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Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theater. Instead he decided to redefine what ‘culture’ could — and should — mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, ‘I am culture.’

Karamo believes that culture is so much more than art museums and the ballet
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
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CW: intimate partner violence, drug use, and suicide


This book has been on my radar forever. Why? Because I love Queer Eye, a show I never expected to love in the first place — but, that’s a story for another time. And, I’ll say it, Karamo never exactly stood out to me. I really liked him, but he never stood out to me. At least, not until the second season. Then, damn. He was making me cry every fucking episode because he was just so amazing. (Personally,
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Kelly
Such a fantastic memoir, whether or not you're a Queer Eye fan. Karamo shares his life story, beginning with a loving family that eventually breaks apart due to addiction and abuse. He's not afraid to talk about his own experiences, too, with drugs and alcohol and how he earned a reputation as "crazy" while on MTV's THE REAL WORLD (which wasn't his last stint with reality TV before Queer Eye). I was especially moved with the story of how he learned he was a father, and how he took that responsib ...more
Molly
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t freaking wait!!!
Karin
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I wanted from a Karamo memoir and then some. It's great to hear about his upbringing, his current family and how he got into queer eye, but it's exceptional to hear about his experience with abusive relationships, his thoughts on the intersection of colorism and gender, and his reconciliation with Christianity.
Tara
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I inhaled this. So so good. Karamo is so honest. I loved diving into his history a bit more and really gaining an understanding of his life and how he came to be him. Loved this.
Freda
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hug in book form.
Brianne Honda
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karamo Brown, culture expert from Queer Eye, tells the story of his past, present, and future. He details memories of his childhood and shares the values instilled in him by his Jamaican parents, and then takes us through his teenage years and early adulthood, a time when he was struggling with a drug addiction. Karamo proudly talks about being a father. He enlightens us on how he got through some of the darkest times of his life and hopes to inspire readers and watchers of Queer Eye to overcome ...more
Julie
TW: mentions of racism, mentions of domestic abuse, drug abuse/addiction

If I loved Karamo Brown before, then I am head over heels now.

His story is so full of truth, hope, and growth. Reading this felt like you were actually sitting down with Karamo and listening to him tell his life story in person. The incredible and life changing advice he shares with the heroes on Queer Eye truly does come from his heart and soul, and hearing how he came to understand that he was born to do this filled me w
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Jessica Christian
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I pre ordered the book for a special person in my life. The book arrived the second day it was available everywhere and I was very excited for its arrival.

My special person and I met Karamo when he spoke in Las Vegas at Life is Beautiful. I wasn’t nearly as involved with Queer Eye as she was, but I knew Karamo was a wonderful speaker for this event. His speech that day changed not only her life, but mine.

This book is amazing and one of the rare books that deserve a five star rating. There is a k
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Cindyann
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio & Hardcover (I was apparently REALLY excited about this! LOL)
I bounced back and forth between a 4 and a 5 star..usually 5 stars are for books that I would go back and read over and over (if that was a thing I'd do...). 4 stars are books I love that I want other people to love. What pushed this over to a 5 for me was that I found myself smiling through most of the book AND when it ended (I read along with the audio for the last chapter..because I could..) I felt uplifted and happy. That
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Jess
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an honest reflection

I really enjoyed learning such an honest backstory to such a great man. It was a quick but thoughtful read, and it really got me thinking about my own life. #wouldreccomend
Steph
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
God! I love Karamo so much. Hearing his story and how much he overcame really just made my heart happy! Also, I'm excited for season three of queer eye.
Aja
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read, but nothing too insightful. I sometimes find it interesting to hear how people become reality stars.
Sassysmart
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just a great read. Uplifting and vulnerable and reminding you to be your true authentic self.

You know it’s good if I actually wrote something about it.
Madi
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Flaws and all... We are all designed perfectly."
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Karamo Brown is an American television host, reality television personality, psychotherapist, and activist. Brown began his career in 2004 on the MTV reality show The Real World: Philadelphia. He currently stars as the culture expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye.