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Adam describes growing up poor in the North Hollywood area of LosAngeles, California, one of two children born to what's described as lazy and apathetic HippieParents. Having little interest in their son's life or activities, he talks about finding outlets in football and other "guy" pursuits, and how at odds it was with their outlook on life (luckily, they were too disinterested in him to put up a fuss about it). After graduating high school, he goes on to work a string of low-paying jobs in carpentry and construction, living in tiny apartments with various girlfriends and his loser friends from high school.

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Adam describes growing up poor in the North Hollywood area of LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, California, one of two children born to what's described as lazy and apathetic HippieParents. Having little interest in their son's life or activities, he talks about finding outlets in football and other "guy" pursuits, and how at odds it was with their outlook on life (luckily, they were too disinterested in him to put up a fuss about it). After graduating high school, he goes on to work a string of low-paying jobs in carpentry and construction, living in tiny apartments with various girlfriends and his loser friends from high school.


* RoadTripEpisode: A rather hilarious tale in the book is about as a young adult traveling to Tijuana in a crappy car with his friends with no money.

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* RoadTripEpisode: RoadTripPlot: A rather hilarious tale in the book is about as a young adult traveling to Tijuana in a crappy car with his friends with no money.




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* HippieParents: Adam's mom and dad are described as being very liberal west coast hippies, but also completely disinteresting in their children, or working, or...well, ''anything'', as far as he can tell.

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* HippieParents: Adam's mom and dad are described as being very liberal west coast hippies, but also completely disinteresting uninterested in their children, or working, or...well, ''anything'', as far as he can tell.

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* TheSeventies: Much of the early part of the book is growing up in this decade.

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* TheSeventies: Much of the early part of the book is about growing up in this decade.


* TheSeventies: Much of teh early part of the book is growing up in this decade.

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* TheSeventies: Much of teh the early part of the book is growing up in this decade.

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* TheSeventies: Much of teh early part of the book is growing up in this decade.


* ChildhoodFriends: Or young adult. Adam was roommates and friends with Ralph Garman back when neither had yet to break into show biz. He was also friends with Joel {{-McHale-}} early on, and knew a few famous or semi-famous Hollywood people from his neighborhood.

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* ChildhoodFriends: Or young adult. Adam was roommates and friends with Ralph Garman back when neither had yet to break into show biz. He was also friends with Joel {{-McHale-}} Mc Hale early on, and knew a few famous or semi-famous Hollywood people from his neighborhood.

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* ChildhoodFriends: Or young adult. Adam was roommates and friends with Ralph Garman back when neither had yet to break into show biz. He was also friends with Joel {{-McHale-}} early on, and knew a few famous or semi-famous Hollywood people from his neighborhood.


''Not Taco Bell Material'' is the fourth book written by Creator/AdamCarolla in 2012. Similar to his previous book ''In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks'', this is a collection of essays and humorous observations/stories, but unlike ''Chicks'', it has an overall story narrative, detailing his early life from childhood through his early adult life as a carpenter and construction worker prior to breaking into show business.

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''Not Taco Bell Material'' is the fourth book written by Creator/AdamCarolla in 2012. Similar to his previous book ''In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks'', this is a collection of essays and humorous observations/stories, but unlike ''Chicks'', it has an overall story narrative, detailing his early life years from childhood through his early adult life as a carpenter and construction worker prior to breaking into show business.


* ClosetSublet: His room growing up was the maintenance/gas meter room of his parent's tiny house. When his parents divored, he lived in an unfinished attic with no heat or air conditioning. Later, his apartments in young adulthood are described similarly, often with several roommates.

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* ClosetSublet: His room growing up was the maintenance/gas meter room of his parent's tiny house. When his parents divored, he lived in an unfinished attic with no heat or air conditioning.conditioning at his dad's. Later, his apartments in young adulthood are described similarly, often with several roommates.

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* ClosetSublet: His room growing up was the maintenance/gas meter room of his parent's tiny house. When his parents divored, he lived in an unfinished attic with no heat or air conditioning. Later, his apartments in young adulthood are described similarly, often with several roommates.


* BonusMaterial: The audio version of the book, read by Adam himself, is quite different, as he goes on different tangents from the written work while recording it.



* HippyParents: Adam's mom and dad are described as being very liberal west coast hippies, but also completely disinteresting in their children, or working, or...well, ''anything'', as far as he can tell.

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* HippyParents: HippieParents: Adam's mom and dad are described as being very liberal west coast hippies, but also completely disinteresting in their children, or working, or...well, ''anything'', as far as he can tell.tell.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Adam describes in the book growing up functionally illiterate, and how easy it was to fake it through high school and in his blue collar life. When he started working in radio, he had to make a concerted effort to improve in order to read copy.
* RoadTripEpisode: A rather hilarious tale in the book is about as a young adult traveling to Tijuana in a crappy car with his friends with no money.

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''Not Taco Bell Material'' is the fourth book written by Creator/AdamCarolla in 2012. Similar to his previous book ''In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks'', this is a collection of essays and humorous observations/stories, but unlike ''Chicks'', it has an overall story narrative, detailing his early life from childhood through his early adult life as a carpenter and construction worker prior to breaking into show business.

Adam describes growing up poor in the North Hollywood area of LosAngeles, California, one of two children born to what's described as lazy and apathetic HippieParents. Having little interest in their son's life or activities, he talks about finding outlets in football and other "guy" pursuits, and how at odds it was with their outlook on life (luckily, they were too disinterested in him to put up a fuss about it). After graduating high school, he goes on to work a string of low-paying jobs in carpentry and construction, living in tiny apartments with various girlfriends and his loser friends from high school.

The book title is taken from a part of the book detailing his high school years and how he put in an application to work at Taco Bell, but never heard back from them.

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!! This book provides examples of the following tropes:

* DungFu: Adam's childhood friend Ray was fond of playing pranks on his friends using his own fecal matter, once borrowing Adam's LA Rams beanie and returning it full of the substance.
* GloryDays: Adam is quite proud of his accomplishments playing football from grade through high school and cites it as what made him the man he is today.
* HippyParents: Adam's mom and dad are described as being very liberal west coast hippies, but also completely disinteresting in their children, or working, or...well, ''anything'', as far as he can tell.
* TitleDrop: In an early chapter from his teen years talking about applying for a job at the titular fast food chain and being rejected.
--> Adam: I guess I wasn't Taco Bell material. How depressing is *that* for a 17 year old?
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Due to his parent's apathy towards him and especially his mother's downplaying constantly of anything he accomplished, it took him a long time to overcome this. He's still not completely over it.

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