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The Hidden Power of F*cking Up PDF, ePub eBook The Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures. To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their philosophy The Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures. To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their philosophy of trying: how to fully embrace fear, foolishness, and embarrassment in an effort to understand how we all get paralyzed by a fear of failure. They’ll share how four shy, nerdy kids have dealt with their most poignant life struggles by attacking them head-on and reveal their - ahem - sure-fail strategies for achieving success. But they’re not just here to talk; they’re actually going to put their advice to work. To demonstrate their unique self-improvement formula, they’ll each personally confront their deepest insecurities. A die-hard meat-lover goes vegan for the first time. A straight-laced father transforms into a fashionista. A perpetually single sidekick becomes the romantic lead. A child of divorce finally grows more intimate with his family. Through their insightful, emotional journeys and surprising, hilarious anecdotes, they’ll help you overcome your own self-doubt to become the best, most f*cked up version of yourself you can be!

30 review for The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    cait (decafandpaperbacks)

    2.5/5 stars Alright, I think I'm awake enough to explain the rating now. Odd that I've never really felt the need to explain myself before, but for this book, I am? Nothing makes sense. I want to preface this by saying I am a long-time 'Try Guys' fan. I found them in 2014 and loved their videos so much that I would bring my laptop over to a friends house and put the videos on casually in hopes that they would find them funny. I would rewatch my favorites multiple times, to the point where my boyfr 2.5/5 stars Alright, I think I'm awake enough to explain the rating now. Odd that I've never really felt the need to explain myself before, but for this book, I am? Nothing makes sense. I want to preface this by saying I am a long-time 'Try Guys' fan. I found them in 2014 and loved their videos so much that I would bring my laptop over to a friends house and put the videos on casually in hopes that they would find them funny. I would rewatch my favorites multiple times, to the point where my boyfriend took notice and told me I had a problem. I wouldn't say I'm a die hard fan, but I root for their success. I was unbelievably happy when they formed their own company and cried during both Keith's wedding and Ned & Ariel's birth story. With that being said, you didn't ask, but Keith and Ned are my favorite Try Guys. Anyways, I saw this on the Libby app and nobody had checked it out from the library, so I snatched it and read it within 48 hours. Here are my thoughts: Things I Liked: 1. It goes without saying that the guys put a lot of their hearts into the book, sharing a lot of personal information that we, as the reader, are lucky to get. There were moments where certain topics very clearly made one of the guys uncomfortable to write about (Eugene about family, Zach about love, Keith about his body, Ned about... Idk? Maybe when he hurt his kneecap?). I commend them for writing very personal stories in a book that will be read by so many people. 2. There are a lot of pictures in this book, which was fun to see. Old pics of them as kids, some in their comedy days, etc. but I am a sucker for pictures. I will say, though, this did have a downside, which I'll tackle in this next bit. Things I Disliked: 1. This book did not need to be published. I feel bad saying it, but it is true. Knowing they just started their own company and how honest they have been about the financial struggles they have faced since, I know that this was a quick cash-grab, and I am not judging them for it. Pay the bills! #FeedWes! (Ned literally says this in the book, so don't come for me) What I am saying is that every single thing they cover in this book would have been more interesting in a video on their channel. Not to mention that a lot of the information they give in this book is not new to fans of their videos, which took a lot of fun out of the book. I thought I would be getting some tidbits that they have not shared, but it is a lot of things they have already covered in one video or another. On top of this, each guy challenges himself in some sort of aspect, giving them each a personal 'Try'. Some of them actually did the challenge, and some completely bailed on it or barely participated, which took all the fun out of the challenge. I am specifically thinking of the 'CEO' challenge, where the only one that was remotely close to successfully completing the challenge was Eugene. I don't understand why they made their 'Try' timeline at the most inconvenient spots of their lives where they had every excuse not to actually complete the challenge. But I digress. 2. This book needed five more rounds of editing. There are plenty o' typos, but that is the least of its problems. The only sections that were well written were Eugenes, which is not surprising. He is the only one who had a solid voice in his writing and actually hooked me in. The others felt like they were writing a 5 paragraph essay at 11:59PM when it needed to be turned in by midnight. It was rushed. The tone was all over the place. They tried to be motivational while also hardly completing any of the challenges they challenged readers to do. They would reference something in chapter one that is not introduced to the reader until chapter nine, which made the writing choppy and odd. It was all over the place. I think they believed that, by cutting the book into sections (health, fashion, work, love, and family) that it would be organized, but the contents within each section were a mess. (small note that may have nothing to do with them, but the formatting is hella obnoxious if you are trying to read this on your phone, not sure how it would be on a Kindle or computer. Any time they had graphics or pictures they would bleed into the text, which meant there were paragraphs I would have to skip because I could not read it with a picture over it) So that is kind of how I felt reading this book. Do I recommend it? If you are a DIEHARD Try Guys fan, go ahead. I am sure I wasn't going to stop you, anyways. Otherwise, I really do not think you'll care about this book. P.S - this did not change my feelings towards them as human beings or as internet personalties. I will still watch their videos and support them, because this book does not define their worth. P.P.S - I did not listen to the audiobook, but I have heard complaints that they switch narrators often, making it confusing, and that Keith and Ned yell a lot. I blame this on them being uneducated when it comes to audiobooks/reading in general, since they have admitted they are not readers. If that does not bother you, have fun! If you are sensitive to loud noises or jumpy narrators, maybe stay away. -- 2.5/5 stars I’m tired. I’ll explain my rating in the AM.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    alternative title: The Try Guys Try Writing A Book, With Their Trademark Humor and Vulnerability, And It Is Awesome. Basically this is exactly what you probably expect from a book written by these four: honest, self-deprecating, with the banter that characterizes their on-screen dynamic. There are heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes (and photos!) from different stages of their lives, and it's so inspiring to see them take on the lifestyle challenges/changes that scare them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book/audiobook is fantastic. These guys bring so much humor and heart. At the start, I thought each guy was going to tackle a section but rather each took lead on a try with the other guys sharing wisdom and experience related to the topic. Overall I highly recommend for any one who has ever watched a Try Guys video, from casual viewers to triceratops!

