Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence

Ross Mathews, hardback edition, 216 pages, Grand Central Publishing.
Synopsis (from Amazon.com):
As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.

Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, MAN UP! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!
 I didn't know too much of Ross Mathews, other than seeing him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When I did see him, I found him to be hilarious and genuine. I vaguely knew he had been on The Chelsea Handler Show as well, but I only watched that occasionally. Anyways, the book is a great memoir. It had hilarious moments and honest (sad) moments.
Things I learned from Man Up!:
  • difference between male and female spinach plants
  • Koo-Koo-Roo is the name of a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles
  • Ross is a fellow Washingtonian (!!)
  • Even though he is proudly gay, he did have some relations with women.
  • I NEED THIS MAN AS MY BEST FRIEND! (Move over, Gwyneth!)
Along with all the humor, there are a couple of great messages to be learned. One is that a mother's love is unconditional and the best love there is. Not only do you want Ross as a bff, you want his mom as your adoptive mom! Another is that you don't need to change in order to succeed. Just buckle down and go for it!
Ross Mathews now has his very own E! online show which airs Fridays nights. I have yet to catch it because I forget and my Friday nights are devoted to Hannibal (but I plan to watch it one of these days).
There you go, dear reader! Read his book and watch him in action!  


  1. I might just have to look into that one. I don't think I know him though, not enough cable tv over here :P