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Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up [Kindle Edition]

Grace Helbig
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Book Description

"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.

Editorial Reviews


"Grace Helbig is my spirit animal and I would gladly take her to lunch at Macaroni Grill so we could talk Latin conventions, first love, and hangover remedies. I wouldn't even expect her to put out."–Jenny Han, author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“Grace Helbig is one of the funniest, most creative beings on this damn planet and if you don't read her book and enjoy the crap out of it you simply hate wonderful things.”  (Chris Hardwick, host of @midnight on Comedy Central and founder and CEO of Nerdist Industries)

"Grace Helbig is a sparkly vessel of wit and fun!" (Andy Cohen, author of Most Talkative)

“Grace’s genius is to make you laugh even when faced with something as mundane (and terrifying) as a job interview. And her honesty about her struggles with anxiety is particularly inspiring. I’ve been an adult longer than Grace, but I was doing it wrong. After reading this book, I bought six dozen sticks of deodorant, put my underwear outside my front door, and rolled around on the floor in a blanket taco. Thanks, Grace!” (Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes)

“I've always looked up to Grace Helbig—and not only because she's a giantess!—because she has the extraordinary ability to accomplish whatever she sets out to do. I think this book is a testament to that.” (Hannah Hart, author of My Drunk Kitchen)

“Helbig isn't a flash-in-the-pan Internet personality . . . she's a brilliant comedienne.” (LA Weekly)

"One of YouTube's most endearing personalities." (Variety)

“This book is just like Grace Helbig--hilarious, bright, and will cut you when you least expect it. Seriously, paper cuts are no joke. This is high-quality paper stock.” (Mamrie Hart, Host of You Deserve a Drink on YouTube)

“Hilariously honest without missing a beat, Grace brings her irresistible voice and lovable personality to Grace's Guide. #MustReadImmediately.” (Tyler Oakley)

About the Author

Grace Helbig is a comedian, actress, and YouTube personality. She previously hosted DailyGrace on My Damn Channel, before leaving in January 2014 to create her own YouTube channel, it’sGrace which has more than 1.9 million subscribers and 150 million views. Grace is the executive producer and star of the feature film Camp Takota. She is the winner of the People’s Voice Webby Award for Best First Person Format and the Streamy Award for Personality of the Year and Best First-Person Series. Grace has been named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and Forbes’ 30 under 30.


Product Details

  • File Size: 63988 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KE4IT9G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible master piece October 22, 2014
By Paula
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Probably one of the best things the Internet has puked into the real world
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Twenty years ago I was a manager. On several occasions I hired people right out of college. Many times I would remind myself by saying, “I wish schools offered a course entitled Life 101” because many of these young people had no clue. Grace Helbig’s new book entitled, Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grownup should be the textbook. She is a successful millennial who gets what it means to be successful without alienating people. The reason I say this is because the book comes across as so honest as she talks about the pain in her life like panic attacks. How can you not like someone like her? Her book gives you permission to love yourself despite your flaws.

Here is a sample of her sage advice on the subject of making friends. “Surround yourself with people who are the ketchup to your french fries-they make you a better version of yourself. Yes french fries are amazing on their own, but combined with ketchup they are a force. Spend time with people who bring out your true flavors but don’t overpower you.”

The book is a quick and easy read as it is organized around chapters. Each chapter has a personal antidote followed by a list with short blurbs that are arranged in an acrostic. This is followed up with “Mom’s Words of Wisdom. An example is “Remember everyone is try to make their way in the world. So don’t be like the speedboat that splashes everyone when you go by. Be the elegant sailboat that leaves everyone with their mouths open saying “Wow!”

