The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish

5 Mar
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Three of 5 stars

Let’s start with the fact that I LOVE Tiffany Haddish. Absolutely adore her.
But this book was not done well.

I listened to the audiobook, and with a book like this you can’t have anyone but the author narrate it. But narrating an audiobook is a skill, and it’s not the same as doing stand-up. Tiffany could have told these stories out loud, off the cuff, and it would have been outstanding. But Tiffany reading the stories she wrote just didn’t work – for me.

It was also really rough listening to how it was written: “So I was like… and she was like… and then I was like… and he was like… and I was like…” over and over again. I’ll be honest, I speak like that myself, but I don’t write like that. And again it might work in a live performance, but it did not work as an audiobook. It might even work if I had been reading the book, but listening to it being read was… annoying.

So aside from all that, which could all be problems that only apply to the audio version, the story itself is amazing and maybe unexpected from a book that’s supposed to be funny. Let me be clear: her childhood was horrifically SAD. When you hear the story of how she got the name unicorn, and her life with her “horn”, you will want to reach back in time and just hug young Tiffany tightly and tell her everything will be better when she’s older.

Her life is a great story that could have been told without trying to be humorous. I wish we could have gotten *that* book. Perhaps Tiffany is still dealing with everything she went through. I can’t bring myself to recommend the audio version of this book, but I would recommend that if you are a fan of Haddish, try the book version. Hopefully it reads better than the audio version. In the meantime I will hope that her next book has more help. Tiffany Haddish is a Queen and I will always adore her.

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