"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."
Hello there Elementareaders!
‘In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World’ is a memoir by the American YouTuber Joey Graceffa. I've been watching Joey's videos for a while now and he always seems like such a vibrant, happy person and doesn't really talk about his past. In this memoir Joey speaks very candidly about his childhood and his journey to YouTube.
Joey Graceffa grew up in Massachusetts. At a young age his parents divorced and his mother didn't have much money so life was tough. Joey also suffered with learning difficulties which made school hard. He was bullied for being in the Special Education class and for his femininity. His mother was an alcoholic so home life was difficult too.
Joey's main escape was his imagination. He would make up games and stories, and when he was in his teens he started recording them on video. In his mid-teens he set up a YouTube channel, WinterSpringPro, with his best friend Brittany, where they made parodies and other funny videos.
In this book Joey talks very openly and in detail about what it was like for him growing up under these circumstances. I loved his honesty and this was a fantastic insight into the life of one of the most popular internet personalities. Joey also used this book to come out as gay, and I was so pleased to see how kind and supportive the YouTube community has been since his coming out.
This was such a great read and I really admire Joey's courage to share his story.
I would give this book 5 stars :)
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