• Rachel Penate

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


SUMMARY: "Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother — his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life." (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: If I could put this book into words, I would. But I can't so, for the sake of this review, all you need to know is...


The end.

Hahhaha just kidding. But, seriously. What a ride Trevor Noah took me on as he told the story of his childhood. With expressive candor, sympathy, and relatable honesty, Noah's book is truly something special. As more of us dig into the work that is learning our racist history, BORN A CRIME is a poignant and important book about not only the history of South Africa's apartheid but the profound effects of systematic (and systemic) racism.

AAAANNND balanced perfectly amid the illustration of his country's struggle, is Noah’s brilliant humor; it is purposeful and healing and just absolutely a breath of fresh air. And oh my goodness do I LOVE his mom. She’s a riot and their relationship is something special.

I’m so stinking grateful I picked up his story. It soars to the top of my 2020 favorites.

I’ll say it: this book is an absolute MUST read for lovers of memoir.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: systematic & systemic racism, police neglect & apathy, domestic abuse, community violence, poverty, & language.

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