In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World

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Grades 9 - 12Grades 5 - 10n/a6.271891
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.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published on May 19, 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
ISBN-10: 1476794308
ISBN-13: 9781476794303
14 Book Reviews
  • alyiahwellingtoover 4 years
    i love it
    • Ellaover 4 years
      This isn't really what I think but I just started 7th grade and I use letter levels like A the lowest and Z the highest. I'm a level V so what level is this in letters?
      • makgag1617
        makgag1617over 5 yearsFeatured
        Have you ever gotten bullied because when you were little, you ate lead chips of paint? Well in his book,”My Journey To A Pixelated World”, by Joey Graceffa, he talks about how his life started. By eating paint lead chips, and how that led to him having a learning disability. It was written about, around modern times. He was living in Boston from when he was born to about his first year of college. Then he dropped out because he was offered a job in Los Angeles, and then he moved out there with his best friend, Brittany. She was his best friend and they had a channel together named WinterSpringPro (WSP). The first major conflict is that Joey’s mom is an alcoholic and keeps getting into his life and he doesn’t want that. She keeps coming home drunk and joey just doesn’t know what to do and all he wants to do is focus on his youtube channel. The second major conflict is that he’s focusing too much on youtube and all the comments and videos that he wants to post that he never has time to go out and have some fun with life. It’s also conflicting his love life, trying to find the perfect guy. Five interesting facts in this book are: 1. No matter what, Joey is always positive and is always giving life advice to his youtube fans or book fans. 2.Every time Joey’s mom would come home and he had a friend over, his mother would start acting weird and he knew that she was drunk. He would always yell at her and tell her,” JUST GO TO BED MOM!”.3. Joey ate lead chips from his apartment paint and gave him a learning disability. 4. He was bullied all his childhood because he was in the special ed classes.5. When he was in either 6th or 7th grade he was able to get out of the special ed classes. I really liked this book and I recommend this book to a middle aged audience like 6th grade middle school to high school. Also someone who is maybe looking for some life advice and likes his youtube channel. I personally really liked this book because it gave some advice that I could use in life and I like watching his youtube channel.
        • lissy1020
          lissy1020over 5 years55 stars
          can i have this book for free
          • furrylover
            furryloverover 5 years
            I love his yt channel
            • flutter789over 5 years
              I love his yt channel
              • lilwal1617
                lilwal1617over 5 years
                OMG!! I've wanted to read this forever i just dont have the money to get it but i love joeyyyy SOOO MUCH!! I wish i could see him once my couzin got to she is so lucky!! I want to see his lifestyle and how he lives
                • makgag1617
                  makgag1617over 5 years
                  I would like read this book because I watch him on youtube and I love him he's soooo funny and I like reading so I think this would a good book for me to read.
                  • eldbea1617
                    eldbea1617over 5 years55 stars
                    THIS BOOK IS GREAT AND FANTASTIC
                    • evelyn_c
                      evelyn_cabout 6 yearsFeatured
                      This book is based on Youtuber Joey graceffa that shares a lot of his insecurities. This book helps people that is going through a rough childhood. He had lead poisoning when he was small and caused him to have SPED (special education). This meant people though he was stupid and got bullied often. Since boys in school doesn't want to sit with him at lunch he would sit with girl and the girls were sometimes trying to be nice. So he played with girls toys he hanged out with girls, people thought he was gay even his family. He had a sister Nicole and she was a really popular girl in school but she felt embarrassed because when Joey came to school, people thought Nicole was the sister of a stupid kid. His mom also went trough a lot as she grew up and was separated by her sibling and family because they were foster kids. So when Joey was about 6th grade she started to drink one or two cups of white wine in her local hair salon where she worked, but then it got worst and worst that she came home drunk often. These are just some things Joey went trough as a kid. I think this book would be perfect for anyone, because this book makes me feel like I should still be nice to people even with SPED. This gave me a look of how hit felt to have SPED.
                      • keefur1617
                        keefur1617over 5 years
                        thats really well written
                        • jacwal1617
                          jacwal1617over 5 years
                          I ordered this book on Amazon yesterday, becuase I watch him on youtube and your reveiw got me very exited to read this book
                          • keefur1617
                            keefur1617over 5 years
                            i read the book review on your page/wall/thang it seemed well done