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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded By Hannah Hart
A review by Lindsey Bartlett
Hannah Hart’s Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is the kind of book almost anybody can relate to in some way. Most people will know Hart as the YouTube sensation, and author of the bestseller My Drunk Kitchen. In her new book, she is cooking up memories and stories from her past.
The short essays in this book deliver a picture of her life experiences dealing with things like family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, and friendship. The important things, if you ask me. All of these essays are filled with a certain wit and wisdom, despite the sometimes hard to stomach subject matter.
Hart was raised by a mother whose mental illness, Schizophrenia, would surface to more extremes as Hannah grew older. Because of her illness, her mother could not work and much of the time Hart and her siblings lived in squalor. They didn’t bathe, their house was filthy, and they couldn’t afford the kinds of things that “normal” kids take for granted growing up.
Throw into this mix Hart’s Jehovah Witness father combined with the question and uncertainty about her sexuality, and readers cannot help but shake their heads while laughing and crying. However, Hart doesn’t let what has happened to her in the past get her down; instead her latest book is a rallying cry for those who face these same trials and tribulations: mental illness, sexuality vs. one’s faith battles, and so much more. Hart’s optimism is contagious.
The ending of Hart’s book is a reminder to us all, that despite her life’s hardships she has many advantages: among those being she is white and well- educated to say nothing of her fame and wealth. All of the topics in this book are important, and Hart’s poignancy and wit shed a much needed light for readers everywhere.