Sunday, 6 December 2015

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World - Book Review


Started: Nov 23, 2015 | Finished: Dec 5, 2015

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffea
Published by Atria/Keyword Press on May 19, 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography
Pages: 257
Book Edition: Paperback, Audiobook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis: 
A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

It’s not where you begin that matters.

It's where you end up.


Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.

To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn’t afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa’s story is a welcome reminder that it’s not where you begin that matters, but where you end up.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

First time I ever saw Joey was in one of Zoe's videos, and I immediately loved him! How could you not!! Since then I've been subscribed to his channel, and while I don't watch him as I do other YouTubers, I'm still a fan of his videos and wanted to learn more about him. Which is what you get in this autobiographical book.

I purchased his audiobook as well as the actual book as I like to do with books that are read by the author, so that I can follow along as they read their story to me. I absolutely loved this book and Joey's story! He's been through a lot to get to where he is now, and this book just made me love and respect him a whole lot more than I already did.

There's a tragic upbringing and how he handled it. There's his move to LA and how YouTube became a part of his life. There's his first experience with going out with boys for the first time and coming to terms with being gay. All these stories really shape Joey the person, and as a casual viewer of his, I loved getting to find out all about him. (I'm now scrolling through his channel and watching so many videos because I'm in a Joey love bubble!)

If you are a viewer of his in any way, you will want to pick up this book or get the audiobook if you'd like Joey to read you his story. It's amazing! Very happy that I read/listened to it. Good Job, Joey!!

Are you a viewer of Joey's? What are your thoughts on his book?

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