In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World

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Atria/Keywords Press, May 19, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

It’s not where you begin that matters.

It's where you end up.

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.

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About the author (2015)

In Real Life Introduction
Hello there, everyone! Well, I suppose it's just you! Hello there, you. Welcome to my first book. If you aren't familiar with me already, my name is Joey Graceffa. I'm twenty-four years old, and I make a living posting videos online. (Don't worry, they're the classy kind =P.) Whether you are a casual viewer or one of my devoted psychopaths, good to see ya again. Anyway, this is the story of my life so far. I get that it's kind of odd for someone my age to be writing a memoir, but I feel some responsibility to help inspire and comfort anyone out there who is facing challenges similar to those that I went through. There's a saying I like to live by: It's not about where you start but how you finish. I think it's important to take your experiences and grow from them rather than become a victim of your circumstances. Nothing productive comes from that mind-set.

While writing this book, I learned a lot more about myself, and as hard as it was to relive many moments that I wish could stay buried in my head, in the end it's therapeutic for me to release this information into the world.

I have kept a giant part of my life hidden for many reasons, and in this book I'm finally going to let it all hang out while giving you a deeper glimpse into all the crazy experiences that have gotten me to where I am today. If there is one thing I hope you and all my other readers can take away from my story, it is to know you're not alone. As much as you feel that no one in the world knows what you're going through, chances are you're wrong. (If you're an alien reading this, I'm sorry. No one here can relate to you.) But for real, I can't tell you how many times I felt so alone growing up and kept all of my feelings inside. It was not healthy. In no way am I trying to complain about my life, though. I accept that I had a different upbringing than most other people have, but it's made me into the man I am today and I wouldn't change a thing. So without further damn ado, here's everything that's happened so far "In Real Life.

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