  4. 4 out of 5

    mary

    Can’t wait to read this! I’m so happy that the guys are writing an honest book on growth and journey. As I do from their videos, I’m sure I’ll learn a lot that I can apply to myself. So excited!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I feel like a load of garbage giving this a low rating, but alas, I must be true to myself and acknowledge that I did not enjoy this. The Try Guys are one of my favorite mainstream YouTubers. I have watched them for years and their comedic timing and originality in their videos is phenomenal. However... this book was rough. I purchased the audiobook, and I believe this was my biggest mistake. It read exactly like an extended version of their Podcast. I could not tell if this book was supposed to I feel like a load of garbage giving this a low rating, but alas, I must be true to myself and acknowledge that I did not enjoy this. The Try Guys are one of my favorite mainstream YouTubers. I have watched them for years and their comedic timing and originality in their videos is phenomenal. However... this book was rough. I purchased the audiobook, and I believe this was my biggest mistake. It read exactly like an extended version of their Podcast. I could not tell if this book was supposed to be a self help novel, or just sporadic anecdotes patting themselves on the back about how great and hard working they have been the past few years. The actual narration and jumping from "author" to "author" was off-putting to me, as it just felt like they were talking between themselves and not to me, as the reader. And the yelling... Keith and Ned screaming a bunch of frustrated lines throughout their narration was just annoying. I do not like listening to men scream frustrations into a microphone during my drive to work. I think this book could have benefited from another 2 years of work, and a ton more talented editors to give them guidance. I just can't get over feeling like the Try Guys latest "try" was to try writing a novel all by themselves with no professional help. And as an avid reader, it frankly frustrated the hell out of me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Buttons

    The guys changed a lot over the years and I think we can gain from their experiences - their numerous trys, their personal life and their working life. I am looking forward to reading this ♥

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheska the Great is Not Okay

    TOTAL READING TIME: 4 hours, 0 minutes. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. My 5-star rating for this book is mostly due to my bias towards the Try Guys--second only to the Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye, they are my favorite celebrities. I started watching their videos around late August/early September 2017, and I've been hooked ever since. I only regret not getting to watch their videos earlier and being there from the beginning, as I've only discovered them when I was getting into BuzzFeed Unsolved. TOTAL READING TIME: 4 hours, 0 minutes. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. My 5-star rating for this book is mostly due to my bias towards the Try Guys--second only to the Fab Five from Netflix's Queer Eye, they are my favorite celebrities. I started watching their videos around late August/early September 2017, and I've been hooked ever since. I only regret not getting to watch their videos earlier and being there from the beginning, as I've only discovered them when I was getting into BuzzFeed Unsolved. While I did think this book was a bit messy and disorganized, and some of the writing sounded generic and impersonal, I did truly appreciate the guys baring their private lives for this book. Even though they already do that a lot in their videos, there's still something more intimate about writing it in words for a book. Most of the stories aren't really new since they've done videos where they've discussed or mentioned them, but the new ones that they haven't mentioned before were lovely. I will admit reading about Eugene's 'family' section of the book made me choke up a bit. I've read some reviews that the audiobook, narrated by the guys themselves, is irritating to listen to since apparently it just sounds like an episode of their podcast with the alternating voices and Keith's and Ned's occasional yelling. I've never been a big audiobook person myself so I definitely recommend the print version of this book instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annelisa Burns

