Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is an autobiography of Howie Mendel, the comedian and host of the show Deal or No Deal. It chronicles his rise to stardom through comedy, acting, and hosting. It also describes the challenges he faces in every day life with obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and germaphobia. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
For a book written by a comedian, it was filled with a lot more heartbreaking moments than I was expecting. However, the main reason why I picked up the book was because I knew it discussed his germaphobic tendencies. I also have a lot of those tendencies, so I was curious to see how he deals with that challenge. It was interesting to hear about how that, along with his OCD and ADHD, affected his entire life. It is hard for someone to come out and talk about some of their most embarrassing moments, but he did that and I think it will help a lot of people struggling with the same things.
With that said, this book was also filled with a ton of hijinks and humor. I know Howie Mendel mainly from Deal or No Deal, so I didn’t realize that he has an extensive history with stand-up comedy and pranks (I also didn’t realize that he is sixty—wow!). He has done some pretty crazy—and possibly cruel—pranks on his closest friends, family, and coworkers. He was also very impulsive and made a lot of choices without thinking about the consequences (which seems entirely opposite of his role as a host). This is one book that actually made me laugh out loud a few times.
It was clear that Howie isn’t a professional author, but he admitted that that wasn’t his goal anyways. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it was a nice break from the novels that I usually binge-read. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with OCD or ADHD, or even anyone curious to know more about those disorders. It is also great for anyone looking for a good humorous story! If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it let me know what you think!
**** 4/5 Stars