The Odd 1s Out
Hilarious stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a popularYouTube artist and storyteller.Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison ("The Odd 1s Out") is used to being on the outside looking in. He wasn't partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the Internet. Now, he's ready to share his hard-earned advice from his 21 years of life in the funny, relatable voice his fans love.In this illustrated collection, Rallison tells his own stories of growing up as the "odd one out": in art class with his twin sister (she was more talented), in the middle school locker room, and up to one strange year of college (he dropped out). Each story is filled with the little lessons he picked up along the way, serious and otherwise, like:* How to be cool (in seventh grade)* Why it's OK to be second-best at something, and* How to survive your first, confidence-killing job interviewsFilled with fan-favorite comics and never-before-seen material, this tongue-in-cheek take on some of the weirdest, funniest parts of life is perfect for both avid followers and new converts.

The Odd 1s Out Details

TitleThe Odd 1s Out
Author
ReleaseJul 31st, 2018
PublisherTarcherperigee
ISBN-139780143131809
Rating
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics

The Odd 1s Out Review

  • TheYALibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations with stories that had me rolling. Enough said.
  • Savannah
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and got and uncorrected ARC, so things in my copy of the book are subject to change.If you enjoy his channel this book has the same humor as his stories on YouTube. Some of the stories are from the channel but there are also stories that are new and give reason for even the biggest fan of James to buy the book.People who havent viewed his channel will still love the jokes and stories that this book provides, from stories about his evil dog to accidently I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and got and uncorrected ARC, so things in my copy of the book are subject to change.If you enjoy his channel this book has the same humor as his stories on YouTube. Some of the stories are from the channel but there are also stories that are new and give reason for even the biggest fan of James to buy the book.People who havent viewed his channel will still love the jokes and stories that this book provides, from stories about his evil dog to accidently dating his sister there are laughs to be had throughout the book.Overall this book is great, I do wish it had more stuff that wasn't from his YouTube channel, but the new material is a great addition to a great book. It's filled with charm and fun from the dedications at the front of the book until the last page.
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book to read. I've been a fan of James and his videos for awhile, so I was pretty excited when he announced he was making a book.However, roughly one third of this book contains info that is already explained (hilariously) on youtube channel. I get that it's nice to put in some details for those who have never heard of James, but it kinda made me enjoy the book a little less.It's hard to write a book, so I will say I think it's still a good read (ha, get it?-ok I'll stop now) for This was a fun book to read. I've been a fan of James and his videos for awhile, so I was pretty excited when he announced he was making a book.However, roughly one third of this book contains info that is already explained (hilariously) on youtube channel. I get that it's nice to put in some details for those who have never heard of James, but it kinda made me enjoy the book a little less.It's hard to write a book, so I will say I think it's still a good read (ha, get it?-ok I'll stop now) for anyone who is a big fan of theodd1sout.And also it was fun to learn more about one of my favorite youtubers.
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    A hilarious, laugh-out-loud book about James Rallison/Theodd1sout, an artist I have been following/reading his comics for some time. Delighted there is a book about him.First up, thanks to my boyfriend for gifting me this book for Christmas! I am so happy that I now finally have the chance to read this book. Secondly, I thought this would be comics/comic bundle with all/selected comics, but instead it is a mix-up of stories about James's life and comics. We read about his school life, about his A hilarious, laugh-out-loud book about James Rallison/Theodd1sout, an artist I have been following/reading his comics for some time. Delighted there is a book about him.First up, thanks to my boyfriend for gifting me this book for Christmas! I am so happy that I now finally have the chance to read this book. Secondly, I thought this would be comics/comic bundle with all/selected comics, but instead it is a mix-up of stories about James's life and comics. We read about his school life, about his family (I had such a laugh when a teacher mistook him and his twin sister as boyfriend and girlfriend, really, how?), about his art, about dreams, about popularity, about bugs (I still stand that bugs are creepy and butterflies are cute, no matter what he says), and tons more. We really get to know the artist (and I finally found out about who his artist name is Theodd1sout, I was already wondering about it). I had such a good time reading this, laughing so many times, and also dragging my fiance in laughing as I read some parts aloud. And I am betting (on those last Christmas chocolates) that he will also be reading this book when he has the chance). I already knew I would love the humour, but sometimes the humour works better in comics, but I can honestly say that this guy can write stories as well as he can do comics. He really pulls you into his stories, into his life. I know I couldn't stop reading so whenever I had time yesterday, I read, read and read some more. Now I am just hoping that he will write more books or makes a book with all his comics. Either would be perfect. \o/ Oh, and I would recommend this book to all who want to know more about this artist or are fans of him (like me!). Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Kelsie ~ Scribbler for the Quibbler ~
