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Book Review: I Can’t Make This Up, Life Lessons. By Kevin Hart

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ok, there’s no denying that Kevin has a knack for storytelling in what seems to be in genuine, no BS way and he couples it so well with his amazing sense of humour. Whether it be in his stand-up comedy or through interviews, he always has a way of making things enjoyable and fun, even when it’s on topics that are very real and hard. I consider this talent, and in this autobiography book, he doesn’t drop a beat.

From the life lessons, wisdom gained, to his hard-earned success and proof that dreams can come true if he works hard at it – these are only a few of the many reasons why I couldn’t put his book down. Chronically sharing his childhood, from an absent father, a strict mother, a toxic failed marriage, and the ups and downs of his professional life, can’t be something easy to do. But what I admire the most is his natural abilities to share his story and use humour to deliver his life lessons making these lessons easy for me to grasp and be inspired from.

If you’re a comedy nerd, like me, you will enjoy the aspects about Kevin’s climb up the ladder, the sections on his adopted family at the Comedy Cellar and his relationship with other comedian stars. If you’re not a comedy nerd, then you’ll be inspired by Kevin’s courage to stay true to himself, never giving up on himself when others have, and work hard at his craft.

Reading this book was a fun escape, and I’ll likely reach for it again in the next little while. I highly recommend this one, and you won’t be able to put it down.

PS: I’ve also heard that the audio version of this book, narrated by him, gives extra content and really brings the book to life! You’re welcome. 😉

“Your life today is the sum total of your choices. So if you’re not happy with it, look back at your choices and start making different ones. Even if you are struck by lightning and injured, you made choices that led you to that spot at a particular time – and you get to choose how you feel about it afterward.”

“In life, you can choose to cry about the bullshit that happens to you or you can choose to laugh about it. I chose laughter.”

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons


New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word in this “hilarious but also heartfelt” (Elle) memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself.

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?

According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:

A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.

A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.

A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero. But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes us on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent. “Hart is an incredibly magnetic storyteller, on the page as he is onstage, and that’s what shines through [in this] genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy”.

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