Hey, guys! I’m back with another book review!
This time, I have a non-fiction book for you; I Hate My Selfie; A Collection by Shane Dawson!
I bought this book when it first came out, so about a year or two ago now, and just never got to reading it until this June.
This is gonna be shorter than my other reviews because there are no characters for me to talk about, but I still hope you’ll enjoy it!
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Genre: Non-fiction Memoir
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Page Count: 228 pages
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.
Short film based on book #1:
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We all know where this review is going… AHH! I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I bought this book back when it first came out and read the first couple chapters of it, but never really got to finish the whole thing, until now.
If you saw my status updates on GoodReads, you’ll know that I was just loving this book and just laughing so much (and not to mention tearing up) while reading it.
It kind of felt like I was watching one of his videos, but in book form, which just sounds so amazing!
I also really liked the fan art before each chapter/essay it really added something to the book and made everything a little more interesting, and we got to see some amazing talent.
These are my top 3 favorites!
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Also, while you’re reading this, you will feel that it’s Shane writing and talking to you, unlike some other YouTubers who used ghostwriters (I’m pretty sure you know who I’m talking about…).
His personality comes out and it’s almost like sitting down and talking to him in person, it’s really empowering, to be honest.
People get this idea that he’s a racist or a jerk or whatever, but in this book, he really does let his vulnerability show through and that just made him more human in the reader’s mind, if that makes any sense.
But in general, this book was hilarious and just relatable because Shane talks about personal topics that everybody deals with like weight issues, death in the family, relationships, etc.
I was kind of surprised that he didn’t talk about his skin removal surgery or how he actually got into YouTube, so if there was any downfall in this, I would say that that’s what is was.
This is also one of the very few non-fiction books that I’ve read, so I can’t really compare it to any other books, but it for sure is going to make me pick up his next book called ‘It Gets Worse’, because I know that it’s gonna be as good as this one.
He was one of the earliest YouTubers to write a book, and now everyone’s writing one and just ugh. It’s getting really annoying, tp be frank.
That’s all I have to say as there is no character analysis part in this review.
I gave this book 5 stars on GoodReads.