    January 1, 1970
    I don't watch much YouTube. I know that once I get on, I won't get off for at least two hours. My brother, on the other hand, probably spends over half his day on YouTube, so you can imagine he's pretty well versed in YouTubers.That being said, he tends to show me some of his favorite YouTubers from time to time, and the only one I kept watching after he showed me a video was, you guessed it, The Odd1sOut. James is literally the only YouTuber I consistently watch (excluding BookTubers). So when I don't watch much YouTube. I know that once I get on, I won't get off for at least two hours. My brother, on the other hand, probably spends over half his day on YouTube, so you can imagine he's pretty well versed in YouTubers.That being said, he tends to show me some of his favorite YouTubers from time to time, and the only one I kept watching after he showed me a video was, you guessed it, The Odd1sOut. James is literally the only YouTuber I consistently watch (excluding BookTubers). So when my brother found out I was watching The Odd1sOut in my free time, he handed me this book. I'm (obviously, I'm the one with a Goodreads) more of a reader than him, so he was more than happy to let me borrow his copy of this book.I noticed pretty quickly that a lot of the chapters were basically the scripts of his videos, with a few extra lines added in. I still read them, because you can't just skip the chapters of a book that's so wrong they're in that order for a reason, you heathen. My only complaint for this book was that they were basically his videos in book form. I still enjoyed them, and I still kinda sorta read the book instead of studying for my college midterms, but I was hoping it was different from his videos.All that said, I am still very happy I read this book. Yeah, it may be more aimed at middle school boys and not college age girls, but I still laughed at a lot of the jokes (yes, even the ones I had already heard on YouTube) and I enjoyed it all the way through. Only reason it got 3/5 stars was because I had already seen half the stories before I read them. So, if you want to read a funny, light hearted book and you watch none of The Odd1sOut's videos, you should pick this up. Trust me, it's a really refreshing change of pace to go from reading a textbook on criminology, to a goofy story about "Things I Do That Most Adults Probably Don't Do." Especially because I also do some of those things. Just know that if you've already obsessively watched most of his videos instead of studying, a lot of it is repeat. But it's James, so who cares, he's hilarious.
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARSA copy generously provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.Guys! I am a huge fan of TheOdd1sOut on Youtube and there might have been two days where I binged watched all his videos when I first discovered him. If you guys don't know who James is, he's a cartoonist who is known for his funny stories told through cartoons he draws himself. My favourite were some of his workplace stories and of course, him growing up as a kid.This book is exactly MY RATING: 4/5 STARSA copy generously provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. Guys! I am a huge fan of TheOdd1sOut on Youtube and there might have been two days where I binged watched all his videos when I first discovered him. If you guys don't know who James is, he's a cartoonist who is known for his funny stories told through cartoons he draws himself. My favourite were some of his workplace stories and of course, him growing up as a kid. This book is exactly like his Youtube videos. His cartoons are so adorable, expressing the exact reactions I would imagine certain characters would feel in that very moment of the story that I often found myself bursting out in giggles. James' writing is similar to his monologues in his videos so don't expect literature but expect easy writing that gets you right from the start. He has this dry silly sarcastic humour that is contagious. The only reason why I knocked off a star was because he recycled two stories from his videos in his book so I just skimmed those. Good thing the whole book wasn't just his videos written out or else I would have been really annoyed. Next, I didn't think the subtitle to be applicable to what he was preaching in his book. It wasn't actually a guide to be cool but it was just more like this is what happened to me when I was younger. And that's it. MY RECOMMENDATIONDefinitely recommend to you if you're looking for a gift for a younger reader or someone who is a fan of James or just looking for something cute to flip through!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Now personally I love The Odd 1s Out. He is one of my favorite YouTubers and when I found out he had a book I just HAD to get it! I read this book right before my last manga classic so getting both of those books I just had high exceptions for this book and let me say how they met them with flying colors! This book is as relatable as "Adulthood Is A Myth." You should read this book.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Love this hilarious book!
