About this Series
I’ll tell anybody that asks me, “What’s the favorite part of your job” that the #1 thing I enjoy the most about working at a bookstore is getting to recommend books to people. Whether they leave the store with those recommended tomes in hand, promising to return and let me know what they thought of them, or if they take the recommendation in stride as they continue on their way, it’s by far my favorite type of interaction between myself and customers.
Lately I’ve had the idea to impart my experience of working in a bookstore for 6+ years to my readers here, and I’ve decided to call these posts From the Bookseller. These posts will include not only a general review/discussion of each book, but they’ll also include the type of customers I would recommend this book to, based on things like age and gender but mainly based on their reading history. Without further ado, here’s is my first recommendation 🙂
Recommended To . . .
– Teenagers & Young Adults ready to make it on their own & to make their mark on the world.
– Mainly Females – but that’s not to say that men wouldn’t get anything out of this book
– General Weirdos, like Grace – and weirdos like us 😛
About the Book
If there was ever a fantastic read coupled with a resourceful guidebook to working through the awkward encounters that make up our lives, it would be Grace’s Guide! It’s not only hilarious and somehow manages to contain the word “diarrhea” at least 4 times, but this book is actually chock full of good advice – and the occasional piece of questionable advice. I could see a parent or grandparent wanting to buy something like this for that young adult in their life that could use just a little guidance.
While I specifically mention teens and young adults as the target audience for this book, Grace’s advice truly holds no age limit. This may be the sort of book gifted to somebody that has a sense of humor though, so it’s not a completely universal guidebook.
Earlier I referred to “questionable” advice. One moment in particular that brought on that particular adjective was in Grace’s chapter about How to Do the Walk of Shame, specifically where she writes about stealing things from the person’s house before you decide to book it back home.
“Oh, but before you go, feel free to take something. I’m not saying take money out of a wallet. You’re not a prostitute. Unless you are, then you shouldn’t be reading this. For you. This isn’t a walk of shame this is a job. Take some food, or a beverage, or some gum, or a shirt, or a light fixture that’s super cute. The possibility of you ever seeing this person again in real life is inversely related to the retail value of the object you take. The less likely you are to see them again, the nicer the thing you can take. Smiley face emoticon.”
Just from that snippet you can get a real sense for how Grace’s trademark humor shines throughout this entire book.
Each section covers a different topic, from How to Throw an Adult Party to How to Get Over a Hangover, and one section that I’m especially thankful that she decided to include, 25 Tips to Manage Your Anxiety.
Remember those days of cramming from textbooks and trying to come up with unique tricks to remember all of the information you tried to take in the night before? Well, some of you may still be in that boat – I’m an English major that is buried under more novels than textbooks. Well, Grace’s Guide is set up in a very similar fashion to the notes and textbooks of those late night cramming sessions.
The section titled How to Interview for a Job gives readers’ advice under 8 sub-headings, the first letter of which creates a weird but oddly memorable acronym for you to study, remember and even use as a hashtag!
You can’t have a book written by Grace Helbig without some unique hashtags thrown in, am I right?
About the Author
Each section of this book is prefaced with personal experiences from the YouTuber we all know and love. We get to learn about Grace’s experiences with anxiety, the “romantic” date that led to her losing her virginity, and tales about her trying to be an adult from her student days and throughout her early years of doing improv in New York City.
The introduction is written by her younger brother, and the book is also bookmarked with the occasional page containing words of wisdom from Grace’s mother, which have been a staple throughout the author’s life.
Even if somebody felt that they have enough of a handle on their everyday lives that they don’t need any help (Ha!), somebody who is solely interested in learning more about this hilarious YouTuber with her own podcast and over 2 million subscribers to her name would be very pleased with this book.
Making the Sale
You’ve got a colourful personality freely giving boat loads of useful life advice, what’s not to love? In case you’re still not satisfied, here are a few more reasons for you to pick up a copy of Grace’s Guide during your next trip to the bookstore.
– This book is chock full of extras! From silly Mad Libs to Worksheets to a Make-It-Yourself Flip Book on one of the last pages. Sort of like a practical Wreck This Journal without as big of a mess.
– You’ll be LOLing the entire time you’re reading this book; that’s a bookseller guarantee 🙂 Even if you’re not a subscriber to Grace’s YouTube videos, you’ll be able to find something to keep you laughing.
– There’s something for everybody – and I really do mean that. Maybe you’re a high school student. Maybe you’re in college. Maybe you’re a “full-fledged” adult that’s been living on your own for over a decade but you still haven’t mastered the art of adult etiquette. Whether this book is for you or as a gilded lifeline to gift to someone who badly needs a nudge in the right direction, you’ll find purpose, entertainment, and even a few easy-to-make recipes within the pages of Grace’s Guide.
If you liked Grace’s Guide, you’ll also enjoy . . .
– You Deserve A Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart (release date: May 26th, 2015)
Would this book be something you would recommend to others? Perhaps you know other titles that are similar to Grace’s Guide that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!