Thank You to Little A for providing me with an advanced copy of Matthew Norman's novel, We're All Damaged.
PLOT- After being dumped by his wife during dinner at Applebee's, Andy Carter begins his downward spiral. He has a mental breakdown at work resulting in a recommended indefinite leave of absence. He can't relate to his family, especially his mom with her fast rise as an ultra-conservative radio host. The kicker is when Andy becomes a Youtube sensation after causing a scene at his best friend's wedding. Alone, jobless, and friendless, Andy runs away from Omaha and heads to New York City. Things are okay, until he learns that his grandfather is dying and he must return to Omaha to face the mess that he left behind.
LIKE- Start to finish, I loved We're All Damaged. It's irreverent, filled with surprises, and absolutely hilarious. Norman's characters, writing style, and humor remind me of two of my favorite authors, Tom Perrotta and Jonathan Tropper. I hesitate to say too much about the plot, because the unexpected really made it a joy to read. Just know that it's filled with quirky, yet relatable characters and an unusual plot. My stomach hurt from laughing, but I was also overcome by the profound moments. Andy is a character that just can't seem to get his act together, but he will win your heart and you'll keep turning the page in hopes that his life gets better.
DISLIKE- Not one thing. Except, I was hoping to find a Youtube video of Andy at the wedding. That would have been an excellent promotional tie-in. I checked, couldn't find anything. Come on Little A, make it happen!
RECOMMEND- Yes!!! We're All Damaged is one of my favorite reads of the year and I've already purchased Norman's first book, Domestic Violets, because I wanted more of his writing immediately.