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Book of the Week: I Can’t Make This Up

I Can’t Make This Up, by Kevin Hart

I have always been a fan of Kevin Hart, so when I came across this book, I knew it was an autobiography I had to dive into. I was ready for the same type of illicit and inappropriate humor by another favorite comedian, Amy Schumer, so I had my not-easily-offended hat on.

Let me just tell you: this was definitely not what I expected…in a good way.

I expected a whole book of this unserious comedy, with a few warm moments, sure—but not this whole in depth, bare bones insight into his humble beginnings, long journey to success, and raw (and honest!) assessment of his character along the way.

Hart made no excuses for himself for the many self-proclaimed wrong paths he took along the way, and instead, used his downfalls as clever life lessons. And then he turned his life lessons into valuable nuggets for us as a reader to digest and apply to our own lives, should we be so bold.

I have a newer respect for the amount of hustle, determination, and resilience Kevin had s he fought his way to his dreams.

What we see as an overnight comedic sensation was the culmination of 16 years of ass-busting. His wit is evident throughout the entire book, but so was his “Hart.” His message to never give up is something I took away from it, along with the reminder to never judge a book by its cover, or make assumptions about what another person has been through.

These are the types of autobiographies I love—seeing someone as they are, and not how the camera or media wants us to see them.

To learn more about this week’s author Kevin Hart, and his book, you can find him here:


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