Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Book Review: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Book: The Last Black Unicorn 

Author: Tiffany Haddish 

Pages: 288

Read on: Kindle 

Read in: 3 hours 

Plot Summary: 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.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

Things I Liked:
  • First and foremost this book will make you smile and make you laugh. If you've seen Tiffany Haddish do stand-up or seen any of her interviews, you will know that she is one funny lady. This book is just more of that. The book is written in her own voice. It reads like one of her conversations. It will pull you in and will make you crack up! 
  • This book will also break your heart. To see Tiffany live this life of extreme cruelty, struggle and frankly abuse will break your heart. It is hard to imagine someone as hilarious and happy as Tiffany lived through such a hard childhood. It just goes to show that sometimes ones with the brightest smiles have the darkest pasts. In so many ways I found her story and her journey in life inspiring. 
  • There is a whole section of the book dedicated to Tiffany's relationship with a man called Tito and that section was hilarious, and might just be my favourite bits in the book. 
  • This book is unflinchingly honest and just how a memoir should be. 
  • Even if you are unaware of Tiffany Haddish or have seen her films or stand-up, you could still just as easily enjoy this book. 
  • The thing I loved best about the book was it's inherent message- of being able to overcome any circumstance, no matter how grim. No matter where you came from and what you lived through you have the power to turn things around. Tiffany's life story will move you, inspire you and make you (at least it did me) grateful for your family and parents. If she can turn her life around and make it a success and do with dignity and grace, so can you. 
  • The book also talks honestly about her abusive marriage and sadly this relationship or some elements of it will be relatable to so many women. And though it was sometimes hard to read, this was a section I found interesting as well. 
Rating: 4.5/5 

I highly recommend this book, it was an easy and engaging and entertaining and uplifting read. 
I also highly recommend Girls Trip- it's outrageously funny! Such a good film. 

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