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Synopsis:

“The book that more than 12 million YouTube subscribers have been waiting for! Shane Dawson’s memoir features twenty original essays—uncensored yet surprisingly sweet.

From his first vlog back in 2008 to his full-length film directorial debut Not Cool, Shane Dawson has been an open book when it comes to documenting his life. But behind the music video spoofs, TMI love life details, and outrageous commentary on everything the celebrity and Internet world has the nerve to dish out is a guy who grew up in a financially challenged but loving home in Long Beach, California, and who suffered all the teasing and social limitations that arise when you’re a morbidly obese kid with a pretty face, your mom is your best friend, and you can’t get a date to save your life.

In I Hate Myselfie, Shane steps away from his larger-than-life Internet persona and takes us deep into the experiences of an eccentric and introverted kid, who by observing the strange world around him developed a talent that would inspire millions of fans. Intelligent, hilarious, heartbreaking, and raw, I Hate Myselfie is a collection of eighteen personal essays about how messy life can get when you’re growing up and how rewarding it can feel when the clean-up is (pretty much) done.”

Review:

I’ve been a huge fan of Shane’s for years. I think he is absolutely hilarious. As it is one of my goals this year to read more non-fiction, I figured this would be a good way to kick off the year.

It didn’t let me down.

My first read of 2019 was a great one.

With these short stories, I myself relating to 95% of them. I felt like me and Shane’s stories had some sort of connection. It was a way that I had never felt when reading non-fiction in the past.

My 2 favorite stories were the ones focused more on his career on YouTube. Shane has been creating content for over 10 years and I thought it was fascinating to see and hear what the beginning was like for him. I’ve been a YouTuber for 8 years now and I’ve had 3 channels over those years (only 2 of them are currently being used) so I know what the experience is like. But to see how someone who has a much larger audience than I do go over the humble beginnings from their perspective was definitely eye-opening. It makes you realize that we all start somewhere.

Overall, this was the perfect book to kick of 2019. If you haven’t checked out Shane’s channel, I highly recommend it. Its a great way to get a laugh every once in a while and he has some AMAZING docu-series that have come out in the past year that are also really entertaining to watch!

Shane’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9_KinVpV-snHe3C3n1hvA

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