Self-Help

by Miranda Sings
Review by KM

I realized that, while we are giving away a copy of Miranda Sing’s Self-Help, we have yet to review it. What an oversight! Many of you will recognize Miranda Sings from her Youtube channel, but if you don’t, check her out here.

Summary

In this decidedly unhelpful, candid, hilarious “how-to” guide, YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude.

Over six million social media fans can’t be wrong: Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube. As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (“Magic is Lying”), and much, much more! Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages, and if you don’t like it…well, as Miranda would say…“Haters, back off!”

Musings

This isn’t a standard book — there is no plot line to follow. It reminds me a lot like the Amelia’s Notebook books that were always checked out from the library in elementary school — but meant for young adults.

The entire book is supposed to look like a scrap book, with taped items and scribbly handwriting. The grammar and spelling are awful, but intentional, and made it a bit hard for me to read. The disclaimer says to buy two books, since there are suggestions to color or cut out pages of the original copy (and you always want a perfect one, right?)

Miranda offers awesome advice on dancing moves, how to apply make up, and even wedding vows (which were a lot more fun than the ones I said at my wedding). It had me cracking up throughout and only took a little while to read.

All in all, fans of her videos will get a kick out of this book. It’s fun and something to enjoy flipping through when you’re not craving a serious read.

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