Born A Crime tells a memoir of Trevor Noah. Trevor takes us through all the stages of his life, how he was born, his childhood, teenage life leading to his adult life. He documents about his parents and especially about his mother leading to the time she was shot. Throughout, Trevor documents the evolving yet continually challenging race relations in South Africa. I was really fascinated by Trevor’s story that he managed to stay positive through all the challenges he went through with identity. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school etc. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconditional love.
Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh. I cannot recommend this book enough; I found it funny and enlightening, especially if you listen to the audio book as Trevor narrates the book himself.
Rating: 5 out of 5