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5.0 out of 5 starsExtremely Funny and Inspirational. Not What I Expected, but Much Better.
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
I expected this book to be funny, but what I didn't expect it to be was Profound. You can picture the story of how Kevin Hart grew up as ending in any number of ways, but Comedic Mega-Star wouldn't seem to be a likely outcome. With a father who was a criminal with substance abuse problems and a mother who was basically raising him on her own in a tough Philadelphia neighborhood, Kevin could have been a bitter, resentful victim of the system. Instead, he chose a classical Stoic path and realized that most things were out of his control. Having reached this conclusion, he also determined that the only aspect of his life that he could reliably control what how he chose to respond to his circumstances. He responded by finding humor in difficult experiences, and working harder than anyone else in the face of setbacks. Don't get me wrong, this book is laugh out loud funny, but what kept me reading through the night were the amazing insights and the overwhelming sense of gratitude exuded by Mr. Hart. Being the child of an alcoholic father myself, I strongly identified with his experiences and his reflections on the decision points that came up as he matured. I really enjoyed this book and I'm going to recommend it to my kids as an excellent example of how circumstances can't keep a strong person down for the count. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
a phenomenal job by Kevin Hart! as a big fan of kev Hart, I've watched all his standups and I'm a die hard fan of his style of humor. finding humor in life's difficult circumstances is what Kevin does the best job of in this book. unbelievably hilarious, yet blunt and on point when it comes to the lessons and message he's trying to send out to readers. kudos kev! keep up the good work!
I love memoirs. I read them. I write them. If I had to choose a single genre of literature to read for the rest of my life, memoirs would be it. So I had high expectations of this work because I expected (and was correct in thinking) that Kevin Hart has a hell of a story to tell. But I also care about the technicalities of writing because a good story can go terribly wrong if it is disorganized, under-thought, poorly written, rushed, you name it. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons delivered on every level for me. First, I LOVE the unconventionality of the book. The disclaimer: hilarious and simultaneous perfectly legal and binding. Who knew such a routine blurb could be so fun to read!? (Kevin knew.) The hilarious chapter headings: again, so fun and innovative. They completely echo the run-on hashtag trend that Kevin Hart himself started. The chapters: numerous but short, direct to the point and plot, and complementary to the story as a whole. And finally, the story: thorough, interesting, free of indulgent self-flattery, brutally honest, raw (by "raw" I mean without frivolous embellishment--what you see is what you get), inspiring, and it may or may not go without saying: hysterically funny despite consistently challenging--even devastatiing--life circumstances. I particularly applaud Mr. Hart on putting into words his introspective learning process of mending old relationships and being successful in new ones. The example he sets in accepting his downfalls, righting his wrongs, transforming his approach to relationships and life, and moving forward with his "grind" with life lessons in tow is commendable. Thank you, Kevin Heart, for endeavoring to write this book. More than anything, you have demonstrated that we are all human: subject to unexpected challenges and capable of great triumph as well as moral defeat. And irrespective of the cards we are dealt or the circumstances that result from our own doing, we have the power to redirect our course and aspire to heights heretofore unnavigated. Bravo!
5.0 out of 5 starsKevin Hart Reveals The Keys To Success
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2017
Many people will look at this and say it's just a snapshot of what a celebrity's life looks like. This mentality would be a major mistake. This is a raw, uncut version of how an inner city kid with an imperfect beginning to his world was able to find huge success because of the lessons learned along the journey to becoming great. Kevin Hart thank you for not waiting until you were 60 years old and gray to pen this book together and showing us the blueprint to success as you continue to climb the ladder to bigger and better things. The inspiration and lessons has me thinking on another level and my family will be thankful for what will come of this newfound wisdom.
Just fantastic! I have just started reading this and I cannot stop. I worked all muscles on my face, from laughing out loud and on the same breath, frowning with sadness for him and then laughing again out loud. Kevin really has been through a lot and he brings this out in his stand up, but this book goes deep into those stories and he provides a different perspective in the hardships he faced. It really makes you think and oh boy oh boy oh boy does it make you laugh. NEVER, has a book made me laugh so much! Update: book finished in less than a week, i have NEVER finished a book fully!
Having read many autobiographies over the years this is definitely one of the very best. I laughed so loud in parts that I disturbed my partner sleeping at night or when she was reading herself. The honesty that Kevin has about his life is unbelievable and his insights into success should be heeded by all. Like all people who enjoy success, he recognises what the traps were and the values of failure. The role of key family members for many of us is overlooked but not by Mr Hart. He recognised that he the product of his upbringing and just as importantly takes responsibility for his own inactions from his youth. Fantastically funny with an excellent blue print at the end. Read this and enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Hart is hilarious!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2018
I love Kevin Hart!
I started reading his book before I went to see him on his tour in August. I was around 100 pages in, then seen Kevin, then put the book on hold for a while.
I then decided to listen to the rest of the book on audio. It was the best thing I ever did!
I was laughing so much! Absolutely brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 starsLove Kevin Hart, Liked His Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2019
Being a fan of Kevin Hart I was excited to read this book. Some parts were (to me) laugh out loud funny and some parts were sad. Overall I thought it was a good book and although I struggled to keep going in some parts I did eventually finish it and was glad I did. I liked how it was set out like life lessons and I also liked some of the “wisdom” he gave on certain topics. I thought his relentless quest to become a well known comic was inspiring and would definitely recommend this book to any fans or to those struggling to break into comedy themselves.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great book, and not the story you think it will be!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2017
Really funny in places, but the real story of Kevins hard graft and sacrifices to get to where he is now, now that was the most compelling thing in his book and also how a lot of his success can be traced back to just his positive attitude on life