Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix?s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn?t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theater. Instead he decided to redefine what ?culture? could ? and should ? mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, ?I am culture.? Karamo believes that culture is so much more than art museums and the ballet When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix?s Queer Eye, he knew he woul...

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Title:Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
Author:Karamo Brown
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope Reviews

  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    Apr 29, 2019
    Read this if you're a fan of the show. I admire Brown's candor about his past mistakes, and towards the end I enjoyed the glimpse into the casting of Queer Eye. Good for him sticking to his guns about what his role on the show should be - I think his approach (addressing the "hero's" i...
  • Kelly
    Mar 04, 2019
    Such a fantastic memoir, whether or not you're a Queer Eye fan. Karamo shares his life story, beginning with a loving family that eventually breaks apart due to addiction and abuse. He's not afraid to talk about his own experiences, too, with drugs and alcohol and how he earned a reput...
  • Jeanne
    May 06, 2019
    Easily one of the most wholesome and uplifting books I've ever read. ...
  • Meg
    Apr 19, 2019
    Without getting too negative here, we'll just say that this book didn't raise my opinion of Karamo. I'd hoped to learn more of what's beneath the surface-- which readers do, to some extent-- but he seems pretty tied up in his showbusiness career (and, on the side, social work-- and I'm...
  • Lizzie
    Mar 30, 2019
    Karamo Brown does such a wonderful job on Queer Eye that I really hesitated over rating 2 stars. A lot of the messages in his book align with who he is on the show, which I guess is why there are so many high ratings here. But this just wasn't quality writing. The main thing that bro...
  • Carrie Lynn
    Apr 10, 2019
    It feels odd to give a star rating to someone?s life story- but I really enjoyed listening to Karamo from Queer Eye tell his. It wasn?t what I expected (addiction, domestic violence, etc). I actually had whip lash going from who he used to be to how clear and awesome he is now. I h...
  • Sahitya
    Mar 21, 2019
    TW: domestic abuse, addiction, depression, suicide I loved reading Tan?s memoir Naturally Tan just a couple of weeks ago but I had completely forgotten that Karamo?s memoir was already out until I saw his interview with Trevor Noah. And I think I did the perfect thing deciding t...
  • Amanda
    Apr 26, 2019
    I was hesitant to watch the reboot of Queer Eye when it was first released, because I loved the original and didn't think it could possibly compare. Once I gave it a chance (and ultimately came to love it even more than its predecessor), Karamo was immediately the cast member who I was...
  • Shayna Ross
    Apr 04, 2019
    Here's the thing: I like Karamo a lot. He is a great person and has a phenomenal personality. He is a handsome dude and dresses like a pro. He's great! This book is not so much. A memoir of sorts, Karamo dictates his life story into central themes for each chapter that follows a ...
  • Emily
    May 08, 2019
    "I had a choice to make: I either had to talk about museums and art or I had to talk to the stranger and get to their emotional core." Karamo often makes everyone cry, even this viewer! This book is about hearing his story and learning about the journey he is on in life. It wa...
  • Chris
    Apr 16, 2019
    I didn?t know a thing about his past but really like him on QE. I felt like this was a damage control piece put out by someone who has many skeletons and best to put his ugly actions out there before others did and tarnished his image he has created for the show. I wish I hadn?t ev...
  • Blythe
    May 17, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book; it?s not a literary memoir, but it?s thorough and well organized and entertaining. What I loved the most is how open and honest Karamo is about his own journey and shortcomings. He doesn?t try to paint a picture of a person who has it all together; on ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Mar 11, 2019
    This review can also be found on my blog! CW: intimate partner violence, drug use, and suicide This book has been on my radar forever. Why? Because I love Queer Eye, a show I never expected to love in the first place ? but, that?s a story for another time. And, I?ll say i...
  • Tib
    Apr 04, 2019
    I'm not going to give this a star rating, because I feel really weird rating someone's life story. But, I will discuss how much I enjoyed reading the book. CW: abuse, drug addiction/use, attempted suicide I listened to the audiobook mostly because it was read by Karamo himself a...
