Professional Idiot

Professional Idiot

A Memoir

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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One of the stars of "Jackass" recounts the risky and dangerous stunts that brought him fame, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol addiction, the 2008 intervention by friends that saved his life, and his path to recovery and redemption.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401324339
1401324339
9781401310790
Branch Call Number: BIO STEVE O STEVE O
Characteristics: 322 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Peisner, David

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emmasmommy
Nov 29, 2012

very funny

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Juli420
Dec 30, 2011

A very interesting read, to say the least. Its shocking, at times disturbing, and it does not spare any gory details. Its also funny, endearing,engaging and even inspiring. Steve-O took his life to the extreme, both with his stunts and his drug use, yet he is able to reflect on his life with intelligence,introspect, and an honesty that cuts to the bone. He pulls no punches,and makes no excuses. This book should show us that no matter how fargone we may seem,its never to late to turn things around.

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marishkajuko
Oct 29, 2011

The funny thing is, I've loved Jackass for years, but Steve-O was never 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 interesting that I may have assumed - and one aspect of the book I loved the most was how the narrative sounds just like Steve-O's voice. His humility in his new life of sobriety makes the deadpan humour about his troubled past feel very honest and insightful. The fluid story telling made it a page-turner.

Despite this piece of media being a book - and not the film clips, TV and movies Steve-O's built his career on - there are still a number of shocking parts that I found satisfying as a Jackass fan. Reading anecdotes about the production of Jackass and Wildboyz sometimes had me re-reading a few lines, just to make sure I read correctly!

Overall, if you're familiar with Steve-O, I'd say give this book a chance. It may give some his past work, recent notoriety and new sobriety some much needed context.

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