Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Review #571 - In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa


My Rating: 3/5

A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

It’s not where you begin that matters.

It's where you end up.

Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.

To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn’t afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa’s story is a welcome reminder that it’s not where you begin that matters, but where you end up.

I have to admit that prior to receiving this book I had never actually heard of Joey Graceffa. 

I loved the layout of this book. It had bits of advice at the end of each chapter, lists of random things and lots pictures. 

As I have never watched any of Joey's videos before I obviously didn't know anything at all about him prior to reading but I do feel like I got a good grasp of his personality from reading his book. 

I particularly enjoyed the childhood stories as they were interesting and similar to that of some of my extended family. Reading about all the struggles he has been through really enhances how much he really has achieved. 

The chapters about dating etc were a little too involved. For example, whole conversations or texts were listed when just a brief summary would have sufficed

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would but would recommend this book to actual fans rather than someone just wanting to read a memoir. 

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