I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons


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


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?”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501155567
Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 462
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kevin Hart is an award-winning actor and comedian. His films, including Kevin Hart: What Now?, Central Intelligence, Think Like a Man, Get Hard, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, and The Secret Life of Pets have earned over $3.5 billion at the box office. His stand-up comedy tours, including Let Me Explain, Laugh at My Pain, and What Now?, have sold out arenas and football stadiums, leading Forbes to name him the “king of comedy.” He is also the first comedian with a Nike sneaker line; a television producer, creating the BET show Real Husbands of Hollywood and the Laugh Out Loud Network; and CEO of Hartbeat Productions. Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Neil Strauss is an award-winning Rolling Stone editor, New York Times columnist, and writer/cowriter of eight New York Times bestselling books including The Game and The Truth.

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I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book. I just wanted to support Kevin Hart, because I'm also from Philly. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I LOVED this book. I feel so INSPIRED to do more with my life. Thank you Kevin Hart!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Within the space of four days I read and I heard in the audio book some of the most hilarious and insightful stories ever put down on paper.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Now that is what I call getting to know the character in this book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Oh my God, I am so mad. If anybody ever tries to write a book about their life ever again, they need to read this book first. I was expecting this book to be funny. I didn't realize that it would also make me think. To be the man that he is, given where he came from Kevin Hart has not only earned my respect but by undying admiration. My only advice is that you don't read this book at night while your spouse is trying to sleep. It is laugh out loud funny. I love that he gives so much credit to the people that helped him along the way. If you love his stand up and his movies, I am highly recommending this one. The only book that ever had me laughing like this one did was a book called Stories I Wouldn't Tell Nobody But God, that I found it here on Barnes and Noble in paperback. I haven't read any book as good since, except the sequel to Stories I Wouldn't Tell Nobody But God. It is called Cold Summer Afternoon. Buy it! Borrow it! Read it!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Kevin Hart is a great comedian and love his work, so I bought his book. Reading his book was like I was listening to a friend recount his life. Great book!
JesseSMonica 11 months ago
Kevin Harts "I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons" is such an entertaining story. I laughed myself to sleep every night since last Tuesday. Hart is such an amazing vivid storyteller..... no spoilers but after a certain chapter with his mother, the next morning I woke up, got on the phone and called my mom to tell her Kevin's story she loved it. I already got another copy to mail to my dad for father's day. I read alotta memoirs and only a few have I started re-reading after I finished the whole thing. Also, this isn't just a line-line-punchline book that a lot of comedians write... you know, the just rehashing jokes they have done for years. Not this book---it's so so much more. It's well-written, heartfelt, reflective, and overall a fun story of a guy who found an art he loved, friends he trusted, and an unrivaled drive to make his fans happy. He shares his mistakes and vulnerabilities throughout his career so far but does it in a way that's genuine, and funny. I mean really funny! And the advice at the end of the book is worth re-reading often. Bravo. Two thumbs up. Get this book.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Great read! And inspirational. In a comical sort of way!!
Anonymous 13 days ago
I appreciate the details and the lesson/message that he learned in those situations. I've literally found myself laughing out loud at various moments in the book!!
Anonymous 22 days ago
Very funny. Didn’t want to put it down or have it end
TheThoughtSpot 3 months ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read and review I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart is known for his hilarious ranting and his extreme expressions. His memoir shows all that is funny about Kevin Hart and also the serious side of his life and how he became the energetic comedian he is today. Photos are scattered throughout the book, including pictures of Kevin throughout his life and a family picture with his mother and brother. The three of them resemble each other so much that it surprised me. I especially enjoyed his acknowledgments which contain some hilarity of their own. Even his disclaimer is funny. 5 stars for a memoir that opened my eyes to the real Kevin Hart! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary consideration.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Taught me, inspired me, maade me happy and made me laugh out loud.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The flow of this book was amazing. I felt like I was watching him tell his story on stage.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved every page! So funny and real. Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous 6 months ago
An easy read, funny, and enjoyable.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love Kevin Hart I think he is so funny so I could not wait to get his book. I have to say I'm disappointed. First few chapters were great and had me laughing but the book dragged on forever. If you a comedian you might like this book he gives a lot of great tips but for me this one was a flop. I'm sorry Kevin but I had a hard time finishing it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I bought this book as a gift since it received great reviews. Then I decided to buy the book for myself. I saw some of Kevin Hart's movies. However, I did not know much about him. I find the book to be very interesting and entertaining as he takes the reader from his early life (parents, high school years, 1st jobs out of high school) all the way through how he became a successful comedian. At the end of each chapter he gives advice on the aspect of the life lesson. The book is well written. And I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very well written and fast paced book. Congratulations Kevin Hart for teaching us and entertaining is all at the same time.
Anonymous 8 months ago
There is more that makes up Kevin Hart than I ever imagined. It was inspirational, educational, and of course, funny.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have always loved Kevin Hart but after reading this book, I'm also in love with him.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed this book. Proves that perseverance will get you where you want to be
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