My Life Uploaded
Girl Online meets Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging in this younger YA novel about a teen who starts an advice vlog—but needs some advice herself.Millie Porter is sensible. She can't help it. It's inherited from her mom and it makes her deeply uncool. That's why she starts an advice vlog. It's the perfect way for her to feel like she’s making a difference—and catch the eye of the super-cute new boy in school. But with Internet fame comes Internet trolls. Putting herself out there has some serious drawbacks for Millie, including a social media war with the school’s Instagram queen. As Millie becomes more and more caught up with her online persona, her role as a good friend and daughter falls by the wayside. Can Millie learn to balance friendship, high school, family drama, dating, and her online life?This fresh, funny, and clean younger YA novel delves into the world of social media with an accessible heroine and a memorable cast of characters.

My Life Uploaded Details

TitleMy Life Uploaded
Author
ReleaseAug 14th, 2018
PublisherImprint
ISBN-139781250133786
Rating
GenreHumor, Contemporary, Young Adult, Social Science, Social Media

My Life Uploaded Review

  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Millie Porter lives with her mum, her mum’s boyfriend, Mr Neat Freak, and her female cat called Dave. Her life was oh so simple until Mr Neat Freak moved in. Now she is constantly followed around by the man with a dustpan and brush waiting for her to drop the tiniest of crumbs for him to clean up.Her BFF is Lauren, who is a little bit of a drama queen, and panics at everything. Mollie is her voice of reason. Lauren’s parent’s constantly argue, making her home life miserable.After one too many ru Millie Porter lives with her mum, her mum’s boyfriend, Mr Neat Freak, and her female cat called Dave. Her life was oh so simple until Mr Neat Freak moved in. Now she is constantly followed around by the man with a dustpan and brush waiting for her to drop the tiniest of crumbs for him to clean up.Her BFF is Lauren, who is a little bit of a drama queen, and panics at everything. Mollie is her voice of reason. Lauren’s parent’s constantly argue, making her home life miserable.After one too many run in’s at home with her mum and her petty rules, and the boyfriend, Mollie decides that she wants to go and live with her dad, in the mad house, which he shares with her sexist Grandad, and her Aunty Teresa, aka ‘La Diva Mentalis’.One afternoon trying to cheer Lauren up, Mollie does a video on how to do your make up to look like a panda. The video is a success, so the two decide to make another one, this time featuring Dave the cat. The internet went wild. Millie decides that Vlogging is the future, and being the voice of reason, decides that her vlog will be about giving advice, in a fun way.Told in the first person by Mollie, this book is what teens have been waiting for. It is something completely bang up to date, with it’s hash-tagged chapters, plenty of social media action, and of course, Vlogging (video blogging for those that don’t know what it means).It is completely hilarious as Millie’s narrative on her life is amusing. She has an old head on her shoulders, and is often the one with all the solutions, the go-to girl if you have a problem, so I’m not surprised she started an advice Vlog. She is very likeable, and it’s easy to see why people would take to her.Millie’s life also includes a love triangle, and a bitchy diva who is determined to make Millie fail, and ruin her life.This book will hook you in from the very first line. It gives you excitement, lots of laugh out loud moments, and pure enjoyment right until the last page. I can see this book being a big hit with YA readers.Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsMillie had always had her head on straight, but when her mother's clean freak boyfriend drove her to live with her dad, she made some decisions, which were sort of out of character. Her vlog began as an accident, but when resident queen bee and mean girl, Erin, took endless digs at her, Millie decided to seriously vlog. But Millie became some obsessed with the vlog, views, likes, and comments, that she neglected her off-line life. I thought this book was really fun and cute. Mil Rating: 3.5 StarsMillie had always had her head on straight, but when her mother's clean freak boyfriend drove her to live with her dad, she made some decisions, which were sort of out of character. Her vlog began as an accident, but when resident queen bee and mean girl, Erin, took endless digs at her, Millie decided to seriously vlog. But Millie became some obsessed with the vlog, views, likes, and comments, that she neglected her off-line life. I thought this book was really fun and cute. Millie was delightful, and seemed like an authentic 14 year old, which I really liked. Millie had a pretty quirky family. From the story of how her parents met to the ghost tours, they kept me throughly entertained. They were odd and a little out there, but they loved Millie a lot. I especially loved her relationship with her grandfather. Grandfather was a little bit old school, but he obviously adored Millie, and she felt the same way about him. He showed his affection in his own way, and I sort of fell for the big grump.Dave the cat was sort of a scene stealer. There were a ton of hilarious moments starring Dave, which delighted me, because you know, if there's anything I associate with my online browsing, it's cats. I was a los a big Bradley fan. Bradley was a classmate and fellow vlogger, who Millie enlists to help her with her vlog. His love of lifts was a little strange, but Bradley was terribly sweet, and I sort of loved him. Lots of fun, lots of follies, lots of ideas about not abandoning your real life for a life online and about being real. These were all great. I was little disappointed in the ending. It felt a little rushed, and Millie made some choices I found not happy about, but since I see there is a sequel in the works, I can hope that these things are not permanent. