Book Review: Grace Helbig - 'The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up'

Lets face it – being a young adult in the new age digital era is one of the most difficult things to be. There may be harder things in life, but being a young adult is often very challenging! In aid of this, YouTube sensation Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s gives an excellent insight into the tales of what its like to become an adult. ‘’Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown Up’ is beautifully illustrated in full colour packed with fun tips and exclusive stories from her misadventures of falling into adult life.


The book is infused with her sweet, saucy and hilarious voice as she talks about surviving break ups, job interviews and the walk of shame. The guide holds a humorous tone and a conversational voice to someone you have been friends with for a long time. It is completely relatable for young adults – there were parts I just wanted to call my best friend and laugh about because we had done a similar thing. It is amusing and unexpectedly educational. Although Helbig makes fun out of a lot of the things that she has done in her journey of becoming an adult, there are parts of the book where Grace gets serious. She talks about how she coped with her anxiety and balancing part time bar jobs and internships as she pushed to make her way in the world.


The guide is split into ‘How To’ Chapters with the occasional interactive activity or ‘Moms words of advise’. It’s conversational tone makes for a really easy and enjoyable read. I couldn’t help but see a little bit of myself in everything in the book which is something I find works magnificently for a ‘self-help’ book.


If you’re a fan of Graces YouTube channel ‘ItsGrace’, you will definitely enjoy this book. It is laced with the same personality and humour that is in so many of her videos and you will truly feel like she is some kind of Internet friend. I can see myself buying this for all of my friend’s birthdays this year as we all graduate from University and are thrown into the difficult world of learning to becoming an productive adult. If you want to cheer yourself up and have a good giggle, I recommend you buy this book for yourself, give it a read and pass it on to a friend.