The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

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...

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Title:The Hidden Power of F*cking Up
Author:Keith Habersberger
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The Hidden Power of F*cking Up Reviews

  • Cheska the Great is Not Okay

    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.

    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

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Isabelle | BookwyrmBites

    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.

  • 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

    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.

    PS (because yes, I have even more to say in regards to this poorly executed audiobook) - I just found out there are pictures and diagrams and stuff in the kindle/physical book copies. I get that an audiobook format is not everyone's cup o' tea, but they offered it, and I paid $20 on Audible for this clunker, which is more than I would have paid for a physical book or a Kindle edition. And they didn't even include PDF files of the physical-only aspects of their book?! That's just ridiculous. I've had so many other audiobooks with photos or charts or maps included in a separate PDF. This was such a blatant oversight in production. Would the photos or charts or whatever else have changed my rating to be significantly higher? Probably not, but I also have NO idea because the only way for me to even see this entire aspect of the book would be to buy another version of the book... which I already did not enjoy... and I will not be doing.

    Just... whatever you do... don't "read" this on audiobook. If you think my review is unfair, that is absolutely your prerogative, but I guarantee that the reviewers rating this 4+ stars are not listening to it on audiobook.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ♥

  • 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!

  • Miranda Reads

    The Try Guys try writing a book?

    ... you have my attention!

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