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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 gues ...more
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Published May 7th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Heather
Ross Matthews is right about one thing – any self-confidence he feels about his writing skills is without a doubt delusional. He’d have to be out of his mind to think that readers will actually be entertained by the garbage he passes off as a book.

These comedic memoir-esque type books seem to be growing in popularity these days, but I still consider some of Chelsea Handler’s and David Sedaris’ works to be the golden standard for this genre. That said, many people have come close to replicating a
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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From being bullied as a kid to breaking into stardom as “Ross the Intern” and everything in between – Ross Mathews shares how he has “manned up” to various situations life has thrown him.

I’m not a Leno fan (but I can’t WAIT for Fallon to take over the timeslot, baby!) and have a love/hate relationship with Chelsea Handler (specifically, I hate her face and her voice, but I love reading her books), so my knowledge of Ross Mathews is fro
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Erin
Had I the good sense to stop after one disc, this may have been a 3-4 star review. For the record I think Ross is adorbs. His writing, not so much.

The narrative was just way too bogged down with superlatives, exaggerations, cheesy alliteration, and long-winded lists of synonyms. When every single detail is THE most/best/craziest thing you've ever seen in the whole wide world/your entire existence, NOTHING seems important.

Leslie
I'm not sure about these kinds of books anymore. I usually get so excited to read books written by people who I find just so funny! For example: Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling.. So far it hasn't been working for me. I have been disappointed more than anything.

I love Ross Mathews. He's hilarious and I just love how he owns himself and doesn't care what other people think. I was excited for this book because I figured he was going to knock it out of the park! Well... I
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Erin
Ross Mathews is not the type of celebrity that one can be sure everyone knows about. I wasn't a regular "Tonight Show" watcher, but came across him in bits and pieces on internet clips. He's as charming here as he appears on television - stand up comedians usually don't translate into funny in books, but there's something about Ross's child-like persona that I totally buy and enjoy.....this wasn't great literature, of course, but a good distraction for waiting rooms and the like.

So, if you are
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Dian
Only took me a few days to read, mostly because I finished about half of it on a 5 hour plane ride. To sum it up, Ross and I would totally be best friends. The way he writes is very much like my thought process and there were multiple times that I would find myself laughing out loud. It was also very interesting to see how he got his start on Leno, showing that hard work can actually pay off....or just being at the right place at the right time, all while letting your personality show through.
Bailey
This was a completely hilarious read with a sprinkle of very heart wrenching moments. I really liked how Ross wrote as if he were having a conversation with the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Not to mention I have an autographed copy, which made it even cooler.
Yodamom
Ross the Intern, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that is how I first became aware of this funny amazing human being. He was this laughing, shining man who almost floated across the stage with enthusiasm. I fell for him and watched for him everynight. He is a talented, a remarkable voice and an excellent interviewer. he is able to get 'stars' to say and do the most 'human' things.
As I read the book I was struck by how difficult his road has been. He was bullied as a child, and tried to fit in,
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Alexandra
Ross Mathews is best known for his role on Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, his new talk show 'Hello Ross', and his high-pitched, unique voice. I first saw Ross Mathews on Chelsea Handler's show and instantly fell in love with him. He's sassy, witty, funny and embraces his homosexuality. He's my ideal best friend. And somehow this book made me like him even more.

Ross Mathews just found a way to find humor in everything and he can now look back on embarrassing or bad moments and laugh. He also found a
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Jamie Lehessalo
This book was a great read, kept me laughing every time I picked it up. Ross Matthews's writing style made me feel like I was literally having a conversation with the TV personality I have come to love. Great light read with an underlying message we all need - just go for it!
Pam
I first discovered Ross Matthews while watching The Chelsea Handler Show. He was always funny and sweet. So, when I decided to listen to Man Up! I expected it to be more of the same, funny and sweet. It was. But it was also so much more than that. He tells an excellent story, completely funny and entertaining.

He talks about growing up in a small town, his dreams and wishes for being in Hollywood and being a talk show host. It sounds silly and impossible and yet he made it happen. After listenin
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Nicole
I've read a ton of these types of books and usually end liking the author a lot less afterward (Ahem...Tina Fey)...

But this book was actually pretty funny...laugh out loud funny at some parts (pot butter). Worth the read...it's a quickie, not too deep and I actually like him a little more now.

Helps if you know who Ross is though...the voice is killer...even just in print
Amandalyn
I loved this autobiography. I took it on vacation and finished it up when I got home. I have loved Ross ever since he was Ross the Intern on the Jay Leno show. He hails from a town less than an hour away from where I grew up in WA state. The book was just like him-funny, energetic, and over the top. I LOL'd in many places and it was just an easy fun read!
Sarah Peterson
I've been a fan of Ross Mathews since he was on Leno. Though I was never really a watcher of the show, I liked him during the few segments I saw. I also love him on Chelsea Lately, which I do watch regularly, and have only recently started watching his talk show, Hello Ross. I've always found him very funny and his attitude is infectious. He's the eternal optimist and the world needs that.

