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Friday Freebies at Better Reading Kids: A Work in Progress

July 31, 2015

*Freebie posted 31st July, enter by 6th August 2015*

This week, we’re excited to be giving away 10 copies of a memoir/guide to life for teens: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta.

You might not have heard of Connor Franta, but the teenagers in your life almost certainly have. He has over 4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel where he posts lifestyle, comedy and inspiration videos!

For Franta fans this book is a printed keepsake which reveals more about his journey. For those new to Franta, it’s a book full of observations and inspiration for growing up in the digital age.

‘None of us should measure our self-esteem or popularity by numbers.
Social media is the most warped mirror to look into…we should always check in on ourselves and
maintain a grip on reality…fuel your self-esteem with the love of your friends and family.’

connor franta authorConnor shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation. And yes, he’s only 22, but he has a lot to say! He offers a look at his Midwest US upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

‘I knew it was going to be a cool picture and didn’t care if I looked stupid taking it
because I was led by my creative vision and not the opinions of others.
I don’t let other people control how I live my life…

My creative process starts with an idea…if it won’t leave me alone, I begin expanding on it with notes. I think it all the way through, adding bullet points and examples. Then I just do it.’

This full-colour paperback includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor.

‘Eleven times out of ten, I would rather talk to an eighty-seven-year-old than an eighteen-year-old…
if we take the time, pull up a chair, let them talk, and really listen, we can learn a thing or two.
Respect those who have been here before us.’

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For a chance to win a copy of A Work in Progress, post a comment on the Friday Freebies story on our facebook page telling us the best piece of wisdom anyone ever shared with you. The 10 most interesting and original responses by 5pm Thursday 6th August will receive a copy of the book, courtesy of our friends at Simon & Schuster Australia.


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