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Ryan Higa's How to Write Good

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

YouTuber's engaging memoir has solid writing advice, too.

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Popular YouTuber Ryan Higa's memoir/graphic novel/how-to-write book is an honest, funny, and sometimes moving look at how Higa overcame his bully and the trauma that lingered for years afterward. Ryan Higa's How to Write Good may inspire tweens and up in similar situations. They'll easily relate to a lot of Higa's experiences, not only of being the target of a bully but also of sometimes feeling like a loser, and they'll be comforted a little, at least knowing they're not alone.

Higa acknowledges right off the bat that he's not the most logical candidate to write a book. But he provides a clever framework for integrating conversations and lessons in writing from his ghostwriter by depicting those parts in graphic novel style, with illustrated comic panels showing him and the ghostwriter in fantasy settings. With humor, grace, and a seemingly genuine desire to help others by telling his story, Higa's book is sure to be enjoyed by his many fans. And there's plenty to enjoy and learn for those who aren't tuned in to YouTube.

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