Born a Crime
“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. “What if…” “If only…” “I wonder what would have…” You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.” ~ Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
Trevors’ stories are beautifully written, gut-wrenching, and funny each in their own right. Although his story is an account we typically couldn’t imagine in our fate, they are his and unique enough to make this impossible to put down. I mean, who goes to church three times on Sunday to Black, White and Colored ones? Or goes to jail for (not) stealing a car rather than facing his mother’s wrath? Stories such as these ravish through the pages of this autobiography.
I decided to read this as I began to process a rough patch in the series of struggles that are being a black woman in America. They say the best way to get over a rough patch in your life is to read about someone else’s rough spots. MAN did Trevor Noah have some rough spots! Without giving any spoilers, I can share one specific highlight. Imagine, Trevor’s mom chasing him through the neighborhood as he attempts to evade getting in trouble. When he got old enough to outrun her, she was one step ahead and began yelling, “Thief!” Everyone wants to stop or catch a thief. I laughed so hard! I could see the whole scene in his writing. The book isn’t all funny stories though, there were quite a few seriously challenging aspects of his life, that I couldn’t imagine living through. Still, I appreciate the braveness of entertaining us with the realness that exudes from his story. This one is fantastic, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Definitely a 5/5, you must read!