My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: December 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Recommended Age: 16+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Memoir, Humor, Nonfiction, Abuse, Coming of Age, Celebrity Life, Life Experiences
Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy. Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.
Tiffany Haddish made me clutch my chest, crying from laughter, and only a few people can do that to me. She is hilarious.
But that’s not all.
She is strong. She was strong when she was a child, a teenager, and she is still strong today. I can’t even believe how much she went through. I didn’t know who she was until I watched Girls Trip and some of her promotional interviews, but once I did, I needed to know more about this authentic woman.
This woman who didn’t grow up a Hollywood star. She is living, breathing proof that, yes, some people are born with talent, in her case the ability to make people laugh, but being born with talent doesn’t guarantee you success.
You need to work hard to make it, and Tiffany Haddish certainly did and does. In this memoir, she is being one hundred percent honest about her struggles, mistakes and bad choices.
She discusses her (many) previous and unhealthy relationships, her upbringing with and without her ‘‘crazy’’ mother, the people who tried to take advantage of her, as well as those who gave her a chance, an opportunity and the support she needed when she was down.
Now, it is not impressively-written. Tiffany Haddish writes the way she speaks, kind of like I do, and that works extremely well because you can almost hear her voice in your head as you’re reading the book.
So I could not stop reading. Some chapters are sweet, others bittersweet, but Tiffany tries to find humour everywhere—and every experience she goes through, whether positive or negative, provides her with new insight on her life and who she is as a black woman comedian.
I have only admiration for Tiffany.
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