Will Summary

The instant #1 New York Timesbestseller!

“It's the best memoir I've ever read.” Oprah Winfrey

“Will Smith isn't holding back in his bravely inspiring new memoir . . . An ultimately heartwarming read, Will provides a humane glimpse of the man behind the actor, producer and musician, as he bares all his insecurities and trauma.” —USA Today

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Willtells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.
Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. 
This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Willis the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Willthe book, like its author, in a category by itself.

Book Reviews


Love reading this book !!!!! I learned so much about life and what is important in this journey!!!5 star


Rose K R M

Surprisingly great book!5 star

He’s a man who’s now aware of his flaws and the personality/ego he built to protect himself and those around him. It’s funny. It’s outrageous. And yet it still manages to deliver a story of transformation . . . An ongoing transformation, of course. Put aside everything you’ve heard and seen him do - the good, the foolish, the immature and everything in between. Read it. I think he’s transforming upwards.55

Richard Bakare

Self Imposed Bubbles5 star

I had this memoir on my list well before the infamous slap took place. I can unabashedly say he has been a favorite of mine for a long time. A positive representation of the black male experience in a forest of negative casting. Reading his memoir gives his life and the incident new meaning by adding fifty years of context into one of the world’s biggest personalities. What you see in the end Is that this memoir is about how we all can fall victim to navigating the universe through bubbles we place ourselves into. Over the course of these very personal and candid stories Will Smith shows us how these bubbles distort reality for better or worse. We get a backstage pass into the fear and need for approval that is at the root of his being and perhaps your own. In the most revealing moments we see how the misalignment of expectations has impacted his most intimate relationships. In that light the big Oscar moment makes more sense. People hate to say the word regret. As if it marks us as failures. I applaud Will Smith for leaning into his regrets and showing them for what they are. Lessons from the hindsight of reliving our mistakes and showing the humility to admit where we were wrong. In that revelation a new level of freedom sets in and allows for some of deepest spiritual and mental growth. Sometimes that freedom results in lifestyles we generally can’t understand but for Will and Jada make complete sense.55


Beautiful, REAL and RAW!!5 star

I could not put this book down!! I am inspired. Will is a beautiful human being and that’s why he’s so blessed beyond measure. He deserves everything he has and more.55


Thoroughly Enjoyed Each Chapter5 star

I’ve never heard Will Smith talk this long about himself, but it was a conversation with the Reader that gave me the journey thus far of Will Smith and it is an enjoyable one. His sense of humor and intellect, are all through it and makes the read that much easier to read, never a dull moment and many magical ones. Thank You for sharing so many intimate moments of your life with us. 🙏🏽55

Fire Dragon 🐉

Absolutely amazing!5 star

Love the book! Love the audio version , narrated by Will himself. I appreciate the openness and vulnerability. This book echoes a lot of my own life journeys and revelations. This book helped me overcome my own struggles from the past . Every chapter brings loads of wisdom. It’s one of my most favorite books I’ve read in a very long time.55

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Book review by Pete T.5 star

I just loved the book, laughed and cried throughout it. I can’t relate to the success in hip-hop, TVs, and movies that Will had (no one can) but I can relate to the family stories with Daddio, having an extremely loving mother as my bedrock, and brothers, sisters and friends that provided unconditional love to me throughout my life. I started reading the book before Will’s unfortunate slap down of Chris Rock, stopped reading it for a week, and then picked it up again with aplomb. You realize from reading the book that Will is a savant, complicated cat, DEEP thinker, and HARD worker but no ordinary person can reach the heights in rap, TV, and movies without some internal tumult. That’s what makes Will … Will, and I so appreciate him. When his Daddio was dying, he asked himself, “Did my Life Have Meaning”; when Will’s penultimate day comes and he asks himself that, the answer will be a resounding “YES”. (And btw, I loved Gigi.)55


This booked rocked me5 star

This book slaps 10/1055


Best book I’ve read in ages5 star

Beautifully written book. Incredibly inspiring and thought provoking.55

Dubb HH

Book of the year!!5 star

It was a great read. It really let you into the mind of Will Smith. I feel like he poured his soul into this book. If you are a fan, this is the book to have.55

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