Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up: Book Review

October 12, 2016

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up marks Grace Helbig’s foray from the electronic world of YouTube to the physically printed page (unless you buy the eBook version).  Whether you are already Grace’s fan or are meeting her for the first time, get ready to learn more about her and life than you expected!

gracesguideEven though Grace generally delivers her comedy to the world via social media, I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in Grace’s Guide pick up a physical copy of the book.  I know that this may seem counter-intuitive, but actually venturing out to an IRL (just one of the many abbreviations I learned from Grace’s book) bookstore and purchasing the book (or ordering one online, if you insist on not leaving the house) is the only way to fully experience the book’s excellent presentation.  Grace is the master at conveying hilarious, and yet painfully relatable, awkwardness through her facial expressions and there are plenty of pictures that show off this impressive skill.  There are also fun worksheets at the end of every chapter such as “How to Ask Someone Out” that invite the reader to write directly in the book, so once again a physical copy is preferable.  Also, whoever picked out the colors and designed the layout of the book is clearly a genius.  Every page is specifically tailored and hand-crafted to be as visually appealing and easy to read as possible.

The major sections of Grace’s Guide are divided into Your Professional Life, Social Life, Love Life, and Lifestyle, while the topics range from “How to Make Adult Friends” (my personal favorite) to “How to Ask Someone Out.”  Grace Helbig is known of her comedy, but there is a great deal of honest self-help advice throughout the book including some deep thoughts for Grace’s mom on the “Mom’s Words of Wisdom” pages.  However, if you are mostly searching for comedy, never fear; Grace is here!  That last sentence is too much, isn’t it?  I apologize.  Even though Grace makes a serious attempt to offer advice, she also makes sure to make fun of herself, the reader, and everyone else in the world as well.

On a personal note, I want to congratulate Grace for writing so directly about her struggles with social anxiety and the importance of seeking professional help for these issues.  I also suffer from social anxiety and, just like Grace, am medicated for it.  People tend to think that anxiety is something that people can just shrug off, but as Grace illustrates through her descriptions of anxiety attacks while living in NYC, it is a real physical problem that needs to be treated like any other issue.  Grace’s honesty really helped me to relate to her and made the rest of Grace’s Guide that much more helpful.

I highly recommend Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up to all readers, although especially to Millennials.  Millennials are clearly the target audience, so if you still know all of the words to “The Impression that I Get” when it plays in a department store (yes, this did happen to me yesterday) or you feel a wave of nostalgia when you hear the Full House theme music, then Grace’s Guide should be especially meaningful to you.  Also, make sure to check out herYouTube channel!  If you do not know who Grace Helbig is, I am convinced that after watching some of her videos that you will want to read her book.

I don’t know.

Rating: 5/5

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