Title: Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Genres: Autobiography, Memoir
Release Day: November 15th 2016
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.