If you thought the YouTuber book trend was a mere flash in the pan, think again. After launching on July 19, It Gets Worse, the second book by YouTube megastar Shane Dawson, has debuted at No. 1 on The New Times Best Seller list in the Paperback Nonfiction category.
Dawson tweeted out the news yesterday — with an endless succession of exclamation points. The book’s publisher, Keywords Press, also noted that the book debuted at No. 1 on a second list for combined print and e-book sales. “I’m speechless,” Dawson wrote on Instagram. “Thank you guys for supporting my book and for being my backbone. I love you so much I can’t explain it.”
It Gets Worse is a collection of essays that serves to chronicle “a mix of real-life moments both extraordinary and mortifying,” according to the book’s description, “yet always full of heart.” Dawson touches on hiring psychics, clashing with celebrities, and coming to terms with his bisexuality — all with his signature brand of sharp and dark humor. Dawson’s first book, I Hate Myselfie, was also a collection of essays about his early life — growing up morbidly obese in a financially-strapped household. And it also debuted at the top of Barnes And Noble’s Paperback Bestsellers list after it launched in March 2015.
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Dawson is set to conclude a seven-city book tour in support of the release tomorrow in San Francisco. He also created a short horror film on his channel (below) appropriately dubbed It Gets Worse to promote the book featuring fellow YouTube stars Lisa Schwartz, Joey Graceffa, Drew Monson, and Trisha Paytas. In addition to his writing chops, Dawson recently flexed his acting muscles with Internet Famous, a Maker Studios-produced feature-length mockumentary that is now available on Netflix.