    I read this book in 24 hours. It was absolutely perfect. If you’re a Try Guys fan, you’ve got to read it. I’m so proud of our boys. It’s completely in character and you can hear each of their voices so completely. My favorite book of the summer (maybe even the year?) so far. Unlike most books written by youtubers, this was actually has substance. It’s good when compared to other books, not just YouTube books. Some highlights: -reading Ned’s parts always made me emotional, especially the parts abo I read this book in 24 hours. It was absolutely perfect. If you’re a Try Guys fan, you’ve got to read it. I’m so proud of our boys. It’s completely in character and you can hear each of their voices so completely. My favorite book of the summer (maybe even the year?) so far. Unlike most books written by youtubers, this was actually has substance. It’s good when compared to other books, not just YouTube books. Some highlights: -reading Ned’s parts always made me emotional, especially the parts about this knee surgery, when Wes was born, and the story of how he met Ariel (😭) -Eugene is actually, like, a really good writer?!?! Ugh. It’s not fair. What isn’t he good at. Anyway, his parts were the most well-written; I’m impressed by the way he uses language and vocabulary. And so proud that he trusted his friends to help him get close to his family:) -Ned and Eugene’s bond has always fascinated me bc I feel like they’re how most guy friendships are; most dudes aren’t as sensitive as Keith and Zach and are more aggressive and closed off, so it was sweet to see that Eugene’s opinion mattered the most in Ned’s try and Ned’s challenge in Eugene’s try was the most difficult part of it. It makes sense, as Ned’s biggest weakness (fashion) is Eugene’s biggest strength, and Eugene’s biggest weakness (family) is Ned’s biggest strength -sweet baby Zach. It was a pleasure getting to know him more (including as a literal baby/child) but I also liked getting to know Maggie! She’s so good for him. I can already tell. You got yourself a good one kid, don’t fuck it up (his words not mine) -and finally, Keith. I liked reading his funny college stories and commend him for the transition to being vegan. That’s no small task. I’m still scared of CrossFit tho. Think I’ll stick to yoga. And I really liked the insight into his and Becky’s relationship!! -I enjoyed the insights into the boys’ bond with each other. They remind me of me and my friends and I hope we stay that way as we get closer to the Try Guys’ age. -This last thing is maybe a spoiler: in the acknowledgements, they thank their “wives and significant others, Ariel, Becky, Maggie, and Matt” WHO IS MATT?!? DOES EUGENE HAVE A BOYFRIEND?!?!! AHHH SOMEONE FREAK OUT ABOUT THIS WITH ME They also shouted out Wes in the acknowledgments which is just adorable. He’s not just Ned’s son; all of the boys love their Try Baby so much. Makes my heart melt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Firstly, I love the Try Guys and I’ve been watching their videos on YouTube since they started the quartet on Buzzfeed. I’m so proud of them and their accomplishments. I like that it’s a self-help book by learning through their mistakes. A very humbling experience and almost humanizing the people I’ve grown to love watching on my screen. A true rendition of facing their fears and learning from their failures, something we should all consider doing at some point in our lives. I laughed throughout Firstly, I love the Try Guys and I’ve been watching their videos on YouTube since they started the quartet on Buzzfeed. I’m so proud of them and their accomplishments. I like that it’s a self-help book by learning through their mistakes. A very humbling experience and almost humanizing the people I’ve grown to love watching on my screen. A true rendition of facing their fears and learning from their failures, something we should all consider doing at some point in our lives. I laughed throughout listening to this book (the audiobook is fantastic because they themselves read it). Some parts really tugged at my heartstrings. Good job guys.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    I really enjoyed the audio book version, it felt sort of like hanging out with the Try Guys and having them tell me stories of different challenges they put themselves through. This is also why I definitely wouldn't classify The Hidden Power of F*cking Up as a self help book. That being said, I don't know how many stars I would've given the "actual" book, given that it has no narration by the Try Guys and even Ariel! (And that my favourite part is still Keith describing his awesome before and af I really enjoyed the audio book version, it felt sort of like hanging out with the Try Guys and having them tell me stories of different challenges they put themselves through. This is also why I definitely wouldn't classify The Hidden Power of F*cking Up as a self help book. That being said, I don't know how many stars I would've given the "actual" book, given that it has no narration by the Try Guys and even Ariel! (And that my favourite part is still Keith describing his awesome before and after veganism pictures)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kap

    The Try Guys do a good job of transferring their YouTube personas into book format. The overall message is simple and true to their brand. I enjoyed the numerous pictures and drawings, and the mixture of writing formats - from the more traditional narrative formats to the quirky back-and-forth dialogues. The Hidden Power of F*cking Up is a quick, easy read. It even manages to be a little inspiring too. When I reached the end, I even contemplated trying something new. I think, at a basic level, th The Try Guys do a good job of transferring their YouTube personas into book format. The overall message is simple and true to their brand. I enjoyed the numerous pictures and drawings, and the mixture of writing formats - from the more traditional narrative formats to the quirky back-and-forth dialogues. The Hidden Power of F*cking Up is a quick, easy read. It even manages to be a little inspiring too. When I reached the end, I even contemplated trying something new. I think, at a basic level, this book achieved what it set out to do. It's light and funny and encouraging. But, all in all, it's pretty surface level. Some sections were more engaging and thoughtful then others. The Hidden Power of F*cking Up is split into four sections, with each Try Guy focusing on a different aspect of their life: Keith tackles health, Ned explores fashion, Zach focuses on love, and Eugene attempts to engage more deeply with his family. While each focuses on something different, throughout the book, all four continually share their own experiences. I'm glad they did this, because it made for a more engaging book. It helped beef up some of the weaker sections and allowed for more insight into each of their lives. I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to know more about the people behind The Try Guys. Going in, I thought there would be more memoir-like introspection. While there was a little bit of that, most of the book stayed on the surface and didn't offer any more insight into the Guys' lives. I was most disappointed by the health section because it felt particularly shallow. It mostly just focused on the superficial reluctance to change one's lifestyle. There was no explanation for why Keith chose a vegan diet. It also didn't address anything beyond motivation when it comes to health. What about costs? Eating vegan can be a costly (both in terms of time and money) lifestyle. All in all, I applaud The Try Guys for their willingness to try new things. None of this book is radical or particularly new, but they definitely spin it in their own unique way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hnin Oo Lwin

