Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, the Emmy winning host of The Daily Show and famously funny comedian has put pen to paper and written about his fascinating life. Born in South Africa during apartheid to a white father and black mother, Trevor was literally ‘born a crime’, hence the title of his autobiography.
The apartheid system was based around grouping people based on race and separating them. So being both black and white, Trevor felt different from everyone around him. For the first years of his life, Trevor was not allowed to be seen in public with either his Mom or Dad, as he was of mixed race and they were not. If caught, he would have been taken to an orphanage or foster centre. The result, a unique boy with a sheltered perspective of the world, whose personality and outlook on the world would soon make millions of people laugh.
Born a Crime is filled with everything from the ridiculously sad and strong effects that the system of apartheid had on Trevor, to his first love and heartbreak and all the way to his polygamous dog and the roots of his career as a DJ. Trevor’s hilarious personality seeps into the pages of his book and grips readers from the beginning.
AGE RATING: 12+
TEEN RATING: 4.3/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Honest and genuine, Born a Crime paints a very vivid and earnest picture of Trevor’s younger years. Although full of hilarious stories, the book never shies away from the harder side of Trevor’s youth. Every tale that Trevor tells is always as candid as can be, even if it doesn’t show Trevor’s best side. Born a Crime is one of the most sincere, funny and serious autobiographies there are. It is gift unto the world about life, love, loss through the medium of humour.