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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World (Paperback)

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For a while I was actually a little embarrassed to have picked this up. I started watching this YouTube sensation in late 2013, mainly his gaming channel, and I strangely just fell sort of in love with him...? He announced this book was coming out and I quietly and internally fangirled because I knew what this meant for the future of his career. It came out and I read it all in about 10 hours-- one sit down. A truly funny and inspirational confessional.

-- Josh

— From Josh H. Staff Picks


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.

About the Author

Joey Graceffa is a leading digital creator, actor, and producer, best known for his scripted and vlog work with YouTube. He is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World and the bestselling novels Children of Eden and its sequel Elites of Eden. In 2013, he produced and starred in his own Kickstarter–funded supernatural series, Storytellers, for which he won a Streamy Award. In 2016, he debuted Escape the Night, a “surreality” competition series for YouTube Red that returned for a third season in the summer of 2018. Joey’s other interests include a proprietary accessories/home décor line called Crystal Wolf and supporting various nonprofit organizations for literacy, children’s health and wellness, and animal welfare. For more information, please visit

Praise For…

"If this isn't bravery, we don't know what is."

"Fun, lighthearted, and touching"

"In Real Life is not only an eye-opening read, it’s a good reminder to young adults that they don’t really know the people they follow on YouTube or Instagram as well as they think they do. What happens “In Real Life” is a more complicated story."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476794303
ISBN-10: 1476794308
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English