On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.
Nebraska natives Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson shot to instant fame after their first Vine, “Nerd Vandals,” was dubbed “a perfect Vine” by the Huffington Post. It’s been looped more than ten million times since—and that Vine was just the beginning.
Now, after a number one hit on iTunes, nearly two million singles sold, live performances where they have shared the stage with Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and Fifth Harmony, and over 26 million followers across all their social media channels, Jack & Jack are on a wild ride—and they’re not planning to slow down anytime soon.
Fans will love reading about their journey from being two regular kids growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, to global superstardom. Complete with never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes stories, and hilarious personal anecdotes, You Don’t Know Jacks is an insider look at the lives of Jack & Jack, as told by the guys themselves.
Fans of their YouTube channel, KianAndJc, can expect an intimate look at the comedians’ wild ride to fame and insight into their future plans, along with big laughs. This candid record of Kian and Jc’s success documents a whirlwind experience full of highs, lows, and, of course, awesome pranks.
Kian and Jc: Don’t Try This at Home! combines the raucous tone that made the duo YouTube sensations with the sincerity and honesty Kian and Jc fans have been waiting for.
Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older—it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017