Book Review: It Gets Worse

Book Review: It Gets Worse

“The problems you have as a kid will seem ridiculous when you get older because bigger and worse problems will come along. But you will learn to deal with them easier as you grow up.”

Welcome to another book review! It’s been a while since my last one, but I actually just joined a book club, so that should help keep me on track with reading more often. Right now we are reading I am Malala, which is quite different than the book I will be reviewing for you all today. But the one element that connects the two is that they are both non-fiction.

Shane Dawson is someone that I have been familiar with for a while from watching his YouTube videos. His humor is outrageous and extremely self-depricating, so I knew his book would at least be entertaining.

It turned out to be much more than simply entertaining. I thought he did a great job of having a good mix of humor and seriousness. He covered some heavy topics such as his past eating disorder and his grandma passing away, and somehow managed to have me laughing in one sentence and covering my mouth in horror in the next. He has an understanding of the fact that even the most serious of topics have a grain of humor buried within them, and he tactfully extracts that humor at just the right moments.

His book was also extremely inspirational, which was something I didn’t necessarily expect. In one of my favorite chapters in the book, Human Trash, Shane tells a story about making a film for his class in high school, and how his teacher freaked out and turned off the film halfway through, saying it was terrible and that he was disappointed in Shane for making something so awful. Even at that age, Shane already knew he wanted to be a filmmaker, and the teacher’s harsh words really hurt him.  However, there was someone who disagreed with the teacher’s critique. The school principal saw the movie and called Shane into his office, and he had this to say:

“Shane, throughout your life some people aren’t going to get what you do. They won’t open their eyes to see the potential you have and see all the greatness you have in that head of yours. But there will also be people who do. People that get you. And I’m one of them.”

Shane says this conversation has stuck with him ever since. I think it’s so awesome that the principal not only understood him, but took the time to make sure he got the reassurance he needed to keep reaching for his dreams.

One of my other favorite chapters was the very last one, which was written by Shane’s mother. He writes that she always wanted to be an author, but was never able to follow through on that dream since she was a busy single mother. Shane chose to give his mom the gift of officially becoming a published author by letting her write the final chapter in his book. She wrote about the first time she saw him perform in a school play, and how the audience loved him and gave him a standing ovation. She said she had a feeling that night that in the future he would be impacting millions of people, not just one theater. And he certainly has, with more than 16 million total subscribers across his YouTube channels!

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good laugh (particularly if you don’t mind crude, irreverent humor), and who enjoys reading personal, true stories. Even if you’ve never heard of Shane Dawson, you will still enjoy reading it. He is honest and hilarious, and the book is a quick read that will have you both laughing and close to tears.

Hope you enjoyed my book review! Leave a comment below if you’ve read the book, or just let me know what the last book you read was.

Rainy Day Essentials

Rainy Day Essentials

It’s raining cats and dogs here in Texas, so I thought I’d share some of the ways I like to pass the time when I’m stuck indoors. One of my main favorite pastimes is of course writing a blog post, but that one is too obvious, so here are four other ways I like to spend rainy days.

Drink a cup of hot tea

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I don’t know what it is about rain, but it always makes me feel like it’s way colder outside than it is. Because of this, I always get in the mood to drink something hot to warm up. My favorite hot drink is tea, but if you prefer coffee, or hot cocoa, go for it! It’s just nice to sip on something warm while you watch the rain fall from your window.

Read a good book

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If I’m stuck inside for the day anyway, I figure I might as well take the time to catch up on some reading! I’ve been alternating between two books lately: Shane Dawson’s hilarious It Gets Worse, and the new Harry Potter script Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Two very different books, but both are just as entertaining to read as the other. I will definitely write book reviews when I finish!

Watch a good TV show

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Books are great, but if you’re like me you’ll get bored after a while and feel the need to switch over to a different activity. That’s where Netflix comes in! I just started watching the show Stranger Things, and am loving it as much as everyone else. I was worried it would be too scary since I usually don’t enjoy horror, but it actually isn’t too bad! And there’s a surprising amount of humor thrown in as well, which I appreciate.

Listen to a mellow playlist

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Like feeling cold, there’s something about the rain that just makes me want to listen to a chill soundtrack. I recently found this playlist on Spotify and have been listening to it non-stop. It’s the perfect background music while writing a blog (like right now), and is also just great to listen to when you feel like you need some background noise that isn’t the rain pattering outside.

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you like to do during thunderstorms. Do you get out of the house and brave the storm, or do you prefer to stay indoors like me?