A coming-of-age tale for the apathetic generation. The self-loathing yet darkly likeable narrator is a college drop-out-turned-accidental-drug-dealer.
Running away from his mother’s high expectations and his father’s endless disappointments. He sets out on a journey where sex, drugs and rock’n’roll are daily life occurrences spiced with the occasional bad karma and crazy girlfriend.
“God Hates Us All” is a fictional story mirrored to our fictional writer; Hank Moody’s youth experiences.
As a fan of the show, Hank Moody is one of my favourite characters to ever appear on the satellite dish. Finding out that the people behind the character released a book in his name, prompted to my immediate purchase of the book.
Nevertheless the book is short and sweet, it barely reaches the 200 pages mark so it’s a quick read. But to say it’s a literary masterpiece is an over statement.
Hank’s continuously failed attempts of achieving happiness is what drives the book and keep you coming back. But from Hank’s every attempt there is a lesson to be learned and he never wallows too long in his own missery. Which is also makes what makes this book a breath of fresh air in societies current over-flood of financial negativity.
His almost delusional positivity reflects in the writing. No matter how bad his situations gets, he always has the ability to see the bright side of things — even when there really are none to be found. Yet this aloof kind of bouncing from a story to another is what makes “God Hates Us All” a quick and enjoyable read.
Coupled with his frequent references back to Sid and Nancy, the story takes a bitter sweet turn at the end. Which leaves me as a reader thinking, that’s it?
I obviously never expected a satisfactory conclusion to Hank’s New York debaucheries, yet I still kind of hoped for some needed closure to the story. But it ends as swiftly as it started with no apparent reason. Such is life. Sometimes stuff happens and there is no real meaning behind it.
If you learn anything from the book, it would definitely be that you choose how you see your situation. No matter how bad it is, It’s your perception of it that’s the deciding factor.
Shit happens. It’s how you deal with it.
All I have to say is that it’s a quick and nice read. You’ll get a good view on how sometimes life just plays tricks on you, and you just have to dust yourself up and keep going. Well worth read.
Get the book by clicking here: God Hates Us All