whim, I saw it whilst walking past WHSmith with a huge ‘50% off’ banner placed under it so I snapped it. The much anticipated hype and build up that was taking over social media sites was phenomenal and I was drawn into it, I even tried to pre-order the book on Amazon but the order wouldn’t go through which I’m now quite glad about.
I have to start off by saying I do really enjoy watching Tanya’s YouTube videos and I’ve watched them for well over 18 months. Her celebrity inspired makeup tutorials are amazing and she has clearly worked hard to be where she is. The finish of the book is lovely and it really encapsulates what Tanya is about (girly and beautiful). It is also evident that Tanya has had to work extremely hard to get to where she is and has learnt a lot of her appreciations of life through her loving and supportive parents.
The book is split into twelve chapters which start with a stunning photo of Tanya, there were certain chapters I enjoyed more than others mostly the autobiographical parts where Tanya was describing her life I think these incorporate her personality a lot more than the other chapters. I should point out that a lot of what I was reading I felt I already knew from her YouTube videos and Blog, I just assumed the book would reveal a lot more things I didn’t already know about Tanya.
The ‘Baking & Recipes’ chapter was quite nice especially for someone who enjoys a bit of baking now and again but isn’t very good at it! I have tried Tanya’s cookie recipe before and I have to say they were amazingly gooey; the recipes are easy to follow and pretty much fool proof for baking novices like me.
If I hadn’t taken my time to read this book I could have easily read it in a day, the book is written in a very basic format which makes it an incredibly easy read. I think the book is aimed at a far younger audience and if I was of that age (14+ years) I think I would have probably enjoyed this book a lot more. However, if I was younger I don’t know how I would afford the beauty/skincare recommendations that Tanya gives as they are predominantly high end.
After each chapter Tanya has included a ‘Notes’ sections where the reader can interact with what they have just read. I didn’t actually jot down any notes whilst reading as I wanted to get through the book and I just felt some of the subject areas were mainly aimed at a failry younger audience.
The book has clearly been written from the heart and is an honest account of the struggles Tanya has had to face through growing up. To some extent I am glad I picked this book up for half price as it didn’t quite live up to my full expectations but that’s just my own opinion I wouldn’t want to stop anyone buying this book as I believe it’s important to make your own judgements. So if you are a fan of Tanya Burr I would recommend the book but instead of paying full price head to WHSmith where you can pick it up for £6.49.
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