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Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up Paperback – October 21, 2014
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"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, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Grace’s Guide, is a comedian, actress, YouTube personality, and host of The Grace Helbig Show on E! 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 two 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’s 30 under 30.
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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.
This is a quick and light read. The cost is currently a bit high for such a short book ($12.99 for the Kindle version). I had to take a moment to rationalize my purchase as being part of my commitment to support people who work hard to become well-known enough to get such a book deal.
There are some very clever and hilarious parts of this book - some bits were so funny that that I felt compelled to share excerpts with a friend who was near me while I was reading.
If you liked Tina Fey's "Bossypants", I think you will enjoy this book due to similarities in the style of humor. Although, I think that the target audience may be younger than Fey's.
Grace, and this book, feels like an older sister who has that wisdom that's a lack of wisdom.. it's hard to describe. It's like taking an episode of Clarissa Explains it All but with an Eric Matthews twist. While I and presumably most others were expecting dry punny humor disguised as self help book, which it has and is, the core of it is very personal advice.
You know when the main character messes up something really bad - a decision, an action, anything - and falls down? They always have that older sibling, friend, relative, who comes in and says "Hey, we've all been there and your emotions are okay. Here's the plan to get back on your feet". That's this book. Everyone has problems, your feelings are understandable, and here are some tips on getting things back on track.
Towards the e-book edition:
I read most of this on a Kindle Paperwhite v1, the content of the book was perfectly formatted except for the endings of the chapter and the worksheets. The worksheets you can find as a pdf on the books website and the endings err, uh, summary? is just a minor thing that takes up a little more room than it should with alignment being a little wonky.
After finishing the book, I did go back and flip through the pictures using the web based reader -- almost made me wish to get the paperback for those alone as they are hilarious and fit in perfectly with each antidote and section.
Well, Grace's style of humor is now in book form, a mix of genuine life advice and hilarity that will make anyone feel good. If you enjoy Grace's videos, you'll enjoy this book. Along with advice on dating, making friends, decorating as an adult, some unique cooking recipes, managing a digital life, and even how to get over break-ups and hangovers; Grace also provides a series of photos and stills from some of her videos. It's easy to tell she had fun putting this book together.
One of the things I love about Grace, and this comes through in Grace's Guide, is her general attitude. A phrase that gets repeated several times here is "make it fun." If you could boil down Grace's life philosophy into one sentence, I think that would be it. This whole book epitomizes "make it fun," so do yourself and favor and pick up a copy for yourself or that friend who could use a good chuckle. Definitely worth it.