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In his second book, Adam Carolla — author of New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and chart-topping podcaster — reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscra...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Crown Archetype (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Peter Derk
If you've listened to Adam Carolla on the radio, you've probably heard about 90% of these stories before in some form or another. I guess what you're paying for with the book is a more coherent collection that has some structure to it.

I listened to the audiobook, which was an interesting experience for a couple reasons.

1. Rather than reading his own book out loud, Carolla seems to get the beats of a story and then just retell it, which suits me just fine. I'm sure that's annoying to some people...more
Andrew Oshman
Updated Review:

Overall, this book made me happy, but I think there won't be a huge audience that loves this book. For those who want to be entertained, read his book, "In 50 years, We'll All Be Chicks". "Not Taco Bell Material" is more of those wondering about his journey and how it's possible to overcome crappy jobs and situations to succeed.

There are some very funny parts to this book and the whole concept of using a Tan Gent to go off on a tangent is one example of Ace Man's brilliance. Caro...more
Kelley Tackett
I used to hate Adam Carolla. I thought he was just some guy riding Jimmy Kimmel's coattails doing dumb shows like The Man Show. Then I listened to his first book In Fifty Years, We'll All Be Chicks and changed my mind. Carolla is my kind of people. The title of this book comes from him applying at Taco Bell and being told that he was "not Taco Bell material." As he points out, if you can fill out the application at Taco Bell in anything other than Crayon, you're Taco Bell material. I wish I coul...more
Erin
Oh Adam Carolla, I want to like you, but the more I get to know you, the more distasteful I find you. Some of his anecdotes were funny. I especially enjoyed the one about Natalie from the Dixie Chicks. But I think I enjoyed that story mostly because it was a masterful prank played on Carolla by Jimmy Kimmel, and not another story about how great Carolla thinks he is.

This book felt like one long rant about how shitty everything and everyone around him is, and how great he is for overcoming it al...more
Joe Tynan
It ain't Shakespeare, but it served well on a sick, miserable Sunday afternoon . . . and now to find something for a sick, miserable Monday afternoon.
Dione


This is a hilarious read. If you enjoy when authors can poke good-humored fun at their upbringing, then this is the book for you!
Jane
Nov 23, 2012 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adam Carolla fans and/or twenty-something year old men
Shelves: audio-books, memoir, humor
Let me start by saying to my Goodreads friends that I am NOT recommending this book to you. I was almost hesitant to give it 3 stars because I ran the risk of one of my friends seeing that I liked it and picking it up and I didn't want to have to explain myself. I don't think that my Goodreads friends and I are the intended audience. Maybe a twenty-something immature man is really right audience. Nevertheless, I'm a forty-something year old woman and I still gave it 3 stars. Why? Well, I'll star...more
April Hamilton
There's a bit of retread from Carolla's first book, In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks, here, but there's a also a bit more background and detail given on the repeated anecdotes so it didn't really bother me.

Carolla, as always, is hilarious in his cantankerous, profanity-laced tirades against political correctness and other ills of modern society, but this book is much more of a real autobiography than his first. It traces his life from childhood to the present via a framework of the homes he's...more
Patrick
Inspirational, good job Ace man.
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In his second book, Adam Carolla—author of New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and chart-topping podcaster—reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his bes...more
Rachel
Aug 12, 2013 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14-year-old boys, people with closed head injuries, cretins
Okay, I only have myself to blame for this one. I've never listened to Loveline or seen The Man Show nor had any interest in seeking those out. But I liked the title, as well as the subtitle, "from a dump with a dirt lawn, a hero will rise ..." and I've seen Adam Carolla on a couple of talk shows and found him funny, so I picked this book up.

This is a memoir, each chapter begins with a photo of where he was living at the time the events took place, and it's more or less in chronological order. F...more
Alec
I can't say for certain, but I have an inkling that no other person in history has ever read Not Taco Bell Material, Adam Carolla's memoir and a monument to listless parenting and general unimpressiveness immediately after reading about the super-human exploits of William Stevenson. Too bad, because it's clearly a natural fit. I can picture the cocktail party conversation:

"You know, I read William Stevenson was responsible for convincing Niels Bohr to defect, thus keeping his vital nuclear resea...more
Jon
I sat in the car the other day listening to Adam Carolla being interviewed on the radio. It was interesting enough that it kept me from going into Home Depot, which is fairly significant.

I found this book at the local library a few days later, and based on the interview and the other reviews here, I gave it a shot.

On the one hand, there were funny paragraphs that made me laugh out loud at least three times. On the other hand, even though I don't normally use foul language in reviews, this book...more
Robbie
I wish this had been better. I think Adam's a funny guy, a smart guy; sadly, this doesn't translate into his being a good writer.

Each chapter begins with a photo of a dwelling where Adam lived, and then he tells about the time he lived in that place. It starts off fairly well, with Adam telling us about his early years, his relationship with his parents, etc, and that bit's actually quite good; his mom and dad sound like interesting people, if a bit wacky and unconventional. I wish it had kept...more
Taja Meadows
Let me begin this review by stating that I don't read autobiographies, I don't listen to audiobooks, and I don't enjoy non-fiction.

