Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up by Grace Helbig
Published Touchstone 2014
Genre: Nonfiction Humor
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.
I have watched Grace’s videos on YouTube for a long time and I was excited to see her book. YouTubers writing books has become a huge thing, and while I’m interested in some of them, I’m not too sure about the quality. I’m hopeful to read more though.
This book reads EXACTLY like Grace’s videos. I could almost hear her voice while reading it (even without audiobook). There was lots of fun bonus content about Grace’s life. She really tries to be an older sister for those who don’t have one, and because most of her life has gone on without the Internet, I felt like that was really relatable. This book is mostly told in lists, which can get a bit tedious.
My main problem with this book is that it probably shouldn’t be read in one sitting. It’s definitely a coffeetable type read. This is because of the amount of lists and the format. There are some stories told without and little breaks of the list format, but that is the method for the most part.
I don’t have much to say about this book because it was very short and a quick read. If you like Grace, you’ll like this book. Just read it in portions and don’t sit down all at once. This was the first book I had read written by a YouTuber and it was promising. I hope the others are well worth the read too.
What are some of your favorite books written by YouTubers? Do you like this new trend? I think I’ll be reading Mamrie Hart’s book next!