Doing It by Hannah Witton ~ Book Review


Hi guys, today I’m going to be reviewing ‘Doing It’ by Hannah Witton and I’m sure most of you do know but if you don’t know who Hannah Witton is, she is a YouTuber that makes videos all about sex and relationships. She does do videos about other things as well but that is her main focus and that is exactly what her new book is about. I would be lying to you if I said that this book surprised me. Because pretty much from the get go, I knew it was going to be absolutely fantastic and just incredibly important and I think that’s exactly what this is. This was unsurprisingly brilliant and I mean that in the best way possible. I feel as though that sounds like a really strange backhanded compliment but I do mean that as the biggest compliment ever. After literally just a few paragraphs or so I had, absolutely no doubt that I was going to love this because I really enjoyed Hannah’s writing style. Her voice came through brilliantly. Through watching her videos, you can tell that she’s just, in general, a very well spoken person but that definitely transferred onto the page but also she’s just a really great writer. And I thought it had the perfect balance between being formal enough for it to make it feel as though you were definitely learning something and being educated but also feel as though you were just having a conversation and chatting away with a friend over a pizza or once you’ve gotten to that point in the night, when everything just comes out and you just talk about absolutely everything and deepest darkest secrets. That was kind of the feel that I got from reading it. It was all just very natural and nothing felt forced in any way at all and at no point did it feel as though you were having opinions kind of imposed on to you and also there were sections where she bought in other people to write them for her. So there were sections written by authors and other YouTubers, when they were talking about things that she maybe didn’t have as much experience in and therefore those people were possibly in a better position to talk about those things, which I thought was fantastic. As I said, this book is about sex and relationships but it categorises that very, very broad topic, into a very easy flowing and not overwhelming way. Unfortunately I don’t have a physical copy of it just yet because I received an early e-copy from the publisher. So I don’t know exactly how physically it is categorised. I read it from start to finish but it is definitely something that you can just dip in and out of and pick and choose whatever you want to read, at whatever time you want to read it. I won’t go into too much details about all of the categories mentioned in it because I don’t want to spoil it and also I definitely think you should go out and buy it when it is released but a couple of specific examples were: healthy relationships and a really great breakdown on what a healthy relationship needs and looks like. Also an equally great breakdown on to what a toxic relationship looks like and what you can do and advice on what to do, if you find yourself in one or you think a friend might be in one. There was also a really great section written by Holly Bourne, who is an author I absolutely love and she wrote about traits in abusive relationships that are romanticised in movies. Which I thought was really, really interesting and I really enjoyed. Also she made a tonne of ‘Harry Potter’ references, which I really appreciated. There was also a section on contraception and how it works and what they do and the pros and cons of different ones. There was a section on STI’s and periods. Body image and body confidence. A section written by a barrister about the laws surrounding sexual abuse and rape which again I thought was really, really interesting and then another section where she went into identity and gender and the difference between gender and sex and kind of, went into detail and explained the meanings behind different identities and different labels for different sexualities. Essentially this book covered absolutely everything and anything you could possibly think of, when you think about sex and relationships and I think it did it in a way that was possibly a lot more candid than you might expect. Something that I think made this book stand out as being so fantastic, was just how inclusive it was because straight relationships and LGBTQ+ relationships, were talked about and mentioned in equal amounts and what I thought was great was that Hannah was very open and honest about the fact that she is a cis, straight, white woman and therefore, probably wasn’t the best person to be talking about those things. So instead, she passed the book over to people that were better equipped and more experienced in those things. So there was representation and writing and experiences from people that were gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, transgender, polyamorous. There was just, across the board, a lot of representation and a lot of experience and a lot of information and I thought that was really great because it just made it that much more trustworthy because you knew you were reading from people that had actually experienced it, rather than reading someone else telling you about someone else’s experiences. The only thing that I would say that this book was lacking on in representation, was representation for people that were disabled and disabilities in relationships. Which I did think was a shame. I know that there was one section written by someone who was deaf and they talked about consent when you are deaf, which I thought was fantastic. But other than that, I think that is the only thing that this book was lacking on in any way. One thing that I absolutely loved about this book, was the fact that at no point did it feel judgemental in any way of peoples experience or lack of experience. Whether they were in a relationship or not. A virgin or not. A straight or not. At no point did it feel as though Hannah was judging anyone or bashing anyone for their experiences. Instead it was just very confidence boosting and uplifting and as numerous points throughout the book, she was constantly reminding the reader that no matter their experience or lack of experience, it was totally okay. Regularly telling them they were worthy of love and to do what is right for you, rather than doing what you have been told is right or what society has told them is the right thing to do. And as I said, I don’t have a final copy of the book but throughout the book it was mentioned that they were going to be resources at the back of the book, which I am assuming are things like phone numbers and websites and organisations to help with certain topics, which I think is fantastic and is always super helpful. This is exactly the kind of book that I wish I had had growing up and I now wish for everybody that is currently growing up to have a copy of. I honestly think no matter who you are, no matter how old you are, you will learn and take something away from this book. I think honestly it would be entirely impossible not to take away something after reading this. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone. Although I will say that I don’t think it is something that’s necessarily all that suitable for someone younger than high school age. If you think you’re ready to read this book and you’re really interested in reading it but might be a little bit embarrassed to ask your parents or guardian for a copy or just a bit embarrassed for them to see you reading it or equally if you think that they won’t be supportive of you reading it but you think it is an incredibly important thing for you to be reading, I would highly recommend reading it as an e-copy. That is the format I read it in and I don’t think it hindered my reading experience in any way whatsoever and Kindle’s a really great thing. If you have a kindle or even if you just have a smartphone, you can get the kindle app or iBooks app or anything like that. They’re completely incognito because you don’t have a physical copy of it. You don’t have a cover in anybody’s faces. Although I don’t think it is something to be embarrassed about, I definitely understand that because that is definitely something I would have done. So that is something I would recommend and yeah, that is basically it for this review. I thought this book was honestly fantastic. I thought it was so brilliant. I would recommend it to absolutely anybody and I kind of just want to recommend it to absolutely everybody. I kind of just want to shout about it from the rooftops. I think this should be recommended everywhere, to everyone and I think it will help so many people. I think it will be such a good comfort for people that maybe don’t feel comfortable talking about these things. It is such a fantastic extension of Hannah’s videos because this book is very much Hannah and I think that is what makes it so fantastic. So I definitely recommend you pre ordering it or buying it when it comes out on the sixth of April. Yeah, that is basically it. I will leave the links to my Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads, Blog and Snapchat in the description box below. I will also leave all of the links to Hannah’s stuff in there as well if you don’t follow her any of those things. Although I’m certain that you do. If you don’t, you definitely should and I will leave the pre-order links and things like that to ‘Doing It’ in there as well. I just hope you’re having the most wonderful day and as I said, I really, really recommend this book. Bye!

