The Fuck Up by Arthur Nersesian.
I've touched upon my feeling a little out of sorts recently, unfortunately I'm still kind of feeling that way, a little unsure and confused, so as I was rummaging around our bookshelves this title very much appealed, it spoke to me if you will. I started reading this feeling like a bit of a failure myself but as I began to make my way through the chapters I started to feel infinitely better about my life and where I'm at. It's certainly a good thing to get some perspective every now and again.
It's both mildly terrifying how easily a guy with a seemingly semi-stable, although not entirely happy, life can fall into a sticky situation and oddly comforting that my life, even though times aren't always easy, is nowhere near as insanely crazy as his. He remains nameless throughout; he could be anyone, someone you know, he could even be you. Sometimes hard times fall upon the best of us.
Of course, he is also a bit of a dick, he makes some terrible choices and in some ways deserves at least some of the bad things that come his way just so he can learn some kind of lesson. But he's also relateable because he makes those terrible choices, he makes mistakes. None of us are perfect afterall, we're all flawed in some way, he just turns out to be the master of mistake making!
It's a fast read, I went through it in a couple of hours partly because it is so fast paced but partly because I found myself becoming quite involved with the storyline and the central character, despite his flaws. The final few chapters admittedly feel a little rushed and although at first I thought the ending was a bit anti-climactic, now I think it's very real and understandable. It seems to me like he settles in the end, for something convenient. He is afterall pretty consistently lazy. I can completely see why he's done that, but it's also given me a little bit of my drive and determination back. I don't want to have to settle for anything, I have dreams and the only thing holding me back from achieving them is myself.
This won't be a book that appeals to everyone, I've read a few glowing reviews and a few that essentially say this one of the worst books ever and it should never have been published. I think sometimes people can be a little too hard on a book, I mean, it is what it is, you know? And this particular book has helped me figure a few things out, which I'm incredibly grateful for. A couple of years ago I don't know if I would have appreciated it so much. It's cleverly written, it remains down to earth and very real throughout with moments of true wit that made me giggle.
Have you ever read this book before? What did you think?
If you could recommend me one book to read next, any genre, what would it be?
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