I Can't Make This Up

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?”

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  • Barbara
    Jun 18, 2017


    Kevin Hart is an award-winning comedian and actor, and it took him only 16 years to become an 'overnight success.' In this inspirational and entertaining memoir - written with Neil Strauss - Hart talks about his life, career, family, and friends - and it's clear that he's a loving son,...

  • Erin
    Jun 18, 2017


    Kevin Hart is the overnight success that was sixteen years in the making.I Can't Make This Up is as funny and brutally honest as Kevin Hart's standup comedy is. Kev as we his fans call him, has had a rough life. Drug addicted criminal father, overly strict and super religious mother. A...

  • Lydia Lechner
    Jun 17, 2017

    Lydia Lechner

    Love! Love! Love! This book! Kevin did such a good job with this book! I can't wait to read his next one! He did such a good job of doing what he does best, making you laugh, while also tugging at your heart strings a little bit from time to time when he brings up some of the struggles...

  • bookmarkbelles
    Jun 17, 2017


    You have to listen to the audiobook!!!! 😂😂😂😂 ...

  • Sharon Johnson
    Jun 17, 2017

    Sharon Johnson

    This was a good read!. I loved how he explained his life growing up. He didn't let nothing stand in his way of his career. Talking about devoted, yes he was!! ...

  • Joanna Taylor Stone
    Jun 16, 2017

    Joanna Taylor Stone

    Liked the first half much more than the second half, but it did make me laugh out loud a few times and he's a good narrator, so it gets a solid 4. ...

  • Sarah Robinson
    Jun 14, 2017

    Sarah Robinson

    I listened to this on audiobook and absolutely loved it!! Both hilarious and inspiring! ...

  • Adrienne Baugh
    Jun 14, 2017

    Adrienne Baugh

    Crass in parts and fairly vulgar. It starts out particularly rough - albeit much like his life. I did like it better once he got more into the parts of his story where his hustle & perseverance won out. I listened to the audible version and his performance was strong, not sure read...

  • Shannon
    Jun 13, 2017


    I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons I Picked Up This Book Because: Kevin Hart wrote it. You dog on right I’m going to read it. This book depicts the beginnings of Kevin Hart. From short kid with zero free time, thanks to his mom’s determination to keep him off the st...

  • Erika
    Jun 13, 2017


    Love the way Kevin Hart stays true to his comedic self while sharing his life lessons. I appreciate his transparency as he describes the best and worst situations of his past that molded him into who he is as a comedian but also as a man. A true example of how comedians laugh through t...