I’ve mentioned before that memoirs aren’t usually my favorite thing, but there are always exceptions. And this book was certainly an exception.
I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent watching the Scott brothers on their various HGTV shows. Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Brother vs. Brother: I love them all. I have a soft spot for siblings, and for twin in particular. My dad is an identical twin, and he and his brother happen to both be construction superintendents, so as soon as I say the Property Brothers for the first time I immediately loved them. But just because I love their shows didn’t mean that I would love their book, so I was a bit hesitant picking it up. I’m glad I did, though!
This was one of the cutest (non-book related) memoirs I’ve ever come across. Each chapter swapped off between brothers, letting each tell his own story, but with notes written by the other brother. Those little notes added so much to the tone of the book. There were heartwarming moments, tales of bitter struggle and broken dreams, and a lot of laughs mixed into the narrative. I love how important family is to the Scott brothers, and how they’ve built an entire brand around the strength of that relationship. They find a way to keep all of their family as well as their close friends involved both in their personal lives and in their business, no matter how busy things become.
Learning more about their background was fascinating. The boys were entrepreneurs by the age of 8, semi-professional clowns before their teens, and are both black belts in karate. Jonathan wanted to be a career in magic, whereas Drew wanted to be an actor. Neither ended up exactly where he dreamed he would be, but both are happy and fulfilled and thankful for where life has taken them. And both have tried incredibly hard to adhere to the Cowboy Code their dad taught them when they were small, which basically boils down to never giving up and always standing up for others.
“In the end, it’s not the stories we tell that matter, but the stories we live. Not just our own, but those we pass through on our way to all those places we still hope to go.”
I’m so glad I picked up this book. It really helped me to further appreciate the brothers’ quality of character. Not to mention that it gave me a bunch of random facts to share next time I’m at the dentist office and Property Brothers is playing!