The book, however, left me wanting. It was a very short read and not much in-depth. The anecdotes were cute
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Bridget
Not as many laugh out loud moments as I'd expected. Ross Matthews always cracks me up on Chelsea Lately and still does but this book didn't blow me away. Maybe I should have gotten the audio book. Reading his book in my mind in my voice just didn't do it justice.
AJ
I love Ross Mathews! This book about some of his adventures in life is great fun, but also inspirational, with lots of life lessons about accepting yourself as you are.
Mattea
the first time i heard of Ross Mathews was on Chelsea Lately, his high pitched voice and out going personality made me want to read his book Man Up! this book is both heartwarming and hilarious. Ross writes how he became a bullied kid to interning for the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to becoming BFFs with Gwyneth Paltrow and everything in between. The stories that Ross writes about in his book defiantly has lots of things you wouldn't expect from him (pot butter) but it just makes you love him ...more
Nicole
This books really is fluff. Man Up! is a very light read in which Ross Mathews gives you little glimpses into his life through stories (and name dropping) that are mostly funny mixed with some that touch the heart. That being said, as I reader, I don't feel like a got to know Ross as much as some of the authors of more well written comedic memoir-esque books of this genre. I don't question the veracity of his book, but I couldn't shake the feeling that it was written though a filter (Ross the co ...more
Michael
Ross Mathews started on the tonight show as an intern and he takes you on a journey through his life, through all of his ups and downs. This book brings a very good message to everyone that read it; to man up and always be yourself and don't let people put you down for it. It is also laugh out loud funny. With each new chapter came a new story that was even more funny than the last. I loved learning about Ross' life and all of his struggles that he had to go through. I have been following Ross e ...more
Victoria
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This is far from my usual read but I decided to give it a chance anyway and I have no regrets. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find it both entertaining and funny. I have often found myself thinking that I might really enjoy one of those many comedians’ biographies while passing the aforementioned book section in my local bookstore, but have never really given in to the idea until now.

I had a promotional credit to spare on my Audib
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Christina
I'm a huge fan of Ross Mathews, which started when he was just "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show. His unapologetic bubbly personality was so endearing and hilarious. I've also loved watching him on the Chelsea Lately round table. He is very funny and adorable, but really shines when he sits in for Chelsea Handler and conducts guest interviews. Have you seen his interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar? Equal parts awesome and awkward and Mark-Paul just went with it. Ross just makes everyone feel s ...more
Mediaman
Ross Mathews doesn't have enough life experience to write a book so this is basically a quick way to rip money off of you if you enjoy this guy on TV. The book proves that he has almost nothing to talk about. The first half is kind of funny, but then he spends an entire chapter talking about his dog. And hunting. And ice skating. And eating butter laced with pot. None of it in any way interesting. So you pay a lot of money to read less than 100 worthwhile small doubled-spaced pages (out of a tot ...more
AJ LeBlanc
Quick and dirty celebrity memoir review:

If you like Ross Mathews, read this book.
If you really like Ross Mathews, listen to this book.
If you do not like Ross Mathews, why are you even looking at this book?

And now, my thoughts:

I adore Ross Mathews, although I just this second realized I’ve been spelling his last name wrong. I’m a fan of Chelsea Lately and always love when he’s on the round table. This is where I first “met” him, if you will. I knew he was on the Tonight Show, but I didn’t know
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Gina
I love Ross Mathews!! This book is super funny and wonderful! Great book.I discovered Ross Mathews when he started doing entertainment interviews for Jay Leno, and have been following him ever since. Happy to see him on Chelsea Handler's late night talk show, and when I heard he had a book coming out, I wasted no time in getting my hands on a copy! Ross not only tells it like it is, but does so with a style all his own, and leaves you laughing at the many situations that he gets himself into. Th ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

For anyone who has ever seen Ross Mathews on The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, or any of his other television appearances, you know the unique tone of voice he has -- both inflection and what he actually says. I was delighted that his tone carried over so well into book format. "Man-up!" covers Mathews’ life from precocious boyhood to present day. Equal parts charming and hilarious, the stories that comprise the book illustrate the events in his life that have made him the lovable, charismatic,

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GA Bookaholics
Ok, so this book may not be the best in sequence, structure, or direction but I loved it! Ross Mathews is someone I would love to know in real life! He's hilarious, he's sweet, and he made me laugh and tear up in this book. I didn't know much about him at all until my best friend encouraged me to read it beach side on vacation this year and I'm so glad she did. If you need a book where you can laugh out loud and you've got a fun sense of humor, this is your book!
Beth
I have loved Ross Mathews since I first saw his segments as Ross the Intern on The Tonight Show. I have loved following his career and watching him on Chelsea Lately. He is so funny and so is this book. He is what every woman would want in a best friend. He grew up with a loving and supportive family and I think that made the difference of how his life could have turned out. He just seems like a genuinely nice guy. I loved the quiz in the back. I only missed the superhero question. The last chap ...more
Lindsay
I had this book on hold at the library, but after weeks of waiting for them to get it in stock, I downloaded a sample of it onto my phone, the few pages that I read cracked me up, so I gave in and just bought the rest of the book. For the most part it is funny, but there were a few dry parts towards the end. But I loved how he came from a small town in Washington and since hes only 3 years older than me, I could relate to all the pop culture references from the 80s and 90s. My ebook version didn ...more
Stephanie
Very lighthearted, funny and sweet. Also hillariously nostalgic if you grew up in the 80's & 90's. Warning- If you're offended by vulgarity, you'll want to skip this one (but really, everything sounds adorable in his voice).

Do yourself a favor: if you're gonna read this book, get the audiobook version. I loved it!! Ross Mathews narrates this book himself and that makes it all the better: his personality comes through perfectly. I want to be Ross's best friend (damn you, Gwyneth Paltrow!).

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Brooke
Note to self (and everyone else): Do not read this in public unless you are ok with people staring at you while you are laughing.

I've been a fan of Ross Matthews since he was "Ross the Intern" and was more than happy when he began appearing "Chelsea Lately" so it was really a no brainer that I was going to read Man Up.

Man Up! is full of Ross' trademark humor and sassy wit. He begins with describing his childhood and his illustrious career at McDonald's and how he became "the Intern". But perhap
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