Book Review: The Only Pirate at the Party

Stirling shines in her authentic tale.

Yes. This sign actually hangs in my home, and I do my best to live by its words. There’s something powerful about reading autobiographies: to hear the stories told in the person’s own words. You may remember my review of Felicia Day’s book, and shortly after that book came out another autobiography was announced that excited me: Lindsey Stirling’s The Only Pirate at the Party. In fact, today is the one year anniversary of its release.

I got this book for Christmas just a few short weeks ago, and I read it in less than five hours. I seriously couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t sure if I could find it as engaging as I did Felicia’s book, but it surpassed my expectations exponentially.

Lindsey Stirling is a vibrant, spunky musician that has over 8 million YouTube followers. Her violin music has been categorized as everything from hip hop, dubstep, EDM, contemporary, dance…anything but classical. She’s collaborated with musicians like Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Pentatonix, and fellow YouTubers like Peter Hollens.

YouTube is the primary medium she uses to reach her audience. While she’s released albums and gone on tours, she began and built herself up making ethereal, heartfelt, and fantastic videos to share with her followers. It’s this honest and direct line between creator and fan that has kept her relatable and relevant over the past several years.

The Only Pirate at the Party is Stirling’s sincere tale of growing up and finding her voice, battling her inner demons, and keeping her music true to her message. She is unapologetically witty, heartbreaking, and empowering in equal measure as she shares her stories of the insecurities she faced while trying to simply …create.

Stirling shares her life with her readers while being mindful of her younger demographic. Her music and faith have given her a unique perspective and approach. Because of this her content is enjoyed by all ages, and her book follows that trait. It’s refreshing to hear of such incredible success from someone who hasn’t felt compromised or ultimately changed by it. This is not to say her story is easy. She has had trials, but she faces them with a strength that fortifies the reader, offering compassion and support.

The Only Pirate at the Party is a distinctive book filled with all the whimsy and beauty that Stirling infuses into each tour, video, and composition.

Grab the book here!


E is a long time blogger about a great and many things people overlook. She likes to connect the dots, fit the pieces together, and showcase the overshadowed... oh, and she likes cookies.