Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig

Book: Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up

Author: Grace Helbig

Publisher: Touchstone Books

Pages: 224 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Gifted to be by my Brother for Christmas!

"One of the sharpest, funniest voices on YouTube" (Forbes), comedian Grace Helbig offers an irreverent and illustrated guide to life for anyone faced with the challenge of growing up.
Face it—being a young adult in the digital era is one of the hardest things to be. Well, maybe there are harder things in life…but being an adult is difficult! So Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s perfect for anyone who is faced with the daunting task of becoming an adult.
Infused with her trademark saucy, sweet, and funny voice, Grace’s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek handbook for millennials, encompassing everything a young or new (or regular or old) adult needs to know, from surviving a breakup to recovering from a hangover. Beautifully illustrated and full-color, Grace’s Guide features interactive elements and exclusive stories from Grace’s own misadventures—like losing her virginity solely because her date took her to a Macaroni Grill—and many other hilarious lessons she learned the hard way.
Amusing and unexpectedly educational, this refreshing and colorful guide proves that becoming an adult doesn’t necessarily mean you have to grow up.

Grace Helbig is not only one of my favourite YouTubers, but one of my favourite comedians. I think that she's relatable, and her self deprecating humor always leaves me clutching my sides. She is hilarious, and this book is such a great amalgamation of her personality. This book is not only filled with funny lists, many of which I tabbed to recall at a later date, but these stories that made her audience realize that she is a human, and that she, like the rest of us, screws up. 

The Book starts out on a great note, with a foreword from her brother, Tim, who has shown up on her videos on multiple occasions. Guys, the book starts out with a POKEMON REFERENCE. Needless to say, I basically started crying laughing. And this set the tone, something funny yet insanely meaningful that tells Grace's story. 

There are sections on dealing with hangovers, on travelling, being in relationships, and so many other tips and anecdotes that never felt the slightest bit preachy. It felt as if you were sitting with your anxiety ridden older sister who was double fisting rum and cokes and talking to you because she doesn't want to spend the holidays explaining her life choices to relatives. Get it? I hope so. 

Grace's Guide is a hilarious, meaningful, and brutally honest, whether you wanted it or not. It's a book that came to me at just the right time, and I feel like it was a gift from a pretty drunk God. Grace Helbig is unapologetically herself, and her humor is infectious. This was one hell of a ride, and would recommend this to everyone, because it doesn't matter who you are, no one's got a handle on life. 
5/5 Stars. Loved it. 

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