This book is branded as being your go to guide to becoming the ‘hostess with the mostess.’ It comes with tips and recipes to spice up every occasion.
Of course, it being written by Zoella, this book is already being slated. You type the book into YouTube and the first thing that comes up is ‘Don’t buy this book’ and ‘Zoella the scammer’s at it again’. I’m here today to try and give you an as unbiased opinion as I possibly can.
I’ll start off by saying I do not think this book is a scam or that Zoe made this purely to ‘get as much money out of her 10 year old viewers as she possibly can’. However, I don’t think this book is all that amazing either.
Let’s start off with the positives. First off, this book is beautiful. It’s got lovely designs, it’s lay out is sleek, the pictures are bright and natural and vast in quantity. It’s all very aesthetically pleasing and I’ll definitely get a few grams out of it.
This book has something for everyone. There are DIY how to’s suitable for children, there are recipes for some of her favourite meals. There’s a lot of people looking at this and thinking it means Zoe doesn’t know who her audience is, but I see it as her trying to include her entire audience in this book. Because as much as people try and throw around fake statistics, Zoe’s audience is not entirely made up of under 15’s.
I’ve heard people critique this book for having too many recipes but I really liked them and I’ve actually written down some before I take the book back to the library. There are recipes for chutneys, deserts and some really nice looking dinners to go with every season.
Cordially Invited is supposed to be about hosting but that’s not all that’s in here. There’s also a lot of home and lifestyle tips and seasonal activity ideas. Honestly the issues come in when she starts talking about how to host the perfect party.
There were times when the hosting tips she gave insulted me. (Verging on mean here, but) does Zoe think her audience is full of idiots? There are so many tips that are just common sense, I mean, no one needs a book to tell them to keep the toilet roll stocked up, do they?
Like I said before, I don’t think she’s made this just for the ‘cha ching.’ I do however feel she’s lost touch with reality a little bit. Some of the introductions made me cringe so bad and I was just thinking ‘how does anyone have the time to be thinking about stuff like this?’
Now, for the worst thing about this book. Recycled ideas. A lot of the recipes and how-to crafts is stuff I’ve previously seen on Pinterest or already on her YouTube channel/blog for free. I don’t think she really created anything new with this book. I will say it’s handy to have it all in one place though.
This book really isn’t all bad, I just think it would’ve been better if she hadn’t gone down the route of ‘hosting.’
Thanks for reading!