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Ughh…where do I begin with this one? Before I go into babbling what I thought was wrong with this, I want to let you know that I’m one of those people who think every book has to offer you something (a lesson or a new perspective on life or simply sheer entertainment) in order to be considered a good read. Now that was the problem with this novel for me… it didn’t offer me anything. Unless you want to take into consideration some “lessons” I received while reading it, such as:1. Grandparents (an Ughh…where do I begin with this one? Before I go into babbling what I thought was wrong with this, I want to let you know that I’m one of those people who think every book has to offer you something (a lesson or a new perspective on life or simply sheer entertainment) in order to be considered a good read. Now that was the problem with this novel for me… it didn’t offer me anything. Unless you want to take into consideration some “lessons” I received while reading it, such as:1. Grandparents (and adults in general) don’t understand how social media platforms work.2. It’s totally ok to do whatever you want when you are in 8th grade. (because duuh…you’re an adult)3. Life it’s all about how many likes or views you have on Instagram/Youtube. First of all, this book is full of tropes. Now let’s be honest, tropes can be really entertaining when they are written well which unfortunately was not the case here. We have Millie, the main character, whose parents are divorced. Millie has a best friend, Lauren, whose parents, shockingly, don’t get along either. Then we have a new handsome boy in town and the “popular and perfect, but mean” girl. And on top of all these we have the bad guy’s Instagram account which, of course, is followed by everyone. So original, right? Second of all, what kind of 8th grader can actually leave her mom’s house and go leave with her dad just by telling her mother she has no right to control her life? From what I know, until you are 18 years old, your mom can pretty much tell you what to do because….she’s your mom and you are a minor. Nope, in this novel we are showed that parents can’t force their kids to do anything. What’s more, parents should beg their kids to do something (in our case Millie’s mom begs her to come home). Also, after Millie moves to her father she posts a picture on Instagram and gets lots of likes and new followers which determines her to say that going living with her dad was the right decision. Umm, am I the only one who founds this utterly stupid? Furthermore, there is a lot of telling instead of showing in this book. We are told Millie and her mother are close like sisters, but throughout the entire novel they are constantly arguing. We don’t get to see neither why her parents got a divorce, nor why her mother actually likes Gary, her new boyfriend. There are also A LOT of words written with capital letters and there is no use for that…at all, apart from maybe annoying the reader. And speaking of annoying aspects, in the first few pages there are so many repetitions that I had to start skipping parts (sorry, I guess). Moreover, let’s have a look over two actual scenes from this book: Dad comes upstairs, hugs me and says, “Mills, do you want me to go up to the school and sort this out?”I show him the photo. “Here’s the problem. I posted the photo. I shared it first. She’s just shared it again, credited me like she should have done, but basically said I’m tragic. She’s done nothing wrong. Really. Well, she has but she’s – Dad she is EXTREMELY clever. You can’t beat her.”Dad stares at me intensely and says, “You’re right, Millie. Keep away from her. She’s clearly a bit of a genius. Focus on your friends.” Ummm, I’m sorry….WHAT? And there’s more:“Oh, Millie…” Mum sounds a bit sad now. “I’m missing out on what you do. Come home. I know I can’t make you. Please just remember I AM HERE. ALWAYS. ALWAYS.” Ok so what kind of parents act that way?This book is aimed at young adults, but the characters act as if they are in kindergarten. And yes you could say that perhaps this novel should have had children as target but I think that won’t work either owing to how feminism is presented here. Millie and the other girls in the book are feminists, but apart from judging everyone who is against females, they don’t explain what feminism really is, or at least not from the start.All in all, I sadly do not recommend this book. I do think I would have enjoyed it a little if I were 13 years old, but even then it wouldn’t have been one of my favorites.
