Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Page Count: 228 pages (Us Paperback edition/4 hours and 6 minutes for audiobook edition)
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. (Summary provided by Goodreads.com)
Until recently I’ve never been a fan of Shane Dawson. But one night recently, I decided to try him out again and to my surprise, I really started to liked his videos.
So I decided to try his memoir, after learning he narrated the audiobook. And I’m so glad that I did.
I’m not one to laugh out loud while reading/listening to a book, but while listening to I Hate Myselfie, I was cackling the whole way through.
This book was hilarious but also didn’t shy away from heartwarming and sometimes tough topics to hear about. A big part of why I also liked this book is I loved hearing about Shane’s person life which viewers don’t tend to hear about when they watch his videos.
The big problem I did have with this book is that Dawson didn’t seem like he knew what type of book he was trying to write. At times, he would be taking about a serious topic but seconds later he would crack a joke, so as a reader I couldn’t really tell if that passage was intended to be serious or not.
One last thing I want to touch on is you might find this book to be crude or even offensive. This didn’t bother me because I am familiar with Shane’s work so I was already prepared on hearing that kind of content in his book. My advice would be to check out Shane’s videos before going into I Hate Myselfie so you can be used to his humor before going into this book.
I Hate Myselfie promises a fun, lighthearted time filled with lots of belly wrenching laughs and is sure not to disappoint.
Starred Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars