Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings is a satirical and hiliarious self help book written by the internet sensation Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger’s alter-ego). If you are unfamiliar with Miranda Sings, it is vitally important to watch some of her videos before reading this book. The character’s humor will probably not completely register with any uninitiated viewers/readers. Selp-Helf is written for all of Miranda Sings’ Mirfandas who already understand that she is a character and parody rather than an actual person.
Selp-Helf is written for all of Miranda Sings’ Mirfandas who already understand that she is a character and parody rather than an actual person. Throughout the book, Miranda Sings rewards her readers with some of the best advice (in her bizarre mind) to help them with such important aspects of life as love, talent, “fashon,” “innernet,” and “life haks.” Miranda’s characteristic narcissism and unique spelling choices bring the character to life in this written format. Originally, I was concerned that the YouTube star would have trouble translating to a non-video format, but Miranda Sings fills the pages of Selp-Helf with the familiar quirks of her unique personality.
As one would expect, Miranda’s advice is normally horrible and a little bit on the creepy side, so it was hilarious to see a disclaimer at the beginning of the book. Miranda also allows her mom and infamous uncle to write a few pages of Selp-Helf. Mirfandas will be pleasantly surprised to learn the names of both Miranda’s mother and her uncle. The majority of the book, however, is written by Miranda herself (or at least Colleen Ballinger while possessed by Miranda Sings) and the majority of the humor hits its mark. I laughed out loud many times and nearly every joke sparks at least a touch of amusement and/or bemusement.
Selp-Helf relies on a lot of photographs, charts, and other pictures and is brief with actual writing. While the chosen format leads to a lot more visual humor, it does make reading the book go very quickly. If you expect to sit and read for hours, you might want to adjust your expectations and should plan to be finished with Selp-Helf within about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. However, there are four secret videos that you can scan with a scanner application on your phone to watch and these videos (especially the mock interview) really enhance the book.
All Mirfandas should enjoy Selp-Helf, so I highly recommend the book to anyone who is familiar with Miranda Sings. If you are curious to learn more, check out her videos and then pick up a copy of Selp-Helf when you realize that you can’t get enough of Miranda Sings.