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, Audiobook

Reviews Karamo

  • Brandice
    When I heard Karamo Brown had a book coming out, I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d read it. Since I first watched the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye last year, I’ve been a huge fan of him, the show’s resident culture expert. Culture goes far beyond the arts, music, and hobbies, and Karamo helps reinforce this by digging deep into the emotions of each of the heroes on the show. Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Ho...
  • 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...
  • J
    I went into this book with an open mind. I thought that reading Karamo's story might give me more insight into him as a person and help me better appreciate his role on Queer Eye. Instead, it kind of made me like him even less.His story is filled with times when he has done wrong--been a drug addict, oversexed, and an abuser--but each time he seemed to skate by consequence-free. He never seems to take responsibility for his actions and often slyl...
  • Hannah Smith
    Audiobook version.Kind of wish I didn't read this. It's not very well-written and very repetitive, self-satisfying and corny. Sorry Karamo.
  • Chris
    I didn’t know a thing about his past but really like him on QE. I felt like this was a damage control piece put out by someone who has many skeletons and best to put his ugly actions out there before others did and tarnished his image he has created for the show. I wish I hadn’t even read this and really I’m not sure why I did.
  • 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.
  • Lizzie
    Karamo Brown does such a wonderful job on Queer Eye that I really hesitated over rating 2 stars. A lot of the messages in his book align with who he is on the show, which I guess is why there are so many high ratings here. But this just wasn't quality writing. The main thing that brought it down for me was the repetition. Multiple repeat discussions of incidents that had already been covered in previous chapters.That and he seemed a little too se...
  • Sarah
    I blazed through this in about a day. The writing style is very casual, the font is larger and there are a fair amount of photos so it's a quick read. Karamo's story is fascinating. I think this would be great on audio if he read it. However, it was organized more by topic than by chronology which made it a little harder to keep track of what was going on when.
  • Val
    AMAZING. I love Queer Eye. I love the Fab 5. My life is better because Karamo, Bobby, Tan, Jonathan and Antoni are in it, but I gotta admit Karamo became my favorite as soon as the show started. His advice, positivism and encouragement, are inspiring and so important. Of course as soon as I saw he was publishing a book, I HAD TO GET IT and read it.Karamo's story was so much more than I expected. If you've watched Queer Eye, you see he is a positi...
  • andrea caro
    I’m weeping, so there’s that.
  • Annie
    I came to this book at a time I really needed some grounding. I needed a moment to take stock of who I am and who I want to be, how to grow into the most positive version of myself, and how to build new connections based on kindness and compassion rather than competitiveness and revenge (to quote Tolkien, ‘You would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! All shall love me and despaiiiiiiiiir!’). This is the most perfec...
  • Fabian
    In the past couple of years I've read a lot of celebrity memoirs but never talked about them, because most of them really disappointed me. I mean if you're going to write a full lenght book about your life & yourself, you better show me the good, the bad & the ugly. Tell me about the stuff that keeps you moving & what inspires you. Tell me about the things you've learned & the shit you've went through. Your struggles, the obstacles you've faced w...
  • Kate
    SUPER quick read. I enjoyed learning about Karamo's pre-Queer Eye life.
  • Blythe
    I really enjoyed this book; it’s not a literary memoir, but it’s thorough and well organized and entertaining. What I loved the most is how open and honest Karamo is about his own journey and shortcomings. He doesn’t try to paint a picture of a person who has it all together; on the contrary, he is forthcoming about his mistakes and flaws, and how he has grown throughout his life. Seeing his progress as he evolves as a person is very satisf...
  • Diāna
    There has been a sudden increase in the bookstores for people trying to monetize their own story, this book is no exception, and I cannot say that it is something necessarily bad, however, I am not very convinced by this execution. This particular book tries to uncover suffering as a way for growth, mostly favouring positive psychology. His story is not something usual, but it always depends on the angles. Karamo is opening up about his hardships...
  • 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.
  • Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
    I'm a big fan of Queer Eye and when I found out that Karamo had a memoir coming out this year I was immediately intrigued. I love audiobooks that are narrated by their author and Karamo's story is a journey to understanding his life's purpose. In Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope we learn about Karamo's childhood growing up in Houston, Texas, living in a home plagued with an abusive father, plights with drug abuse, beco...
  • Sarah
    It wouldn't be Karamo Brown if he didn't make me cry at least twice while listening to this audio book.I love how honestly he talks about his past (including his own abusive behavior, drug abuse and his relationship with his family) without sugar coating it. It was quite fascinating listening to his story because he comes across as very mild mannered and generally easy going and empathetic in his interviews since Queer Eye premiered. If you're a ...
  • Leah K
    I listened to the audiobook and like almost any memoir read by the author, it certainly added to the story. He has an interesting life and I enjoyed learning more about the "culture guy" from Queer Eye. A bit repetitive at points and more "we'll get to that in another chapter" than I would have liked. I look forward to everything this man will do with his life and, no doubt, the memoirs that will follow.
  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    Read this if you're a fan of the show. I admire Brown's candor about his past mistakes, and towards the end I enjoyed the glimpse into the casting of Queer Eye. Good for him sticking to his guns about what his role on the show should be - I think his approach (addressing the "hero's" inner life and emotional state) is central to the show's success and appeal.
  • Amber
    I love Karamo. He is such a beautiful person inside and out. I think everyone can learn a little bit about themselves and others by watching how he interacts with the heros on Queer Eye. I loved reading about Karamo and the many highs and lows in his life!
  • Franciska
    tw: addiction, addiction of a parent, alcohol/drug abuse, domestic violance, abusive relationships, suicide attempt
  • Marjo
    imagine consuming any media related to queer eye and not sobbing your fucking eyes out. can't relate.
  • Danya Sherbini
    As far as celebrity memoirs go, I thought this one was worth the read. I appreciate that Karamo is very transparent about his past struggles and doesn’t shy away from describing his mistakes, even if it means not painting his past self in a positive light. There are a few nice nuggets of motivation here, and the audio book has some funny and inspiring moments, although the delivery was a bit clunky at times. I also appreciate that the entire bo...
  • Dani Banner
    Karamo’s story is compelling and insightful — but the book didn’t quite do it justice. I appreciate how transparent he is with his life struggles, flaws, and experiences. His chapters on fatherhood and the casting of Queer Eye were especially engaging.Rated 3/5 stars because the organization/chronology of the book was pretty terrible. It skips around throughout his life, confusing the narrative, and excessively uses the phrase “(but I’l...
  • Rachel A. Dawson
    My love for Queer Eye is REAL so I was stoked to get Karamo’s book from the library this week! It was a great afternoon read and told his story from the beginning until now, giving context to the kindhearted and wise “culture expert” we see on the show. I think Karamo is better on screen than he comes across on the page, but I enjoyed getting to know more about him and hear his story— there’s so much i didn’t know and appreciated him ...