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Professional Idiot: A Memoir

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"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."
--Johnny Knoxville

From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the Jackass movies, there was little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do. Whether it was staplin
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Hachette Books (first published 2011)
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Twerking To Beethoven
I remember watching the first Jackass movie on dvd with my girlfriend back in 2003. I found it to be hysterical and, when I saw a bloke using a muscle-stimulator on his scrotum, I actually fell off the couch braying. I was laughing so hard at that skit, I was literally curled up on the floor gasping for air... while my then-girlfriend was shooting me dirty looks, going "That's not funny, that's just plain fucking stupid! How old are you?"

That happened more than once. The things I find to be funn
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Sara
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
I will admit it - one of my guilty pleasures is Jackass. As an old skate punk, I knew of these guys back in the day from Thrasher and Big Brother Magazine. I always have had a soft spot in my heart for Steve-O as he seemed to take his stunts so seriously.

This memoir proved that true. It is a completely honest, heartbreaking story about a kid who had a childhood a whole lot like mine, actually - feeling invisible due to a narcissistic parent, an alcoholic parent, and an absent father, moving all
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Amy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I love Jackass, I've always loved Jackass, and I probably always will love Jackass. A lot of people may think they're stupid (and they're not wrong. They even admit themselves that they're probably some of the only people in the world stupid enough to do what they do) but I've always found them hilariously stupid. And they're not all bad guys, either. Steve-O and this book are a great example of that.

Steve-O has always been one of my favorites of the Jackass crew, so I was really excited to read
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tee
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-pube, memoirs
Argh mixed emotions on this one. Obviously a fascinating memoir because this dude has lived ten million times the amount of excitement than most people. if there wasn't video footage in the form of Jackass, Wildboyz and his earlier videos then you'd probably struggle to believe that much of it was true.

However, even though it was interesting and Steve-O has loveable qualities, he's too complex to love completely. He's an unrelenting attention whore and never fails to drum this into the reader -
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Natasha  A.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrow, 2011
For anyone who loves:
Incredibly well written memoir
Those who can mock themselves
Jackass
Why did I read it?
Friend won a copy on twitter, so I grabbed it from her!

My Rambles:
Let me first say that when I first heard of those Jackass movies, I was all WTF! There was no way I was ever going to watch those. They are moronic.... Then my husband put one on...
I was riveted!
I couldn't believe some of the stunts they pulled off!
Disgusting!
Crude!
Thrilling!
As an ex-tabloid junkie, I knew some of Steve-O's ta
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Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've gotten a lot of strange looks from people when they saw what I was reading but all I could say in response was that it is a genuinely great book. I bought the book after seeing Steve-O do stand up at a comedy club in Miami. He personalized it and I started reading it shortly after. His experiences and his reflections on them are incredible. There was never a dull moment. This is honestly one of those books I could have read all in one go if it wasn't for school work and such. More than anyt ...more
Brianne
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jackass fans. Memoir fans. People in recovery.
Let me preface this by saying I came into this book skeptical. I've developed a fondness for memoirs in the last few years but none of them have really moved me or blown me away save the small handful. Let me also preface this by saying I'm a huge Jackass fan and have been rooting for Steve-O ever since he became clean and sober. Now then, let's get down to business.

I loved it. Couldn't put it down. I bought it on a Friday and was done by Saturday night. I loved the fact that it was honest in a
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Jordan
What should you expect when you watch the movie Jackass or read the title of this book? Well, I got what I expected with a unfiltered chronicle of his crazed lifestyle of sex, and drugs, but I also got to know him as a person in recovery.

Steve-0 A.K.A Stephen Glover went from being unemployed, penniless and a college dropout to being a well known wealthy celebrity. His tale is worth reading just for that fact. I first thought what a low-life ungrateful asshole he was. He basically played around
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Mary
The funny thing is, I've loved Jackass for years, but Steve-O was never one of my favourites. After reading this book - his memoirs since childhood through his career and rehab treatment - now he's trumping Chris Pontius and Johnny Knoxville as my Jackass of choice.

