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You're Only Human: A Guide to Life

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  28 reviews
At last, The Gecko has written a book!

You know him and love him as one of the most famous characters on television, that humble, hardworking spokeslizard with the fetching accent. Turns out there’s so much more to him. He’s a philosopher, an aphorist, a humorist, an artist, a warm companion, a natural storyteller—and, in a grand tradition, a keenly observant and wise outsi
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Workman Publishing Company
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Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A review copy was provided for an honest review. I will make this short and brief. This was a cute little book that has a bunch of laughs to go with it. It delivers humorous points about why we're all human and I think it's enjoyably entertaining. The fact that it's supposedly told by the charmingly funny Gecko from Geico only makes it even more intriguing. You're Only Human is written with intellect and wit that makes it appealing to anyone looking for a quick, fun read. I wish that it had more ...more
Jerry Peterson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here’s proof that, if you’re famous, you can get a book contract.

Of course, then you have to write the book.

The GEICO Gecko did, even drew the illustrations for it . . . in 2013. You’re Only Human: A Guide to Life. Brought out by Workman.

And it’s a hoot.

Not a loud hoot because The Gecko’s humor is subtle and low key.

Example: Page 102 . . . “EVEN AT AN EARLY AGE I BELIEVED IN STANDING ON MY OWN TWO FEET. Of course, the moment you stand on your own two feet, people expect a lot more of you. Next t
Seth Abernethy
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really just...could not believe this book. all. I must have been in a bookstore somewhere a number of years ago when I picked this up, and only did so because the idea of "by The Gecko" caught me utterly off guard. I flipped through it in the store and was truly just...dumbfounded. I bought it - I don't know why, but I bought it. And by God, if it wasn't one of the best purchases I've ever made. I mean...this book was printed with the author being credited as the god damned Geico Gec ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, borrowed
If you're looking for a quick-read that is almost guaranteed to bring you joy, this is it. Ripe with innocent humour, this speedy read plastered a smile on my face all day long. Would definitely recommend! ...more
Christine Winter Clarke
A few good sayings, but mostly a ridiculous waste of time to read.

Love the TV adds with the Gecko character, but this book was a ridiculous waste of my time to read.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Some gems from a gecko on how to life life well.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
For a book written by a gecko, well done.
Harry Roger Williams III
So the day after posting two reviews with the disclaimer that one was for a book read two weeks ago, "I don't want to create the impression that, even in retirement, i can read two books in a day. I'm an appreciative reader, not a fast one," here I am having read another book - in about an hour! This book reminds me of the impulse-purchase-inviting little books that Price Stern Sloan used to have displayed at bookstore and other checkout counters. You don't expect great literature or the actual ...more
Lady Lioness
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Look, we all know that this is partly an advertising gimmick, designed to make you feel positively about the Gecko and, therefore, positive about Geico. This is helped along by the fact that the 'Gecko' mentions Geico a couple of times throughout the book. However, I already have Geico, so I could enjoy this without worrying about subtle psychological manipulation.

I grabbed it from the publisher's booth at BEA and started reading it while on line after I finished The Returned. You're Only Human
Stefanie Sugia

I think this is the first time I'm reviewing an illustrated book with only a little bit of text like this one. It was quite an impulsive buy, as I've said in my March post, but I had fun reading it. Before getting into the review itself, let's talk about The Gecko. The Gecko is a mascot for GEICO, an insurance company, and turns out to be very popular in commercials (although I didn't know this before I searched in Google, because I never watch TV - and I think The Gecko wouldn't appear in my co
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comic
Awesome, amazing, great book. It had me laughing out loud. The illustrations were great and the writting fun and educational.

I'm happy to be a part of history by buying and reading the first book written and illustrated by a gecko. I'm also happy to support The Gecko in his book writting and hope he writes another.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Gecko's writing is witty, sincere, down-to-earth, and humorous, skipping from adaptation, curiosity, and effective spaceship captains, to manners, pie and chips, and top secret billion-dollar inventions. There are colorful and funny illustrations (I especially like the sauces Venn diagram, green celebrities by height, and The Thinker -- boxers or briefs?). ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, lent-to-me
One of my student librarians brought this in to school for me to read. He thought it would be a good match for my sense of humour. He was right.

I sniggered out loud and thought it contained sensible life advice.

Thanks for sharing, Finn!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and cute. A short read.

On a side note, my sister told me that the Geico Gecko has a British accent because they casted the position during one of the Screen Actor's Guild strikes and needed to search for a voice overseas. It stuck.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great little book! Read it in one sitting and laughed my fool head off!

In between the laughter I found pause on some really good life advice.

This is a page-a-day book you should keep on your desk when things get a little too serious.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Light humor! Read this book in minutes. Only bought it because I thought it was comical that the Gecko would be an author, and I enjoyed the quirky humor. And yes I did read the book in the Gecko's accent, which made it even more hilarious to me LOL! ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it

recently i like books with lots of graphics and less text.

this book is funny, but u need to think more to get the good messages from every single sentences.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read an advanced copy. Loved it!
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book, the writing was very fun and the illustrations were great.
Yan Li
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Witty and humor coming from point of view of a Gecko
Madison N.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was hilarious
E Cheong
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
One sitting easy read ...
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was funny and it had good advice even though it was simple to read.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Linda Tapp
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute idea - and that's it. ...more
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THE GECKO is a writer, motivational speaker, TV personality and advertising icon. He has his own star on Madison Avenue’s “Walk of Fame” in New York and was named one of America’s most beloved spokescharacters by Forbes Magazine. The Gecko lives and works in Washington, D.C. where he currently holds the position of brand emissary for GEICO auto insurance.

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