Hardback, 228 pages
Published June 2nd, 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
Genre: Biography, Humour, Entertainment.
My Rating: 4/5
“A one-woman media phenomenon and a leading YouTube influencer takes readers behind the camera, and deep inside her world.
Justine Ezarik has been tech-obsessed since unboxing her family’s first Apple computer. By sixth grade she had built her first website. A decade later, she became one of the Internet’s first—and most popular—“lifecasters,” inviting people around the world to watch her every move, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. But it was a one-minute video about an itemized AT&T bill that gave Justine her first taste of viral success: Within ten days of release, her “300-page iPhone bill” had garnered more than 3 million views and international media attention. These days, iJustine is a one-woman new media phenomenon: The popular techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital influencer has an army of nearly 3.5 million subscribers across multiple YouTube channels, with total views approaching half a billion.
Now, Justine is giving friends and fans a look behind the scenes, sharing never-before-told stories about the hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) reality of sharing your life online. With her trademark wit and delightfully weird sense of humor, Justine delivers an inspirational message in support of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the power of staying true to yourself, while reminding readers that the Internet is a very small world—you just never know who you’re going to meet.”
If you looked up the word YouTuber in some sort of modern day dictionary the definition could easily be Justine Ezarik. Justine is a content creator known for videos on tech and gaming. She’s been an early adopter of all social media sites – to which she attributes a large part of her success – and is synonymous with being a hardcore Apple fan.
I have been following her online for quite some time and being a fellow female who grew up nerding out over tech and gaming, she’s always inspired me to continue loving the hobbies I have, and when I had watched most of her content and read the majority of her interviews, I knew I had to read the memoir next!
Justine’s memoir goes right back to the beginning, the moment she remembers her family receiving their first computer and teaching herself how to code. Finding her love of making fun and wacky videos due to the boredom of her day job and first growing her online following. To taking every opportunity possible awarded to her by the weird and wonderful place we call the internet.
The chapters themselves are divided into very manageable chunks, and it’s the kind of book that makes you feel like you could read as much or as little as you wanted to in one sitting, you can pick it up and enjoy at anytime. There are fan questions – which Justine answers – sporadically dotted in most chapters and they really add to the charm of the book. Throughout the book are many colourful photographs of Justine’s career, and as a fan of her work, it’s cool to see some of her earlier stuff.
I found the book to serve as a quick read – I literally devoured each page – and even if you’re not into tech or the way the online world works in a big way, you’ll find it’s an enjoyable tale full of warmth that fills you with inspiration for staying to true to yourself and finding what you love and are passionate about in life.