A Hard Kick in the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions

Hachette. Sept. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780306826757. $28. TV
Like his infamous stunts on the Jackass TV show and films, Steve-O is back to share more outrageous stories. His second book focuses on his journey from a path of willful self-destruction to sobriety and leaves no sordid experience unexamined. In between all of the “unnecessary, inappropriately personal and graphic things” Steve-O shares throughout the book, he does manage to include some surprisingly common-sense advice. It’s nothing groundbreaking or particularly insightful, but most readers will probably feel better about their own lives knowing that they didn’t have to get pelted with baseballs while duct taped to the side of a truck—or worse—to learn the same lessons. It’s a surprisingly relatable read and proves that Steve-O’s success has been as much a result of his balls-to-the-wall work ethic as it has been sheer luck.
VERDICT It’s doubtful that anyone had “Steve-O self-help book” on their pop culture bingo card. But (although he’s certainly no Brené Brown) Steve-O’s ability to be both vulnerable and funny works surprisingly well in this format.
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