I snapped up an audio version of this book because I've long been a fan of electric violinist Lindsey Stirling's music videos on YouTube. If you're not familiar with her particular brand of art, picture a tiny redhead dancing around like a pixie in exotic locales, all while furiously bowing a stringed instrument—and sometimes dressed up as a video game character.
(Can I just take a moment to say how much I love the way the internet has opened up avenues for people a touch outside the mainstream? Stirling was famously slammed by the judges on America's Got Talent, but on YouTube she was able to find people who “get” her and her music—and there are a lot of them. I love hearing the success stories of people who pursue what they're good at, even if not everyone understands it.)
Because I find Stirling's professional life so interesting—what is life like for a YouTuber and touring musician, really?—I was surprised to find my favorite parts of the book focused on her childhood, family, and regular life outside of music. She still drives a 2002 Toyota Echo even though she can afford something a little flashier because, as she points out, the car she's had since college still works (and if it ain't broke...). I can totally respect that kind of frugality.
Less endearing were the sections in which she discussed her fame and some of the negative effects it's had on her life. While I understand that fans can be pushy and entitled and touring can be exhausting, I don't have much patience for celebrities who publicly complain about such things. Those are issues to vent about to family members and close friends, not the people who provide the funds that make your lifestyle possible (I mean, they did just fork over the cash to buy your book, after all).