In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World
by Joey Graceffa
Recommended for grades 7 and up
Release date: May 19, 2015
Reviewed by Maci, grade 11
For those of you who don't know, Joey Graceffa runs the YouTube channels JoeyGraceffa and JoeyGraceffaGames, with approximately 4.5 million and 1.1 million subscribers respectively. He was on the television reality show The Amazing Race, and in a web series called Storytellers.
Graceffa's book In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World reveals a side of him that not many people get to see. It is full of heartwarming and inspiring stories from Graceffa's life, as he tells all about family hardships and bullying, finding love and dealing with rejection, showing us the importance of being yourself as well as pursuing your dreams. As you read throughout his memoir, he leaves little tidbits of advice after each chapter regarding school, family, and relationships, and some facts about himself along the way that help you connect with him.
Whether you're into the YouTube world, or Minecraft, or if you've just picked this book up and thought the cover looked interesting, read it, and it'll inspire and remind you of that. It won't be published until May 19th and so I read an advanced reader's copy. It has 257 pages in total.
Editor's note: The Burbank Public Library won't be receiving this book for a while, but we do have an advanced reader copy in Anarda's office at the Buena Vista branch if you can't wait that long! Ask for Anarda at the desk, and if the book is still here you can check it out from her.