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Born A Crime by Trevor Noah is a memoir about his life in South Africa during and after apartheid. The son of a white father and a Black mother, his very existence was against the law, which shaped his e tire childhood. As he grew up into a mischievous young boy, he faced difficult situations due to the racial tensions around him, but through it all he always had the support of his mother,who was willing to do anything to save him from a life of poverty and violence. Normally, I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, but this book was incredible. A lot of non-fiction can feel like reading a textbook, but this book was in the form of various stories. I really enjoyed reading about South Africa, because I never learned much about it in school. There were some moments so funny that I laughed out loud, while others were deeply troubling or sad. The author did a good job leaving these two moods together seamlessly. Although the book wasn’t necessarily in chronological order, the way the events were presented made for a beautifully compelling narrative that I did not want to put down. There were some really philosophical ideas throughout, so even though my life is nothing like the authors, there were parts that I could understand or relate to in some way. If you’re someone like me who wants to start reading more nonfiction, this is the perfect book to start with, because the language isn’t difficult and it feels like storytelling rather than conveying information. I would give this a 9.6/10!