15 thoughts on “Doing It by Hannah Witton ~ Book Review

  1. I was going to buy it anyways, but you made me so excited about it! It sounds awesome! I love her videos, and I'm glad she did such a great job with it. I wish she was around when I was growing up, she's great and I leaned so much with her videos!

  2. You are so eloquent and simply lovely. I'm definitely going to pick up a copy of this, I love Hannah's videos xx

  3. I like how this book has different categories to it and how it doesn't focus on only One thing. I will definitely give it a try

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I love Hannah and her videos so I was curious about what her book was like, I really like that she brings other people in to talk about topics she's not as experienced with. Fab review!! <3

  5. are you still open-minded about reading self-published romantic comedy novels from unknown authors?? just asking.

  6. Great review, I'm so excited to get my hands on this one!! I loved Hannah Witton's banging book club so was so psyched that she was writing this.

  7. What's the age range for this book? I'm 26 and I enjoy Hannah's videos but this book seems like it's written for teenagers and people with less experience with sex and relationships.

  8. Btw Hannah is hardly straight. She has slept with multiple women. She talked about that in a video on Ashley Mardell's channel.

  9. This is the first time i watch one of your videos.
    I love Hannah.
    I'm wondering, have you read the ABCs of LGBT by Ash Hardell?
    She contributed to Hannah's book.

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