Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review #576 - iJustine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik


My Rating: 2/5

Source: Simon & Schuster Australia

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A one-woman media phenomenon and a leading YouTube influencer takes readers behind the camera, and deep inside her world.

Justine Ezarik has been tech-obsessed since unboxing her family’s first Apple computer. By sixth grade she had built her first website. A decade later, she became one of the Internet’s first—and most popular—“lifecasters,” inviting people around the world to watch her every move, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. But it was a one-minute video about an itemized AT&T bill that gave Justine her first taste of viralsuccess: Within ten days of release, her “300-page iPhone bill” had garnered more than 3 million views and international media attention. These days, iJustine is a one-woman new media phenomenon: The popular techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital influencer has an army of nearly 3.5 million subscribers across multiple YouTube channels, with total views approaching half a billion.

Now, Justine is giving friends and fans a look behind the scenes, sharing never-before-told stories about the hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) reality of sharing your life online. With her trademark wit and delightfully weird sense of humor, Justine delivers an inspirational message in support of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the power of staying true to yourself, while reminding readers that the Internet is a very small world—you just never know who you’re going to meet.

Like with Joey Graceffa, I had never watched any of Justine's videos. Although I had (I think) heard of her before. 

I did enjoy the beginning part of the book which covered the childhood years. I found this part interesting and at times humerous. 

The rest of the book however felt like more a non-fiction book about technology and Apple products rather than a personal memoir. These parts were often boring and drawn out. 

Some memoirs can be interesting and enjoyable no matter what level of fan you are of the subject. This book however, I wouldn't recommend unless you are a definite fan. 

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