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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Bookshelf: The Fuck Up by Arthur Nersesian.

Reading is something I used to do obsessively when I was younger until I hit the middle of my teens and spending hours on msn chat after school talking to the people I'd just spent all day with at school seemed infinitely more appealing. Oh those teenage years, how I don't miss you at all! Just recently it hit me how much I've missed reading and how uninspired and uninformed I felt because I wasn't stepping foot inside other people's creativity or my own imagination. This may turn into a mini blog series, I'm just going to write down a few thoughts about a book I've just read, (hopefully) without spoiling any of the story in case you would like to read it too!

The Fuck Up by Arthur Nersesian.

"Arthur Nersesian's underground literary treasure is an unforgettable slice of gritty New York City life...and the darkly hilarious odyssey of an anonymous slacker. He's a perennial couch-surfer, an aspiring writer searching for himself in spite of himself, and he's just trying to survive. But life has other things in store for the fuck-up. From being dumped by his girlfriend to getting fired for asking for a raise, from falling into robbery to posing as a gay man to keep his job at a porno theatre, the fuck-up's tragi-comedy is perfectly realised by Arthur Nersesian who manages to create humour and suspense out of urban desperation."

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.

My Rating. 

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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  1. sounds like an interesting read, and not one i would usually pick up. this is why i love reading blogs! i discover so much. x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  2. Oh, I love this new feature! The little 'sailboat' rating system is really cute aha! This does sound like the type of book I'd like so I might try to download it if it's available online :) <3 xxx

  3. It sounds like a good book. I really need new one, maybe I buy this one! <3


  4. This isn't a book that I'd normally pick up, but it seems pretty interesting. Maybe I'll have to check it out. -Hanna Lei

  5. You were meant to read this book weren't you?! Everything happens for a reason, even reading the right book at the right time! I'm glad it helped put your life into a little order even if only for a few hours. It sounds very interesting and I might just give it a go myself.

    I'm currently reading Anils Ghost (can't remember the author at the mo), it based in Sri Lanka and is quite dark, can't decide if I'm enjoying it or not at the moment! x

    1. I think perhaps I was! Ooh I'll have to check it out! xo

  6. thanks for the review! *adds book to wishlist*
    i've been trying to look for good reads next and i have a few in mind.
    but as much as i love reading, i get easily distracted by my laptop these days... fail! i really think training myself to clear my mind and focus on a good book without reaching for my phone/laptop is a good des-tressing exercise ;)

    rachel x

    1. I think it is, I'm trying to stop too much screen time before bed, I'm sure it's to blame for my lack of sleep! xo

  7. I love your sailboat rating! :)
    This sounds like a great book, I really like when books help you take a step back and reevaluate things :) Thanks for sharing!

    Jess xo

  8. I love reading, I've had several months of not really reading much as always have my hands full with Noah but he's starting to take regular naps now meaning I can get into books again woohoo! xx

  9. Definitely been there and had that out of sorts feeling. It usually works itself out eventually! Glad the book helped- sounds really interesting!

    -Maddy @ www.BeautyBanterBlog.com

  10. This sounds really funny! I recently read Just Kids by Patti Smith, it was SO good xxx

  11. great post, the book sounds interesting x


  12. I think this sounds like one of those books where you have to be in a certain place in your life to fully appreciate it. I bet the people who hate it can't connect to how the guy feels so they just think is rubbish. x


    1. I think you're right! Very well said! xo

  13. Yay, I absolutely love reading book reviews! I don't know if I want to read this it sounds a bit rough *im so lame sometimes* ;)

  14. Sounds like a good read! I tend to go for chick lit but keep wanting to branch out and try something a little different. Chilling out with a good book on a Sunday to me is the best :) Nothing like getting transported into another world and staying there as long as you like!

    Sophie <3


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