It turns out, through out his life, Steve-O's often been sidelined as the 'annoying (and perhaps less likeable) one', a fact that clearly contributed to his eventual alcoholism and drug addiction. His life story is far more interestin
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Jess Kerschbaumer
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was crazy and shocking and honest, and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I've been a fan of Jackass for years, and it was very neat getting a behind the scenes look at it. I knew Steve-o was pretty messed up, but I really had no idea just how out of hand things had actually gotten with him. Some of the photos, while shocking, really made you realize how low he had gone. Crazy stuff. Definitely would recommend it to anyone to who is into biographies or Jackass. Great book.
Rachel
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Part One of my Review: My (not-so) Secret Love for Jackass -

I remember seeing the first episode of Jackass. I was in 10th grade and the 14" TV in my parents' basement was where I spent many, many hours watching MTV. I watched Jackass in awe. I loved it. Crazy guys doing stupid shit and getting hurt. It wasn't a surprise they were getting hurt, they were doing things where in which the end result is pain. LOVED IT. When I heard that kids around the country were copying them, getting hurt, and tr
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Terry
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-journal
Glover, Stephen "Steve-O" with David Peisner. Professional Idiot: A Memoir.Hyperion. Jun. 2011. c.336p. ISBN 9781401324339. $25.99. TV

Jackass TV star Steve-O is embarrassed by his actions—not stapling his scrotum to his leg or his other notorious stunts but those resulting from his drug addiction, which pushed away friends and family. He opens his memoir with a 1996 prison stay (the first of many), then takes us through his globe-trotting childhood as he and his sister cover for an alcoholic mot
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Kayla
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Holy shit. I've always been a Jackass/Steve-O fan so his whole stint in rehab and the psych hospital was not unknown to me. But I had no idea just how bad it was. The first half of the book was interesting enough, learning about his younger life and how Jackass started, but it was mind-blowingly intense and wonderful to read the second half about his alcoholism, drug addiction, hallucinations and recovery.

I know a lot of people hate Steve-O and admittadly I can see why. But after reading this I
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Daniel Flores
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Memoir "Professional Idiot" is a memoir based on Steven Glover (aka Steve O". The memoir is about from the early days of him videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to being in the Jackass movies. And his crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol and having an intervention to end up saving his life.

This book moved me and changed the way i viewed things. The book was deep in a way of him describing all the drugs he did and how it changed him as a person. To have all his friends hating him and nobo
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Neri.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a fan of 'Jackass' I couldn't wait to read this book and it was all that I expected and more. Steve-O gives a very explicit inside story of his life, his family and his career even his addictions and downfalls. I was surprised that every chapter was written thoughtfully and even family members and friends shared their memories involving Steve-O. It is a treat for every 'Jackass' fan and everyone who likes a well written and interesting memoir. This memoir kicks ass!