That said, my 3 star rating should be taken for more that face value.

Mr. Carolla is a man that I grew up listening to. During my high school years, when we were all affraid to talk about certain subjects, this man entertained us nightly on Love Line with Dr. Drew - while we secretly held our radios speaker-side-up under the pillow to avoid mom hearing what we were tu...more
Mike
ribald, funny & inspiring, rotating cast of degenerate roommates, redemption & success, and a call to action. "Tell your sh*tty neighbors to shut the ef up and take a hike."

7...if there was such a thing as 3rd hand, the Carollas would have jumped on that train
70..Mexican guy who made fred sanford look like the Monopoly man
118...Frisky, 50's nudie mag..topless chicks in huge panties w/huge beehive hairdos & huge cans w/huge saucerlike nipples. No internet, any porn in a storm.
125..Ray...more
Paul
While not as sidesplittingly hilarious as his first book, Not Taco Bell Material still does not disappoint. The book takes you on a tour through the progress of his life, as symbolized by the houses he lived in. Each chapter represents another “chapter” in his life as roughly defined by his house. So, earlier on, for example, you find him living in a garage, while struggling to find odd jobs. Later on, to give another example, he talk about the period of life when he finally owned his first hous...more
Charles Isom
Unlike his first book, Carolla doesn't just rant about various issues, but gives us his life story "built" around descriptions of the houses/apartments he lived in on his way up the ladder. It is actually very heartfelt and thoughtful, though with his trademark humor spliced in. I especially liked his tales of growing up without A/C and describing taking a cold shower then going to bed dripping wet (something I could relate to).
Steve
After reading this, you may want to take a cold shower or wash your mind out with soap. Carolla leaves nothing to the imagination here. The events and language used within these pages would make a celebrity roast on the Comedy Central channel sound like a convention of grade school librarians. It appears that Carolla spells comedy S-H-O-C-K. It's all filthy language that might make a drill sergeant blush. The vast majority of the Carolla comedic mind centers on sex and potty humor. The idea is t...more
Becky
Although some of the language was crude and the actions objectionable, I found myself laughing out loud while I read this book. It was a sad commentary about how many people think these days. I did love the ending which summed up the moral of the story. Until I read Mr. Carolla's books, I thought he was unfunny and sophomoric. However, once I got to know how his mind worked, I discovered that he really was a likable guy who made mistakes and was trying to grow up into a responsible adult of sort...more
Amanda
Corolla told a great story based on all the different places that he lived throughout his life. It was a neat look into his back-story. Nice to see a normal blue-collar guy make it & yet stay pretty humble. He referenced his earlier book, which now I wish I had read before because there are many references to it in the book. I did enjoy the style in which he writes - just like I do, I write like I speak - so I have a feeling I will be reading that at some point as well.

This is a great book i...more
Chris
I'm a big Carolla fan and I like the concept of this book. But between Loveline and his own shows, I heard pretty much all these stories (and many of them multiple times) before reading the book. If you've been listening to the Aceman for a long time, this may not be worth your time.

BUT, if you're just getting aboard the "pirate ship" and want to learn about Adam's life and times, then this book is a fantastic source of fun and info.
Erin
so shocked by how good this was and compulsively readable
Tyler Hurst
If you're an Adam Carolla fan and you like stories about hot-tub enemas, pick up this book.

If you're looking for good stories and real laughs, plus an eager Adam who does more than than phone it in, buy his first book and read it twice.

But this sounds more like Adam shit in his hand and tried to sell it.

His fans will love it.

But not many others will.
Virginia
ugh. This started out promising. But it was a guys book. It's a book for guys that don't like to read. I liked the idea of starting each chapter with a picture of the home he was living in at the time. But he was just one of those guy I couldn't stand in middle school/high school. Really, the flung crap at each other? No thanks.
Michelle
One star is generous. I'm not sure why I got this book, as I cannot stand Adam Carolla's sexist humor, but I guess I was hopeful that he would elevate himself a little bit since this is the written form. Nope. Despite the sexist attitude, the book itself is poorly written. Don't waste your time.
Josh Ingraham
As far as humor book go, this one is top shelf. I laughed outloud many times while reading. This book is made up of many hijinx and astute opinions from Corolla's life. If you look back fondly at many of the ridiculous antics of your youth, than you will enjoy this book.
Kendra
This is the second Adam Carolla book I've read and its not nearly as funny as his crazy ranting in "In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks". This is more his musings about his journey from being a slacker nobody working construction to being a successful entertainer. The stories are are organized around his various residences throughout the years which I thought was pretty clever and very personal given his knack for construction and carpentry. This is a book with a message about not wasting your life...more
Kevin
If you like Mr. Carolla's podcast, this book is largely redundant. However, borrow it from the library and read the last 15 pages which are oddly beautiful and sweet.
Ellen
Terrible book. Lots of junior high recollections and "humor" to match; vulgar language. I read 3/4 of it and that was enough. Really wasn't worth my time.
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