Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig (audiobook) - Paul's Review

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Title: Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up
Author: Grace Helbig
Year Published: 2014

Narrator: Grace Helbig
Audiobook Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

Synopsis: Face it - being a young adult in the digital era is one of the hardest things to be. Well, maybe there are harder things in life…but being an adult is difficult! So Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s perfect for anyone who is faced with the daunting task of becoming an adult.

Infused with her trademark saucy, sweet, and funny voice, Grace’s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek handbook for millennials, encompassing everything a young or new (or regular or old) adult needs to know, from surviving a breakup to recovering from a hangover. Read by the author in her inimitable style, Grace’s Guide features interactive elements and exclusive stories from Grace’s own misadventures - like losing her virginity solely because her date took her to a Macaroni Grill - and many other hilarious lessons she learned the hard way.

Amusing and unexpectedly educational, this refreshing and colorful guide proves that becoming an adult doesn’t necessarily mean you have to grow up.


Review: I love when authors narrate their own books. With Grace Helbig, you're probably already familiar with her voice either from her youtube vidoes or her podcast. I am a huge fan of Grace and couldn't wait to read her book. I thought it may be aimed to a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. 

This is not a tell-all celebrity book. This is an expansion of Grace's already existing brand. If you enjoy her videos, especially her advice and lists you will know exactly what to expect. There are so many fun lists in this book, as well as crazy hashtags. This is definitely a modern book. 

I wish there had been more personal stories. Grace always seems able to keep that distance from her fans, which is probably a good thing for her. I was hoping for a more Chelsea Handler-esque book. I think Mamrie's may be more like that when it comes out. 

Grace's mother has contributed quotes. It's fun to see how they relate to Grace's actual material and oddball advice. 

Although I did really enjoy this in audiobook format, I was hoping for more. I feel like it under performed the hype. A lot of the advice is pretty generic. As a fan that watches Grace's youtube videos, podcasts, and social media on a daily basis, I really enjoyed this book. I give it a 4/5 and recommend it to her younger viewers.  


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