BOOK REVIEW – Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way by Scarlett Russell

Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way

Published August 25th 2020 by Harper Design


A book written by a Billie Eilish fan for other Billie Eilish fans!

My daughter and I are both fans of Billie Eilish’s music so we were curious to see what “Be Bad Be Bold Be Billie” was all about. It’s made clear from the start that this book isn’t officially endorsed by Billie, but “pays homage to the multi-talented icon that she is.”

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell released her debut studio album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” in 2019. Just seventeen years old at the time, the record was a huge hit. With her deep, sultry voice, baggy clothing, and turquoise dyed hair, Billie Eilish was “less pop princess, more Eminem”. She was booked to play the big festivals (Coachella and Glastonbury) and early this year she won five Grammy’s. It was also announced that she would be recording the theme song for the new James Bond movie, “No Time to Die”. All this at only eighteen years old.

“Billie isn’t for conforming to others’ expectations of what a young woman should look and sound like”.

This book is definitely geared towards Billie’s young fans. It’s filled with many Billie facts, (about her life, career, and style), plus quizzes and other activities. Chapters like “Billie Says Do You” and “Billie’s lessons in self-acceptance” offer helpful tips on setting goals, how to make a vision board, self-love, as well as advice on choosing your career, and speaking up for yourself.  Many young people could benefit from the tips on dealing with difficult people and criticism, and the powers and dangers of social media.

Billie is an advocate for openness about mental health and has been very open about her own struggles with depression. It talks about knowing when to ask for help. Billie is also passionate about climate change and sustainability so there are also suggestions on how young people can make a difference.

The chapter “Billie’s Tracks for the Soul” suggests which Billie song to listen to when falling in or out of love, feeling insecure or heartbroken, etc. Quizzes like “What Billie Eilish song are you?” and “How Billie Are you?” as well as other fun activities fill the last chapter of the book.

Billie Eilish is vibrant and so is this book with its eye-catching cover, and thick pages filled with full-color illustrations. My twelve-year-old niece is a big Billie Eilish fan and she loved it.

A great book for young Billie Eilish fans!


I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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