Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

If you follow me on social media at all, you'll know that the New York Times bestseller, The Last Black Unicorn was quite possibly my highest anticipated book of the year, and I haven't stopped laking about it since November last year. I really believe Tiffany Haddish is one of the most authentic, talented comedians of our generation and if you need to be convinced, have a little scroll through YouTube of some of her work ! I'd say she's one of my favourite comedians and, as my love of memoirs + essay collections is no secret, I thought this would be right up my street. The next hurdle, actually getting my hands on this book. Not only was it sold out ... it was also out of print in the UK for what felt like months ! And when I finally got my hands on it, I could see why.

When you watch someone perform , you might think you know who they are at least to some extent, which is what's so great about  well written memoir like this one because it makes you realise you had no idea. Each chapter chronicles an aspect of her life growing up or a specific lesson learnt and is told through some laugh-out-loud anecdotes personal favourites was the one about taking Will and Jada Smith on a swamp tour with a Groupon voucher, whilst being completely high. But also some darker, more difficult moments in her life. She covers being in the foster care system, finding comedy at just age 13, enduring abuse and not so great relationships, growing into a positive person as well as sexism + all other  trials in the comedy industry. Overarching theme I'd say was being resilient and believing in yourself and your craft even when no- one else does which was so inspiring.

Another aspect that lets the book down ever so slightly is the delivery of the dialogue, which is often presented through direct speech and made it just a little bit choppy and awkward at times. Simply describing what happened in paragraphs would've flowed a lot better and I'm pretty sure the jokes would've landed better too. So it would probably be worth checking it out on Audible actually because Tiffany narrates it too.

The Last Black Unicorn is uplifting, feel good and laugh-out-loud funny.



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