#18: Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence by Ross Mathews

Man Up

Quick and dirty celebrity memoir review:

  • If you like Ross Mathews, read this book.
  • If you really like Ross Mathews, listen to this book.
  • If you do not like Ross Mathews, why are you even looking at this book?

And now, my thoughts:

I adore Ross Mathews, although I just this second realized I’ve been spelling his last name wrong.  I’m a fan of Chelsea Lately and always love when he’s on the round table.  This is where I first “met” him, if you will.  I knew he was on the Tonight Show, but I didn’t know anything about him until I saw him on Chelsea, perfectly dressed, complete with pocket square.

I was super excited to find out he was writing a book, and my fingers were crossed that he’d do an audio version.  He had to do an audio version!  It’s Ross Mathews!  Part of the reason why I love him is because of his voice!  Even when he’s being snarky, he sounds so sweet and innocent.  There’s nothing like a cheery voice delivering a well deserved disappointed pun at a celebrity who has let him down.

The planet had to have known the second he emerged into the world that he was far too fabulous to stay in Washington and be kept from us.  It’s possible this happened at this moment of his conception.  His stories about growing up in spinach land and crafting swears to make his father proud clearly point to where he would later end up.  This was a boy who was happy screaming obscenities at a lake to make fish appear (it totally works) and then pick out just the right outfit to wear for an elementary school rap performance.  (Spoiler: the rap results in heartbreak.)

He knew from an early age that he wanted to be on TV, and he really wanted to host his own talk show.  Sitting on the couch with his beloved mom watching Oprah, he saw the potential of fame and how it brought people together.  It was an opportunity for him to share his love of life with all of us!

His writing is hilarious.  I love memoirs when it’s clear the author did the writing.  This book is 100% Ross.  From the alliteration to the puns, it’s everything I could have dreamed.  I knew I had to have the audio version and it was even more fantastic that I could have imagined.  He’s the type of celebrity that is able to be your best friend, and he actually wants to be your best friend!  He’s sweet and honest and humble and truly grateful for where he is in his life.  It feels like he’s reading the book for you and only you.

Listening him talk about his first (and only!) encounter with a vagina to coming out to his mom (who already knew) to his secret Lane Bryant shame (banned for life!), I liked him more and more with each chapter.  He is sweet and kind, but he will curse you out on a bus of teenagers if you are hateful.

I especially liked the parts with his mom because he does a hilarious and loving imitation of her.  I felt like I knew her after a few sentences.  It was beautiful hearing such unconditional love and pride.

The book is a wonderful journey of little Ross to Hello Ross and I’m thrilled that he decided to write his book.  Squash, dogs, drugs, mascara goo, stolen food – it’s all here.   And there is alliteration!  And puns!  Such wonderful puns!

I adore Ross, I love this book, and if you are at all a fan of his, you need to get it.  And you must get the audio version.

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