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

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“No other response to the ups and downs of life make sense except gratitude!”

I was so nervous when I started listening to this book because I just knew it was a really long joke book that I would grow tired of in a matter of two chapters, but I was wrong! As Kevin Hart dives into his life growing up in Philadelphia, his first dream of being a Nike rep, shoulder shrugging his way into comedy, and even meeting Keith Robinson who becomes his first comedy mentor.

Mr. Hart is captivating and inspiring as he tells his overnight success story that was 16 years in the making. After completely screwing up his SATs, being hired and fired as a lifeguard in a matter of 2 days, and going to junior college for a while, he decides that he would rather have a job in retail. As he makes his way up that ladder, his co-workers encourage him to try stand up comedy and he just says “ok”. That little word 16 years ago gave birth to the superstar, undisputed, King of Comedy of our generation!

Although I give this book so much praise for its authenticity and comedic moments, I must be honest. During moments in the book, I can really tell when Mr. Hart is just reading to get to the next line to keep you entertained, which kinda works. Some parts are done way too fast where he should slow down while others are read slowly and you can hear the shift in his voice as if he’s tired of reading. This could also be because the audiobook is almost 12-hours long and he may have overworked some parts before taking a break. The book is really worth listening/reading because a rise to success is no easy road and the story is definitely worth being heard/read.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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