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5 must-read memoirs written by online influencers

Before being a "YouTuber" was even a thing, many now-famous digital creators began making videos simply as a hobby, having no idea that it would eventually become a full time job. These memoirs, written by OG YouTubers themselves, are hilarious, inspirational and sometimes just plain silly, and each remarks on what it's like to pioneer a now crazy-popular and desired career path. 

Have you ever dreamed of being a YouTuber? What kind of videos would you post? 

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    Ever wonder what it's like to grow up on the Internet? Jenn McAllister, aka JennxPenn, created her YouTube channel in 2009 at the age of 12. Eight years and over 3 million subscribers later, what started as a creative outlet over summer vacation has turned into a full time job. In Really Professional Internet Person, Jenn dishes on the realities of insta internet fame and what it *actually* takes to run you own channel.

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    Similarly, quirky YouTuber Arden Rose has also grown up in front of her own camera. Over the past nine years, Arden has made over 400 videos on a variety of topics including beauty, fashion, mental health and body positivity. Her book, Almost Adulting, came out in March and provides tips on how to, well, adult. We love the cute illustrations!

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    Learn to be "bawse" with Lilly Singh. With over 11.5 million subscribers, the Canadian internet superstar is a force to be reckoned with. In 2016, she was the third highest paid YouTuber overall, and the top paid female contributor. Her book, How To Be A Bawse (also released in March), is a super inspirational read!

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    In this memoir, Shane Dawson recounts the 18 most embarrassing moments of his *entire* life. With over 17 million subscribers between his two channels and, of course, this book, Shane is expanding to new platforms such as television and music. He even has a podcast!

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    Miranda Sings (aka Colleen Ballinger) made her YouTube debut in 2008 with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s "Respect." Nine years later, she's grown into her own Netflix Original Series, Haters Back Off. If you're looking for a book that is guaranteed to make you LOL, this is for you!

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by Clarissa Latman | 5/13/2017