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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World Paperback – May 19, 2015
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"If this isn't bravery, we don't know what is."(Teen Vogue)
"Fun, lighthearted, and touching" (The Daily Beast)
"In Real Life is not only an eye-opening read, it’s a good reminder to young adults that they don’t really know the people they follow on YouTube or Instagram as well as they think they do. What happens “In Real Life” is a more complicated story." (Metro)
About the Author
Joey Graceffa is a leading digital creator, actor, and producer, best known for his scripted and vlog work with YouTube. His memoir, In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, was published in 2015 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Joey ranked third on Variety’s 2015 #Famechangers lists and has been featured in publications such as People, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter. In 2013, between his daily vlogs and gameplay videos, he produced and starred in his own Kickstarter–funded supernatural series, Storytellers, for which he won a Streamy Award. In 2016, he debuted Escape the Night, a “surreality” competition series for YouTube Red that will return for a second season in the summer of 2017. Joey’s other interests include a proprietary accessories/home décor line called Crystal Wolf and supporting various nonprofit organizations for literacy, children’s health and wellness, and animal welfare. For more information, please visit ChildrenofEdenBook.com.
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My 11 year old started in the special education program at 9 months old. He had a form of infantile epilepsy and it was standard to start early intervention as young as possible to hopefully prevent future issues. Now, at 11, he hasn't had a seizure in 9 years, and he is in his first year of junior high, he is in all grade level classes, and he is doing really well with them, but he does still have an hour of resource room a day, where he can get help on anything he didn't understand in class from a special ed teacher, while doing his homework from the day, and 90 minutes of speech therapy a week. He has always preferred toys, movies, books etc that are geared towards girls. Princesses, ponies, unicorns, rainbows and ladybugs are now, and have always been, his favorite things. We've had many conversations about gender, and after discussing what trans means for awhile, about 4 years ago, he said "but, what if I'm just a boy, and I like being a boy, but I like to do girl things, and wear girls clothes? Aren't their adults who are boys but just like to do and wear girl things?". To which I replied, "well, of course." and turned on an episode of drag race. Tonight I spent nearly an hour doing his hair to get a tiara to stay, as he is elsa for halloween this year. These things, especially the speech impediment and effeminacy, have of course been an issue with his peers, though, he does have an amazingly great group of friends, they've been friends for years now, who always stick up for him, and he has always been great at sticking up for himself, and his friends, as well.
So, while I would of read, and liked, the book no matter what, cause, despite being way too old to be in his normal demographic, I've loved joey since the first time I saw a him, in a colab on another channel. But, the reason I ended up not just liking, but loving, this book so much was that it felt like this was a book written specifically for my kid. That's a very specific, and very small niche, I know, but it definitely is the first book I've come across that fit that particular niche. Not that I even knew I was looking for that.
Immediately after finishing it I started reading it out loud to him. He already knew who joey was, cause he loves minecraft, so that was also fun, for him.
So, yea... Thanks Joey, you made a kid extremely happy with proof that he wasn't actually alone. I included a picture of him dressed as elsa tonight, and one with his older sister, as they were leaving to go trick or treating.
tl;dr- This felt like an it gets better novel, but it also felt like an it gets better novel written specifically for my child.
I am a huge YouTuber so I have followed Joey along with fellow vlogers for quite some time, and I say this in the least stalker way possible lol. So this book is like a holy grail, it's like having a chance to have permission to read you sisters diary!
It's full of advice, and gives some tips about how to handle some situations. He also talks more about his family and friends that you don't get in his short vlogs. It's also definitely not Fifty Shades of Grey but it does go into his love life, and let's just say his soft lips begin kissing something ;) and your going to have to read the book to find out who or what that may be.
Overall, this was a great book, I highly recommend it! This book was hard to put down, My dog sat at my side while I read this outside all day (well until it was finished)!
Throwing Shade since 97'
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