What Did You Think Of: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah?

Hello Mocha Girls!

I hope you all are having a splendid week. I know that many of us are currently trying to get through our September Book of the Month, but I wanted to take a moment to discuss Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah, with you guys once more. Please feel free to write any additional thoughts you had about the book!

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah book cover

What did you love/hate about Born A Crime?

Was the pacing and structure of the autobiography easy or hard for you to get through?

If you were Trevor Noah’s editor, is there anything you would change about the novel?

One of the things we discussed at my book club meeting is how a variation of the racism Noah experienced during the apartheid and the years after can still be felt even here in the states. Is that something you noticed as well?

A major theme in the book is colorism, and how Noah’s skin tone was both an advantage and disadvantage growing up. Do you see the effects of colorism in your life? How do you deal with it?

Please sound off in the comments section!!

One more thing: I’m a member of the Harlem chapter (whoop whoop!) in New York and along with the thought-provoking discussion we had about this remarkable book, a lot of girls in our recent meeting took the time to explain how crucial a group like Mocha Girls Read is for them. Finding people with like-minded ideas and backgrounds can be hard to come by as we grow older and when we do find those people, it’s a treasure. A few ladies at our meeting gave a heartfelt praise for this wonderful group that gathers black, intelligent women who love to read and discuss current events, a gathering they felt was missing in their lives. I sincerely hope this group, either online or in person, brings that same kind of warmth and comfort to you, wherever you are. Thanks for reading!

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  • I’m not normally a big fan of memoirs, but this is one of the few that I’ve read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps in part because Trevor add humor to his storytelling and partly because of the incorporation of South African history and cultural lessons.
    This was an incredibly easy and fast-paced read and I doubt I’d change anything in the structure or language since it works and works quite well. It was rather interesting to read about the racism Trevor dealt with throughout his life in South Africa.
    Racism and colorism is still an issue in the US, sadly. I grew up in a working middle-class Black neighborhood and had to deal with being called “high yellow” from quite a few children/bullies. I was often, as a result, jealous of the gorgeous brown and black skin of my friends and relatives. Children (and adults) can be cruel.
    I’m glad that I read this book and can wholeheartedly recommend it to others. I will be recommending it to several of my IRL book groups as a possible read for Black History Month (sadly the only time we generally read a book written by Black authors and as the only Black in all 3 groups, I usually get to choose the book we read for that month).

  • This is the first book in Mocha Girls Read – LA Chapter that EVERYONE…I mean EVERYONE liked this book.

    • Yung Twilight

      Everyone in our group really enjoyed it as well! It was unanimous which doesn’t always happen, lol.

    • Yung Twilight

      Yeah, everyone in our group really loved it. It was unanimous, which doesn’t always happen lol.