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Publisher's Summary

A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of more than a million teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational online presence. Yet Joey wasn't always comfortable in his skin, and this memoir features the YouTube darling at his most candid, taking us on his journey from pain to triumph.

Joey opens up about his most intimate struggles with familial hardship, educational setbacks, bullying, and rejection, sharing his story in the hopes that his young listeners will remember that it's cool to be different, that growing up can really freaking suck, and that even if it sometimes feels like too much, things can and will get better. As Joey likes to say, "You're all beautiful for spacious skies, and don't let anyone ever tell you you're not!"

©2015 Joseph Graceffa (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Absolutely Amazing

If you could sum up In Real Life in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, Insightful and Real

What other book might you compare In Real Life to and why?

Shane Dawson's book i hate myselfie and Connor Franta's book work in progress, Connors is a memoir like Joey's and shane tells stories from his life, they are all brilliant books!

Have you listened to any of Joey Graceffa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Joey is a youtuber and i have watched him for 5 years this book gives us an insight into his life behind the camera.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Journey Through The Camera Lens

Any additional comments?

Watching Joey on youtube for 5 years helps me understand and love this book it gives us an insight into what he is unable to tell or show us through his videos i am truly proud of how far he has came and can't wait to see what the future holds for him!

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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I loved this book and will treasure it forever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I definitely would. It honestly shows a reader what it's like to take yourself out of hard times by believing in yourself, accepting yourself, and doing what you love.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing Joey's personality coming across the page.

What does Joey Graceffa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is so much more intimate than just reading it. I also feel like he is talking directly to me live rather than normally with a book where I consciously know it was written a minimum of months before. The audio makes me suspend my disbelief and I feel like he is telling the story. He didn't make a film called StoryTellers for nothing, because he is a damn good one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

My Journey into a Pixelated World

Any additional comments?

I love you all and I would recommend this book to anyone LGBT, a Joey fan, and a must read for anyone who grew up with an alcoholic in the home.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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AMAZING

Joey did and amazing job writing this book. It was so good I couldn't stop listening till I finished it the day it came out ❤️

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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AMAZING!!

It seems that all youtubers sate writing books these days, just trying to make a buck. But Joey's book was amazing, you could tell he put so much work into it, and he explains so much about his life that we never saw through the screen. He's gone through so much and I understand him better as a person now that I listened to this book. Lots of love from Canada, Joey <3 xo

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Evan
  • Dallas, Texas
  • 05-20-15

Love you Joey!!

Where to start! I love you and you're book. Some of your stories really related to me. Thank you for writing about your life so far. I would be awesome to meet you in person! Good damn bye Joey!!!😍

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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The Audiobook

Amazing story keep up the good work and enjoy your life
And don't forget to be strong

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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best book ever!!!

loved it so much this book is the best I loved it it was so good I love you joey

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Loved it.!

It was nice to hear Joey's voice narrating it.! Great story, loved it so much

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Emotional and Empowering

Loved this book it's beautiful and emotional and most of all truthful. I couldn't ask for anything better.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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awesome I love this book so much the book is great

I loved it also I loved how Joey read the book as well it's like I'm reading with him

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • faisal
  • 04-28-16

WOOOOW !!

ABSOLUTELY LOOVED READING AND LISTENING TO THIS !!!! Enjoyed this book soo so much ! Loved the stories and the way it's told it and it felt like I was right there living it with him !! CANT WAIT FOR BOOK 2 😋😋

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin
  • 04-30-16

Amazing

I've been listening to this for a couple of days now and it is brilliant well done Joey

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-16

Hooked in seconds

Daym joey did what I expected, he had me hooked as soon as I pressed play. Listening to his voice was so addictive I finished the whole book in one sitting. I could listen to this on repeat forever!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-17

<br />love him💕💕

amazing
incredible
lovley
the best
the best book ever
love joey
such an inspiration
love it
cutest person on earth

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-16

YOUR AMAZING!!!!!!!

loved it so much and joeys voice made it better to listen wish it was longer but all round good book

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  • Normunds Cukermanis
  • 12-02-16

BEST BOOK EVER!!!

I love you joey graccefa you are such an inspiration to lgbtq members and me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Eira-Mari
  • 10-23-16

Love this one

I have already read this book in pocket format, and now i am listening to it here on Audible. In love!!

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  • Marloes
  • 08-27-16

One of the best memoirs I have read

I knew from his YouTube channel that he didn't had an easy life growing up, but after Reading this memoir, I have a lot more respect for Joey then I already had.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah M.
  • 08-21-16

amazing for youths

this book is amazing and so inspirational to children to live there dreams and to never give up.

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  • abbie
  • 08-11-16

Amazing

I could relate to this book and its amazing I found it hard to turn of. I loved this. Its so inspirational and its given me the power to stay strong

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-31-15

Life changing and emotional story. Thank you.

Thank you for your honesty and openness. What a remarkable story, emotional and inspirational. Has taught me some valuable life lessons.

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  • ryan
  • 06-22-15

Great book

Really great book and was awesome to get a insight into joeys life and experiences.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 05-22-15

So good

Joey really went into detail, he's so brave! A great listen , so many emotions!!
<3

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  • Dugald
  • 05-23-15

I.R.L

This book is fantastic, even if you relate to only one aspect of the book, you will be touched. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Mannav
  • 07-16-16

In Real Life By Joey Graceffa Review By Nav R

Well I had to go on a road trip to the central coast from my city in Australia so I needed entertainment for the 10 hour drive, I downloaded audible with a 30-day membership and as soon as I logged in I purchased joeys book "in real life" , I love Joey so much I watch his videos on YouTube so why not try a book?. The book was so touching and emotional but still great for getting the words in your ears. So I really recommend going on audible and downloading this because it is the best book to listen to if your going somewhere or just bored. get a 30- day member ship and get the book, it's great. Congrats Joey for writing a memoir this is the best one I've read so far.

From you Fan in Australia

-Nav R 😂😂😍😜😜🌏

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  • Helen
  • 03-27-16

That book was so sad and powerful 😭😱

I love This book

The story's about his mum where so sad
When is number 2 coming out, we need a second book

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  • Sophie
  • 02-26-16

Absolutely love.

I love joey as a youtuber and now as a story teller. The troubles he faced in his childhood mirror many of those I know so is very relatable. Also as a voice actor josy is fantastic to listen to

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  • Mark
  • 11-05-15

I loved it and shared it with all my love ones

I freaking loved it and cried on some bits. Omg good book Joseph. Pls write more books

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  • Hannah
  • 07-28-15

Love love loved it!

This book was so interesting and emotional. I couldn't stop listening! Joey tells some really personal stories.

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  • victoria
  • 05-31-15

Awesome

Fantastic! i listened while reading along to the physical copy. loved it! great work Joey.