bornacrimeTitle: Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Genres: AutobiographyMemoir
Release Day: November 15th 2016
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

5 stars! 

Oh this book. This is my first ever autobiography and I could not have chosen a better book to read. First of all let me tell you that I just love Trevor Noah, I think he’s doing a fantastic job as The Daily Show host and he’s simply hilarious. If you’ve seen any of his stand up acts then you know how often he mentions apartheid and his parents, so going in, I had a pretty good idea of how deep this book would go. And then I was proven wrong. If possible, Noah went even deeper than I ever thought possible. He made me feel like I was a part of his family, watching his life unfold before my eyes. The apartheid, the racism, his relationship with his mother – I just want to hug her, I can’t – his relationship with his father and later in life his relationship with his friends, and school, and everything, really.

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Reading Born a Crime was like having him next to me, speaking, like we were having a chat as friends. I actually felt like I was his friend and he was telling me his life’s story. Noah being the amazing comedian that he is made me laugh so much with this, it balanced out the darker parts and those moments that made me go ohh hell dude. I don’t really know how to rate a memoir, this is not fiction, this is the raw, hard truth, from someone that lived through these situations and he’s sharing them with us. This book – apart from the engaging writing – delivers some pretty on point messages, countless in fact, that made me pause and nod along in agreement, I just loved how powerful it was and how unapologetic.


2 thoughts on “Born a Crime by Trevor Noah”

    1. Right? He’s so good and that’s what got me so interested on his book, I’ve seen a few of his stand ups as well and he’s hilarious as well. Oh it was brilliant! So powerful and enlightening, truly a book not to be missed. I hope you do and enjoy it!

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