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I'm Awesome: One Man's Triumphant Quest to Become the Sweetest Dude Ever Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062098217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062098214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Jason Ellis does it all. And he has excelled at everything he sets his mind to: X Games skateboarding, satellite radio, professional mixed martial arts, boxing, moto, truck racing, TV, and movies. Now he shares his jaw-dropping and inspirational life story—from the depths of addiction to the joys and ordeals of radio, fatherhood, and professional fighting—in his uncensored no-holds-barred style.

Jason was raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, and his early years were split between an alcoholic mother—who was only sixteen when he was born—and a father whose violent and unpredictable behavior taught Jason to be hard, tough, and fearless.

Before he owned the radio waves, Jason competed for twenty years alongside action-sports legends and friends like Tony Hawk. Jason was known for going bigger and harder than anyone else—both on and off the ramp. His passion to become the best at skateboarding was exceeded only by his all-night partying and relentless pursuit of sex.

After surviving a failed marriage and struggling with a rampant drug problem, all while heading toward the end of his skateboarding career, tragedy struck . . . twice. His father died of a heart attack, and a year later his younger brother died in an accident near the family's vacation home. His brother's death made Jason realize he had had enough. He quit booze and drugs, married his girlfriend, and threw his energy into being a good father. Having squandered his shot at greatness in skateboarding, he resolved to make the most of his second chance in radio.

Jason has always been a daredevil, harnessing his unique ability to endure pain to achieve what few others could, first on the skate ramp and now on the airwaves. Using this fierce determination to let nothing stop him from reaching his goals, he became the new voice of action sports in America. His story is raw, and sometimes unbelievable, but it's always true. And it proves, once again, that Jason Ellis is a fighter through and through.

About the Author

Jason Ellis is a pro skater, host of SiriusXM's The Jason Ellis Show, and New York Times bestselling author of I'm Awesome: One Man's Triumphant Quest to Become the Sweetest Dude Ever. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to kick ass on a daily basis.



Mike Tully lives in Los Angeles. He can be heard daily on The Jason Ellis Show.

Customer Reviews

It is an engaging and intense story that is also extremely funny and entertaining.
Fred
If you love to listen to Jason Ellis on Faction XM radio then you MUST read this book.
Amazon Customer
The book runs the gambit of emotions and makes you feel like you are really there.
Chris Jobe

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Zack Shutt on April 17, 2012
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If you're looking to be inspired and amused, this is the book for you.

Ellis has lived through some hard times and worked even harder to get where he is today. It's really, truly inspiring to read this story as someone who had a fairly "normal" upbringing. Reading some of the stories in this book (and listening to the stories told on Ellis' radio show on SiriusXM Faction) causes me to sit back and think "wow, if Jason can get through it, I don't have an excuse to not try." It's time to harden the f' up.

In-between all of the hilarious and almost unbelievable stories you'll find in this book there's something insanely relatable about his struggle, and that's why I'll always consider myself a fan of Jason Ellis.

Red Dragons.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Crouch on April 17, 2012
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If you are a fan, you will love it. Imagine "The Dirt" but better. Ellis is a tragic hero who can't help but make you laugh. Get on board with him before you miss the Big Effing Mega Boat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Ellis and Tully and love hearing all the stories on the radio, but this book brings even more to the party. It is extremely entertaining and inspiring.
Having Tully write the book was the best idea ever. His in depth knowledge of Jason Ellis really helps to capture Ellis's thoughts in his own unique dialog.
You do not need to be a fan of the Jason Ellis show to enjoy this book. The stories will entertain anyone who doesn't mind a few f'bombs. :)
Red Dragons!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Lobov on April 18, 2012
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I, as well as many others, have been patiently waiting for this book to come out since it was first announced on the show in early 2011. The wait is finally over, and it was worth it. I read through the book in one sitting, which is something that I don't normally do, let alone read many books in general. Michael Tully (Author) artfully crafted Jason's trials and tribulations in such a way where they flow, and have proper grammar, yet still give you the feeling as if Ellis is telling another story of his youth over the SiriusXM airwaves. Each story will have you thankful that your childhood was easier than his, while at the same time showing you how important it is to harden up.

I recommend this book to not only fans of Jason Ellis, who probably are already reading it, but to any fans of comedy, adventure, triumph and the F word. More importantly, if you are not yet a fan of Jason Ellis and stumbled upon this page, do yourself a favor and give it a read. Chances are you will enjoy it, and even if you don't you'll know someone who would.

Share the book with friends, spread the word and get more listeners for Ellis so the "Jason Ellis Show" on Sirius XM Faction 41 can grow to the proportions it rightfully deserves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Owens on April 19, 2012
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If you're a fan of Ellis it's great, and everything we have expected from him. If you don't know Ellis or the Ellisfam yet I highly suggest reading this, and assure you that you won't be disappointed. Well done Ellis and Tully, thanks for all of the inspiration and laughs.
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93 of 132 people found the following review helpful By oneloveinus on January 14, 2012
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This book can be summed up in three sentence's. Tony Hawk is my idol. Tony Hawk is my savior. Tony Hawk is God.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Elliott on April 19, 2012
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Very well written. Extremely funny. Incredible story about someone, who, when they put their mind to it, can achieve anything. Good on ya, mate!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JB on April 18, 2012
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This book is a must for everyone that listens to Jason Ellis on Sirius XM. In fact, anyone that is interested in MMA, skateboarding, or any of the other so-called "action sports" should take a serious look at this book as well.

But this book is much more than just a story for Ellis and Action Sports fans. It's a book for anyone that enjoys reading a genuinely interesting story about someone that is truly living their life (as opposed to just floating along) and honest about their experiences. Jason's story gives a glimpse into what drives some men and women to excel. And it shows how failure and adversity are a part of the process. With Mike Tully's help, Jason Ellis tells the story of his life's journey in a fascinating, funny, and often moving book. Thanks guys for keeping me entertained and inspired.
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Professional X Games Megaramp skateboarder, native-born Australian, MMA fighting and moto riding enthusiast, Jason Ellis is the host of The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius. His website is ellismate.com.


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