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
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!!!!
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!
Hearing about his great childhood. What a strong foundation for him
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
Loved it and look forward to more books/stories by Ross.
It would have been nice if Gwyneth and Chelsea would have read their parts themselves, but Ross did a fine job with their portions.
I wish there were more stories about his interactions with celebrities and his rise to the top.
The ending was fun yet predictable.
His fun loving personality
More celebrity and career stories darling!
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!!
His exuberance and sparkling personality lit up the pages! This is by far the most animated book I have ever listened too!!
Listening to books on my commute and throughout my home when I can!
Absolutely because listening to Ross trumps reading it! Listening to him read the book brings the stories to life.
Anyone who is a fan of Ross Mathews or likes a good memoir with some laughs should buy this.
A funny man with an amazing outlook on life. Ross is such a positive person, I want to be his new BFF!
Yes. I love Ross!!! He makes me smile! I would LOVE to meet him someday!!
Listening to Ross read it was awesome! He cracks me up!
Chapter 8 was awesome. Had to play it for my kids and husband to listen too. They laughed too!
I totally laughed!!
Ross is a great person! Great guy!!
Grandma who doesn't look like a grandma
Ross does an awesome job delivering this audio book!!!
My favorite scene was when his father taught him to swear...
Made me laugh out loud numerous times!!!
His chipper voice adds a lot of pep to the stories, and helps you to better understand how the people he encounters react to him.
I picked this title because I had seen Ross Mathews on Chelsea Lately and I thought he was pretty cute. Little did I know he's also extremely interesting! His stories are all pretty fun and I found myself chuckling out loud. Since he is gay, you would expect him to have a rough childhood, but Ross seems to have been quite fortunate in that regard so the book remains pretty upbeat from start to finish. I wish he was my best friend, too!
I loved loved loved this autobiography. His sense of humor is just the best. I think reading the book does not do it any justice. To experience the full effect of this story in all it's glory, it has to be experienced via audiobook.
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