After reading When Breath becomes Air, I needed something lighter to read. My sister Flo has been talking about Trevor Noah’s book forever and  I figured that would provide some much comic relief and boy did Mr. Noah deliver. Trevor opens up the book by mentioning that he was thrown out of a moving car. By his mother!!

He writes about being born a crime in Apartheid South Africa and the circumstances that made him who he is today. He has a profound love for his no- nonsense mother who the book mostly centers on. He hilariously pokes fun at his religious upbringing, talks about the racial segregation brought about by Apartheid, growing up in poverty and the abuse he lived with.

He is brutally honest about his experience and narrates the story as if talking to a friend. Over some drinks. This book will teach you the power of strength, resilience and optimism.

Favorite lines. – There are soo many!!! Ok I chose 5!!

If you think too much about the ass-kicking your mom gave you, or the ass-kicking that life gave you, you’ll stop pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules. It’s better to take it, spend some time crying, then wake up the next day and move on.

Women like to be noticed. Come acknowledge me and let me know that you see me. Don’t just see me when you need something.

You do not own the thing that you love.

We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you imagine. And depending on where you come  from, your imagination can be  quite limited.

Learn from your past and be better from your past. But don’t cry about your past, because life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.

I get why my sis had nothing but praise for this book.

Grab a copy. Definitely worth the read.

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