Man Up! is the autobiography of Ross Mathews, who you may know as the intern from Jay Leno’s show.  I had always thought that Ross was hilarious when I saw him on Leno’s show and after reading his book I think we would absolutely be BFFs.  I mean, he mentions JTT at least 4 times in the first 12 pages of the book and also brags that he can name all the members of 98 Degrees.  ME TOO! See? Soul mates.

The book has a forward by his real BFF, Gweneth Paltrow – and they became BFFs simply because Ross asked her if they could and she said yes. So amazing.  There is also an afterword by Chelsea Handler.

The book is hilarious and the end of it even has a QUIZ to make sure you were really paying attention.  (I did so well, Ross now thinks that I am stalking him.  Oops!)   Life wasn’t always fun for Ross as he had to deal with a bunch of crap growing up and being gay.  But I think that he did quite well for himself!  He even went on a crusade for squash. Really.  Read the book and find out all about that crazy story!

If you like Ross even just a little bit – check out this book and I assure you, you will be in love with him at the end.  And if you’re not, then you’re just a terrible person because I don’t understand how any one could not love him!

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.


About the Book

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn’t happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.

Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend’s lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there’s his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women’s pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he’s managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Infused with Ross’s trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, MAN UP! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn’t fit the mold. His hasn’t been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don’t need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there’s nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!


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