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Bad Influence: The buzzy debut memoir about growing up online

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Like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, comfortable adulthood - the one without a landlord, or an overdraft, or the impending sense of doom, is starting to feel like a myth. I love the subjectivity of books, the way each reader has a different relationship with the characters or sees things in a different way. I feel like I’m more knowledgeable for reading this book, and chuckled along the way, once out loud on the train embarrassingly. It is a memoir, and offers a deep and reflective insight into the author’s own life and growth in her twenties, told with humour and honesty.

This episode Grace talks to influencer and podcaster Oenone Forbat about struggles with body image while growing up, therapy, and the trouble with Instagram vs mental health. I got caught between NHS trusts and had not had my eyes checked as regularly as I should have considering I had been diagnosed with an eye condition many years prior.It coincided with reading Why We Sleep by Mathew Walker and the impact that screen time has on the quality of our sleep. He mentioned reading just before bed instead of endlessly scrolling Twitter and in the morning avoiding the dopamine surge of social media and getting daylight exposure in the first hour after waking up. It's my absolute pleasure to be the host and chair of such an exciting new prize that seeks to champion rising authors and unmissable stories – something I'm really passionate about. Sandelson added: “ Bad Influence is a brilliant memoir full of sharp insights about social media and the influencer economy, written with all the humour and honesty that Oenone’s fans love. I read the book in one go, loving it and so much of Oenone's life and struggles reminded me of my own youth growing up.

In the early drafts of the book, Forbat “wrote liberally and without caution” to get everything onto the page. Following the announcement a couple of months ago, we’ve seen a huge amount of excitement and we’re anticipating a big UK launch in August. I have followed Oenone for a while and always found her hot takes informed, funny and well balanced. I found parts of it very relatable and while you’re learning about Oenone’s life, and how that translates into her life online, you also find yourself reflecting on your own relationship with social media and what it all means to you.

Even though online platforms have age limits, “it is very easy for underage children to create social media accounts. She explores modern-day issues from body image and personal boundaries, to the limitations of online activism – asking the question: can you truly be authentic online?

When I started university, thankfully I’d been given some contact lenses that made things somewhat better and I was able to see normally when I had them in but they irritated my eyes so much that I only had them in for the minimum time I could get away with. I’d been reading fairly regularly prior to this but it was a habit I dropped in and out of depending on whether there was a book club meeting coming up or I’d come across a book I was particularly interested in.Her Instagram account started off as a fitness and wellness page but has since evolved into a warm and welcoming hub for other 20-somethings navigating this uncertain time in their lives. it’s such an interesting insight into the author’s life and it’s written in a way that’s fun, fast paced, interesting and in places very vulnerable and emotive.

Candid throughout, felt like a really honest appraisal of the scene/industry/community told though her own experiences without being verbose. But it does seem like the 'little treats' are a direct reaction to not being able to afford the big ones (say, a house. So it's about making the right decisions for you at the time, with an underlying consideration for what the future might hold.rounded up - really like Oenone and her writing style, but I‘ve knocked off some stars as not sure I enjoy the hybrid ‘social-commentary-turned-memoir’ genre that much. Anyways, loved the book would highly recommend you read it if you’re also figuring yourself out (or trying to) I found it very comforting and it offered a really fresh and hopeful perspective on the times we live in and I felt like it almost gave me permission to keep trying new things and just have fun! No matter how many bad things, wrong advice and direction she continuously reinvented herself and stuck to her beliefs, whilst it sounds like having a blimey good time.

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