    They did it. They wrote a book. And of course, they also took their book cover picture in their underwear. What was I even expecting? I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical because I don't trust in somebody's writing skills. (Read: Keith Habersberger who hates reading books.) And also because they're juggling with too many things at a time that I was scared they could pull it off but only in a mediocre way. Alas, that wasn't the case. Eugene's writing has this kind of raw energy while being flowe They did it. They wrote a book. And of course, they also took their book cover picture in their underwear. What was I even expecting? I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical because I don't trust in somebody's writing skills. (Read: Keith Habersberger who hates reading books.) And also because they're juggling with too many things at a time that I was scared they could pull it off but only in a mediocre way. Alas, that wasn't the case. Eugene's writing has this kind of raw energy while being flowery and eloquent. Ned's writing reminded me that he went to Yale so of course, he could write this kind of thing. Zach and Keith's writing ultimately wasn't that bad either. This was like a bowl of salad (Hah!) that has ingredients that are totally different but came out beautifully in the end. Kind of. The Try Guys are known to be the group that whenever they do something, they give all they got. (With a lot of complaining and what not but you get my point.) They're funny, inspiring, and amazing. But mostly they fail. A lot. Seriously, this book is just things that they're not good at. Why would you put your worst failures in a book and show it to the world? The answer is of course, because this is the whole point of the book. (I've only slept for 3 hours. Bear with my stupid review, please.) This book contains their failures and stories that they've never said in their videos. This book also has five new tries that they did together. Those are Health, Style, Work, Love, and Family. They put their philosophies and some quotes in between these tries. These true stories are entirely raw and vulnerable. Inspiring and informative. Amazing, and awesome. And I need a thesaurus and a cup of coffee. If I weren't reading a kindle book, it might be soaked in my tears right now. I cried at several pages.But then again, I'm known to cry myself to sleep just to keep my eyes moisturized so what'd I know? Anyway, it was worth the wait.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    The Hidden Power of F*cking Up As someone who’s been a fan of the Try Guys for years, I feel conflicted in terms of how I feel about this book, mostly because it… felt like it didn’t need to be a book? I will say that I didn’t have the most enjoyable reading experience, but I there are two factors that may have attributed to that: I decided to try (pun not intended) a new format of reading. I read this book via audiobook and kept my hard copy nearby so I could see the pictures/visuals. I’d never r The Hidden Power of F*cking Up As someone who’s been a fan of the Try Guys for years, I feel conflicted in terms of how I feel about this book, mostly because it… felt like it didn’t need to be a book? I will say that I didn’t have the most enjoyable reading experience, but I there are two factors that may have attributed to that: I decided to try (pun not intended) a new format of reading. I read this book via audiobook and kept my hard copy nearby so I could see the pictures/visuals. I’d never read an audiobook before but it felt fitting to give it a go with this book as the Try Guys narrated it and I’m already accustomed to their voices from watching their videos. It’s also a cool concept to me to hear the author(s) narrate their own work, making it easier for the reader to experience a book the way the creators meant for it to be experienced. It didn’t take me long, however, to realize something I’d always suspected: I hate audiobooks. I like reading at my own pace, and the experience of listening to a story makes me feel a bit more disconnected than just reading it myself. I didn’t LOVE the way the Try Guys narrated it also, but that might be me just being irritated with the audiobook idea in general since I really have nothing else to compare it to. So to make a long story short - I won’t be doing that again. I’m a fiction bitch through and through. Non-fiction is what I associate having to do for book reports as a kid and that “other” section of the library that you know is there, but never actually browse because why? I don’t know, that’s just the way that I am. Reading is an escape for me so reading about either real people or real life events takes away from that joy of being transported somewhere else. I do have a few non-fiction books on my TBR but it’s either people I’m absolutely fascinated by or subjects I know nothing about yet am passionate about. I’ll start with the few things I did enjoy about this book. Firstly, I was suspicious going in, wondering exactly how much content could people who post about their entire life online be able to provide that they haven’t already discussed? Turns out, a fair amount. I was pleasantly surprised by how they managed to balance old information with new and provide even some of their more dedicated fans with new insights to their personal lives. I definitely enjoyed those stories the best. I also liked the way the book was organized, with bookends of introduction and conclusion, and in-between were four chapters, each guy representing one and then a combined chapter that applied to all of them similarly. The four guys contribute to every chapter, but it was clear that some related to some topics more than others. Here’s the breakdown: Keith: Health Ned: Style Zach: Love Eugene: Family And then their shared chapter, Work, was directly in the middle of the book. None of them struck me as being particularly profound in that I enjoyed it more than the others, but I will say I didn’t enjoy Style and Work quite as much. As four individual voices, I feel they did a good job of making a coherent story and blending well with each other. The audiobook switched from one voice to the next for the entire book and it never felt jarring or bizarre. I assume that comes from having worked together for as long as they have, but still I think it’s worth mentioning that they worked well together. Here’s how I felt about the four of them as individual writers. Keith: Keith is pretty upfront that he is not a writer or reader by nature. His voice felt the least developed, but it didn’t bother me because he managed to make his storytelling lovable. He was the most to-the-point and I also felt that his personal stories were the most enjoyable to read since he doesn’t usually get very personal. He’s the comic relief and the goofy one, so it was nice to read about the weird shit he did as a kid and