In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa
In Real Life – 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 comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.
To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn’t afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa’s story is a welcome reminder that it’s not where you begin that matters, but where you end up.
Youtuber and online personality Joey Graceffa, who has 4, 653, 597 subscribers, released his inaugural book Monday and boy does it have some bombshells included! Read more about the Internet star’s memoirs here . . .
Upon pre-ordering Joey Graceffa’s first ever book, In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, and reading his synopsis about what to expect, I was a little apprehensive and worried that it would turn into a self-help novel hardly worth the title of ‘page-turner’.
This completely changed today.
From the moment I launched Joey’s memoirs in my Kindle this morning, until just now after the sun has gone down, I have not been able to tear my eyes away. Finishing a book in one day is never an easy feat, but with the words of Joey Graceffa flowing through my mind, I’m glad to say that it was quite simple.
Without spoiling any of the juicy details involved in the book itself, this recount of the highs and lows of Joey’s life up until now reveals the deep intricacies of the YouTuber’s life so far and allows his viewers, subscribers and anyone interested to equate themselves with him on an equal playing field.
Joey’s work goes a far way to create an image of himself as nothing more than a normal male from a troubled background who worked hard at what he loved to make himself into the popular name that he is today; Simply, anything that any other person who puts their mind to it can achieve.
Chapter 14 alone addresses an issue that has tarnished Joey’s YouTube career since the day he began, and rightfully so Joey manages to clear the air on his own terms, in his own words, for the first time in his public career.
The strength, bravery and self-development taken to reach the step that Joey needed to write Chapter 14 is bewildering and inspirational to say the least, and the positivity evident in the comments section of his additional YouTube music video that accompanied the release of these memoirs simply represents the support his audience plans to bring to the plate.
This isn’t to say that Joey Graceffa and his decision to declare what he has in his book are any different from anyone else in the same situation, however it does show a story of sheer perseverance, determination and an imagination that has a thirst for success in the face of adversity.
Surprisingly, my only critique of In Real Life is that Joey quite obviously avoids the recent uproar surrounding his close friends and fellow Internet popularities Luke Conard and Whitney Milam – despite including them both heavily in the recent events towards the end of his book. While this may not be his story to tell, his friendships with both Conard and Milam have reportedly been significantly affected due to the recent rift between the two latter individuals and it is quite interesting that he attributes a lot of support to both of them without addressing where the relationships stand today.
Irrespective, In Real Life really is quite an amazing story to read in language quite easy to understand and therefore it’s amazingly simple to flick through in no time at all. I strongly recommend it for anyone who has watched Joey on YouTube or anyone facing issues with bullying, sexuality and friendship.
“If this isn’t bravery, we don’t know what is.”
“Fun, lighthearted, and touching” (The Daily Beast)
“In Real Life is not only an eye-opening read, it’s a good reminder to young adults that they don’t really know the people they follow on YouTube or Instagram as well as they think they do. What happens “In Real Life” is a more complicated story.” (Metro)
About the Author
Joey Graceffa is one of the leading content creators and actors on YouTube. His memoir, In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, was published in 2015 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Joey ranked third on Variety’s 2015 #Famechangers lists and has been featured in numerous publications, such as People, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter. 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 and which was recently announced for a second season in 2016 in partnership with Legendary and Style Haul. In 2016, he debuted Escape the Night, a surreality competition series for YouTube Red. Joey is a passionate storyteller and carries that sentiment into all of his projects, now with his latest fictional narrative, Children of Eden.