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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  7,068 ratings  ·  594 reviews
A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

It’s not where you begin that matters.

It's where you end up.

Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always
Paperback, 257 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
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Nakita Its super good! I couldn't stop reading it and I almost didn't put it down before I finished!!
Izzy I read it when I was 15 and thought it was totally age-appropriate! He does talk about some tough times when he went through but a 14-year-old would…moreI read it when I was 15 and thought it was totally age-appropriate! He does talk about some tough times when he went through but a 14-year-old would be totally fine with reading it.(less)

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This is just what I needed right now. So full of the warm fuzzies ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

You have the power and control to be whatever you want to be, no matter where you start out in life.


Let me start off by saying that I love Joey Graceffa. I've been watching his videos since 2013, and I think he was one of the first YouTube-rs I ever watched. So, you would think that I would know that he would be releasing a book, right?

I literally had no clue. When I saw it just sitting on the shelf while perusing our local book store, I was like:

Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I didn't expect to like this book. I mean, I'm not a HUGE fan of Joey Graceffa but I've seen his videos. I thought this book was going to be very superficial but no. I also didn't know that he had a very hard childhood so when he talked about it in this book I felt bad for him.

The message of the book is great: loving yourself and not caring about what other people say. I know it's an overused quote, but at the time when I was reading this book, it was something that I actually needed
Katie Sorensen
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I had never heard of this guy, nor seen any of his YouTube videos, but I read this to preview it for one of my 7th grade girls, and I was very pleasantly surprised. It's a compelling, real life story, even though it sounds like something an author would make up for a YA fiction book - main character is bullied because he acts feminine, mother has to go to rehab because of alcoholism multiple times, little brother has autism, boy learns to accept the fact that he's gay, has awkward first dates ...more
Leah H.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I expected I would, I really enjoyed this book! It was really interesting learning about his life before YouTube, and how he got to where he is now. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Joey's YouTube videos, anyone interested in YouTube in general, or to anyone looking for an engaging biography.
Brigitte Cormier
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I have ever read! It's a memoir, but it makes you have all the feels just like a contemporary. I couldn't help grinning from ear to ear and cheering him on on all his adventures. Please pick Joey's book up. Even if you're not a subscriber to his channel, this book is definitely worth a read.
Peter Monn
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
The fact that this "memoir" has received anything more than 1 star is hilarious. Horribly written and almost impossible to get through without throwing it in the trash. Please don't write an updated memoir in five years.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can I hug you Joey? This by far is the best book I've ever read by a YouTuber!
Ally C
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favorite books, I have always had an interest in this book sense it came out, I recommend this book to every one
Why the hell did I subject myself to this? It was so much worse than I thought it would be.
I should add why I read it when I knew I wouldn't like it. Well, honestly Joey was a huge part of my life in 2012-2013. I stopped watching in October due to that whole driveway incident and he had been getting on my nerves for a while. But even still, I'd been curious. Why not give it a try? My library had it on eBook which was even better. But the writing was subpar, there were scenes written that
Kade Boehme
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cute, well done little inspiring memoir. Def good read for the young adult/late teen crowd. Good job Joey G.
Hannah R.
It was a good book but it took a while to become interesting
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just want to give Joey a hug. I loved it.
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book guilty pleasure style.
Nicole King
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really want to read This book I am reading girl online and it looks great sooo joey I hope you write more books I don't even have to read it to now its good
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt, Uplifting & Inspirational! A Beautiful Read By A Beautiful Soul! I Loved It!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I had no idea who Joey Graceffa was till two days ago, when my best friendtold me I had to watch his coming out video clip. He was once again right. It was one of the cutest things ever and had amazing cinematography too. So, when at the end of the video he said he had wrighten a book, I thought to give it a chance since I'd like to get to know why my friend likes him.

I wasn't disappointed at all. He talks about his hard childhood with an alcoholic mother and his learning disabilities, about
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joey Graceffa is a YouTube personality and I’m pretty sure if you’re active in the YouTube community (an avid watcher or creator) you most likely know who he is.

I used to watch Graceffa more often when I was younger and now watch his videos sporadically but what I enjoy to watch the most are his vlogs and in saying that reading his book made me feel as I was getting to know him on a more personal level and that was pretty cool.

In Real Life: A Journey to a Pixelated World is very easy to read and
Anmol Sachdeva
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unreleased-2015
Oh My Goodness Gracianious

Well, Joey Graceffa it was so good to know more about you ! This is also the first memoir I've read and would to read more stories about the people whose videos I try to watch on a regular basis !

