First thing first, I didn’t know who iJustine or Justine Ezarik was; I did not watch her on YouTube, follow her on Twitter (or Myspace) or watch her lFirst thing first, I didn’t know who iJustine or Justine Ezarik was; I did not watch her on YouTube, follow her on Twitter (or Myspace) or watch her lifecast; so when Audible algorithm recommended her memoir to me, my reaction was, “huh, why would I want to read a memoir of an admittedly beautiful girl who so loves Apple Product that she styled herself iJustine, as if the world doesn’t already have enough iProduct and iJunk.” But then, who wouldn’t, so I bought the audiobook.
The iJustine’s analogue memoir really reminds me a lot of Felicia Day’s memoir, which I enjoyed tremendously (ah, so that’s why audible kept on pushing her photo in my face) but where as Felicia Day gave us the story of her rise (and fall) iJustine reads like a triumphant march to success, with some minor obstacles along the way, it’s also considerably shorter and more concise. Listening to iJustine on my way to and from work can be an enjoyable though effortless experience; probably because her memoir comes across as silly and lighthearted, oh and by the way, Miss Ezarik, having the word “poor” and “Starbucks” in one paragraph is very, very unconvincing to someone growing up drinking Instant Coffee.
But overall, Justine comes across as a good-natured, silly, positive, independent if somewhat provided girl. And for those like me who isn’t lucky enough to befriend her online or irl, the analogue memoir serves as a consolation price.
P:S: I was really touched by what Justine did for Cody, as a tech-enthusiast with cerebral palsy myself, I want to thank her for being so nice to Cody. ...more
I am a fan, the kind that would buy several copies of your work, watch your web videos, buy all the DVDs, pay monthly subscription on Twitch and not cI am a fan, the kind that would buy several copies of your work, watch your web videos, buy all the DVDs, pay monthly subscription on Twitch and not contact you unless I have something important to say; I actually own two copies of this book, a kindle copy and audible copy, but not the physical copy that she could sign; but I digress.
This book is highly entertaining, it'll make you smile, laugh, angry, sorry, curse fate (for not fortunate enough to have the author as a friend) and then laugh some more. Felicia and I both shared a rather privileged background, (except I wasn't home schooled) and we both used the internet as a masquerade to hide, though for different reasons, we are both gamers, both into social media before social media was mainstream, she was in friendster (2001) and I was on theglobe.com and mIRC (1998), she play WoW, while I played DAOC and DSL MUD lol. She is way more talented than I, and (worked much harder) accounted for our difference in the station of life, she being an adored and celebrated author/producer, and me, a nobody working for a non-profit. But given that her upbringing is not typical, and her talent is not typical, her route to success cannot be easily duplicated. (not everyone can be double major in Math and Music)
But I don't think many people read this book as a guide to success, most of us just want to imagine a piece of action, to part take in her life, to have a friend that we never had the chance to have and probably never will, in this regard, the book is successful. It showed a side of her, which most of us don't get to see. The book did get a bit preachy toward the end, but that can be forgiven, because it was necessary to end the book at a high note. All in all, I love this book and will treasure it in my kindle and fire phone. <3 And don't even get me started on the old pictures and the pdf files, they are just precious. ...more
Mignon is one of very few authors who can make grammar amusing, short, and sweet. Something professor Michael Drout had tried to do in his lectures. HMignon is one of very few authors who can make grammar amusing, short, and sweet. Something professor Michael Drout had tried to do in his lectures. Her treatment to the subject is even more informal than Professor Drout's, and, that's what I love about this book, I think by the end of the book, I have developed a bit of a crush on her, although she'd probably be appalled by the number of grammatical errors in this review! I'm sorry, grammar girl, while I love to write English, I have never been very careful with my grammar, because I can always pull my ESL card. ;) <3 This is an extraordinarily entertaining book, which I'd recommend to anybody who feels insecure about his or her writings. ...more
this is an very digestible book, the writing is at roughly six grades level and there are very little academic jargon used, while I find the biochemicthis is an very digestible book, the writing is at roughly six grades level and there are very little academic jargon used, while I find the biochemical information m in this book very interesting, all the talks about dating and mating gets rather tiresome, furthermore, categorizing people into one of 12 combination of traits rarely pins out in real life....more