Sunday, November 30, 2014

Great Advice for Alleged Grown-Ups: Grace's Guide

Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig
Touchstone, 2014

For how long have people said that there's not a guide book for how to be a grown up? Well, now there is! Coming of age in the digital age has been full of ups and downs, and frankly, at 26, a lot of the time I still find myself not quite feeling like an adult. I mean, I do when I'm at work, helping mold young minds and all that jazz, but there's still always been that part of me who feels more like the I'm still 16 years old, hopelessly lost on things like how to interact with other people (not just guys. People. Guys may as well have been from another planet).

But never fear, Grace Helbig is here!

Known for her hilarious videos on YouTube, Helbig dishes out plenty of food for thought five days a week on her channel it'sGrace to her 1.9 million subscribers. In a guidebook tailor-made for Millennials (though you don't have to be one to enjoy this), life gets broken down into easy-to-manage chunks, each section's advice resulting in a hashtag acronyms to help you remember. The guide is both practical and humorous as it is dotted with plenty of anecdotes from Helbig's life, both things her viewers may have seen before as well as secrets coming to light. It's not enough to count as a memoir, but again, it enhances the conversational feel of the entries.

All in all, I can't say enough great things about this book or Grace herself whom I was lucky enough to meet when she was on tour for this release. At an event with over 200 people, she took selfies with everybody and though she's a self-proclaimed introvert and "the Internet's awkward older sister", she seemed at ease and made every person feel special, like a friend, like we weren't alone.

Comments welcome, and, as always, happy reading!

Grace Helbig on YouTube

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