Author: Shane Dawson
Released: 10 March 2015
Published: Keywords Press
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.
Literally Shane Dawson in book format!
In this first memoir, Shane shares a number of a anecdotes about his life, from going to senior prom, working at a weight-loss company, the death of his grandma, and his senior high school musical. He's not afraid to lay all the memories and emotions out on the table, and between the hilarious commentary and jokes, there's a serious tone to the stories he's telling, one that doesn't always make an appearance onscreen.
As a fan of Shane's YoutTube channel, reading this book was a lot of fun and really interesting. I actually listened to the audiobook, which Shane narrates, and it made the experience a lot more enjoyable. Shane has a really interesting way of telling stories and talking about his life, adding a lot of humorous commentary, even when the story is far from being funny.
In the past, I've said that YouTuber books can easily be read by those who have no idea who the YouTuber is - this is definitely not one of those books. If you're a fan of Shane, I really recommend it. If you're not, or don't know who he is, I wouldn't bother picking it up. It's definitely a book where you need to have some idea about who is writing it, their humour, and the way they tell stories. While I really enjoy his story telling and writing style, it's easy to see how people could misunderstand what he's saying and the joke behind it.
This was a really enjoyable read, and if you haven't read it already, I definitely recommend it. I'm really excited to see what he talked about in his second book It Gets Worse, and if there are any more stories he's willing to share in the future. A perfect read for Shane Dawson fans.