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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  6,631 Ratings  ·  598 Reviews
"One of the sharpest, funniest voices on YouTube" (Forbes), comedian Grace Helbig offers an irreverent and illustrated guide to life for anyone faced with the challenge of growing up.

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 gu
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Touchstone
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Penny Cipolone
Dec 03, 2014 Penny Cipolone rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer right up front -- I was Grace Helbig's Latin teacher for five years so some may see me as biased. That said, I laughed, I cried (well actually I laughed so much I cried)as I read this wonderful book. Grace has grown up to be a marvelous comedian, and I am sorry that up until now I have missed so much of her journey. Hey - I taught Latin for 42 years, not exactly from the YouTube generation. "Grace's Guide" is wicked funny and wicked smart. All my JCL friends should take note of her ...more
Raeleen Lemay
Dec 31, 2014 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Grace is such a fun time.
Mar 18, 2016 Maxwell rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
So first of all I want to say that I love Grace Helbig. I've been a fan of hers for years, and I've really enjoyed following her career as she has expanded beyond her personal YouTube channel. That being said, I didn't think this book was necessarily her best comedy. That being said, I don't think she was necessarily shooting for the same comedy that she normally does with this. It was very much a millennial's guide to adulting, which you can fully expect from the title of this book. One caveat ...more
Kristina Horner
Mar 10, 2015 Kristina Horner marked it as to-read
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is a DNF for me.
I feel terrible about it, because I really like Grace (and she's one of the few YouTubers whose books I was really looking forward to reading) but I couldn't get through it.

I bought the audiobook version because I thought it would feel more like a Grace video, but I am definitely not the target demographic for this book. On top of that, it felt too serious to be a Grace video, but too wacky to be an audiobook. I think long-form is an awkward medium for Grace.

While I enjoy t
Sarah Elizabeth
Oct 29, 2014 Sarah Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I kind of want to give everyone I know a copy of this book.
Sep 27, 2014 Christina rated it liked it
Everyone knows Grace from her YouTube channel, right? Right. I love her. I used to watch her religiously, but then my kids took over my life. I still check in every once in a while and I still love what I see so I was excited to review her first book. It's all about being a grown up, which I already am, but I'm still learning! She has some adult survival tips that I absolutely identify with, like, "You can get it at Target." While a lot of the book is tongue-in-cheek and written exactly how she ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
A helping hand in disguise! Don't be fooled by the sarcasm, this book actually is a legitimate guide to being a grown-up. Written in her signature witty charm, Grace's voice infuses this pseudo-self-help guide with humour, reflection, and true understanding of what it's like to be an 'adultolescent'. Filled with nuggets of wisdom on each page(and some of mom's timeless advice)this book is thoroughly enjoyable to read. As a young, 22 year old facing the challenges of finding myself and standing ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Marie rated it liked it
Rather disappointed by this. I expected the wit, humour and fun that we all know and love from Grace's videos, but this was definitely something different.
Monica Fumarolo
Nov 30, 2014 Monica Fumarolo rated it really liked it
A hilarious and heartfelt guide for me and my fellow Millennials who are trying to navigate this whole "adulting" thing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can easily see myself buying it for friends and rereading it in the years to come. Helbig's conversational style makes me feel like we could have been friends in college (had either of us known how to socialize in real life - if only a guide like this had existed back then!).

Full Thoughts:
For how long have people said that there's not a guide
Drew Ryan
Oct 27, 2014 Drew Ryan rated it it was amazing
Grace is basically what I want to be in life. Young, beautiful, hilarious, socially-conscious, liberal, and successful on YouTube. I'm... well... 3.5 of those things?

Her book is written exactly how I would want to write mine. VERY conversational with sidenotes, tangents, puns, cuss words - you name it. It felt like she was vlogging on paper. BTW, the paper the book is printed on is really frickin nice. I was impressed with how sturdy it is.

I learned a lot about the wonderful woman she is and al
Jul 03, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
I picked this up from the library based mostly on the premise that this would help me be an adult or at least realize it's not so hard to pretend. And because Grace Helbig, while I don't have much experience with her, seems very funny. I mostly know of her from knowing of Hannah Hart.

This is definitely worth the read, especially for fans of mostly clean, awkward girl humor. It's broken into various sections of self-help and there are a ton of funny and occasionally self-deprecating pictures. Thi
Sep 15, 2014 Kati rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I've had a love/hate relationship with Grace, but she is an extremely witty and funny person. She writes a lot like she vlogs - honestly and sometimes a little off point. But she offers some real advice along with some heartwarming anecdotes that make this a read you want curl up with to cheer you up after a bad day. Overall, her book doesn't disappoint, and I am excited to buy a copy when it comes out!
Apr 03, 2016 Rianna rated it liked it
2.5 stars. This was very common sense information and it was barely funny. I don't watch Grace's youtube but I think I would have liked it more if I have watched her videos.
May 21, 2015 Vale rated it it was amazing
Si te gusta Grace, te gustará este libro. Es totalmente ella
Nov 01, 2016 Christina rated it it was ok
Please support my blog and read my non-spoiler review here:

I’ve been a big fan of Grace Helbig’s YouTube videos for years, and was very excited to find out she was releasing her first book, Grace’s Guide, back in 2014. I was so excited, in fact, that I attended her book tour and got to meet Grace at Housing Works Bookstore in New York. For some reason I waited two years to read the book, and finally picked it up to read for my 2016 Popsugar Reading Chall
Tiffany Day
I've not watched any of Grace's blogs; however, I've enjoyed her appearances on @midnight. So, I was expecting a really funny book. I thought from the title it might be a witty collection of essays about her life experiences or maybe a tongue-in-cheek lifestyle guru's supposed sage wisdom. It is neither. Instead, it's basically a self-help book for young adults who've never left their home - ever. It's filled with gems like, "go out." "Meet people." "Take Advil when you're hungover." ...idk - I ...more
Samantha  (Where's My Bookmark?)
Sep 26, 2015 Samantha (Where's My Bookmark?) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction, 2015
This review and others can be found at Where's My Bookmark?

