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I laughed many times during my quick read of this book, and loved how he presented the little facts about his family that made them unique and lovable, in their own way. He describes how his grandmother's house had only one bathroom, yet two front doors. These two doors were right next to each other. At 90 degrees. His mother was so honest that when little Adam found a $50 bill, she made him return it to the `Lost and Found.' The owner of the $50 bill collected it and gave Adam a $10 reward, which he had to split with his sister (Boo! Hiss!). Some of these quirky but funny family details were somewhat David Sedaris-like, which I consider a great compliment.
Adam's self-deprecating humor is on display. Every so often he offers a small funny anecdote, labeled a "Tan Gent," most of which are little stories which display the biting wit that permeates his podcast and Lovelines shows.
Overall, I really enjoyed "Not Taco Bell Material." It's a perfect beach read, funny and quick. I give it my highest recommendation.
I'm a big fan of funny male memoirs. If you enjoyed Adam's book, then you may consider trying the following:
Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish is another great book by the famous comic. Artie doesn't hold back when describing some of the crazy things he used to do for fame, drugs, and women. Highly recommended and a quick, hilarious read!
If you're not an Adam Carolla fan, read this book. You'll love it because it will probably make you hate him more, and people like you who don't like Ace have no feelings and revel in any semblance of humanity (in this case, the aforementioned hatred.)
If you love Ace, this will cause your love to spiral out of control and probably cascade you into an Carolla-induced obsession like I went through.
If you have no idea who Adam Carolla is, this book is the best introduction, and congratulations on the wonderful wellspring of complaints and observations you have yet to hear! SNIFF
I can speak for the 20 year old white female demographic (although I'm probably not the best representative of such.) Ladies, buy the book. Good day!
In the end, buy this book because you will not be disappointed.
Get it on!
Adam recounts in vivid detail the effects on his psyche of living in these various locales, which, combined with the non-parenting provided by his divorced mother and father, sent him on a trajectory of working digging ditches, cleaning carpets, and painting commercial buildings through his late teens and early twenties. While print is not Adam's medium of choice, Not Taco Bell Material's prose is polished and highly readable. Likely due to the talents of his co-author Mike Lynch, Adam's signature sense of comedic timing, sarcasm, and penchant for hilarious and poignant metaphors are clearly recognizable in each sentence.
Ultimately, the story is about someone who dug himself literally and figuratively out of a rut in life. That rut could just as easily have trapped him in an unending cycle of living in dumps, hooking up with other damaged people and cranking out another generation of do-nothing Carollas. Instead, he applied a little discipline and kept it together long enough to get his big break.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this up at the thrift store for 5 bucks thinking it would just be a bunch of dick jokes, but it's actually really good! I (not) LITERALLY died laughing through many parts. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Dirk G.
This book made me laugh a lot. If you want to laugh, you should read this book. Laughter is good for you. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bjornstam
I put this down because I was bored with it and came back to it months later. Just as awful. It's like being trapped listening to that guy talk about how cool he was in high... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jen Neumann
Tossed it in the bin when he tries to "entertain" by telling story about driving drunk.Published 17 days ago by JFJ
If you like Adam Carolla, you'll like this. It's funny, and a quick read. If you listen to the podcast(s), you'll recognize a lot of the stories, but it's still funny stuff.Published 19 days ago by benjaminw
Funny book, but if you listen to his podcast you've already heard every story a hundred times.Published 2 months ago by Foy D Copp III
I enjoy listening to Adam tell his stories. I've heard many of these before but the little details or phrases added are always good for a chuckle.Published 2 months ago by Boomboom Huckjam
This book is okay. Carolla's a really funny guy, but the joke wears out fast here. The primary, ongoing joke is the chronicle of his various living quarters over the years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ingersoll1969