Kevin Hart’s journey is not all jokes in ‘I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons’

When I saw this on the shelf I had my doubts about it. I thought it would be another celebrity using their status to dip into the literary pool to push their career. I read the first few pages and it promised to prove me wrong.

Kevin’s story begins when his mother tells his dad she didn’t want another child, but he does come along – the unwanted child. After his father moves out it’s him, his brother and their mother in their cramped apartment. His older brother soon follows his father’s footsteps in the streets but eventually joins the Army. Kevin’s childhood is under the control and strict rule of his mother, who does all these things to avoid the same mistakes his father and first born made. These are things he will later be grateful for.

Kevin Hart takes us through all the twists and bends of his life path. His journey to being top comedian and hilarious actor that we see on screen was not the easiest at all. He shares the hard times; doing small gigs with little pay, being around other comedians who were doing well but not yet considered ready for their world, a messed up relationship with the mother of his first two kids which eventually ended in divorce, being broke and many more. He demonstrates the ups and downs in true Kevin Hart style, hilarious without losing the authenticity of his story. There’s inspiration to draw from this book, a lot about perseverance and the choices we make in how we respond to what life throws at us.

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

I choose laughter.” 

― Kevin Hart

It’s a clear and simple read. From it you can learn how effective looking at the world in a different way and seeing and writing your own life as different chapters to learn and grow from. The book is certainly not another Kevin Hart standup show, it’s his life, bare and raw. There’s a lot to learn about survival, pushing through the struggle and success.



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