Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

Since I started reading this book, I have talked about it to anyone who will listen. It was just so shocking! All the stories in the book are supposedly true accounts of Tucker Max’s hedonistic adventures. I just can’t believe there are guys like this out there! But at least he admits what he is. Here is the summary he wrote on the back of his book:

"My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.

I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead.

But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way. I share my adventures with the world."

The stories are completely disgusting but also completely hilarious. He is a jerk. He is a drunk. He is a male whore. But he is also funny- his one redeeming quality. From a hit and run through the window of a donut shop in some random girl’s car to defecating in the lobby of an Embassy Suites and being banned for life from ever staying there again, it is hard to believe these things really happened. And his sex stories…don’t even get me started.

He has no filter and is very mean to girls. He doesn’t just “love em and leave em” he emotionally abuses them and uses them until they finally wake up and smell the nasty in this guy. I have no idea why any self-respecting girl would put up with him. But I guess there are a lot of girls out there who have no self-respect since he brags that his “number” is well into the triple digits.

His writing is actually pretty good though. The stories flow really well and he surprising has a pretty good vocabulary. The other “characters” in the book are pretty well developed. So as a writer, I give him props. It’s just that the content of the stories will leave you in complete shock with your mouth hanging wide open for hours.

This is very much a “guy” book, but for girls it will probably be like a car wreck…I just couldn’t look away. I was obsessed with it and finished it in less than a week. There is supposedly a movie coming out in September based on this book and I just don’t see how it is not going to be rated NC-17 or something because this book is just raunchy! But you better believe I am going to go see it.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars because I loved reading it.
But I give Tucker Max a negative 2 star rating as a human being.
Keep the funny, but loose the meanness and get some morals dude.

Oh and he has a website and a blog…check it out at your own risk.

If you have read this PLEASE tell me what you thought of it! Was it as shocking for you as it was for me?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

When I first started reading Love Walked In, I didn't like it too much. I couldn't get in to the characters, parts of it were too wordy with nothing really happening, and she was constantly referring to movies I had never heard of or seen to create analogies to her life. But by the fourth or fifth chapter I was in to it.

Basically once the two narrators paths meet, things start to get good. The first narrator is Cornelia, a twenty or thirty something coffee shop barista that falls for Martin Grace. The second narrator is Claire a 9 year old girl whose mother is seemingly loosing her mind, while Claire tries to keep it a secret from everyone.

I don't want to give away any of the plot line, but this book is about love. Maybe not in the way you first might think it will be, but in a much better and more realistic way. I really like the main characters and liked that I didn't always see what was coming next. I still hated her references to movies that I didn't know, but that was easy to overlook. In the end they all get an unexpected happy ending that they weren't even looking for.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

I love Lauren Weisberger's stuff. I read The Devil Wears Prada (before I ever knew it was going to be a movie) and Everyone Worth Knowing and really enjoyed those so it was a no brainer picking this one up. Plus who wouldn't be drawn to that cover. I'm telling you, a cover alone can make or break a book for me.

Chasing Harry Winston is the story a three single girls (and BFFs) living in New York City. At first I kept getting the characters mixed up but by the end I think Emmy, Leah, and Adriana were pretty well developed characters. You have the model looking girl living off her parents and seducing men all around the city, the miss perfect with the perfect boyfriend and job who is just a tad neurotic and particular about things, and then the girl who is a serial monogamist who finds herself single because her long-time boyfriend ran off with the Barbie personal trainer that she got for him.

One day at lunch the three make a pact or bet (well two of them technically) to completely make over their lives and do a complete 180. The serial monogamist will go on Tour de Whore and more than double the number of men she has slept with and the seductress will finally try to settle down with an actual boyfriend. Miss Perfect stays out of the bet, but deep down knows there are things that need to change in her life too. This story follows them over the course of that year of change and each one is living a dramatically different life at the end.

There are lots of great topics single girls face in real life throughout the book. I think it gave a pretty accurate portrayal of what single girls in their late twenties may think about or feel sometimes.

It's a great light read for the summer.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

For more on Lauren Weisberger, check out her website.
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