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

Paperback | May 8, 2018

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New York Times bestselling author, 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 a “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” (Kirkus Reviews).
Kevin Hart is an American actor and comedian, born in 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has won numerous awards including the 2012 BET Award for Best Actor, several NAACP Image Awards, 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Funny Star, several Teen Choice Awards, and in 2016 and 2017 several People's Choice Awards. His f...
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Title:I Can't Make This Up: Life LessonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 8, 2018Publisher:Atria / 37 InkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501155571

ISBN - 13:9781501155574

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome An awesome book by an awesome comedian. Kevin Hart never fails to make people laugh.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Truly the best book I've ever read. I love Kevin and I read the entire thing in his voice which made it that much funnier. A heartfelt book full of struggle, life lessons and success but at the same time a hilarious read that will have you laughing out loud in every section! I have an increased respect for Kevin Hart and for all the work he has put in to get to the level he is at today. A must-read!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Read! From start to finish this book was hilarious! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-04

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."