REVIEW: Dad, How Do I? by Rob Kenney
From the host of the YouTube channel that went viral—Dad, How Do I?—comes a book that’s part memoir/part inspiration/part DIY.
Rob Kenney’s father left him and his seven siblings when he was fourteen years old, and the youngest had to fend for themselves. He wished that he had someone who could teach him the basics—how to tie a tie, jump-start a car, unclog a drain, use tools properly—as well as succeed in life. But he and his siblings had to figure these things out on their own.
Now a father himself, Rob decided that he would help people out by providing how-to tips as well as advice—and even throw in some bad dad jokes. He started a YouTube channel for anyone looking for fatherly advice, and in the course of three months, gained a following of nearly 2.5 million subscribers, with millions of views for his how-to and inspirational videos.
In this book, Rob shares his story of overcoming a difficult childhood with the strength of faith and family, and offers inspiration and hope. In addition, he provides 50 practical DYI instructions (30 of which will be unique to the book), illustrated with helpful line drawings.
I was actually hoping that this book would be more practical DIY projects. Some of the book is just that but only 1/3 of it. The rest is geared more towards teens, young adults, and new adults just getting out on their own who haven’t had someone in their life to give them hints, tips, and life coach advice. For someone in that situation, this is a nice and helpful guide that could stand in for a counselor or parental type, sitting down with them, arm around their back who will listen and gently steer them in the right direction based on hard lessons learned. Kenney is religious and mentions Bible verses at times that have helped him get through his tough teen years. It’s not really for me but might be a nice gift for a person who is new to adulting. C