Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig is internet famous.  She has had not one but two very popular channels on YouTube.  She has appeared in national television commercials.  She’s had a show on E!.  And she has a book, Grace’s Guide.  Grace has done a lot of work with Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart (still no relation).  They appear in each other’s YouTube videos, they’ve all made a movie together, and they have toured theaters performing a sketch comedy show.  These three get along.  So it is no surprise that they all three put out books over the span of two years and that the books have more than a little in common.  Grace’s Guide is kind of a mix between You Deserve a Drink and My Drunk Kitchen.  It moves through the various parts of being a recent adult and includes lists, tips, and anecdotes to help along the way (plus recipes, they all like recipes {oh, and puns, they all LOVE puns}). 

Grace offers advice – usually self-deprecating – on topics including:  checking your social media after a wild night out, having a party by yourself, how to prepare for a job interview, and how to travel comfortably.  Some things are poignant, many are embarrassing, and everything is charming.  A quick flip through the pages and you’ll see from the countless pictures of her scattered throughout the book that she isn’t taking anything too seriously but the advice she offers can be quite thoughtful when it isn’t intentionally wrong and hilarious. Each chapter even has a funny and sweet page of aphoristic advice from Grace’s mom.  Be warned though, like the previous reviews this week, this book is not for the faint of heart.  No embarrassing stone is left unturned, no matter how gross or cringe-inducing.  I would liken it to watching an uncensored episode of The Office or Parks & Recreation.  I’m curious what will be included in Grace’s next book (due out next year) because she seems to have included close to her entire brain in this book (in a good way).

If you like Grace’s Guide, you will definitely like You Deserve a Drink and My Drunk Kitchen.  But since I’ve already suggested those in earnest, how about Bossypants by Tina Fey?  Any and all of these are available from the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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