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Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Laughing Through the Pain

    The popular television sitcom, "George Lopez", is full of jokes and humor, but not many people realize that much of the show is based on his actual childhood. In his book, "Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter", published by Simon & Schuster New York in 2005, George Lopez reflects on how his discouraging childhood lead to his rise to fame. With no father, and an extremely unstable mother, George went to live with his grandparents at the age of ten. The title, "Why You Crying" represents a phrase commonly used by his grandmother, who showed George little love and encouragement throughout his childhood. In his show, George's mother is based on his real life grandmother. George turned his brutal childhood into comedy and lives his life to the fullest. When he first started stand-up comedy, George was incredibly nervous. His best friend Ernie would accompany him and reassure him as much as he could, yet a lot of the time he ended up leaving before his turn. When he was on stage, he struggled to think of what to say. His focus was always on the clock and how much longer there was left in his act. He decided to quit a few times, going on to new careers, but always ended up going back. As he went on, with a lot of encouragement from his wife, he ended up to be successful. He also discusses his comedic influences, Freddie Prinze and Richard Pryor, and how they inspired him to be who he is today. Although most of the book was about how George's struggle to survive his childhood led to his career as a comedian, he also includes his signature humor. About every other chapter is used as comic relief. He compares Mexicans to Anglos several times throughout the book. It is, at times, very racist, but it is also very funny. The thing is, he is racist to himself, as well as anyone else, so no one can really complain. This book is very enjoyable throughout. It is inspirational, yet humorous at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the George Lopez show or inspirational stories, although I would limit the audience to PG-13 because some of the language is explicit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Proud to be mexican

    george lopez is one of my biggest hero he relates with many latinos that has gone throught what he has. not only has he overcomed his tragity he has become an inspiration.Thisbook is only one of his many accomplishments. this is a must read book. its not only entertaining but it also tells a story. geroge explains what its like to grow up in the streets of LA and how big he has came to be but he has never forgot where he came form. and one day i hope to be like him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    My review

    One of the main conflicts that George Lopez had in his life was that he didn¿t feel loved by his own family. As a kid, George Lopez was pushed to the side a lot by his family. This is because he lived in a house where his mother was nowhere to be seen. George was raised by his grandparents ever since he was a little boy. Gorge explains that no one cared about him, for example the first time he hit a home run his grandfather was peeing on a tree. George¿s aunts were especially mean to George, name calling was used at a very early age. Another of George¿s conflicts was as an early comedian. George had a hard time getting opportunities to perform. The first time he got on stage was when he was in his early twenties. George says that as soon as he got on stage he felt bad vibes, as if the crowd didn¿t want him there. The crowd wasn¿t `feeling¿ Georges jokes. He thought he was going to get `bood¿ of stage so he walked off of it before they did. These were some of Georges conflicts through out his life. One thing I like about Georges book is that he uses slang and curse words in Spanish. I also like the fact he uses a lot of his stand up material in his book. One thing I didnt like about the novel was that off and on in the book there was friends and family would give comments about his life and book. Another thing I liked about the novel is that it was written with Spanish dictionary so that you could know what certain words meant.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    If you love George Lopez... You will love this book, simply funn

    If you love George Lopez... You will love this book, simply funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    The lopez family is attacking the usa

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    The life of George Lopez the comedian

    The book was very good it took you through the life and hard times that George Lopez had gone through the years.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    GEORGIE LOPEZ IS THE GREATEST!

    MY GOD! One of the funniest books I've ever read. You'll cry your eyes out and laugh your ass off. Seriously, if you love his stand-up act and have watched his show, read the book!

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    NOW THIS IS FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book in 2 days, and it has been awhile since I had anything keep my attention for this long. This book if halirious from cover to cover. It is a very telling story of a guy (a real guy) who has ups and downs, and sees the humor in it all after therapy and reflection. Wow! I'm still laughing days later.

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