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fantastic book and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve been watching James also known as, “The Odd 1s Out” for quite some time, so I was especially excited to find this book at the library. His name The Odd 1s Out basically comes from him feeling sort of different from everyone else and really just having a more creative mind. He thinks outside the box and has a sarcastic and different sense of humor, which I found funny. This book included some crazy and funny stories from his life growing This was a fantastic book and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve been watching James also known as, “The Odd 1s Out” for quite some time, so I was especially excited to find this book at the library. His name The Odd 1s Out basically comes from him feeling sort of different from everyone else and really just having a more creative mind. He thinks outside the box and has a sarcastic and different sense of humor, which I found funny. This book included some crazy and funny stories from his life growing up. It mainly focuses on his middle school and teen years which is a pretty weird time in your life, so a lot of his experiences made me laugh and the cartoons to go along with them were very original. One of James’ strengths would be that he is incredibly interesting. He can manage to keep someone entertained even while telling a not so intresting story. For awhile I actually wanted to be an animator and that’s how I discovered him. Although, I’m not a great artist, James’ tells that with hard work you can do great things. I really can’t name any weakness about the author because I really loved the book and would recommend it to anyone of my friends. You would really enjoy this book if you’re interested in cartoons, enjoy stories, and like to laugh. This would also be a great gift for a friend and I think almost anyone can enjoy it.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    Read this because my daughter loves to watch his Youtube videos.
  • Molly Porter
    January 1, 1970
    So if you watch theodd1sout then you will love this book. so it is about how james like grew up and he tells stories from his life and he rants on about random stuff.
  • ~Cyanide Latte~
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun little endearing read! Most of the stories are already up on James's YouTube channel, TheOdd1stOut, as videos to be watched, but there are a few anecdotes that aren't on his channel, and a little more substance to the ones that are and made it into this book.Most of this book feels like a memoir of things James has learned or experienced since as early as kindergarten onward, and I feel like it reads as such even when it's funny.I recommend this to fans of his channel, especially This was a fun little endearing read! Most of the stories are already up on James's YouTube channel, TheOdd1stOut, as videos to be watched, but there are a few anecdotes that aren't on his channel, and a little more substance to the ones that are and made it into this book.Most of this book feels like a memoir of things James has learned or experienced since as early as kindergarten onward, and I feel like it reads as such even when it's funny.I recommend this to fans of his channel, especially if they're younger fans, as I imagine they can take some nuggets of wisdom from his experience. (And for those who may not have seen his channel before, but stumbled upon this book, you should go watch some of his videos! They're fun, and typically get me to laugh when I need it.)
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  • Sophia Z
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t taken by the simplish roundish cartoon figures in the book at first, but these big-hero-6-esque characters grew on me. My tentative and judgmental attitude (what does a 22 year old YouTuber possible have to say that’s worth my while?) was completely broken when I got to the “sympathy rub” story and from there on I was a fan.
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  • Mikaila
    January 1, 1970
    So I love James and have a been a fan of him since he was only at 2 million subs but this book was a cheap cash grab on his part. So many of the stories were already featured on YouTube channel. The ones that weren’t were great but it felt very cheap, if you know what I mean. The writing in this book was also pretty eh, if you know what I mean.
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  • Shira
    January 1, 1970
    So I actually quite enjoyed this bookSo like last week I was at my friends house and this is one of her brothers books and it was lying around with all the other random books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and all these Legend of Zelda books and like 2 copies of every Percy Jackson bookAnd then I haven’t read this one and she was eating lox and I was probably being annoying by reading this and then I finished it this week
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  • Lexxi Kitty
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to use the word 'hilarious', then saw word is first in description (which I still haven't read except for first word). Eh, whatever. Book was in fact hilarious.An hilarious mix of words with the occasional inclusion of cartoons. A memoir of a professional comic writer. I've a vague believe I might have seen some of this author's work before, but I otherwise do not know this author or his work before randomly spotting his book in the store.