how oblivious he was to Becky dropping engagement hints. Ned: I’m just gonna come right out and say it- I can’t believe homeboy went to Yale. I know he’s a science guy and I’m sure that’s where his intelligence shines through the most, but his writing was just meh. I don’t have a ton of things to say about him other than he seemed to get lost among the others. Zach: Zach was actually my favorite voice out of the four. He read the most like an actual book to me, which is hard to explain, but he seemed the most natural with writing, which given his personal stories makes sense to me. He expressed how much telling stories meant to him and that he’s been creating them since he was a child with his grandmother (that part of the Family chapter was just so sweet ugh). He’s also said that it’s always been a goal of his to be a NYT best-selling author, which I believe has now been accomplished so yay Zach! Eugene: Eugene was the most extra, which is no surprise. I can’t tell if at times he was trying to be excessively eloquent or if that’s really just the way that he talks/writes. Sometimes I felt like his style was a bit more extravagant than the overall vibe of the book, but honestly, he’s always been the most unique of the four guys so it wasn’t a bad thing. Eugene’s a very good writer who is more artistic in his approach. I feel like he allowed himself to be a little more silly in this book which was nice to see. Overall, my main issue with the book was that it didn’t feel like it needed to be a book. I feel like the book could have been a series of videos and it would have saved me the hours of listening to a slow audiobook (I had no idea that you could speed up an audiobook until I was about 2/3 of the way through. RIP). It wasn’t bad or poorly done, I just really can’t say it was enjoyable to read. It had the same feeling as a book that a YouTube video has when you put it on for background noise: you’re not mad at it, but you have no actual investment in the content. The Try Guys are wonderful people. I got to meet them at a meet and greet which is where I received my copy of the book, but I think should they write any other material I will be sticking to their videos instead. If you’re a massive fan, I guess give it a go and see how you feel but generally I don’t think you’re missing out if you choose to pass on this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    ------GENERAL------ Let me be clear: I’m mostly here for Eugene in all his unapologetically gay-as-hell, stereotype-defying, flamboyant and also incredibly masculine, glory. And okay, the rest of the guys are cool too. It’s hilarious and apropos that the reviews they included on the back cover are less than flattering: “The Try Guys say that failing is more important than succeeding. And this book is a perfect example.” This would make a great graduation gift for young adults. Despite the fact tha ------GENERAL------ Let me be clear: I’m mostly here for Eugene in all his unapologetically gay-as-hell, stereotype-defying, flamboyant and also incredibly masculine, glory. And okay, the rest of the guys are cool too. It’s hilarious and apropos that the reviews they included on the back cover are less than flattering: “The Try Guys say that failing is more important than succeeding. And this book is a perfect example.” This would make a great graduation gift for young adults. Despite the fact that nothing said in the book is groundbreaking, it’s nonetheless some things that we all need reminding of, from time to time. There’s some thoughtful points from each of the guys, and from their group (introductory) chapter. (And it’s not a very dense book by any means. There are lots of big splashy graphics lest we hurt our brains with too many words.) That said, I don’t think I would ever pay money for this book (to be fair, I wouldn’t really pay money for most books, the library system and I have a sick and twisted co-dependent relationship). They do tend to get annoyingly repetitive, even more than in their videos (we get it—Keith likes fried chicken, Eugene is an emotionally unavailable perfectionist, Ned went to Yale. We. Know.). And, although there are moments of genuine inspiration, it’s nothing groundbreaking. ------QUOTES------ Try Guys (all four): “Remember those public service announcements, The More You Know, that taught you about the dangers of crack cocaine or dry drowning? We try to live by the opposite credo: The Less you Know. You see, the more you think you know, the less you want to learn—and learning leads to trying, trying leads to failing, and failing leads to growth.” “We think we go around all day choosing how to live our lives, but many of what we think are decisions are actually just habits. Turns out there’s something deep in our brain, a holdover from monkey times, that rewards and entrenches ‘comfortable’ behaviors, making us slaves to our own habits under the guise of free will . . . So as you read this book, we want you to start thinking about some of the habits you’ve picked up, and how they’ve made you less vulnerable to new experiences.” Eugene’s honesty is always exactly what I need: “There’s a grand, almost depraved irony in how the international audience were introduced to me: charming, self-assured, and ‘alternative’ but palataby so. I performed the more relatable side of my personality as part of our constant testing to reach wider audiences. Shockingly, it worked: viewers responded to my dryness (diluted apathy), sharp wit (controlled rage), coy inappropriateness (nonconformity lite), and brassy self-esteem (a willful need to be a strong minority figure.” God, get out of my head, Eugene. Or get into my pants. Your choice. More Eugene: “When I wear [traditionally feminine style], it automatically starts a conversation with passersby who don’t once have to question my sexuality . . . Fashion, for queer people, can be a constant, beautiful coming-out moment, and even though the emotions behind our community’s struggle might be tinged with darkness, there is no better remedy than genuinely feeling like yourself.” Eugene’s relative: “Not liking hugs doesn’t make you cooler, Eugene.” Zach: “You can only feel as good as you allow yourself. You get one life, one body, one go at this whole thing. Make yourself your own responsibility and let’s get living.” Keith: “I experienced a lot of judgment from people when I told them I was going vegan. I am starting to think that people who are vegan are probably . . . right. It is healthier, and maybe the reason we think they’re all so aggressive is actually that we’re so aggressive toward them.” (This is super true. I’m a lifelong vegetarian who went vegan for a year; am back to vegetarian because I’m lazy, but can attest that non-vegans make a way bigger deal out of it, and it gave me great satisfaction to see a carnivore agree).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex Schwartz

