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  • Sep 12, 2009
Rating:
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Pros: The funniest thing I've read since...since reading these stories online.

Cons: Raw sexual situations, objectionable language, likely to offend all five senses in every way.

The Bottom Line: ...Of course, I don't really consider those cons, because without them, there would be no book, or if there was, it wouldn't be half as good...

In college, I was introduced to TuckerMax.com. It was there my roommate and I found some of the most hilarious and obscene tales from one guy, Tucker Max, that I have ever read. Nothing since has compared. I may have weird stories, but holy #@%! they are NOTHING compared to Tucker Max stories.

Before you go any further, you have to know something. Tucker Max is essentially a horrible person. He debases women in almost every way possible, makes fun of everyone else, he’s narcissistic, a drunk (most of the time anyway), and basically a huge prick. Still, despite all this (many people have emailed or written him to tell him what a horrible person he is – he’s even been served with a few lawsuits), his stories are just indescribably riotous.

Tucker Max’s stories generally revolve around sex with women, getting drunk at almost any time available, road tripping it to do both of the above, plenty of swearing, more sex, and things that go horribly wrong. These are just short stories Tucker has written that are all true. In many ways I’m not even sure how to describe this book because it’s just so insane. He’s been to Texas, Chicago, Florida, New York, and had some interesting experiences in Kentucky – or maybe it was Tennessee. I think I was laughing too much at the time to truly pay attention.

What makes these stories so hilarious is the combination of Tucker’s writing style and the actual plots – if you can really call them that. His descriptions are exactly what he needs for you to picture the scene and the things he says and his friends say, even if he’s not remembering it all correctly (though a few times he does have verbatim quotes from people) are side-splitting in themselves. Even the titles crack me up. Here’s the title of one chapter, and while this sort of encompasses Tucker Max and it says there’s nothing funny about it, it’s still freaking hilarious in a very sick, twisted way: “Tucker Max Tries Buttsex – Hilarity Does Not Ensue.” I’m laughing right now just thinking about it. In all truth, the event is not funny, but since it’s Tucker Max and he’s an asshole and the event is so incredibly off the wall outrageous, it is funny. I mean, I was reading this at work today when no one was at the checkout and I had to stop because I was laughing so hard and trying to keep quiet and if I kept going I would have completely lost it and had tears streaming down my eyes. It’s that funny.

Granted, this stuff is NOT for everyone. At all. You have to be able to accept all the sex and drinking and swearing and horribleness that is Tucker Max. This is bound to offend many people and make them disgusted that anyone would find it funny. I knew he was making a book years ago, but the second I saw it in the store at Barnes & Noble, I cracked up and ended up sending a copy to my former roommate for Christmas (which was received with a “How much do you rock?!?!”).

So why support Tucker Max if he’s such a jerk? I look at it this way; yes, he’s a freak, to be sure, however, he is aware of this. He admits it himself. He’s not as bad as he used to be (so he says), and while that’s no excuse, if you read any of his stories, you can easily see the karma following that boy around. Many of the things that happen to him are not good, and would never happen to a normal person. They just wouldn’t. So every time he’s a jerk, trust, me it comes back to him, sometimes 10 fold, in horrible ways. He’s a damn smart guy though, for all his total lack of sense (I mean, he managed to graduate from Duke and half the time he wasn’t even there, not even in the same country).

If you can handle everything you’ve just read, then for the best laugh you’ve had in years, go read this book. Learn to make Tucker Death Mix (Everclear/Gatorade/Red Bull – who knew?) and drink it from a CamelBak (ingenious and disturbing at the same time). Find out what happens when you stumble into gay bars and infuriate the wrong girl. How to ruin hockey games and get sick quick. Oh the numerous possibilities.

I laugh myself to tears every time I read one of these stories.

NT

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November 16, 2010
Great review!  Sounds so wrong, but hilarious.  Have you caught the movie?  I was curious as to how they compared.  Thanks for sharing!
November 17, 2010
I haven't seen the movie and actually I had no idea there was one until I read his second book last month, haha.
 
November 07, 2010
I probably wouldn't enjoy his writing, but I still really loved your review of what he writes. Great job!
 
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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is a book written by Tucker Max, published in 2006, that details anecdotal stories of debauchery and belligerence. It made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2006, 2007 and 2008. It sold an estimated 70,000 copies its first year.

Composed of short stories narrated by the author, the book is told in a highly embellished style and often focuses on the narrator's humorous excess. The stories normally deal with themes of drinking (often to excess), insulting people, and embarrassing sexual encounters. A sequel, entitled 'Assholes Finish First', is set to be released by Simon and Schuster in 2009.

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ISBN-10: 0806527285
ISBN-13: 978-0806531069
Author: Tucker Max
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Citadel Press
Date Published: January 1, 2006
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