• How to Ruin Everything

  • Essays
  • By: George Watsky
  • Narrated by: George Watsky
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (57 ratings)


"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition." (Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical)
Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right?
In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky more than 765,000 YouTube subscribers. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.
©2016 George Watsky (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 22-05-17

Fun never boring

great stories never wanted to stop listening. if only there are more or where more

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 15-07-16

I will light the world with this tiny glowing screen

I have been a fan of the author for many years now. Listening to as much of the music he has created as possible. Hunting for work with Anderson Paak, Kate Nash and Kush Mody. Plus anything else I could/can get my hands on, that I have not yet heard before.

Ever since I heard Watsky on Table Talk, the YouTube show done by the SourceFed team. I have found his story's amazing and to hear some of them in more detail was great. Also the chance to see where some of his lyrics. I only wish there were more. I remember when this book was announced and I was hopping there would be an audio version (reading not being my strongest skill) so that I to could share in his tales, this audiobook has delivered.

On finishing it for the first time I wanted to just start and listen to it again. It was really that good. So maybe Watsky's right. "When the sun burns out we'll light the world with tiny glowing screens" and on my screen will be this audiobook. 10/10

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 19-06-16

Poetic writings of personal experiences

If you could sum up How to Ruin Everything in three words, what would they be?

Genuine, poetic, personal

What does George Watsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing the book in the author's own words really brought the stories to life and made it feel more personal

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It inspired me. It made me have more faith in myself that one day I could write out retellings of my own life experiences in a similar format.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Danielle on 17-06-16

He's lying...

This book is far from ruined. In the days since making the purchase of this book, I've only put it down when I was absolutely required. Watsky's writes in a way that feels intimate and honest. And he reads as though he's telling a story to a friend. I was looking forward to a new album some day, now I'm hoping for more books.

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