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Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence | [Ross Mathews, Gwyneth Paltrow (foreword), Chelsea Handler (afterword)]

Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.
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Publisher's Summary

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: Working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.

Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back.

Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, Man Up! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!

©2013 Ross Mathews (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Ludimila Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 06-29-13
    Ludimila Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 06-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Seriously funny!"

    I'm a big Ross Mathew's fan, so I had huge expectations for this book. To be honest, in the beginning I thought it would be funnier than it actually was, however, you kinda get into another dimension and it seems you're living his life along with him. He's THAT good telling his story. I usually listen to audio books on my way to work and back, which means about 45 minutes of listening a day. In spite of that, I somehow managed to listen to this book in two days. That's right: TWO days!!! I couldn't get enough of it. Every free second I had I used to listen to the book - even while taking showers. When I realised I was getting to the end of the book I couldn't believe it. I looked at the app in my phone and checked, and checked again, and checked again. I wasn't even done with it yet, but I felt a hole inside because I knew I only had 30 more minutes of Ross.

    If you like Ross, you don't even have to be a big fan, you're going to LOVE this book. The way he tells it is just beautiful and his story is truly lovely. My favorite part was definetely the one he talks about his Mom and about being gay. What an exquisite way to write about such a delicate topic. Plus, this is definetely a book to be heard!!!!! Ross is the best!

    Buy the book. You won't regret it!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 05-15-13
    Stephanie United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud fun!"
    What did you love best about Man Up!?

    Definitely the narration/performance by Ross Matthews. I listened to the entire book on a flight yesterday and I'm sure my fellow passengers were wondering what I was listening to - such a fun time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing about his great childhood. What a strong foundation for him


    Which character – as performed by Ross Mathews – was your favorite?

    Loved his stories about meeting Madonna and other celebs. He also performed the book in his great signature voice and rapid-fire speaking style - really funny and full of pep


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

    Loved it and look forward to more books/stories by Ross.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been nice if Gwyneth and Chelsea would have read their parts themselves, but Ross did a fine job with their portions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    danie San Diego, CA, United States 03-06-14
    danie San Diego, CA, United States 03-06-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish there were more stories about his interactions with celebrities and his rise to the top.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fun yet predictable.


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

    His fun loving personality


    What else would you have wanted to know about the authors’s life?

    More celebrity and career stories darling!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle 06-24-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle 06-24-13
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    "Ross just SPARKLES!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Man Up! the most enjoyable?

    Growing up in the same town and attending the same high school, it was hilarious reading all the home town references and recognizing some characters, such as, the lady at the Cascade Mall who STILL works at Claires (crazy long hair lady). Go Bulldogs!

    His coming out story had me crying with laughter! If only more parents reacted the way his mother did!!


    What about Ross Mathews’s performance did you like?

    His exuberance and sparkling personality lit up the pages! This is by far the most animated book I have ever listened too!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin United States 01-29-14
    Justin United States 01-29-14

    Listening to books on my commute and throughout my home when I can!

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    "Ross is Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man Up! to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely because listening to Ross trumps reading it! Listening to him read the book brings the stories to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who is a fan of Ross Mathews or likes a good memoir with some laughs should buy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 06-30-13
    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Ross Rocks!"

    A funny man with an amazing outlook on life. Ross is such a positive person, I want to be his new BFF!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Omaha, NE, United States 05-14-13
    Becky Omaha, NE, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book made me laugh out loud and smile!!!"
    Would you listen to Man Up! again? Why?

    Yes. I love Ross!!! He makes me smile! I would LOVE to meet him someday!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to Ross read it was awesome! He cracks me up!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 8 was awesome. Had to play it for my kids and husband to listen too. They laughed too!


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

    I totally laughed!!


    Any additional comments?

    Ross is a great person! Great guy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl A. Lowe Marengo, Ohio 05-07-13
    Cheryl A. Lowe Marengo, Ohio 05-07-13

    Grandma who doesn't look like a grandma

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    "Hilarious!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Man Up! the most enjoyable?

    Ross does an awesome job delivering this audio book!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when his father taught him to swear...


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

    Made me laugh out loud numerous times!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Pam Springs, CA 11-09-13
    Thomas Pam Springs, CA 11-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I like Ross but NOT the book."

    I think the book did not tell a story. To me it was a collection of vignettes. I like Ross. He is a funny man. The book to me was disjointed. I didn't get the "big picture", and maybe there wasn't one. It was, like Ross, a fast read.

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    Jessica Bishop, CA, United States 10-08-13
    Jessica Bishop, CA, United States 10-08-13
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    What did you love best about Man Up!?

    I loved listening to Ross read his own book, it was so much fun to listen to this book while on walks and traveling, i would find myself laughing out loud while on the plane.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how upbeat and positive Ross was, he was also really funny and bubbly.He was also so sweet when it came to encouraging his fans/readers to go after their dreams and be comfortable with how they are.


    Have you listened to any of Ross Mathews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only heard him from Chelsea and a few times on Jay Leno where my whole family feel in love with him. We don't even like Jay Leno but would always watch it to see Ross. I've enjoyed all of his performances but the book was great because it felt so personal and sincere


    Any additional comments?

    Great book if you are looking for something positive, funny, and just happy go lucky

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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