    This was a fun, quick read and great for fans of the Try Guys. The book is designed to essentially be part self-help book, part memoir, and part print version of the Try Guys video content. For those unfamiliar, the Try Guys are four...guys...who create videos in which they "try" various things. They're a lot of fun, often hilarious, and surprisingly emotional at times. In this book, they tackle four different topics in which they "try" to improve their lives in - fashion, fitness, love, and fam This was a fun, quick read and great for fans of the Try Guys. The book is designed to essentially be part self-help book, part memoir, and part print version of the Try Guys video content. For those unfamiliar, the Try Guys are four...guys...who create videos in which they "try" various things. They're a lot of fun, often hilarious, and surprisingly emotional at times. In this book, they tackle four different topics in which they "try" to improve their lives in - fashion, fitness, love, and family. Each of the four Try Guys - Ned, Keith, Zach, and Eugene - are the focal point of each chapter, but the other three chime in with their own experiences in those areas as well. I listened to the audiobook, but I imagine there are quite a lot of pictures and illustrations in the physical version to accompany the text. The audiobook is read by the four Try Guys themselves, so at times it almost feels like listening to a podcast or an audio-only version of their videos. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The book works best when it is exploring each of the Try Guys personal lives and their experiences in the four areas listed above. At times, it tries to be a bit of a self-help book and, when it does, feels very generic and dull in its advice. If you're a fan of the Try Guys, it seems like a no-brainer to read this - it's a lot of fun and gives a deeper insight into each of the foursome's experiences. If you're not a fan/unfamiliar, I'd recommend checking out their YouTube channel first and then diving into the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Well they certainly tried with this book... and they succeeded! I absolutely loved each person's emotional journey, especially reading on their reflections after important events in their life. It truly felt as though they were each telling you their own personal story and they really did wear their hearts on their sleeve. I only wish I could have read more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Theis

