Book Review: 'Karamo' By Karamo Brown.



I'm super excited to bring you another beautiful book from the awesome Karamo Brown from the delightful 'Queer Eye.' Have you started watching it yet? What episodes have you seen? I recently re-watched Yoko's episode from Japan and it melts my heart every time. But I digress, let's get into this book.

Blurb

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 theatre. 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 - it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how they relate to the world around them, and how their shared labels, burdens, and experiences affect their daily lives in ways both subtle and profound. Seen through this lens, Karamo is culture: his family is Jamaican and Cuban; he was raised in the American South in predominantly white neighbourhoods and attended an HBCU (Historically Black College/University); he was trained as a social worker and psychotherapist; he overcame personal issues of colourism, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and public infamy; he is a proud and dedicated gay single father of two boys, one biological and the other adopted. It is by discussing deep subjects like these, he feels, that the makeovers on the show can attain their full, lasting meaning. Styling your hair and getting new clothes and furniture are important, but it’s also important that you work out why you haven’t done so in twenty years - doing that can truly change your life.

In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Karamo reflects on his lifelong education. It comprises every adversity he has overcome, as well as the lessons he has learned along the way. It is only by exploring our difficulties and having the hard conversations - with ourselves and one another - that we are able to adjust our mindsets, heal emotionally, and move forward to live our best lives.

Karamo shows us the way.
My Review

I love listening to and watching Karamo on 'Queer Eye'. Him sitting down with the hero and having a conversation is one of my favourite parts of the show. I adore that he takes the time to really dig deep, communicate and allow the person to open up by creating a safe space and just being himself and free of judgement. I don't think I can watch a single episode of 'Queer Eye' without coming away from it wanting so badly to just sit and chat with Karamo. 

I take so many of Karamo's words and advice and make notes. Many times he has said something and it resonates and makes me feel inspired, determined and ready to seize the day, it truly does. It's always a special moment when the Fab 5 share pieces of themselves with the hero and with the viewers in order to connect and help others on such a powerful level and that's why this book is so wonderful. 

Reading Karamo's book is like he's talking to you. His strong, beautiful and powerful voice shines through on every page and pulls you in. It was amazing to read his stories about his childhood, his trials and tribulations, of overcoming obstacles and going after his dreams. We so often see people who radiate positivity and think that they have it all together and that they must have never gone through hardships but his stories tug at your heartstrings, make you angry and sad and will have you rooting for him and just praying that he gets through the bad times. (I know he did, but reading about his addictions and abusive ways was hard, every page I was like, please pull through, please don't give up on change.) Reading about his insecurities and times of self doubt and how he got himself through those moments, how he navigated them and followed his instincts and his heart was incredibly inspiring too. I was smiling so big when he shared insight on 'Queer Eye' and what he believed the 'Culture' expert needed to be. I'm so happy he let his heart do the talking and didn't back down on his vision because his role in the show is vital, important and so needed in today's society. 

One of my biggest take aways from this book was Karamo's emphasis on communication. Communication is so important in everything we do in life from engaging and speaking up at work, with friends, with family and strangers. Communication is what helps us to form meaningful relationships, helps us see that we are not alone and it can be all the difference in helping yourself and others, and I love that Karamo encourages conversation. He encourages emotions and asking for help and being vulnerable and I think that's a beautiful thing. 

Another of my favourite things about Karamo's story was his meeting his sons for the first time, there will be tears when you read it, and also him sharing his first interaction with Ian, you will swoon, oh my goodness will you swoon, I couldn't wipe the grin off my face. I love how family is the most important thing to him and the way in which he teaches his kids and loves his husband is nothing short of gorgeous and inspiring. 

I highly recommend picking up a copy of this lovely book today. 

Happy reading.
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