Title: Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up
Author: Grace Helbig
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Grace Helbig is the self-proclaimed older sister of the Internet. The whole thing, everyone. I’m a few years older than she is, and even I would consider her my older sister. I would also very much like to drink with her. Helbig made her name with her DailyGrace YouTube channel, and can now be found three days a week at It’s Grace. She and her two co-conspirators, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart, make up the holy trinity of YouTube fans everywhere. I’ve never been one to watch a lot of vloggers, but I find Helbig hysterical, approachable, and easy to relate to. All of the qualities that people love about her videos translated perfectly into her first book.
Grace’s Guide is divided into four broad sections that cover one’s professional life, social life, love life, and lifestyle. Each section is then broken down even further and often comes with clever anagrams (such as Dimple Fax or Workpoot) to help you remember her fool-proof, step-by-step plan on how to interview for a job, ask someone out, or throw a party. Now, as someone who’s been married for so long, she can’t remember what it’s like to date, there were some sections that didn’t so much apply to me anymore. That said, her dating tips are really funny, and somehow probably useful. One tip that she brings up again and again? Wear deodorant and always keep some with you. Keep it in your car, your purse, your desk, everywhere. You can never be too prepared, deodorant-wise.
While dating didn’t really apply to me, I am graduating college in December (YAY!), and happened to be reading this before a night out with a friend. Something no one tells you, ever, but I will: It’s really, really hard to make friends when you’re an adult. When you’re a kid, friends are built-in to school and social things that your parents force you to do, like go to youth group even though you really don’t want to because all the kids there are weird and clique-y and make fun of you. Or, uh, something. But when you’re an adult, it’s hard to find people who you share interests with and can talk to and don’t want to punch after five minutes! Going out with my friend that night, I actually found myself remembering some of Grace’s advice to just put yourself out there and talk to people (which can be hard for me) and ended up meeting some cool folks. Friends? We’ll see, but hey, it’s a start.
The books is a lot of lists (“How to Throw an Adult Party”, “How To Get Over a Hangover”, “How To Ask Someone Out”,) that are infused with Helbig’s awkwardness, wicked sense of humor, and common sense. She also tells personal stories about her experiences, and includes photographic evidence when appropriate. The pictures were one of my favorite parts, to be honest. Not only does Helbig include personal photos, but each section is accented by an appropriate, stylized shot that just looks like it was fun to do. If you’re a fan of Helbig’s videos, or just a funny, strange, and wonderful view on pretending to be a grown-up, I highly recommend this book.
Rating: 4/5 stars.