There are some great stories in this book. The chapter on Bruce Willis stands out for instance, as well as the SW Airlines story. However, a lot of the other chapters are repetitive and full of tangents and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. Also, I guess this one is on me, but why would I take advice from Kevin Smith? He's the first to admit that he's not that talented and while I loved some of his work, perhaps they're not the gems I thought they were when I was a teenager. Again, my fault. I was hoping for more stories, less advice. I'm Canadian and loooooooooove hockey, but the Gretzky chapter flopped for me. This book never seems to find a rhythm. It bounces around constantly and sounds a lot more like incoherent, drunken teenage ramblings than a well organized piece of work. The last thing: I love profanity and filthy jokes, and Kevin Smith is generally a pro at them, but the cum jokes in this book got old fast.I got through the whole book, so that's a plus, right?
It has certainly made me more cautious about who I'd want to get advice from.
Not really relevant here.
I think Kevin Smith does his best work on a stage or on a podcast. I don't think another book needs to be written...or narrated. Where did that southern accent come from? Did anyone else hear that?
"If you're at Kevin Smith van you will absolutely love this book, if not it depends on your sensibilities."
I really enjoyed this book, it being told by Kevin himself who is an amazing storyteller really adds to the immersion. It is however a crass book so if you're easily offended or even offended by any of his movies it might not be for you. However if you have a thick skin
even if you're not a fan of his movies this book my turn you around on him.
I can never get enough Kevin Smith, the man is a genius. He spouts truth about life and how one should live. Dont be afraid to be ones self, live creatively encourage others to do there best. This totally helps me with my writers block.
I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Smith and captures his personality and humor, so I recommend that over the print version. My first and biggest impression of this book: wow, this guy is crass. Lewd and crass. Like a sleazy high school boy. If you can look beyond the constant sleazy sex, sexual fluid, and sexual organ references, and excessive profanity, the book does have some worthwhile, uplifting messages: namely, if you believe in your dream and follow that dream, you can make it a reality.
On the basis of motivation and inspiration, my best friend bought this for me and insisted I read it. I’m neutral on Smith and his work – I really liked Clerks, and I recall enjoying Chasing Amy, but I haven’t seen all his films and I’m okay with that – I’m not into stoner flicks. This book would certainly be more enjoyable for a fan of Smith’s work. There is a lot of name-dropping of movies, actors, directors, and others in the movie biz, and since I don’t take much interest in that world, a lot of it was lost on me. Smith sums up his life and work, sharing humorous anecdotes. He actually did make me laugh out loud a few times, which I appreciate. It’s not a long book, so I suppose it was worth the listen (or the read).
An honest, inspiring and funny book. Kevin Smith reading his own book was great, because he would occasionally add additional thoughts and comments as he read.
Wow this guy is funny. great listen. good history about where he came from, how he got where he is while still never forgetting where he came from.
Kevin Smith, you either love him or hate him. He has never been one to NOT laud his successes AND failures to anyone who will listen. That however, is simply a character flaw that I'd wager at least 80% of Americans suffer from. The difference being, Kevin Smiths successes and failures are actually interesting.
Smith narrates his own sort of autobiography in this title, while lending nuggets of wisdom and hope to the read/listener to reach for their goals, consequences be damned and be proud of not only the result, but the effort.
The story itself, gives a unique introspective view into the rise of Smiths star, through his own eyes. His mannerisms and style, and obvious feeling is put into this production in a way that makes you feel that you are literally having a (very fun) one sided conversation with the ever self important (and rightfully so), Kevin Smith. Like him or hate him, this autobiography is worth the read/listen, as despite what you may not like about Smith, he worked his ass off to get where he is, and he delights in recanting the tale to whoever will listen, and does so with a wit to match the unlikely story of his success.
Here's to Kevin Smith - a hero for the nerd class that does things his own way and never asks forgiveness for doing so.