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: 48,278
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 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

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.

Table of Contents

Mandatory Introduction 1

Life Lessons from Dad 3

Life Lessons from Mom 21

Life Lessons from School 47

Life Lessons from Work 79

Life Lessons from Passion 107

Life Lessons from Apprenticeship 129

Life Lessons from the Grind 163

Life Lessons from Transition 185

Life Lessons from Opportunities 213

Life Lessons from Obstacles 235

Life Lessons from Loss 253

Life Lessons from Independence 273

Life Lessons from Team Building 287

Life Lessons from Breakthrough 317

Life Lessons from Success 341

Epilogue: Life Lessons from Legacy Building 365

Acknowledgments 377

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I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Now that is what I call getting to know the character in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taught me, inspired me, maade me happy and made me laugh out loud.
JesseSMonica More than 1 year 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 7 months ago
Very inspiring story! It’s always beautiful to see how far someone goes in life despite all trials; it also doesn’t hurt that the book is hilarious!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I bought this book to read while traveling on a business trip. I was looking for something funny to keep me occupied and not hyper-focused on work. This book did that but it also surprised be by being very inspirational and motivating. I loved it and want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, i cried,i was mad for you,mad at you and with every word i could hear your voice saying them. Cant wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every aspect of his story. Inspiring and very funny. The best stories are Kevin Hart stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really had some good life lessons! Very funny, and transparent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only was this book funny, it made me think alot and inspired me. If something can make me laugh and also move me how can I complain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hilarious look onto the life of Kevin Hart. With very short chapters it is an easy read with plenty of funny antidotes to keep you cracking up while riding along on this journey with him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down, laughing and crying out loud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never understood the life of a comic and how difficult to make a living. Lessons learned were insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it terrefic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! And inspirational. In a comical sort of way!!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Very funny. Didn’t want to put it down or have it end
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
The flow of this book was amazing. I felt like I was watching him tell his story on stage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every page! So funny and real. Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read, funny, and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.