This will be the third book that I read this week. It’s fascinating what you can do when you compartmentalize your day. Whatever the case may be, I finally got around to picking up “Not Taco Bell Material” by Adam Carolla. Now, I’ve heard of this book, and I read his first one back in 2011. I was in the middle of a divorce when I read the hardcover version of the first book that Carolla wrote. This is the sequel to that one, and this time around he starts talking about his life from the slacker that he was through the modern times.
Carolla is a breath of fresh air, speaking his mind and going through what I grew up with. Why? Well, because my stepfather is the exact carbon copy of Adam Carolla. The stories and mannerisms that come through the writing are like seeing my stepfather rant, because he lived in a similar fashion. He was a construction worker in the valley, and well, lots of the things that made his life funny, make Carolla’s life funny. From idiot friends, to stripper girlfriends, to finding themselves being funny, but digging ditches instead. The title of the book comes from the story of Adam trying to get a job at Taco Bell and getting rejected. What’s funny is that years later, the guy would be the spokesman for Taco Bell! Yeah, take that Yum Corporation!
One of the takeaways that I got from the book was that it felt a lot like his normal stand up and podcast routine. That’s not a bad thing, but I think it will turn off a lot of literary minded folk. I already knew what I was getting into, and well, it is what it is. Carolla has a way of bringing about a great deal of humor into the messes he involves himself in, and does so with gusto. I laughed, I cried, and it all just seems surreal.
Why so sad? Well, my life sucks. No, really. As you read through this book, you may realize, like me, that I haven’t lived at all. If I were to write a book about my life, it would be a boring world of doing the right thing, studying hard, and not getting by. Meanwhile this guy has a million stories of life well lived. Then again, there’s still time right? Oh why bother.The book is told in first person, and Carolla discusses bad jobs, bad relationships, misunderstandings, and his family’s cheapness all with humor and honesty. Carolla pulls no punches here.
“Not Taco Bell Material” by Adam Carolla is an enjoyable read. Don’t get me wrong. It just seems like I’ve heard a lot of this material before. That is either a testament to how much time I put into listening to Adam Carolla from Loveline to his morning show, or maybe he’s just beating a horse to death and then running it over with the tens of cars in his garage. Whatever the case may be, this is a solid book with a lot of heartfelt humor, comedic situations, and proof that if you fight back, you may very well get your own television show one day too. Oh, and of course maybe Steve O will try to wrestle you on air, although from what I hear he’s wrestling Kat Von D lately, lucky son of a…never mind. Oh, and this is a 4 out of 5.
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