Karamo by Karamo Brown


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 — it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how...

Details Karamo

Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Lgbt, Biography Memoir

Reviews Karamo

  • Sahitya
    TW: domestic abuse, addiction, depression, suicideI loved reading Tan’s memoir Naturally Tan just a couple of weeks ago but I had completely forgotten that Karamo’s memoir was already out until I saw his interview with Trevor Noah. And I think I did the perfect thing deciding to listen to the audiobook because this was a wonderful experience. As the title suggests, this book is Karamo’s story of personal growth, healing and hope. It’s not...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found on my blog!CW: intimate partner violence, drug use, and suicideThis 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 fucki...
  • MaryJo
    Such an inspiring story of hope, love, loss, and overcoming tremendous obstacles. Karamo's life story is brilliantly shared and he brings light to many difficult situations.
  • Molly
    I can’t freaking wait!!!
  • Karin
    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.
  • Marjo
    imagine consuming any media related to queer eye and not sobbing your fucking eyes out. can't relate.
  • Tara
    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
    A hug in book form.
  • Rita
    It feels weird to rate a memoir/story of someone's life journey, but I truly adored this book. Karamo has always been my favorite member of the Fab Five since episode one. Even if many people weren't able to clearly see his vision or role within the show, I immediately knew his purpose and energy. "Culture" is an important and weighted word within the black community, and has a very specific connotation that may not be commonly known and shared a...
  • Brianne Honda
    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 ins...
  • 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 ...
  • Cassandra Alvarez
    I deeply enjoyed this memoir. As someone who rarely reads nonfiction, it takes a special person to get me to enjoy and look forward to it. Karamo is a incredible individual. Getting to know him through the seasons of Queer Eye to this book was quiet a pleasure!I am floored at how much bravery it took for him to open up about his life. The mental and physical and drug abuse he was subjected to as a child- and participated in as a young adult. To b...
  • Jessica Christian
    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...
  • Cindyann
    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..beca...
  • Rebecca Tolley
    One of my favorite people on Queer Eye is Karamo Brown. His memoir described his life stages, personal experiences, and struggles. He writes about being the only Black child at his school, the abuse in his home, knowing that he was gay, attending college, struggling with addiction, and learning, as an adult, that he was a father at sixteen. Most surprising to me was Brown's experience of organized religion. I knew about his, mostly, positive expe...
  • Dana Sessa
    This has by far been one of the best books I've read in a long time. Karamo has a great way of engaging the reader in such a genuine way. I feel like I have come to know him on a personal level and is more of a friend then a celebrity. I love watching him with the rest of the Fab Five but this book gives a look into the "Culture" side of Karamo. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys watching the tv show or for anyone looking for guidan...
  • Maria
    After watching the show and then seeing Karamo speak live, I knew I had to get his book, and I was not disappointed! Karamo is so honest about everything he has had to deal with (abuse, drug addiction, becoming a parent at an early age), and it is incredible to see how much positive change he has made in his life. I learned so much about him through this and I am grateful that he is such an incredible person using his platform for good! The book ...
  • Aryssa
    Really well done. Great narration in the audio. The chapters are a bit long for my liking, but they are well-grouped. You get to know Karamo and the struggles he has faced (his name, colorism, family, fatherhood, drugs, etc) but he doesn't just dump it on you all at once. It unrolls slowly and works really well. It is also just well-written and has a lot of great lessons. I really enjoyed getting to know his life.
  • Isabella Gates
    I didn't have any expectations for this book, I wanted to read it because I admired Karamo's personality on Queer Eye. Boy did this book shoot my non existent expectations out of the water. You'll learn and gain a deeper understanding of Karamo, your self, your actions, the people around you, and not only your world but the world. This is a fantastic book that I believe everyone should read.
  • Ananda Kuchinsky
    Would not recommend outside of fans of the show. I enjoyed learning more about Karamo, but the writing itself was pretty underwhelming. My favorite chapters were those talking about his journey to fatherhood and his relationship with his fiance. I also don't read a lot of self-improvement books so that may also be why I didn't connect with it as much as other reviewers.
  • Ginny Beck
    It basically reads like a big long entertainment magazine profile piece (it literally ends with a pitch for his new podcast, lol) BUT I like the show and I enjoyed reading stories about his life, and if, like me, that’s what you’re looking for, it’s worth reading.
  • Jess
    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
  • bookborrower
    Took me less then 2 hours to finish because I was so enthralled by this book! Karamos life story is so vivid and interesting, that no matter who you are, you can relate to all aspects of it. Such a phenomenal autobiography!
  • Caitlin
    Love my Karamo
  • Rachel
    Honest, real, and straight to the point. Loved it!I appreciate as a reader that Karamo wasn’t afraid to lay it all on the table for readers to see.
  • Krista Park
    Really great read on cultural history. Very glad I spent my time with this book.
  • Steph
    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.
  • Ricky
    Overall a great book, but at time it can feel a bit repetitive. Learning more about Karamo and how far he's come to get to where he is now was such an exciting and personal experience.
  • Aja
    Enjoyable read, but nothing too insightful. I sometimes find it interesting to hear how people become reality stars.