Happy Wednesday everyone, hello and welcome to my book blog. Can I just say, I am on a roll lately with the whole ‘scheduling posts’ thing. I am so proud of myself, and honestly I will never go back to a time where I didn’t have pre-scheduled posts. The book today I am discussing is The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Definitely a different type of read for me, but one I am excited to talk about, so let’s get to it.
Title: The Last Black Unicorn
Author: Tiffany Haddish
Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor, Biography
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.
Okay so, as you can tell I did give the book a 3 out of 5, but my 3 stars just mean it’s like.. okay. It was an okay book. It wasn’t the best I had ever read, but it was no where’s near the worst. So starting off with what I enjoyed, that would have to be the audio book itself. I don’t know what it is, but Tiffany’s voice just puts a smile to my face and makes me enjoy whatever she’s doing. I find her very funny, the way she comes off is funny, and it felt like she was just talking to me one on one, which can be tough to pull off through an audio book, so I give her props for doing that.
The book was also funny. I found myself laughing quite a few times and I just enjoyed my time. I’m not going to lie, I did borrow this book because I saw it was a pretty short audio book. I had 6 hours to kill at work, so I listened to the entire book in a day. Usually, that is impossible for me to do. But the humor and jokes kept me going and I just decided to push through the whole book. It was entertaining and funny, which I think was it’s main two purposes.
Now, onto what I didn’t like. Not that there was anything in this book that had me like, hating it and there was nothing in this book that made me get upset or mad. I just wanted a little more. In the book we take a couple of dives into at least what I thought, were pretty important topics. Not only to Tiffany, but to readers in general. We take not really a ‘dive’, but a ‘dip’ into her experience with the abuse by her mom, the sexual harassment she had experienced while becoming a comedian, her abusive relationship with her ex-husband. I mean, these were just a few of the topics that I felt like if she went into a little more, not only would readers be coming out with a more closer look into her life, but also maybe life lessons to learn.
Multiple times she would dive into an issue, like the abuse with her mom, and she would only touch it a little bit before switching topics completely and just never going back to it. I just wanted more.
I don’t know if I will be getting to anymore biographies anytime soon, but maybe in the near future. Who else read The Last Black Unicorn?