While the intended audience is older teens and young adults there is sage advice in the last chapter for senior adults like me entitled Tips for Living Online.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace is everything October 22, 2014
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Can't put this book down. It is amazing. Grace not only knocked this book out of the park; but she tied it down, driped hot wax on it and made it her bitch. Loved every word.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An actual helpful guide book! October 23, 2014
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This book is great and I'm not just being biased because I'm a huge Grace Helbig fan. This is actually an extremely helpful guide. I was afraid that this book was going to be geared mostly towards 16-20 years olds and it's not. I'm 25 and found that this guide still applied to me and probably many of those who are in their mid to late 20s. Now, Grace is hilarious so I figured her book would be as well, which it is, but what I didn't expect was that there would be some depth to it. Grace combined her personal experiences with her advice very "grace"fully (pun intended) so that I didn't feel like I was being given advice from someone who just says "science shows this is how you should do this". She has a way of taking advice a friend or family member could suggest that people tend to ignore and make it funny and relatable so that you think why haven't I been doing this all along. I actually laughed out loud a few times while reading this and by total surprise even teared up at a few parts in the chapter about anxiety because as someone who has anxiety I related completely to some of her experiences. Highly recommend to anybody who is trying to find their footing in this "arbitrary piss den called life."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is without a doubt one of my favorites.

I've only read part of it so far, but it's great. Grace's sense of humor keeps me rolling on the floor while her intelligence and advice actually inspire me to get back up off the floor and do sh*t. She's got a new level of honesty and transparency in this book that's different than her videos online, and it makes me love her more. Platonically of course (I mean... Unless you wanna... Grace? Hello?)

If you've never heard of Grace or seen any of her videos, definitely check out this book anyway. It's worth it, and she'll definitely make you feel like you've finally got an older (or younger, I don't know you) sister that you never knew you wanted!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this book in my life. October 24, 2014
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I'm going to preface this review by saying that I am a BIG fan of Grace's. I think she is hilarious and as an awkward mid-20s female, I find her incredibly relatable. Obviously, if you watch her videos on YouTube, you're going to love this book. If you don't know her from YouTube (do you live under a rock, or just don't know how to use the internet properly?) then I still think you will find this a funny, relatable book which may actually help you figure out some stuff about yourself. I wasn't expecting some of the deeper and personal things in this book - I love that she writes so honestly about her anxiety - and for this, thank you Grace.

Prospective buyers, what are you waiting for? This book will make you smile and laugh and you might even figure out that no one is really pulling off the "adult" thing. It's all pretend and those struggling with it are the winners and the cool kids you would want to go drinking with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo Grace! October 22, 2014
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This book truly made me laugh, cry, reevaluate some life choices, think about my future (eek!), and above all helped me in so many areas of my existence. I really needed someone to tell me to wear socks with shoes that need socks. I'm bad at that. I also was greatly helped by the section about managing anxiety. I plan to do a lot more rolling around on the floor in a blanket. Maybe even a heated one, I'll go crazy.

In all honesty though, as a fan of Grace's videos and supporter of Grace the human, I am so proud of this book. I loved every beautiful page of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to make it through their teens and twenties in this crazy thing called life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace is Fantastic.
Grace's writing and sense of humor are fantastic. As a 23 year old female, I related to this book a lot and had a lot of laughs while reading. I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ivriem
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect book, perfect life.
Published 5 days ago by Ariana Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Useful
This was a gift for a fan of Grace and they loved the book. It was an ideal companion to her other projects.
Published 5 days ago by Crimson Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift for our daughter...she loves it!
Published 5 days ago by Denise Bement
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected
Great read.
Published 7 days ago by Brenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am so happy to finally own this. Super proud of you chick, keep on killin' it!
Published 10 days ago by Mandee
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so good, and helpful and I am in love
YAAS GRACE HELBIG YAAS. This book is so good, and helpful and I am in love.
Published 12 days ago by Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at millenials, should bought for everyone between the ages of 20...
Lot's of hilarity AND cool insights throughout the entire book, but the section on dating by itself has convinced me to buy like a dozen copies(hello income tax refund) to gift at... Read more
Published 13 days ago by R. Gilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
Grace does not disappoint! Grace' s Guide is as wonderful as her vlog. I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor. Would love to read more!
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer L. Munce
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