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Stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a viral YouTube artist and storyteller.

Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison (“The Odd 1s Out”) is used to being on the outside looking in. A self-described “beta,” he wasn’t partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the Internet. Now 21 years old, his unique voice and style has drawn the support of more than 4 million followers from every country and demographic.

In this fun, illustrated collection, Rallison tells his own stories of growing up as the “odd one out”: in art class with his twin sister (she was more talented), in the middle school locker room, and up through one strange year of college (he dropped out). Each story is filled with the little lessons he picked up along the way, serious and otherwise, like:

How to be cool (in seventh grade)

Why it’s OK to be second-best at something, and

How to survive your first, confidence-killing job interviews

Filled with fan-favorite comics and never-before-seen material, this tongue-in-cheek take on some of the weirdest, funniest parts of growing up is perfect for both avid followers and new converts.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 30, 2018


    240 pages

    RRP $30.00

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