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It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays
     

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays

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by Shane Dawson
 

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THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart.

Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate

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THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart.

Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his place as a gifted humorist and keen observer of millennial culture. Fans felt as though they knew him after devouring the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal bestseller. They were right… almost.

In this new collection of original personal essays, Shane goes even deeper, sharing never-before-revealed stories from his life, giving readers a no-holds-barred look at moments both bizarre and relatable, from cult-like Christian after-school activities, dressing in drag, and losing his virginity, to hiring a psychic, clashes with celebrities, and coming to terms with his bisexuality. Every step of the way, Shane maintains his signature brand of humor, proving that even the toughest breaks can be funny when you learn to laugh at yourself.

This is Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Running With Scissors for the millennial generation: an inspiring, intelligent, and brutally honest collection of true stories by a YouTube sensation-turned one of the freshest new voices out there.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/11/2016
Popular YouTube personality Dawson (I Hate Myselfie) exhibits his signature brand of twisted humor and neuroses in his second volume of personal essays. A number of these trace his artistic and professional development from a high school video project to a sobering experience filming his first feature film for a reality show and dealing with eviscerating reviews. He frankly discusses the journey to accepting his bisexuality, beginning in kindergarten with simultaneous crushes on the pretty blonde girl and the spiky-haired bullying boy. This journey is fraught with sadness, as when he describes his tendency to “fill the void... with food and other addictions,” and comedy, as he takes a trip down the rabbit hole of hook-up apps. His self-deprecating and outrageous humor is hit or miss, but at its best it deserves comparison to David Sedaris, whether he’s writing, “I’m the opposite of a party animal. I’m a funeral person” or recalling wearing a flamboyant T-shirt on the first day of middle school and boarding a Bible study bus for the free candy. A story about ending up at the Mexican border after a wrong turn, however, is completely unfunny and entirely lacks the drama he tries to manufacture. This decent if lopsided second effort from a writer still finding his voice should satisfy Dawson’s previously established fans. (July)
Booklist
“These 13 essays collected here are...humorous, but some are quite moving...One a humor scale of 1 to 10, 1 being meh and 10 being a hoot, Dawson’s essays earn a solid 7. Teen fans of David Sedaris will enjoy Dawson’s perky essays."
Bustle.com
“If you're a fan of his, it's safe to say this is already pre-ordered for you, but if you haven't been introduced to this YouTube sensation, I'd recommend checking him out if you're a millennial who loves to laugh.”
Sunset Magazine
"Shane Dawson brings us possibly – no, definitely – the most hilarious read of summer. In this uproarious essay collection, Dawson unleashes all his wit and explores his mortifying childhood and every awkward moment as he came to terms with bisexuality. Overflowing with humor and sharp observations on the struggles surrounding modern culture, It Gets Worse is comfort food for the millennial soul."
Entertainment Weekly (ew.com)
"Like Dawson’s previous book, I Hate Myselfie, It Gets Worse is a collection of humorous autobiographical essays...laced with both bracing honesty and Dawson’s signature humor."
Bustle
“If you're a fan of his, it's safe to say this is already pre-ordered for you, but if you haven't been introduced to this YouTube sensation, I'd recommend checking him out if you're a millennial who loves to laugh.”
The Guardian
"This book is a haven for difference in a sea of more of the same with YouTuber books. The essay approach really worked for the book."
AccessHollywood.com
Praise for I Hate Myselfie:
“Though Shane is infamous for his biting wit and crude humor, I Hate Myselfie is as much heart as it is crass.... [It] proves that laughing at yourself can help overcome even the most embarrassing experiences.... Shane may 'hate his selfie,' but his millions of fans will love it.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501132841
Publisher:
Atria/Keywords Press
Publication date:
07/19/2016
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
6,588
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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  • Meet the Author

    Shane Dawson is a director, actor, comedian, musician, YouTube vlogger, and the New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Myselfie. He lives in Hollywood, California. Find him on YouTube.com/user/ShaneDawsonTV.

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    It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Cant wait for it come out because the first book was great!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love shane and I support all he does. I have this feeling of I'm proud of him. I hear about how crappy he thinks his life was when he was younger and now he just has so much love and it makes me proud to be one of the people that love and support him. I can't wait for the next book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Im a subscriber to shane and sometimes i cant go on to youtbe so i always go to his books to read he is very funny and makes me get through tough things.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I WOULD GIVE THIS A MILLION STARS IF I COULD I LOVE SHANE HE IS MY FAVORITE YOU TUBER AND I CAN BE HAVING THE WORST DAY AND I JUST GO AND WATCH ONE OF SHANES VIDEOS AND IM INSTANTLY BETTER. HE IS THE BEST AND IVE BEEN WATCHING HIS VIDS FOR YEARS AND I LOVE HIM. Respond to ThatGirl. Thanks!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love this book cant wait for shane to right a new book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Keep it up shane! ily (I love you) i am your number one fan!!
    Anonymous 17 days ago
    It is one of the best books I have ever read
    Anonymous 6 months ago
    I just dont like it im sorry
    Anonymous 11 months ago
    i absolutely loved this book! Definitely recommend1
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it i could really relate:)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing book! Really funny and heartfelt.