• Ginger Kid

  • Mostly True Tales from a Former Nerd
  • By: Steve Hofstetter
  • Narrated by: Steve Hofstetter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (301 ratings)

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Ginger Kid

By: Steve Hofstetter
Narrated by: Steve Hofstetter
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Publisher's Summary

In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade...when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his listeners through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds.

This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero.

©2018 Steve Hofstetter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Loved it.

I’ve loved Steve’s standup for some time now, and really enjoyed this book about his youth.
I purchased the physical copy months ago after a show, but never had the time to read it, so I decided to get it through audible and let Steve read it to me. I think it was even better coming from him.

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Best book I've read all year

As the title suggests, this books was amazing. I grew up in a similar environment, and the way Steve presented his childhood resonated deeply for me. It was funny in a way only he can be. Thanks Steve!

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Friends Reminiscing

This is so relatable. Everyone has had these kind of interactions in high school. Steve has such a wonderful way of telling his life and experiences that make you feel like this whole book has been just the two of you having a great conversation about childhood.

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A great listen on a long drive.

A great book with a very personal touch. The author reads his words as if you are sitting next to him and he is telling you a personal story.

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  • 03-23-18

Be Interested more than interesting...

Listen to this book. Share it with someone who is going through a hard time

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Outstanding

I laughed, I cried, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book! I, like I’m sure, every other person in this world, has had to deal with a bully or two. Whether your a teenager or an adult, bullying happens. Thank you Steve for portraying such an amazing, heartfelt account of one such life.

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Wonderful book

This was w wonderful book to listen too. Even though I may not have gone through the same thing in school and my career Steve’s stories are so relatable. I also recommend his other book: Follow Your Dreams, unless your dreams are stupid.

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Everyone can relate to this coming of age memoir.

I listened to it in one sitting! Steve is a brilliant and engaging writer. I don't think there's a human that went to high school who can't relate to some of not all of this book! Well done sir!

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Great book, well read. Read by the author

It's an honest look at his childhood, failures and successes. It will probably make his school reunion awkward

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What makes a standup comedian tic*?

A really interesting set of stories from comedian and heckler buster Steve Hoffstetter. From his shy beginnings as a gawky kid in NYC through his formative experiences at Hunter College High School, we follow his trajectory: cringing at his failures and cheering his triumphs.

*"tic" is used purposely here.

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  • Ricky Thompson
  • 11-21-18

Uplifting

I have followed Steve for the better part of 2 years on YouTube. Iv always found him extremely funny and brutal when it comes to hecklers. It’s great to hear a story of his life like this as everyone loves an underdog and that’s exactly what Steve is. This book shows that anyone suffering from the social stigmas in school and teenage society in general can lift themselves up to become a much better person than others have always said they are.

Thank you Steve for a wonderful sense of satisfaction.

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  • 01-08-21

This guys funny

I found him by accident on YouTube one day and I've been watching ever since love the sdsc

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  • Owen
  • 01-26-20

Tales of the average kid

funny but accurate, this book was very relatable. went in expecting a comedy, and there were quite a few funny moments. but there were truly painful and relatable moments. everyone who has taken a breath will be able to relate to at least one story in here.

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  • 06-07-19

I could listen to Steve Hofstetter all

Easy to listen to, relatable life stories. huge fan and shall buying of Steve's books in the future

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  • Mitchell downes
  • 11-03-19

awesome book

loved it from start to finish really relatable Steve did a great job narrating this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

Amazing. I am stunned

Only half way through Ginger Kid and I already had to face a simple fact... this is affecting me far more than I would like to admit. My story in life was also quite a roller coaster ride, but let's just say that being bullied as a skinny white honour roll foreigner atheist in the Middle East was... vastly different yet eerily similar to being a Ginger Kid in the US. While it isn't a "that's exactly like me" story for me as it may be for many people, the heartstrings it pulls are very much the same. The combination of sadness, but also nostalgia made me stop my car on the way to work today, just so that I could breathe it all in.
I read a LOT. By which I mean that when I see people boast on Reddit how they have read a book every day of the year, I laugh when I see the word count of those "pamphlets". So when I say that I don't think I have been this excited to read (in this case listen to) this book as I was when Wise Man's Fear came out and as I will be when Doors of Stone finally hit the shelves... I really want you to know how "serious" that is.
Thank you Steve.
I only wish I could have read (in this case listened to) this when I was a teen... but will definitely read to my kids.

Also, isn’t it always great when the author records their own audiobook? Especially in this case, where it is a stand up comedian and the comic timing simply “lands”.