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  • TheConsultingWriter
    January 1, 1970
    Do you need to write a book report? Try James'Mad lib book report. It's sure to (cough) impress the teachers.I first caught The Odd 1s Out videos when my kids were watching his Sooubway videos. I was surprised that someone on YouTube could actually be funny. Yes, I do hold a low opinion of most of the video content on that site. Anyway... When I saw the same author of The Odd 1s Out (James Rallison) was coming out with a book, I thought at first, "Ugh, this is like Dan TDM all over again." But I Do you need to write a book report? Try James' Mad lib book report. It's sure to (cough) impress the teachers.I first caught The Odd 1s Out videos when my kids were watching his Sooubway videos. I was surprised that someone on YouTube could actually be funny. Yes, I do hold a low opinion of most of the video content on that site. Anyway... When I saw the same author of The Odd 1s Out (James Rallison) was coming out with a book, I thought at first, "Ugh, this is like Dan TDM all over again." But I wanted to give it a chance, so I contact the publisher requesting a copy to review.My son flipped through the book first before I started reading. His initial response? "These are the same videos on YouTube except in a book. I'd rather watch the video.". . .Ok, for those that prefer not to spend hours online (especially on YouTube), I think you'll enjoy this book. James offers a variety of funny personal stories (aka anecdotes) from catch worms for his mom to being accused of PDA (public display of affection) with his twin sister. And while, yes, he does repeat some of the videos he's done online, there are still one or two new stories (at least from what I see when searching through the list of videos). Not only does he have amusing stories, but he actually puts some thought into it, like a moral of the story or "the more you know" public service announcement.In order to be cool in school, James recommends a few things (not without a hint of sarcasm, at least to me)... listening to depressing angsty music and wearing certain types of clothing. Keep in mind, I've read the advanced copy, so some of the sections quoted here might have changed by publication. But I hope not, because he does have some good things to say. What if after you've changed the way you look, your clothes aren't comfortable and the music isn't that great, all of which makes you unhappy?"Cool doesn't necessarily mean happy. You gave up on happiness when you started caring about what other people think."Wait, what? Hold on a sec. Is he actually trying to sneak in life lessons into this book?!"Sometimes you need to fail in life. Because you're not that special. Besides, failure makes for good stories." It sure does! Which is why TheOdd1sOut has been so successful. He's managed to put a humorous spin on otherwise sad and depressing life experiences (ok, maybe not THAT sad and depressing). We all have them. I was fired over paper clips. Sounds ridiculous now, but back then being fired was not cool. Still, I wouldn't be in a job I love today if it weren't for that fail.Don't freak out. There's plenty of just plain silly stories that should make you laugh. For example, when he described the time his dog chased a chihuahua. The chihuahua was on a leash and the owner kept turning around and around to keep her body between the two dogs, but inadvertently turned the little dog into a ceiling fan effect. That got a laugh out of me."Follow your dreams, but do it in a smart way. Don't listen to the haters."I requested a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. And I'm glad I did. I've enjoyed the videos, when I have a moment to watch them. So I wasn't surprised to find that I enjoyed the book as well. I think this would be a great way for kids who love TheOdd1sOut to share that love with Grandma who really enjoys reading and doesn't get the Internet. Maybe other family members don't want to spend hours on YouTube. So how can you show one of James' videos that you find funny? By purchasing a copy The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up by James Rallison. It may not have the Sooubway stories, but there are plenty of laughs to be had in this book. 
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  • Kim Miller-Davis
    January 1, 1970
    My 14 year old, comic-writing son nagged me for a month until I finally sat down and read this book and I’m so glad I did. During the hour it took me to read it, I must have laughed out loud 30 times. It’s that funny. Known for his webcomic and YouTube show, Rallings uses his comedic sense to examine some of the most excruciating moments of adolescent angst. By poking fun at his own awkward behavior in a voice that is slightly sarcastic yet self-deprecating, Rallings appeals to kids who are in My 14 year old, comic-writing son nagged me for a month until I finally sat down and read this book and I’m so glad I did. During the hour it took me to read it, I must have laughed out loud 30 times. It’s that funny. Known for his webcomic and YouTube show, Rallings uses his comedic sense to examine some of the most excruciating moments of adolescent angst. By poking fun at his own awkward behavior in a voice that is slightly sarcastic yet self-deprecating, Rallings appeals to kids who are in the midst of their own identity struggle. Still, Rallings also appeals to adults who can remember all too well, the period in which our perspective of the world flips-flops erratically from “Everyone else is so stupid! ” to “Why do I do such dumb things?” Because it was written for kids and teens, the humor lacks sophistication, but I can’t think of anyone, especially parents and educators, who wouldn’t benefit from climbing back into the head of a teen who feels like the “odd one out.”
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  • Miranda H
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great addition to the popular YouTube video collection by the same creator. My daughter introduced me to the hilarity of Odd1sOut on YouTube and I purchased this book as a gift for her. Some of the material is recycled from his discussions on YouTube, but those recycled bits are also fleshed out with more detail and backstory than provided in the internet videos. The book is riddled with the artist's signature style of illustration and wit. It's a quick and fun read for children and This was a great addition to the popular YouTube video collection by the same creator. My daughter introduced me to the hilarity of Odd1sOut on YouTube and I purchased this book as a gift for her. Some of the material is recycled from his discussions on YouTube, but those recycled bits are also fleshed out with more detail and backstory than provided in the internet videos. The book is riddled with the artist's signature style of illustration and wit. It's a quick and fun read for children and adults alike.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book for two reasons: 1) my son said it was “a lot like Hyperbole and a Half,” and 2) my son promised to refrain from talking to me about Fortnite for two weeks if I read it. It is not as good as Hyperbole and a half, but really, nothing will ever compare to Allie Brosn breaking in to her own house to get at that chocolate cake. Odd 1s Out did make me laugh and it is fun to have the shared reference points with my son. Also—no Fortnite conversations for two weeks. Maybe I should bump I read this book for two reasons: 1) my son said it was “a lot like Hyperbole and a Half,” and 2) my son promised to refrain from talking to me about Fortnite for two weeks if I read it. It is not as good as Hyperbole and a half, but really, nothing will ever compare to Allie Brosn breaking in to her own house to get at that chocolate cake. Odd 1s Out did make me laugh and it is fun to have the shared reference points with my son. Also—no Fortnite conversations for two weeks. Maybe I should bump this another half star!!!!
