Instant New York Times bestseller · Hilarious stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a popular YouTube 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 interviews
Filled 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
JAMES RALLISON has been drawing comics since he was eight years old. At age sixteen James created the webcomic The Odd 1s Out, which now comprises over 300 comics and has expanded into a YouTube channel with more than 7 million subscribers. He lives in Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an altogether great book! All the callbacks to videos are a treat for those who came from his channel, but it stills works for those who just stumbles upon this accidentally. All the jokes are awesomely funny, and it's a great cure for boredom! Amazing work, James!
Love his videos Love him Love his comics Love his songs Best Youtuber Ever
That is all I have to say...
This a book for ages 8+ and is the best book by James. I really liked it and looooved it to the max!
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. 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.