Buffering: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , YouTuber / November 11, 2016

Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Author: Hannah Hart Published: 2016 Genre: Autobiography, YouTuber Pages: 256 (hardback) Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is an autobiographical work by the YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. If you do not know about Hannah Hart or her hit show My Drunk Kitchen, then please do yourself a favor by checking out her YouTube channel here. Buffering is deeply personal and oftentimes serious in tone. There a moments of comedy sprinkled throughout, but readers should expect a genuine, emotional journey through Hannah Hart’s most formative struggles and successes. First of all, I just want to say that I love the cover, the color scheme, and the general layout of the book. The pictures of artifacts from Hannah’s life and helpful footnotes of additional commentary from Hannah really personalize the experience. Hannah Hart knows how to connect with her audience. She finds creative ways to express very trying situations to her readers while maintaining an overall sense of optimism. The core struggle in the book is centered around her early life growing up in a home where her mother suffered from schizophrenia. Her childhood traumas reverberate throughout the book and ultimately lead to a confrontation with her mother’s illness in the final…

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost): Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 31, 2016

Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) Author: Felicia Day Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 304 (paperback) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, the actress and YouTube pioneer, is an autobiographical account that centers around comedy even in the face of some serious topics. For those who are not familiar with the informally dubbed “Queen of the Internet,” click these links to visit her Geek & Sundry and Felicia Day channels. Felicia Day’s first book is a funny, honest, and relatable account of growing up as a nerd (I empathized immediately) and building success from the very qualities that the “cool” (and ultimately foolish) kids once mocked. Felicia Day’s propensity for video games, books, and general geek culture is a central theme in her autobiography that allows her to immediately connect with her target audience. A great deal of her childhood (and homeschool curriculum, it would seem) was spent obsessing over PC games such as the classic Ultima. Felicia Day generally credits her homeschooling and corresponding lack of socialization as major reasons that she is “weird,” and she provides plenty of evidence! True to form, she presents several chapters about her childhood that include snapshots of her super secret diary and epic tales of playing way too much Math Blaster that sufficiently demonstrate…

You Deserve a Drink: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 29, 2016

Title: You Deserve a Drink Author: Mamrie Hart Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 274 You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart is a comedic, autobiographical account including many “boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery” that come straight from the creator of the popular YouTube channel of the same name. Mamrie Hart is so unique that my auto-correct is keen to decorate her name with red squiggles at every turn. Just like her name (that has now been added to my computer’s dictionary) her tales are nearly impossible to forget. You Deserve a Drink is one of the most honest memoirs that I have ever read. Mamrie does not shrink away from embarrassment. In fact, she generally takes advantage of her own discomfort, whether she is getting blackout drunk in New York or celebrating a bizarre, Americanized version of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, to turn her most awkward moments into self-deprecating comedy. I also appreciated her numerous pop culture references (which are part of the built in drinking game that Mamrie creates in the introduction) that range from the 1980’s to the early 2000’s. If you like TV, movie, and boy band references, then this book is especially for you! Mamrie spends a lot…

My Drunk Kitchen: Book Review
Comedy , Cooking , YouTuber / October 12, 2016

My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut is a cook/biography/self-help/humor book written by YouTube star Hannah Hart.  It is quite fitting that the book defies classification because Hannah’s perspectives are always fun and unique. As Hannah herself makes clear right from the start, My Drunk Kitchen is about more than just cooking.  Hannah shares her personality and her feelings with her readers, as well as her past and dreams for the future.  Her advice is heartfelt, although often clothed in humor, and sincerity is Hannah’s greatest strength as a writer.  From her candid discussion of dating and ex’s to her family issues, Hannah establishes a connection with her readers by sharing her life experiences.  Some readers may deal with some of the same issues that Hannah has, so her openness is all the more valuable. My Drunk Kitchen‘s visually appealing layout makes the book a treat to read because there is a surprise on every page.  Hannah scatters plenty of thoughtful quotes, quirky sketches,  hilarious pictures, and highly useful “pro-tips” throughout the book.  The high-quality photos, varied colors and fonts, and life lessons are enough to hold any reader’s attention.  Also, there are puns.  There are so many wonderful puns! From visual puns to written puns,…

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / 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! Even 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,…

Selp-Helf: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 11, 2016

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,…