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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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Best Audio Book Ever!

What did you love best about Man Up!?

I love everything Ross Mathews, and somehow ended up loving him even more after listening to his book. You can hear the genuineness and excitement in his voice when he reads you his story, and you will want to listen to it over and over again. Also- if you love his book then definitely check out his podcast too

What about Ross Mathews’s performance did you like?

He's so entertaining and its as though he's just having a conversation with you- not reading at you.

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

Yes!

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One Man Down!

Ross Matthews, is a great comedian and his narration of his story was delightful and read with great enthusiasm. However it was a little bit of a snooze. It was somewhat slow and boring. His story was just like the average person and typical gay man. I don't get the hype but then anyone can publish a book now a days. That being said, I enjoyed greatly his claim to fame. The man is funny. The book, I could have done without. Someone needed money.

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5 Kisses!

PheNOmenal work darling, absolutely PheNOmenal work. I have to give it 5 out of 5 kisses.....😘😘😘😘😘

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Best Book All Year

I've read and listened to so many books, but this one was my favorite. I already adore Rose Mathews, but hearing his life in his signature voice made me love him even more! It's a must read!

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Just what I needed

I have loved Ross for a long time, this glimpse in to his world made me love home more. I bought this a week ago and have listened to it twice already!

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Fantastic

If you could sum up Man Up! in three words, what would they be?

boy becomes a man

What did you like best about this story?

The coming out portion when ross came out to his mom it had me laughing and crying it was fantastic

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

this verbiage and the way he get's into everything he talks about

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

no mumbo jumbo jive

Any additional comments?

Ross needs to do a 2nd book I want to know more

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Great book!

This book had me laughing! I started binge listening to Ross' podcast Straight Talk with Ross. After that I knew I just had to listen to the book! so much better listening to it straight out of the author's mouth. Not only is Ross so genuinely funny but you can tell he's just a great guy.... and so real! Can we be best friends?

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Honest and clean fun

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

Ross is an excellent narrator. He made me laugh out loud countless times.

What did you like best about this story?

Ross's honesty, integrity, humor and confidence

What about Ross Mathews’s performance did you like?

Hi charisma

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when he came out to his mom

Any additional comments?

Love it, waiting on the next book!

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Amazing read

Ross Mathews was a great narrator and a wonderful writer in this book. it has moments that break your heart and moments that crack you up. A very "feel good" book.

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Loved it!!

Ross Mathews is brilliant, hilarious and so honest, you can't help but love him and his life stories.