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  • Charis
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been reading TheOdd1sOut comics for years and started following his YouTube channel last year. Not one of his videos has failed to make me laugh out loud! This book is the perfect recreation of many of his videos, and even includes new content! The talent of the simply drawn cartoons and hilarious humor produced by TheOdd1sOut is remarkable and my go-to source of daily laughter. This book is perfect for any age, whether you may be eight, seventeen, or forty- This humor reaches anyone and I’ve been reading TheOdd1sOut comics for years and started following his YouTube channel last year. Not one of his videos has failed to make me laugh out loud! This book is the perfect recreation of many of his videos, and even includes new content! The talent of the simply drawn cartoons and hilarious humor produced by TheOdd1sOut is remarkable and my go-to source of daily laughter. This book is perfect for any age, whether you may be eight, seventeen, or forty- This humor reaches anyone and everyone!
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very cute. Even though I had seen most of the videos referenced in the book, I still found myself laughing out loud regularly throughout. It's definitely meant for a younger audience, but some of the jokes are actually pretty smart and it has some fun nostalgia for those who went through school in the mid to late 2000's. Overall, while slightly embarrassing to read in public when you're as old as me, it's still a pleasant, cute, and quick enough read for fans and newcomers alike.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Most of the stories here mirror James' online videos but what's not to love? It's nice to have them in book form as it serves as a gateway for those who haven't seen his YouTube videos/comics.I decided to donate my copy of this book to the school library. James is my favorite YouTuber because he has uplifting, positive videos with just the right amount of snark. He doesn't swear (a rarity these days) and he's absolutely hilarious. His videos/book can be enjoyed by pre-teens and adults alike.
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  • Michelle Porter
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was really interesting to read. There were a few stories in there that I knew of from his videos. however he went in to a bit more detail. As well as information on more of his life and adventures getting to where he is today. I really do not think this type of book is for everyone. But if you are a fan of his work and just want a good laugh. I would say to pick it up. I'm So happy I was able to preorder it.
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  • Tara Long
    January 1, 1970
    Good Job!This book was great! I have followed James for a while and this was really. This book is really good for anybody, young or old, male or female (or any other sexuality). My only critique is that some chapters were essentially the script of the corresponding video. It was still amazing! If I could, I would give this a 4.8/5, but I can’t, so I’ll just say 4.
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  • River
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. I read it during the summer.Its basically like the diary of a wimpy kid books but with actual experiences plus with trending tab youtuber TheOdd1sOut who makes comics. I feel like you have to watch the actual videos to get the book anyways most of the chapters are basically rewrites of the videos but there are some original and interesting stories. Nice job.
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  • Greyson
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very funny and I LOVED it! It is very relatable and there was even a guide of "How to be cool in 7th grade" which might be helpful. James has a very amazing life with lots of ups and downs. While his sister is drawing realistic cats and dogs, he's drawing chicken godzilla! I really like the message that "If your not good at something, don't let that stop you".
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  • Melissa Stio
    January 1, 1970
    Great book, and really feels like one of James' videos, but to echo what most other reviewers have said: a lot of the stories are identical to his videos. I played the P.E. video while reading along with that chapter and the script is nearly identical, minus some phrasing. All in all, a good read for all ages.
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  • nidhi reddy
    January 1, 1970
    the first book of 2019!! I really needed to get my speeches done & clean my room so I've low key been procrastinating reading...? I read this all on my bed at once last night & this is like the only youtuber book I've read fully fr. Reminded me of his channel basically, [I discovered it on Savannah (this march) by gillian] he's hilarious I love his vids. totally funny.
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  • Aneeza Rafiq
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting this book to be really funny. I was a little bit disappointed. It was a mix of sad, boring and slightly childish parts. I'm still giving it four stars because I love the author's comics randomly popping up on my Pinterest and making my day.
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