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    This was kind of a blind buy. :P I just spotted this one on Twitter and had to have it, so I immediately dashed to Amazon, and well here we are. :P This was a delightful, funny, real book about a funny, smart girl, her vlog, her cat, her friends, about boys, weird family, and much more. Our MC Millie is a wonderful girl, hilarious as well. At times I could relate with her. Her anxiety levels are through the roof at times, and I can understand the feeling of things just spiralling down. Not knowi This was kind of a blind buy. :P I just spotted this one on Twitter and had to have it, so I immediately dashed to Amazon, and well here we are. :P This was a delightful, funny, real book about a funny, smart girl, her vlog, her cat, her friends, about boys, weird family, and much more. Our MC Millie is a wonderful girl, hilarious as well. At times I could relate with her. Her anxiety levels are through the roof at times, and I can understand the feeling of things just spiralling down. Not knowing how to stop thinking those thoughts, not knowing how to stop worrying about things. The mind is a weird thing and at times you just want to shut it off.I also loved that Millie was quite smart, she knew a ton of things from just normal school stuff to plants. It gave her a bit of maturity. This book has a whole lot. From a best friend whose parents fight constantly (why don't they divorce already?), a mom who just can't understand her daughter at times (but then at other times is really kick-ass), a dad who tries his best but well... still lives with his own dad, an aunt who is totally cray cray (but in a good way), Erin the bitchy popular girl, the internet and its comments, 2 boys that are interested in her, feminism, a cat named Dave (and it is a girl), vlogging, how to handle a body that just decides it is cool to flop over. Her life is a roller coaster and we aren't getting off until the end of the book. The vlogging was really fun, and I just adored her vlog. Not make-up, not clothes, no instead this girl went for a blog about advice. She wants to help people with problems, and I really love the way she brought the advices. In a fun way, but with enough seriousness too. The love triangle with Danny and Bradley? Eh, I never really cared for Danny, he was just a bit too flashy for me + I was annoyed with him instantly going for Erin instead of having a look around for someone different + add to that he suddenly wanted to be with Milly while still with Erin... eh, bleh. Bradley however... I just loved that guy from the start. He was sweet, cute. Plus I loved that he loved lifts, cosplay, and other nerdy things. I was shipping him with Millie from the moment we saw him, and I could just see the sparks flying. Sadly, Millie is a tad blind in regards to her feelings, and I just wanted to shake her at times. Yes, girl, you can have friendship with boys (I had quite a few of them), but this clearly isn't a friendship. You don't see him as a friend friend, and he doesn't see you as a friend friend. :P I am just disappointed with how the love triangle was eventually solved. I didn't expect this ending. :( *sighs* -0.5 star for the unnecessary drama nearing the end. Lauren went from best friend to OMG Jealousy and stupidity. Yes, her life isn't fun with her parents, but really, you could have just told your best friend instead of saying nothing about it getting worse... And yes, maybe Millie is a bit centred on her own things these days, but is that truly that bad? She is exploring something new, there is also a lot happening in her life at the moment that is new and fairly scary (also bullying). Also in the end she still cares about you, and she is still calling/messaging/talking to you almost all the time. She still knows you exist, so pulease girl get your drama queen mode off. :| +lots of love to the title and cover of the book!But I loved this book! I loved the characters (well except Erin and Danny). The vlogging was so much fun (I still want to vlog one day, but I am still too shy/private + worried about trolls to do it). It had cats! It had friendship! I laughed so many times while reading this. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • My Peacock Books
    January 1, 1970
    I had high expectations for this book and looked forward to reading it, but somehow it’s just been a bit of a disappointment. ‘#Help: My Cat’s a Vlogging Superstar!’ is a children’s/young adult novel that’s aimed at younger teens and pre-teen aged kids, particularly girls. Millie Porter is a sensible girl who wants to give advice to those who need it so starts vlogging with her best friend’s help. The vlog is destined to be a success…if only Millie could get Instagram queen (and Miss Popularity I had high expectations for this book and looked forward to reading it, but somehow it’s just been a bit of a disappointment. ‘#Help: My Cat’s a Vlogging Superstar!’ is a children’s/young adult novel that’s aimed at younger teens and pre-teen aged kids, particularly girls. Millie Porter is a sensible girl who wants to give advice to those who need it so starts vlogging with her best friend’s help. The vlog is destined to be a success…if only Millie could get Instagram queen (and Miss Popularity at school) Erin Breeler to stop interfering both online and in real life.It’s hard for me to describe the book without going into too much detail and spoiling it. Millie is sensible, she doesn’t take risks, worries a bit too much about things and is always there for her best friend Lauren. Her own life is a little more than hectic though with accusations of killing robot vacuum cleaners, parents living separately and a crazy aunt among other things. Millie and Lauren decide to start a vlog all about giving advice but with the popular girl at school hassling Millie in various ways and Millie’s own crush on the new boy at school distracting her, things can all get a little too much. The book is funny with lots of humour right from the start. While I did enjoy the silliness of the funny things written, especially the incident in the first pages around McWhirter (the vacuum cleaner), the book just never made me laugh aloud like some similar books have.The story begins right away with Millie being the narrator. Every chapter is titled, rather than numbered, and given a hashtag title which is sometimes funny and relative to what is happening in the story. The things that happen to Millie are typical of a teenage life and many teens can relate to the issues Millie has to deal with, such as having problems with the popular girl at school and issues around social media.Although the story is funny and I enjoy a humorous book, I just didn’t find this one as funny as I’d hoped and I found it hard to get back into the book once I’d put it down, despite the fact it is an easy read. I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t enjoy it so much, I’m actually struggling to come up with reasons, but somehow it just didn’t hold my attention and I felt a little disconnected with Millie’s character. While her personal life is a little over the top and exaggerated I didn’t mind this as it is supposed to be a funny book. I did however feel that the book had missed a key opportunity to explore and even explain Millie’s anxiety better. I’ve seen this book advertised as a book which tackles mental health issues and while this isn’t the main part of the story it was good to see it featured in a novel for pre-teens. However, having personally had anxiety issues growing up, I felt the novel could have given a bit more depth into the subject while still retaining the humour.While it’s not my favourite genre, I have read a few books similar to this one which feature young teens having all these personal issues and written in a very funny way, and those books I have really enjoyed, but for some reason this one just didn’t have the same appeal. The ending is an okay one for me, it’s satisfying in the sense that everything is resolved and most things that happened had a great ending to them, but if I’m honest I was disappointed with how things turned out in the end regarding the boys in the story, it felt shallow and like the story had missed a key moment to show that looks aren’t everything. I’m also disappointed that despite the book title and description, the cat in the story doesn’t feature in a lot of the plot and I kept waiting for the cat thing to happen only to realise that it happened at the very end of the novel.I know a lot of pre-teen and young teenagers, girls mostly, will enjoy this novel and do. It is a funny story and one I did enjoy reading, for the most part, but honestly, I’m not sure it’s a book I’d recommend unless you are a fan of this style of novel or enjoy a more silly/shallow ending. -Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how this story managed to be laugh out loud funny while still driving home a pretty powerful message -- just be yourself and stop worrying about what you think other people might think about you!  In this day and age, far too many people are worried about having the #PerfectLife and are spending a lot of time trying to compete with everyone else on social media rather than simply being present and enjoying their lives for real.  Instead of worrying about which pictures and captions will I loved how this story managed to be laugh out loud funny while still driving home a pretty powerful message -- just be yourself and stop worrying about what you think other people might think about you!  In this day and age, far too many people are worried about having the #PerfectLife and are spending a lot of time trying to compete with everyone else on social media rather than simply being present and enjoying their lives for real.  Instead of worrying about which pictures and captions will get the most likes, people need to focus on what brings them actual happiness.  Enter, Millie Porter.Though Millie lived with her mother, she still had frequent contact with her dad.  Her parents actually got along quite well, considering the fact that they weren't together.  Her mom, nevertheless, was always the more balanced and rational parental figure.  Everyone kind of thought her practicality had "rubbed off on" Millie, too.  But even Millie had a streak of teen rebellion brewing.  It began when her mom started turning off the WiFi at night so she would not be online too much.  Millie's frustration truly hit the breaking point, though, when her mom got a clean-freak boyfriend whose obsession with cleaning -- and specifically his "relationship" with a robotic vacuum, McWhirter -- was simply too much for Millie to bear.  She decided that she was going to go and live with her dad for a bit, even if he did live with his father and his crazy sister, Teresa.  