Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: Book Review

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Born a Crime
Title: Born a Crime
Published: 11/15/2016
Page Count: 304
Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Format: Hardcover
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years…
Stories From a South African Childhood. Honestly for this book we wish we’d do an introduction of it like the way Trevor Noah does his introduction at the daily show. 

WHEN AN AUTHOR starts with a scene of his mother pushing him from a moving vehicle, you know you’re in for a fascinating read. But Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, the autobiography of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, intrigued us even before we got to the first chapter. “For my mother. My first fan. Thank you for making me a man,” the comedian wrote on his dedication page how he recognizes the mother we just couldn’t wait to indulge on the read. Just how had Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah molded her mixed baby during the apartheid?

reading this book we can both agree that at some point we would laugh out loud regarding where we are that’s how epic this read is, anyway we would have expected that from a comedian author right?


stories from the South African childhood makes one feel like we never lived our childhood at all  as you continue with the read you compare yours to Trevor and basically it was smooth and chilled  unlike Trevor’s which  was hardship and real adventure

why the title is ‘born a crime’

this was during the apartheid era, racism in South Africa was at its peak there were cities the whites could live and for the blacks, they could not mix, love between a white and a black was forbidden and why is Trevor  born a crime? his mom is  a Xhosa and his dad is Swiss-German

Trevor recalls that “the only time I could be with my father was indoors”: “If we left the house, he’d have to walk across the street from us.” It was dangerous, as a light-skinned child, to be seen with his mother as well: “She would hold my hand or carry me, but if the police showed up she would have to drop me and pretend I wasn’t hers.”

about the book:

Trevor is born through a punishable act at that time in South Africa since he is a mixed kid he didn’t live like a normal kid should most of his life his mom was hiding him from the world

the book is basically the series of Trevor’s life both funny, sad and devastating we can both agree on this, the last story about his moms’ life is the saddest of all brought one of us to tears

again how the writer brings out his life story is something else, it’s like watching a reality show via a book we can’t actually wait for the movie, as much as its a must read it will be a must watch LUPITA IS TO STAR IN THE MOVIE!!

favorite quotes; they are quite a lot  this is also a self-help book

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”

“If you’re Native American and you pray to the wolves, you’re a savage. If you’re African and you pray to your ancestors, you’re a primitive. But when white people pray to a guy who turns water into wine, well, that’s just common sense.”

“Trevor, remember a man is not determined by how much he earns. You can still be a man of the house and earn less than your woman. Being a man is not what you have, it’s who you are. Being more of a man doesn’t mean your woman has to be less than you.”

“We live in a world where we don’t see the ramifications of what we do to others because we don’t live with them. It would be a whole lot harder for an investment banker to rip off people with subprime mortgages if he actually had to live with the people he was ripping off.
If we could see one another’s pain and empathize with one another, it would never be worth it to us to commit the crimes in the first place.”

“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.”

“People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.”

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”

why we liked it

we pretty much delayed giving this book review but here we are

getting to Trevor he gave us a very compelling and inspiring story of his childhood memories when he was in South Africa

he was the living proof of his parents punishable act and being born a crime he suffered as a child at least that’s what we thought,  from his early age what he went through was unbearable but thank God for Trevor he had a mother a woman of steel in his life who taught him that there was more to what they encountered, that there was a life to live and explore despite the racism, apartheid, and poverty

thumbs up to mama Trevor for raising a ‘colored kid’ (according to the book)being black  at that time and having a mixed baby it was jail time but she chose to have a baby with a white man knowing the consequences(how strong/hardheaded is that woman) in a good way of course

his experiences are hilarious, dramatic and deeply affecting and the urge of wanting to know ” okay what else does Trevor Noah go through its the book that we’d take it everywhere with us trans night reading it *the addiction*

from this book, being girls, we learned a thing or two on how to raise a child as a mom because this book has some guidelines


we obviously expected to laugh a comedian is the author of the book and that we did

why we picked it

Trevor Noah’s first book that’s why plus we are both fans of Trevor and the daily show too

why you should read it

it’s a self-help book you really sink in his stories and his quotes you will feel inspired and encouraged knowing what Trevor went through since these are his real-life experiences and despite all that he made it, he’s the host of the daily show and a comedian known globally

             our rating:5 star



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