    I really have no complaints about this book. It was insightful and entertaining and a great way to get to know The Try Guys. It was hilarious but serious and gave everyone an look at how these guys became who they are. I find their videos interesting and the same with this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✦ Maica ✦

    I just want to sit still and sip coffee while listening to The Try Guys talk to me about The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

  19. 4 out of 5

    Greyson Richter | Use Your Words

    Just like their videos but better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm very torn because I LOVE the Try Guys but I really don't like self help books. I appreciated the insight on their own lives (especially the family chapter - I liked Eugene's "Try") - but it read kind of superficially, and I didn't learn much that I didn't already know from watching their videos or being a patron. That being said, always happy to support these guys in their endeavours!

  21. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    You know the The Try Guys as viral sensations for trying an incredibly wide berth of things–from enduring simulated labor pains to consuming one of every item on a Taco Bell menu. The group has accumulated over a billion views to date with millions of followers and subscribers around the globe. Now Zach, Eugene, Keith and Ned have completed a whole new challenge that we are particularly excited about–a book! The Hidden Power of F*cking Up (Dey St.) is a self-improvement guide that creatively ill You know the The Try Guys as viral sensations for trying an incredibly wide berth of things–from enduring simulated labor pains to consuming one of every item on a Taco Bell menu. The group has accumulated over a billion views to date with millions of followers and subscribers around the globe. Now Zach, Eugene, Keith and Ned have completed a whole new challenge that we are particularly excited about–a book! The Hidden Power of F*cking Up (Dey St.) is a self-improvement guide that creatively illustrates how anyone can overcome their personal obstacles through the examples set by the Guys. Each member of The Try Guys team tackles a variety of issues in the areas of mental, emotional and physical health. Each shares raw anecdotes with uplifting messages; Keith on his insecurity with body image and the journey to make healthier choices; Ned delves into his dependence on pain killers after a rough knee surgery and the importance of therapy; Eugene unpacks his anxiety about being emotionally open with friends and family; Zach discusses his childhood depression and how it affected him growing up, among many other topics. Does this yank at your heartstrings? Make you feel vulnerable, but also motivated? Good. The Try Guys have always tried to move people in their creative pursuits and this book is another excellent example. The book is organized to tackle sections of Health, Style, Work, Love and Family, with icons for each guy to chime in the different parts for clear organization and characteristically humorous dialogue. While most self-help books aim to transform you to the ultimate version of yourself, this book is refreshingly content with the current version of you. Using their “failosophy” it’s more about mixing up the patterns you are currently in to embrace possible changes. As Keith says, “Even if you think that you may not be able to change a bad habit 100 percent, you can change a bad habit 10 percent and it’s still an awesome improvement!” We chatted with some of the Try Guys about their new book and the aspects they are most excited to share with fans. Our interview with the authors: https://booktrib.com/2019/06/its-okay...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    I have read (and listened to) a lot of self-help books, and they all boil down to this: set your intentions, open yourself to a 'higher power,' and good things will happen. A few will deign to mention that actual work goes into it, some will provide amusing anecdotes. But ultimately, there is very rarely anything new in self-help books published these days. (A side note here: is anyone else kind of disturbed by any- and everyone's willingness to jump on the "mental health is important" bandwagon I have read (and listened to) a lot of self-help books, and they all boil down to this: set your intentions, open yourself to a 'higher power,' and good things will happen. A few will deign to mention that actual work goes into it, some will provide amusing anecdotes. But ultimately, there is very rarely anything new in self-help books published these days. (A side note here: is anyone else kind of disturbed by any- and everyone's willingness to jump on the "mental health is important" bandwagon by just regurgitating past advice, but putting Fuck in the title? No? Just me? Okay then.) Now, I enjoy watching the Try Guys' videos, and one of the things that always struck me about them was that not only were they willing to try (hence their name), but they were willing to fail. So when I downloaded the audiobook, I suppose I was expecting a lot of regurgitation and examples of how they tried things. (Let's be real, I downloaded the audiobook mostly to hear them narrate.) What I got, instead, was a shockingly insightful look into not only their philosophy, but their lives. And, unlike other self-help books, at the very end, they summarized where they were in those journeys. They refused to leave the book (at least, the audiobook) on a false note: no, they're not perfect. Yes, change is hard. Failure is not always a negative thing. It's okay to try and realize something isn't right for you and to modify or abandon it. Life is not a one size fits all. I'm not really sure how to put into words how amazing to me, personally, this book was, but I can honestly say that I related to Eugene the most when it comes to figuring out queer identity, how to do emotions, and wanting to be closer with family but just. Not knowing how to accomplish that. Also, Ned and Ariel are too fucking cute and I love them, but Becky and Keith are marriage goals.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    This was an enjoyable read! I love the Try Guys’ videos, and it was fun to get some insight into their personal lives and see them try new challenges. The quality of the book itself is beautiful, with lots of great photos and cute design elements. I thought the writing was charming, and their core idea of “failosophy” made total sense both for their brand and for a “self-improvement” strategy. Basically, each guy took on a major challenge, or “try”, for the book, and wrote about their experience This was an enjoyable read! I love the Try Guys’ videos, and it was fun to get some insight into their personal lives and see them try new challenges. The quality of the book itself is beautiful, with lots of great photos and cute design elements. I thought the writing was charming, and their core idea of “failosophy” made total sense both for their brand and for a “self-improvement” strategy. Basically, each guy took on a major challenge, or “try”, for the book, and wrote about their experience - with plenty of interjections from the other guys and with outside quotes, stories, and facts peppered in. I’d say that some of the guys took it more seriously than others, and some were better writers than others, but for their first book, I don’t mind. I’m just happy to support them, their lovely friendship, and their always entertaining content.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Savanna

    DNF at 51%. Nope. Nope. First, a significant portion of the book so far has been the exact same as some recent videos. EXACTLY. Second, I kept really struggling with the casual mentions of how the guys were able to or motivated to do a thing because of the support and emotional labor of their spouses (and/or female friends or gay men). The way it's presented in the book just made me really feel the gender inequity of our society. For example, the health and style chapters essentially break down DNF at 51%. Nope. Nope. First, a significant portion of the book so far has been the exact same as some recent videos. EXACTLY. Second, I kept really struggling with the casual mentions of how the guys were able to or motivated to do a thing because of the support and emotional labor of their spouses (and/or female friends or gay men). The way it's presented in the book just made me really feel the gender inequity of our society. For example, the health and style chapters essentially break down to "I used to eat and dress like a slob, but then I asked my wife/female friend to [cook vegan with me/work out with me/shop for clothes for me]". Finally, the Audible production is really unpleasant to listen to! I listened to the intro while eating lunch one day and was so put off by the weird stage voices all the guys are doing, so I switched to a podcast. I tried to give it another shot on some commutes home. Nope. Halfway through and it still continues. And everyone but Eugene YELLS SIGNIFICANT SECTIONS YELLING YELLING ALL THE TIME. I hardly ever DNF books, but this is two just in the past few days. Life's too short to be yelled at by dudes casually leveraging the women in their lives. I used to watch their videos-- I think this book has ruined that for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    paige