Surely living there would give her more freedom to explore the creation of a new vlog that would aid in her social media competition with Erin Breeler, who is the reigning Instagram queen at their school.  Right?!?If you are a fan of  The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson (think Bridget Jones for the younger set), you will definitely want to check this book out when it's released next week.  While you're at it, you might even want to add the sequel (My Life Gone Viral) to your TBR list for next summer!Happy Reading!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this. Devoured it within hours. It's hilarious, perfectly written for any generation, and it had me hooked from start to finish. It's recommended for fans of Holly Smale, but I think those readers will love this even more! I don't often laugh in public whilst reading, but it was unavoidable. Now I'll be known as that crazy girl laughing at what appears to be a book about cats. Nevermind.Millie Porter is a go-to girl for anyone who wants advice. Even her cat. So she does what a I absolutely loved this. Devoured it within hours. It's hilarious, perfectly written for any generation, and it had me hooked from start to finish. It's recommended for fans of Holly Smale, but I think those readers will love this even more! I don't often laugh in public whilst reading, but it was unavoidable. Now I'll be known as that crazy girl laughing at what appears to be a book about cats. Nevermind.Millie Porter is a go-to girl for anyone who wants advice. Even her cat. So she does what any young person would do - she cashes on in on this immediately and starts a vlog (a video blog apparently, if you're a little behind the times like me). She and her BFF Lauren are determined that their vlog will actually help people - a great message! Often this becomes quite silly, and I suppose it is quite fluffy topics like make-up and boys, or particularly when it becomes cat related, but it tickled me anyway! The question is - will a vlog really make them famous? If I was their only audience, absolutely, but see for yourself.It's hard not to like the girls - Millie has such a fantastic, funny narrative. You would want to hang out with her if she was real. Yes, the gossip and girl chat is a little insipid at times. But it's uplifting and its nice to see positive female friendships in young adult books rather than the mean queen bee that's usually in the spotlight. In fact, even though Erin Breeler (exactly the meany I'm talking about) does play that role well, the girls kind of embrace their awkwardness and ignored her snarkiness, which I especially loved. You might not expect, judging by the cover, that this would be an ordinary book in terms of structure. I thought it might be filled with little instagram-style photos, hashtags and all sorts of blogging-style texts, but actually it's laid out in a standard fashion. I was hoping for some of the above things to be included to make it even more relevant and give the pages an interesting twist but this wasn't a significant loss - I was kept hooked regardless. I do recommend you like cats though. There are many cat jokes. This was provided to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Seanean
    January 1, 1970
    Seventh grader Millie Porter is just trying to survive as any preteen can in this day and age. She doesn't want to be at the bottom of the popularity food chain. She doesn't want to have to deal with her mother's boyfriend's cleaning obsession. She doesn't want to miss out on the chance to date the hot Canadian immigrant. And she doesn't want to get on the queen bee's social hit list.What the most sensible seventh grader wants is to be seen and heard (but not laughed at) so she starts Hashtag He Seventh grader Millie Porter is just trying to survive as any preteen can in this day and age. She doesn't want to be at the bottom of the popularity food chain. She doesn't want to have to deal with her mother's boyfriend's cleaning obsession. She doesn't want to miss out on the chance to date the hot Canadian immigrant. And she doesn't want to get on the queen bee's social hit list.What the most sensible seventh grader wants is to be seen and heard (but not laughed at) so she starts Hashtag Help with her BFF, her crazy family, a guy who geeks out over elevators, and a female cat named Dave. Now that she's got a vlog, can she balance her sensible real life world and her online experiences while avoiding the harsh realities of having her life up for everyone to see?Final thoughts: I think I would have liked this more if the comments that Millie read and reacted to were visible in this ARC. Unfortunately, they weren't. So I'd be reading about one of her posts and then she'd talk about a troll's comments, but I never got to see it so I never could figure out her reactions. I'm also not a big middle-grade reader so Millie's voice didn't always fit right in my head as I read her. However, there were sparks of greatness and some truly honest moments throughout, so I think I am a fan. I would definitely watch a few of her vlogs if nothing else.Rating: 3/5ARC from NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
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  • Grace Sargeant
    January 1, 1970
    Loved.
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