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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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    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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    Elyse Waterbury, CT, United States 09-16-13
    Elyse Waterbury, CT, United States 09-16-13
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    This book is hysterically funny and Ross' delivery made it that much more enjoyable. If you bought the book in Kindle or paper format you missed out. You really get Ross' humor as he recounts his life story.

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    Clayman Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-13
    Clayman Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Man Up!?

    Ross' self depreciating humour


    What did you like best about this story?

    His stories are very funny, and he is very self aware, proud and kind


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

    Just on TV. Im glad he is young, cause this auto bio is early, highly entertaining, but it means we may get MORE in the future.


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

    He made me laugh while walking down the street


    Any additional comments?

    He is a diamond in the rough. Bravo Jay for putting this guy on tv.

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    Michelle WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 08-09-13
    Michelle WETUMPKA, ALABAMA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally Hilarious!!!!"
    What did you love best about Man Up!?

    I love the stories about His Mom and Dad. They were the best. To be honest there were parts through out the whole book that made me bust out with laughter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unconditional love of both his Mom and Dad!!


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

    The voice!!! It would have not been the same if I would have read it myself. Awesome!!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Without a doubt and I did!!!


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