  • Sarah
    Mar 31, 2019
    It wouldn't be Karamo Brown if he didn't make me cry at least twice while listening to this audio book. I love how honestly he talks about his past (including his own abusive behavior, drug abuse and his relationship with his family) without sugar coating it. It was quite fascinatin...
  • Hannah Smith
    Apr 17, 2019
    Audiobook version. Kind of wish I didn't read this. It's not very well-written and very repetitive, self-satisfying and corny. Sorry Karamo. ...
  • Susie Dumond
    Apr 13, 2019
    Whether or not you're a fan of Queer Eye, Karamo has an incredible and touching story to tell. From addiction to abuse to fatherhood, he talks honestly about his experiences and offers sage advice for mental health and self improvement. This was so much more than I expected it to be! i...
  • Rachael
    May 20, 2019
    2.5 stars (More for the general feeling I have after reading than anything I can actually comment on) I love Karamo in Queer Eye and I looked forward to this and when I got it on audible today I listened to it all as fast as I could. But listening to some of the parts about his past...
  • MaryJo
    Mar 20, 2019
    Such an inspiring story of hope, love, loss, and overcoming tremendous obstacles. Karamo's life story is brilliantly shared and he brings light to many difficult situations. ...
  • Karin
    Mar 08, 2019
    This was everything I wanted from a Karamo memoir and then some. It's great to hear about his upbringing, his current family and how he got into queer eye, but it's exceptional to hear about his experience with abusive relationships, his thoughts on the intersection of colorism and gen...
  • Brandice
    Apr 30, 2019
    When I heard Karamo Brown had a book coming out, I knew it was only a matter of time before I?d read it. Since I first watched the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye last year, I?ve been a huge fan of him, the show?s resident culture expert. Culture goes far beyond the arts, music, and ...
  • Ginny Beck
    Mar 19, 2019
    It basically reads like a big long entertainment magazine profile piece (it literally ends with a pitch for his new podcast, lol) BUT I like the show and I enjoyed reading stories about his life, and if, like me, that?s what you?re looking for, it?s worth reading. ...
  • J
    Mar 30, 2019
    I went into this book with an open mind. I thought that reading Karamo's story might give me more insight into him as a person and help me better appreciate his role on Queer Eye. Instead, it kind of made me like him even less. His story is filled with times when he has done wrong--...
  • Marjo
    Mar 21, 2019
    imagine consuming any media related to queer eye and not sobbing your fucking eyes out. can't relate. ...
  • Alyssa
    Apr 22, 2019
    I really appreciated how honest and open Karamo was in this book. He didn?t shy away from the truth of his past or his current struggles, and I think that?s a hard thing for a lot of people to do when writing about their lives. I know the reason everyone is going to read this b...
  • Fabian
    Mar 28, 2019
    In the past couple of years I've read a lot of celebrity memoirs but never talked about them, because most of them really disappointed me. I mean if you're going to write a full lenght book about your life & yourself, you better show me the good, the bad & the ugly. Tell me abo...
  • Sarah
    Mar 25, 2019
    I blazed through this in about a day. The writing style is very casual, the font is larger and there are a fair amount of photos so it's a quick read. Karamo's story is fascinating. I think this would be great on audio if he read it. However, it was organized more by topic than by chro...
  • Danya Sherbini
    Mar 25, 2019
    As far as celebrity memoirs go, I thought this one was worth the read. I appreciate that Karamo is very transparent about his past struggles and doesn?t shy away from describing his mistakes, even if it means not painting his past self in a positive light. There are a few nice nugget...
  • Molly
    Jan 03, 2019
    I can?t freaking wait!!! ...
  • bookafy
    Apr 24, 2019
    No rating because I don't think it's okay to rate someone's life story but I liked reading this and it's written beautifully, I will look at Karamo full of admiration now. ...