Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy | Guest Review

I don’t know anyone who loves Melanie Murphy’s book as much as my girlfriend @binithaler does so obviously she had to write the review for my blog ❤ It’s just logical.

What’s it about?

“I’m Melanie, an openly queer food-addict from a broken home in Ireland with a penchant for lipstick and pretty dresses and cats and films and baths and candles and wine.”

Melanie Murphy, Irish Youtuber and (by now) bestselling author, gives life advices, shares her experiences and essentially takes any teen or twenty-something by the hand and shows them how normal their struggles are and that there are solutions to problems that sometimes just seem overwhelming. Whether its about the influence of online media on young minds, the confusion and self-doubt that comes with exploring your sexuality, eating disorders, mental illness or body confidence, Murphy manages to pull out an eye-opening, honest and supremely relatable anecdote from her life. The book can be read as a whole, or you can mix and match the chapters according to your needs and interests.

How did I like it?

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Honestly, whenever I’m not feeling the best, I pull out this book and re-read a couple chapters to feel better. The way the book its written makes you feel like you are talking to an older sister or a dear friend, who is not afraid to tell you about life and its weird, sometimes embarrassing, sometimes heart-breaking parts. While reading it for the first time there were so many stories I could deeply relate to and I basically yelled “Yes, that’s exactly it!”, every couple of pages. There is something incredibly healing about hearing what others struggle with, being able to relate and seeing that there are ways to deal with issues and feelings that often feel out of our control. The book is also incredibly educational, especially when it comes to topics that are still considered “taboo” by too many people: sex and masturbation, bisexuality, miscarriage, mental illness.

“You’re not lazy, you’re not ‘broken’ and your anxiety isn’t your fault. You were born during a storm – like the wild one that whipped Dorothy’s house up into the sky in The Wizard of Oz. You’re scared; I understand. But storms always pass.”

Murphy is very frank in her discussion of these topics and her raw and authentic way of talking about them makes this book, in my opinion, unique and refreshing. These more serious topics are interspersed with bright, sarcastic humour:

“And fitness, Christ. The first time I went on a jog with my brother I had to stop after two minutes to keel over by a bush and spit everywhere, and it was so windy that the spit blew back and hit me in the face while my brother cackled like a witch.”

To sum it all up: I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a bit of a pick-me-up and an inspiring, memoir-style book. But I especially recommend it to young women. This book is an absolute favourite of mine and has helped me through plenty of not so peachy days. The humour, authenticity, and all-around feel-good quality of it makes it an incredibly emotional but at the same time relaxing and enjoyable read. 10/10. Absolute banger.

PS: If you are interested in the topics above, check out her Youtube channel “Melanie Murphy”, where she regularly posts loads of great content revolving around mental and physical health, sexuality and lifestyle and keep an eye out for her new fiction novel “If Only”.


  • Author: Melanie Murphy
  • Pages: 310
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
  • Release Date: August 27, 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-473-63916-4

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