I discovered Emma Gannon over a year ago when I was searching for new lifestyle blogs to follow. I even included her on this list. Shortly after that was the release of her book Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up and Stayed Sane Online.

Gannon is about the same age as me, so reading her book was a total blast from the past! I could relate to almost everything she was writing about, from her experience with MSN Messenger, to editing her photos for MySpace, and crushing on boys she only talked to online.


Whenever I actually stop to remember what my childhood was like, before the internet and sharing every detail of myself online, I can’t believe how much has changed! I mean, in grade 6 we went to the Safety Village for a lesson on being safe on the internet. We were taught to never share our personal information. Not even our names! And now we share everything from who we are, to where we live, and what we eat. It’s insane!

But I have a lot of fond memories of growing up at the same time as the internet. I remember our first computer, with it’s big, beige monitor and dial-up internet. I remember huddling around the screen with my friends to play Neopets, Sims and Habbo Hotel. I remember getting our first webcam and making friends from other countries.

Reading Ctrl Alt Delete reminded me of all of that, and more!


While the central theme of this book is the internet, it’s a memoir about Gannon’s life; from a self-conscious child to her successful career today (well, when the book was published anyway). It’s something that almost any internet-loving millennial can relate to. And while many parts of this book had me either smiling, or giggling to myself, there were moments of painful memories, too. Memories about rejection, being bullied online and learning from her mistakes. And then some more.

This book isn’t just a nostalgic trip down memory lane, but eventually leads up to more modern times. Gannon shares her experience around starting a blog, working online, and even internet dating.

Her writing style is real and honest, and you can feel everything she’s describing, whether silly or embarrassing.


For a lot of us, the internet has a huge influence on our day-to-day lives and that’s what makes this book so much fun to read! Because we can relate, in some way or another.

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  1. I grew up online as well. I met people from all over the world, and they came to meet me in person. I have never dated anyone that I have NOT met online, and even married, and divorced someone from match.com. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Glad that the book CTRL ALT DELETE was a book you could relate to and have fun reading! The internet is such a HUGE part of this world and I think with each year it becomes more and more important and we are more and more dependent on it!
    Love her story, as I too want to sell books I’ve written … a little inspired : )
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  3. This book sounds perfect for me. I am amazed at the technological advances that have taken place in our lives already and hearing her point of view would be FUN!

  4. I’m always looking for book recommendations. This one sounds like an entertaining read!

  5. Very interesting, thank you for this review. I haven’t read this but I will certainly keep an eye out. 🙂

  6. Oh, I definitely want to read this! I love the title, and I bet she offers some fascinating insight into the whole online community. I’m going to check out her blog, too.

  7. Well, this does bring memories! I don’t know why today I’ve been reading blog posts that make me so nostalgic! I’m a little older, I was maybe 15 years old when we first had Internet, and we did have a dial-up modem 😀 there was a website about mythology, can’t remember the name, but that was my favorite. I’d love to read this book!

  8. This is something I’m sure my kids would be able to relate to. If you really think about it, the internet ‘really’ hasn’t been around all that long. so only those born in the 2000s could really relate to this book. Awesome review!
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  9. Seems like a cool book. I love to venture out and read new things so I’ll add this to my Goodreads account to see if I can snatch up a copy from the library.

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