Book Review || Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“I was 9 years old when mother threw me out of a moving car”.


Even if you didn’t want to read Born a crime ,you now want to know why this mother decides to abuse her son. Dig a little deeper and you will find this was an act of love, done in the name of survival.

I actually debated whether or not to do this review in light of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Trevor Noah’s book tells us who he is and where he has comes from in a light and witty manner.

I love and have seen almost all if not all of Trevor’s shows. I always thought that although he spent some time in the townships, he was what we call an aje butter but this book proved me wrong. Trevor tells his story in a funny easy to read way that introduces you to the true horror and folly of apartheid at the same time.

I felt proud reading Born a crime because the women in it were not an afterthought. Perhaps this is due to the fact that he was raised in a very matriarchal home. The woman that marries Trevor will be so lucky 😁

Born a crime shows one boy’s and eventually man’s struggle to make sense of walking the fence between two sides who refuse to see eye to eye. You will grow with Trevor from the troublesome child to the entrepreneurial and love lorn teenager.

Finally to the young adult trying to make his way in the world. You will experience, appreciate and come to wish for the strength of Patricia Noah.

I usually don’t read biographies because I often find them to be long ramblings of self praise or self pity but Born a Crime ….. Is a big YES!