Title: The Last Black Unicorn
Author: Tiffany Haddish
Published December 5, 2017 by Gallery Books
Genre: Nonfiction | Audience: Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.
None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.
This is a book that I wouldn’t have picked up if I wasn’t doing a reading challenge. Although I like Tiffany Haddish, I’ve heard bits and pieces of her story through interviews so I didn’t have an interest in her book. However, because I’ve challenged myself to read 12 of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards winners, I borrowed the audiobook from the library.
Tiffany is entertaining, brutally honest, and overall a great storyteller, which I already knew because of this hilarious swamp tour story. Narrating her own book wasn’t very different from how she told that story. The performance was great and it honestly felt like listening to a comedy special. She’s lived a hard life, but doesn’t allow that to affect her outlook and the way she used comedy to cope with everything she’s lived through is admirable.
That said, this book doesn’t have a cohesive narrative and I wish she had gone a little deeper in some areas. Also, there’s a chapter where she talks about her experience dating a disabled man that was cringey AF. Seriously, I’ve never cringed listening to an audiobook as much as I cringed through that chapter. Maybe should’ve gone through another round of edits.
Overall, I can see why it won best humor last year because Tiffany Haddish is funny. It’s not a life-changing read, but it’s short and very entertaining. I was on the fence about the rating and leaning towards 3.5 stars, but decided to round up because I’m not doing half-star ratings.
Content warnings: ableist, domestic violence, physical abuse