I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin HartI Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

byKevin HartAs told byNeil Strauss

Hardcover | June 6, 2017

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Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

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, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader 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: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
Neil Strauss is the author of The Game and Rules of the Game. He is also the coauthor of several celebrity memoirs including The Long Hard Road Out of Hell with Marilyn Manson, The Dirt with Mötley Crüe, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale with Jenna Jameson, and Don't Try This at Home with Dave Navarro. He also writes...
Title:I Can't Make This Up: Life LessonsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Atria / 37 InkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501155563

ISBN - 13:9781501155567


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Part funny, part inspirational Learned some stuff that I didn't know about Kevin Hart and his rise. Some funny stories and inspirational stuff too.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious I loved this book. Just like in his comedy, this book is pretty funny. I enjoyed the stories about his dad. Good read if you need a laugh or a little pick me up!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Hilarious book from a great talent
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny This book is like Kevin Hart... funny and interesting. It is laugh out loud and insightful seeing the mind of Kevin
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Got this book cause I needed to slow down a little. Wasn't expecting anything. Was funny and entertaning but not something I'd read again or would pick up again.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insightful Read Bought this book looking for an uplifting story out of the humour section. Came to find that Kevin Hart really lets you into his world and the struggles he has overcome throughout his entire life. I would say that rather than being humorous, this book allows the reader to truly see celebrities as real people. Overall, a very detailed journey through the life of Kevin Hart and the work he put into chasing his dream.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised Was not expecting very much but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. You do not need to be a fan of Kevin Hart, in fact I haven't watched any of his specials or movies but would recommend this book for a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it because I was bored and loved it! Finished this book while on a road trip.. felt inspired multiple times as well as had quite a bit of laughs.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Kevin Hart is hilarious and the book will make you laugh!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Kevin Hart is one of the world's funniest Comedian and I highly recommend reading his book. He is hysterical!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Entertaining Autobiography I loved this book. Kevin Hart bares his life, warts and all, while giving us life lessons. Sounds a bit cheesey but he actually pulls it off and I felt his lessons are ones we can all benefit from. When I read autobiographies from comedians they can take several forms - hilarious and informative (Tina Fey), insightful (Steve Martin), unfunny and bland (Amy Schumer) and this one skimps on the funny moments but more than makes up for it with the insight. I don't think I have ever felt like I understood a comedian's journey better than I did reading this book. From open mic to movie star Kevin wrote the full journey (with the help of his ghost writer). Kevin was a comedian I always found funny but didn't always love - feeling he was a bit more loud than funny, but he has won me over with his comedy over the years. This book lets us see his childhood, his journey into adulthood, his disastrous first marriage and how his hard work and belief in himself led to his eventual success. The only chapter that was cringe worthy was when he admits how much he drank and drove. That was disappointing to learn. Other than that he charmed me with his honesty and I became an even bigger fan of his by the end. Well done.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great everybody loves puppies right
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great very funny love Kevin hart
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is a great read for anyone, not just fans of Kevin Hart. It had me laughing a lot and surprisingly learned a lot from commitment, drive to succeed and how to move on from hardships. Very happy with this one!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Great book. Really fun to read.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Honest, Heartwarming... ...Kevin Hart has a message in his book: Although times will get tough, you have to learn to laugh about it and move on. His whole book is a constant reminder that bad things happen and plans always go awry, but life is worth it in the long run. Thoroughly enjoy this book. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kevin Hart Can Do No Wrong! I can't get enough of Kevin Hart and everything that he does. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life. The book is very honest and he is not afraid to own up to his own mistakes.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and Truthful. Kevin Hart expresses his journey of how he became the man he is today, with people, his wits, and most importantly, his commitment.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! Been a fan for over 10 years! Hart's book is a great mix of humour and life mottos and lessions.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Heartwarming I've been a fan of Kevin Hart's comedy for a while now and picked up his book as soon as I could. It's very well written. Full of great humour and relatable memories. Definitely recommend for anyone.
Date published: 2017-06-11

Read from the Book

I Can’t Make This Up MANDATORY INTRODUCTION This introduction is mandatory. That means you have to read it. You can’t just skip ahead to the sex scenes. Because in order to get the most out of this book, there are three important words you’re going to need to know and understand. The first word is: “Huh?” It’s pronounced short and sharp, as if someone just hit you in the stomach. Typically, it’s spoken while pulling your neck back, raising your eyebrows, and quickly scanning the room to make sure everything looks normal and you’re not in some weird-ass dream. The dictionary definition of the word is: “Did you just say what I think you said? Because it literally makes no sense and my mind can’t process it right now, so I’m going to have to ask you to repeat it.” It’s the kind of thing you might say when your dad comes home bleeding and tells you that someone hacked him up with an axe. (This really happened, people. I can’t make this up.) The second word is: “What?” This is pronounced with a silent “t,” and it generally follows a few seconds after a Huh. It’s spoken with your mouth contorted into a look of disgust and your forehead creased, while looking at someone like they’re batshit crazy. It is short for: “What the hell did you just say? Because I only asked you to repeat the crazy shit you just said, and now you’re adding some even crazier shit on top of it. My ears can’t believe what they’re hearing right now.” It’s the kind of thing you might say when your dad, whose head is busted open and wrapped in a blood-soaked towel, assures you that he’s fine and doesn’t need to go to the hospital and just wants to lie down for a little bit. The third word is: “Okay.” It’s spoken with a shoulder shrug, a side-to-side shake of the head, and a roll of the eyes. It means: “I can’t even begin to fathom your reality, but I’ve decided to just accept it and move on.” It’s what you say when a Huh and a What have gotten you nowhere, and you’re starting to think that maybe you actually are stuck in a dream and shouldn’t eat pizza before bedtime anymore. Like when your dad tells you that the reason someone hacked him up with an axe was because he was jealous of his skills as a refrigerator repairman. This all may seem unbelievable to anyone who hasn’t met my father, but this is the honest-to-God truth. 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. These are the stories behind the jokes, and a few lessons I’ve figured out about life, success, family, and relationships along the way. Actually, I’m still working on the relationships part, but the rest I got down.

Editorial Reviews

"Hilarious but also heartfelt."