I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss
Title: I Can't Make This Up Life Lessons
Author: Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss
Published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Atria/37 Ink
Review: library book
Genre: Self help
Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.
The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?
According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:
A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.
A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.
A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.
It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.
The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).
But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.
And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.
He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.
“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
So when I first saw this book it was on NetGalley and of course I love Kevin Hart as a comedian for me he is right up there with Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Kat Williams I had requested this book and of course the publisher denied me I was a bit sad but was like oh well.
Fast forward to this year and I happen to see this book on my public library's e-book site you best believed I put my request in to read it.
Now I do have to say the book wasn't as funny as I thought it would be but it was very insightful and had many different quotes or paragraphs that I liked. We get a look into Kevin's life and how he became a comedian, among learning how to grow up. Now his life growing up wasn't easy and I have to say his mom was a tough lady I give her props and I could see how she wanted the best for Kevin. What got me on what part with his mom was when she asked him did you read the bible? And his response was like "no I don't have time." Well he had been asking her for help with his rent and when he opened that bible finally he saw what she did for him. That to me spoke volumes and I believe it to be a life lesson for Kevin LISTEN TO YA MOMMA! lol.
Being a comedian is hard and I never realized how hard it was. I guess I always assumed you perform at a few clubs, someone big will see ya. Nope if you want to make it you gotta work hard and there will be a lot of heartache and loss yet just never give up and that is the lesson. NEVER GIVE UP.
It was great to see that Kevin is just like everyone else. He makes mistakes and he takes his time to learn from them. I think a majority of people think of celebrities which is what Kevin is that they do no wrong. Well let me tell you in this book you will see all the choices that Kevin did wrong and what he did to learn from those choices. He had to chose to go right or left in life and some times you go left because the right path is not the good one and vice verse.
Quote 1: ' Everybody wants success in something, whether it's work, love, play, finances, family, or an inner struggle. But success doesn't come instantly. Life has a process of rejecting you to test you and prepare you to win.'
Quote 2: ' If someone is threatening to hurt you, and they're bigger than you, pick up something and knock them in the head with it. Your problems will be gone. Stopping a bully is different than being a bully. The real message is: You are somebody. You matter. And no one is allowed to take away your right to be yourself. Those are things that should be defended. Fighting is a last resort something he learned from his mother.'
Kevin Hart is an award-winning actor and comedian. His films, including Central Intelligence, Think Like a Man, Get Hard, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, and The Secret Life of Pets have earned over $3.5 billion at the box office. His stand-up comedy tours, including Let Me Explain, Laugh at My Pain, and What Now?, have sold out arenas and football stadiums, leading Forbes to name him the “king of comedy.” He is also the first comedian with a Nike sneaker line; a television producer, creating the BET show Real Husbands of Hollywood and the Laugh Out Loud Network; and CEO of Hartbeat Productions. Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You're Dead. He is also the coauthor of four other bestsellers--Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, and Dave Navarro's Don't Try This at Home. He can be found at www.neilstrauss.com.
His latest book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, was released on October 13. The review in Grantland described it as follows:
"I want you to read this book. I want your partners to read this book. I want your families, your friends, your coworkers, and your colleagues to read this book. I want women to read it, and men -- especially men -- to read it. But more than that, I want you to think critically about it, about what it says about you and the world around you and your romantic relationships. I want it to inspire you to dig deep inside yourself and figure out what's stopping you from making yourself happy: I want it to inspire you to embrace and engage with love, in an honest and healthy way."