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BOOK REVIEW: CTRL ALT DELETE: HOW I GREW UP ONLINE BY EMMA GANNON



It’s not often that I write a book review on my blog, but I’ve never felt so compelled to do so than after reading Emma Gannon’s new memoir, Ctrl Alt Delete. 

I’ve been a fan of Emma’s for a while now. At only 26 years old, she’s got a successful blog, fantastic podcast, and now a published book to her name, and she’s written for countless titles, including Glamour, The Debrief and Teen Vogue. She’s a huge inspiration to me, so when I heard she had written a book I knew I had to get my hands on it and discover the secrets to her success myself. 

Emma’s great achievements are in part down to her smart use of social media and - as you can gather from the title - she covers this in detail in the book. It’s funny how so few professional writers seem to have done the same thing, despite it being a huge part of life today. But Emma always seems to be one step ahead and the book is no different. It’s fascinating to find out how she worked hard, grabbed opportunities and fought to get where she is today. She really should be proud of what she’s achieved.


On top of covering her career path, Emma also talks about social media and the Internet in general - which is just as interesting. From how the Internet remembers you after you die, getting catfished, being trolled and what the Internet is doing for feminism, there’s little she doesn’t cover and it’s all so relevant to life today. I don’t think my parents really got it when I whipped out the book on holiday. Maybe they thought I was continuing my social media addiction by reading more about it in book-form (cue the eye rolling), but there’s no denying that the Internet and social media is now a huge part of our lives today and there’s no getting away from it. I love how Emma is embracing it and carving an exciting life for herself through it. 

Something I also admired is Emma’s fearless ability to laugh at herself and accept her failings. In one chapter, she discusses an article she wrote years ago that was quickly taken off the website due to how offensive it was to some readers. She admits it seems so ignorant to her now and makes her cringe to read. I have had similar experiences, although less publicly, but have also grown and developed my knowledge and opinions just like her, so I could really empathise with her. When reading it, I felt like maybe admitting she was wrong was something she needed to do to accept her wrongdoings herself - and covering it in your first memoir is a pretty cool way of doing so.


Mainly though, I really felt like I had an affinity with Emma. We have the same interests and passions, she’s achieved some of the things I dream of and she lives in the same area as me. She even wrote about someone I (sort of) knew in the final chapter, which freaked me out a fair bit. I banged on at my dad about how similar we are the entire time I was reading it, so to discover we had mutual acquaintances was just the cherry on top! 

It’s fair to say I have a huge #friendcrush on her (something she also covers in the book!) and I wish her even more luck and success in her life. If you’re interested in blogging, social media, the Internet, or how she’s achieved so much at such a young age, go out and get the book. Or listen to her killer podcast here. Let me know if you love her as much as I do! 

Daisy xox


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