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Simone
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the BEST books/memoirs i have ever read. You dont have to love Jackass (although, personally i love them :)) to absolutely crave this memoir. I FREAKING LOVED IT. There isnt another way to put it, unless your expressing a greater love, need, and complete satisfaction for it! It was... Great. I really hope anyone who is skeptical about reading it, just do it. You wont regret it.
Bobette Giorgi
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pretty much confirms what we already knew - there is nothing to Steve O but idiocy. No substance to this loser at all. When one writes an autobiography, the reader is anticipating something with depth. Steve O has no depth. (PS - Someone posted a comment on FB that he had read this book and that he found it "harrowing." That is why I decided to read it. I expected to read something from an addict who had cleaned up and explored his inner depths. There is nothing harrowing about this book; while ...more
Lauren
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Jackass
When I was really young, I hung out with my sister's friends who were skaters. I watched the CKY videos and was beyond ecstatic when MTV picked up the series, Jackass. Of course, that was the beginning of the "Lauren doesn't fit in with her peers" road that I lead. Jackass has been a weird fascination for me. I wouldn't associate with the guys in the film but I own all the movies and I'll probably own the series someday as well. I picked up this book recently because of my love for Jackass. I'm ...more
El_kiablo
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is a lot more depressing than I thought it would be. A lot of addict memoirs take a tone of oh-pitiful-me, which can get annoying, but that annoyance means you don't pity them. Because Steve-O comes across as pretty humble - he consistently blames himself for his problems and not other people - it makes his self destructive streak a little harder to get distance from. The dark place he was in during a lot of those Jackass stunts makes them significantly less funny, because instead of a ...more
Scott
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Steve-O speaks! Believe it or not, this is an intelligent and brutally honest autobiography (despite Goodreads listing a different author) about one of the strangest celebrities ever. Not to say he's really a strange person (wild and self-destructive, yes), but his career of hurting himself in absurd ways makes his job choice awfully unique. He chronicles his supportive upbringing with a loving parents & sister, though his mother's alcoholism and eventual crippling aneurysm dramatically chan ...more
Shannon
Jul 10, 2011 marked it as to-read
I made it about 10 pages into this and couldn't stand it. Which is strange, I like Steve-o. I like him a lot. His is my favorite "Jackass". I think he seems kind and funny and adventurous and down to earth. And super cute. Really. Also he has an adorable laugh. But somehow this book makes him look like a self-important douche. At least what I read. I blame this partially on whoever ghost-wrote the book for him. It just reads like... cheesy. Like "this is my rise to greatness". Like wow calm down ...more
Ashley R.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the skits are usually more nasty than not, and a bit provocative at times… something about the Jackass group keeps you always watching, waiting to announce how much you "can't believe they just did that". This book follows Stephen "Steve-O" Glover's life from every up-hill battle to downward slope. Although I'd have to admit Steve-O and Chris have always been my favorite, the book allows insight on the behind-the-scene life you'd never wish anyone to live. It kind of makes me hope fo ...more
Librariasaurus
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A brilliant memoir. I had been wanting to read this for a while but didn't know if it would be worth the time and money in buying the hardback, it's all Australian bookstores were stocking for some reason. But I'm glad to say that I found Steve-o's memoir to be fascinating, truthful, entertaining and deep. Full of profound thought and sincere regret as well as all his token charm, this memoir is one to learn from, one to quote and one to marvel at. An excellent read that I would recommend to any ...more
PM
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an entertaining read
i'm surprised at how this turned out. i'm a fan but i did not expect to be this entertained. super cool and super funny! i wrote a full review that you can check out here http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/2... but to summarize everything, this memoir kicks ass even if you are a fan of the jackass franchise or not. thumbs up :D
Karen
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize Steve-O wrote a book until i heard him on Stern. I downloaded it not sure what I was going to be reading. The book was great! It was written in such a way that you felt like Steve was sitting in your living room telling you these stories. Yes, I am a 37 year old woman and I enjoy the whole Jackass genre, but this book was much more than that. The parts about his mom actually made me tear up.
Trevor
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Wasn't bad, but maybe a little self indulgent for my liking.

Never knew he was so troubled but at the same time, he did nothing to help himself and seems to dine out on the fact he was a bit of a dick.

I loved Jackass, and Steve-O was a nutter on it, which is now evident from him being "loaded" the whole time.
Kyanna
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've always admired Steve-O for his crazy antics in Jackass and Wildboyz. I've seen Rise and Demise, so when I found out he was coming out with this book, I definitely wanted to read it. I can say that this book was an adventure going through his head and seeing his side of things. I really enjoyed it!
Kimberly Durst
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love steve-o and I am probably one of his biggest fans so when I saw he was publishing a book I knew I was going to have to read it. This book was insane. I didn't know that his life would be as crazy and interesting as it is. And props to Steve-o for overcoming such a crazy amount of addictions.
Jason Landau
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Biography of Steve-O from Jackass fame. Was surprised by his honesty and vulnerablility. It's fluffy craziness and if you want to read about someone living a crazy "rock star" life and live. You will like it.
Jamila Bost
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely brilliant book, definitely now one of my favourite books ever read. Very inspirational and moving, almost brought me to tears in some bits. The things Steve-O has been through are extraordinary and the fact he's still alive and healthy to this day is amazing.
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Steve-O is an American stunt performer and television personality. His entertainment career is mostly centered around his performance stunts on the American TV series Jackass and accompanying movies.
“A couple months after school started that year, I just plain stopped going to see the Maje. I remember coming home one day and checking the answering machine in my bedroom. The first message was from the Maje. He was waiting for me to come over. He sounded feeble and desperate: "Steve, where are you? I need you? Are you coming? Please . . ." I deleted it. The next message was also from the Maje and said pretty much the same thing. Delete. There must have been a dozen messages on that machine from the Maje, all begging me, pleading with me, to come help him. I deleted every single one of them. To this day, I have no idea what happened to the Maje, no idea if he ever got that cataract surgery. That's how our relationship ended. It still makes me feel horrible to think about now: I just deleted the Maje.” 3 likes
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