~ You’ll be into it if: you think it’s cool when authors intertwine big issues with a little comedy ~
If you haven’t heard of Trevor Noah, I urge you to have a squiz at some of his stand-up comedy as that alone will encourage you to read this book. If not, I’ll have a crack. Born a Crime was one of my favourite books of 2017 and here’s why: I learnt and laughed SO much, which are my two favourite things to do. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother in South Africa – so, being Apartheid, he was literally born a crime. Because of this, he was hidden by his very religious, extremely fearless mother for most of his childhood years. This book weaves between hilarious stories of his teenage indiscretions, distressing tales of growing up in one of the worst periods of racism and his unconditional, touching relationship with his mother. Trevor is smart and a bit of a babe – also two of my favourite things.