I have been subscribed to Joey for the past two-ish years and watch his videos, on a time-to-time basis, but when I heard he was writing a book about his past, I was excited and wanted it at once(cuz he's like my fav. youtuber :P )
So, In this book "In Real Life", Joey tells
Rick Pfleeger
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I was completely shocked by how much I loved this book. Truly, this is how an autobiography (by a youtuber) should be written. I expected to like Connor Franta's book more than Joey's, but I ended up enjoying Joey's autobiography much more. In his book, Joey does a great job of simply telling a story - which, after all, is what writing a book (even an autobiography) is all about. I have read too many autobiographies in which the authors preach too much to the readers, providing ...more
Kristy Frenken-Francis
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars.

So I have been super reluctant to read books released by YouTubers, especially since SO MANY of them have been releasing books this past year or so, but when Simon & Schuster Canada asked if I wanted to read an ARC of Joey's book, I decided to give it a shot. Joey was one of the first YouTubers that I subscribed to, EVER, and while I'm not an avid watcher of all of his videos anymore, his was definitely a channel that brought happiness to my life a few years back and so I thought,
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I was in for. I watch both of Joey's current channels and he is never really that serious. I read the first three chapters and ended up looking like a waterfall. I felt way too many similarities and a few new devastating feelings. As the book went on I got kind of jealous because around the same time and nearly the same place I could have been doing what he did as a young teenager. After the little green envy monster left I was allowed to enjoy the ups and downs of Joey's new ...more
Allie Newill
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
You have the power and control to be whatever you want to be, no matter where you start in life
4.5 stars
oh my goodness gracianious
Before purchasing this this book i had watched Joey, not everyday but frequently, and i knew that I read the other YouTuber's memoirs and novels in a timely fashion. After the first chapter I was hooked, Joey lets you into to his personal life from his learning disability and how he was bullied for it to his coming out story.

Joey has such an inspiring story, his
Richard Leis
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I don't generally read memoir, but I was curious about the recent boom in books by YouTubers. Graceffa's book pretty much captures his YouTube persona: light but occasionally heavy, a little annoying, charming and endearing. There is something a little bit manufactured about the book, and the self-help parts are not especially unique, but it is also confessional and wears its heart on its sleeve. The positive and life-affirming messages are grounded by compelling anecdotes from his life. I like ...more
Sanah Shabbir
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This autobiography was like others and gave lots of advice to the readers about how to deal with situations that you might encounter in life. This book gave me a better look at Joey's life and it was amazing to see what the outcomes were out of his struggles. A definite must read if you love YouTubers and are looking for a good book.
Arturo Mosqueda
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really well written book! Glad Joey took the time to write this book and open up to us about his life and how he's gotten to where he is! Welcome to the LGBT community also! :)
Emily DiGiulian
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, yes I know this is a YouTuber book. Yes, I actually like reading those. And yes, I watch Joey Graceffas videos. This book is a memoir of YouTuber Joey Graceffas journey in life and how he started his YouTube channel. I really liked this book, and I almost cried at the beginning because I could relate to so much of what Joey went through. (Now mind you, it is REALLY hard for me to cry during books and movies. O would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a nonfiction book, or a ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great Cover!

Overall, I thought the book was very well presented & I especially like the How-to Tips on the old-style Notebook paper & all the family pictures.

The voice of the story was similar to the way Joey speaks & I thought perfect for his younger audience, since he's the guy they want to have a conversation with & not some anonymous ghost-writer.

The style of the writing is simple, or rather modest & unpretentious, straight-forward & easy to follow. I especially liked
I am a massive fan of YouTube and (shamelessly) admit to spending a good half hour (perhaps more) watching videos about such things as a Japanese cat called Maru as well as the clever and funny content from BuzzFeed, not to mention repeatedly watching Charlie’s finger biting skills, so naturally I stumble across Joey Graceffa and it appears that he’s written a book no less!

I identified with a lot of what Joey has written about - less so with his family life, but definitely with the other aspects
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs
The author in this book looks very familiar, but I am not aware of his history. Anyway the content of this book was impeccable, from the painful childhood that he had to experience, the good lessons that was instilled and living in his own truth were just some of the highlights. The writing style was very beautiful and lyrical, it really painted the picture of what people go through in the for of letters and pictures. Usually I do not like it when a book has so many vivid images to go with their ...more
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Joey Graceffa is one of the fastest-growing personalities on YouTube. A popular brand ambassador, he has partnered with Topshop, Audible, eBay, and H&R Block. In 2013, between his daily vlogs and gameplay videos, Joey produced and starred in his own Kickstarter–funded supernatural series, “Storytellers,” for which he won a Streamy Award. He also starred in The Amazing Race on CBS and returned ...more
“You have the power and control to be whatever you want to be, no matter where you start in life.” 59 likes
“Oh hell no, I thought. I am not wasting my first kiss on some guy who's skipping out on our first date.” 33 likes
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