    this book was so much more than i expected it to be. i’ve been following the try guys’ lives since their very first video. i know it’s insane to be so invested in people who don’t reallly know that i exist but that’s just how it is. my vision of this book was that it would definitely be funny (which of course it had humorous elements) but it was so much more than a funny book written by youtubers. it was a look into every single one of their lives and their journeys of bettering themselves and t this book was so much more than i expected it to be. i’ve been following the try guys’ lives since their very first video. i know it’s insane to be so invested in people who don’t reallly know that i exist but that’s just how it is. my vision of this book was that it would definitely be funny (which of course it had humorous elements) but it was so much more than a funny book written by youtubers. it was a look into every single one of their lives and their journeys of bettering themselves and their relationship with the people they love. it was amazingly emotional. 5/5 stars for being just what i needed. p.s. the audiobook was absolutely fantastic (besides not seeing pictures.... i’m gonna need to order it on amazon... +2 multiple narrators total pts: 11

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I’m pretty sure everyone who reviewed this has mentioned Eugene’s Try, it’s the part of the book that I responded to the most and I’m not sure why. It made me feel things, idk. Anyway it was a decent enough book. I listened to the audiobook and if you like their videos and their podcast then the audiobook isn’t much different in terms of listening to their voices and I liked that. I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy it as much if I had read it. I’m not sure how they would have transfer I’m pretty sure everyone who reviewed this has mentioned Eugene’s Try, it’s the part of the book that I responded to the most and I’m not sure why. It made me feel things, idk. Anyway it was a decent enough book. I listened to the audiobook and if you like their videos and their podcast then the audiobook isn’t much different in terms of listening to their voices and I liked that. I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy it as much if I had read it. I’m not sure how they would have transferred to a physical book. I really like the try guys and already felt like I knew a lot of what they were talking about but it was still good to learn more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    OMG they did it!!!! I couldn't believe when the book ended. I was meal prepping for the week, listening to the guys talk and all of the sudden they announced that this was the end and I was like Nooooooo, when did this happen ?!?! All in all, I am so happy for them. They deserve all the attention and success they are receiving. I loved listening to their stories about their life and experience, you can tell it all came from the heart and some things weren't easy to share. Even though in the beginn OMG they did it!!!! I couldn't believe when the book ended. I was meal prepping for the week, listening to the guys talk and all of the sudden they announced that this was the end and I was like Nooooooo, when did this happen ?!?! All in all, I am so happy for them. They deserve all the attention and success they are receiving. I loved listening to their stories about their life and experience, you can tell it all came from the heart and some things weren't easy to share. Even though in the beginning you can see that this is their first contact with audiobooks (I found Ned to be a little over-excited and loud while Eugene too quiet at the start), they get the hang of it pretty fast and the audio experience runs smoothly. I especially loved Ariel's cameos (I would totally love for her to do a home-design audiobook, her tone and cadence is so smooth). Great job, guys! Keep up the amazing work!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    3.5 stars. I definitely think the audiobook is the way to go for this. The book itself is fine- although the chapters could be a little muddled and needed some definition. My favorite part was with Eugene trying to enact the three challenges the other try guys gave him to connect with his family. It made sense- there were clear rules to that section. Honestly, I'm much more interested in just watching the corresponding videos they'll put up- visual media is what they know, after all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I generally avoid books written by YouTube personalities. This is only the third book I've ever purchased and read that was written by someone from YouTube, and I honestly don't regret it. I have loved The Try Guys for years and their dynamic is unique for what they do. They are unabashed in their attempts to do new things, improve their lives, be good husbands and boyfriends and friends. This book is all about that and so much more. Each Try Guy attempted something that made them uncomfortable, I generally avoid books written by YouTube personalities. This is only the third book I've ever purchased and read that was written by someone from YouTube, and I honestly don't regret it. I have loved The Try Guys for years and their dynamic is unique for what they do. They are unabashed in their attempts to do new things, improve their lives, be good husbands and boyfriends and friends. This book is all about that and so much more. Each Try Guy attempted something that made them uncomfortable, partly for the sake of this book and partly because they needed to make those changes for themselves. It's not easy to tell the world that you think you aren't a great partner or that you and your family keep each other at arm's length, but they do it with raw honesty. This isn't a self help book, and it isn't a memoir. It's a little bit of both, but also just an extention of what they've been doing on the internet for years-trying new things and hoping they succeed but ultimately figuring out that failing can be just as productive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)

    I am incredibly biased when it comes to this book; I bought it knowingthat I was going to love this book because I love The Try Guys. This book was everything I expected: it was cheeky, fun but still had an emotional impact. I was surprised at how talented they are in writing, especially Eugene. I don't really have anything more to day because this book was exactly what I needed: it made me laugh, it inspired me and it made me emotional. (Also, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook, obviously).

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