Such a fun book full of Grace’s humor and chock full of funny photographs. I loved every minute of this book. I am a long time fan of Grace and I knew I needed this book (or at least read it).

Reminiscent of her vlogging style, Grace’s Guide features her unique humor, coupled with great (and humorous) advice for everyday obstacles such as traveling, attending parties, and how to survive the walk of shame.

It was so much fun to read and I l
Jun 07, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I've been watching Grace on YouTube for a few years now, so I had to show some support and read her book. Now she has her own TV show on E! and she is becoming a lot more famous (I'm so happy for her, she definitely deserves it). I think she's funny because she's easy to relate to. She's awkward, but not so much that it seems fake or TOO weird. I think that's what makes this book so great. She talks a lot about her social anxiety and how she deals with it. A lot of her comedy seems to be based ...more
Rachel Lynn
Dec 08, 2014 Rachel Lynn rated it it was amazing
I remember being woken up at 10:30am by the guy giving me this book and then reading the whole thing starting right then and there.

This book was everything I needed in that moment. Grace talks about the realest stuff I think you could ever talk about: relationships, family, parties, anxiety, life in general...

This book had amazing advice and Im not just saying that because its a guide book. Im currently in university and this book was so relatable to many situations you face in school
Apr 03, 2015 Nicholle rated it really liked it
Why on earth did I pick up a "celebrity" advice book by someone I'd never heard of before who is mainly famous on all the social media stuff I don't use and who gives advice on things I probably should have mastered at least 10 years ago? I have no earthly idea, but it was fun and funny and just the thing I needed to get out of my reading rut. Grace is like a young Tina Fey in Kate Middleton wrapping. And she swears just the right amount.

Oh, also I do know why I picked this book up. It's becaus
Dec 28, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
I got this book for Christmas, and flipped through it as soon as I got it! With its gorgeous design and Grace's hilarious way of story telling, this is book just feels like a party to read. Also, the paper quality is insanely nice. I'd probably spend a few hours a day just stroking that paper if that wouldn't be a weird thing to do. Anyway. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, even to those who aren't familiar with Grace. It's an amazingly fun read and I'm sure I'll pick it up lots of time ...more
Feb 08, 2015 erin rated it really liked it
This was my first audio book, and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect book for that format, especially due to the fact that it was actually narrated by Grace Helbig. It was like she was reading me a hilariously inappropriate bedtime story each night. Overall, recommend if you watch Grace, and if you don't, you'll want to after this read.
Apr 29, 2016 Kerstin rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
I don't know but for some reason I just couldn't connect with this book. It always felt kinda fake and superficial to me. I really admire Grace and her career - she's such a fierce and fun woman but this book just didn't do her justice. Maybe it's because I'm obviously not in her target audience but this book was a huge disappointment for me. Soz Grace!
Nov 28, 2015 Lucie rated it really liked it
A fun book, I liked the little anecdotes about grace's life and I could see how some of her tips could actually be helpful.
Jazmyn Mitchell
Jun 23, 2014 Jazmyn Mitchell marked it as to-read
I want to read this book so badly!!! I'm a huge fan of Grace Helbig!!! :)
Dec 22, 2014 Tara rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
I liked it. I laughed out loud in several occasions- but the language was a little much.
Amber [Only True Magic]
If I'm going to be completely honest here, I'm not really hip to this whole "YouTube celebrity" jive. After I stopped finding interest in Vlogbrothers, I fell out of the loop when it came to dorky Internet personalities. I've seen a few episodes of Grace Helbig's web series over the years and found them funny, but I definitely wouldn't say that I'm a devoted follower of Helbigism. However, if there's one thing that I know that I'm definitely into, it's reading the memoirs of people that I find ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Masha rated it really liked it
This book is basically a self-help book for becoming adult, hence the title ;). I’ve been following Grace Helbig for as long as I can remember since my history on YouTube. She’s such a great and funny human being, and I was really looking forward to this book.

It didn’t disappoint. The general vibe in this book was really unserious and sarcastic, but with some really helpful tips. The book was divided into parts, based on different aspects of life: work, social, love and general lifestyle. Every
Aug 13, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in December 2014, the year I was taking my final exams at school and getting ready to move out of my dad's house and off into the big wide world on my own. That prospect terrified me to my very core. But this book kind of helped me feel a little bit less scared.

I'm a huge Grace fan, and have been since 2012, so I was pretty excited about this book. Grace is often seen as the internet's awkward older sister, and this book is kind of a natural extension of that personality.
I love Grace. I didn't use to. Well... I had nothing against her, I just wasn't a fan of her content when she did Daily Grace, so I wasn't subscribed or anything. But this year I dove into the Holy Trinity of YouTube realm and I have a new-found appreciation for Grace Helbig.

I think Grace's Guide was the first YouTube book I heard of, and I was sceptical (YouTuber, not a fan, why are these people writing books?). Well, this just shows you just shouldn't judge a book by its cover (or author, I do
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