“Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up” by Grace Helbig

Grace's GuideSassy and cheeky, in Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up, Grace Helbig writes just like she speaks as the host of It’sGrace on YouTube.

A cute book for Christmas or for the new graduate, Grace’s Guide is easy to dip into. With interactive worksheets and full-color photos and illustrations, she delivers smarty-pants advice on everything from interviewing for a job to negotiating a walk of shame gracefully (or as gracefully as possible).

Her comments on surviving college and the workplace are spot-on and will keep you from being a “Don’t” picture on a Human Resources poster. I’m considering buying multiple copies and anonymously mailing them to some former co-workers…

I also liked the social section and her take on anxiety. Transitioning from random college gatherings to planned adult parties and social engagements can be excruciating, and nobody wants to be that person in the corner staring at their shoes all night (no matter how gorgeous those shoes may be!) She wraps practical advice in funny and engaging packaging, pretty much the way parties are meant to be.

And that’s what her book is—a cool-kids advice party that somehow we nerdy kids got invited to as well.

Now off to the post office to mail some books…


Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig (Touchstone | ISBN 9781476788005 | October 21, 2014)

Catherine Janzen

Catherine likes words in all kinds of languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Old English, Old Welsh, JavaScript, Java, C#... She’s easily bribed with a book and a glass of wine. Now if only they wrote murder mysteries in ASP.Net… @writercath for writerly stuff @cathjanzen for technical