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You Had to Be There

  • Apr 11, 2009
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Tucker Max's account of his life reads more like all those jokes and stories you hear that are shortly followed by "you had to be there" or "it would be funnier if you had been there." The various stories seem more like well described inside jokes.

I thought I would really enjoy this book, but unfortunately I was ultimately disappointed. While outrageous, his stories were really not that engaging or interesting. The first half of the book was truly juvenile with not a lot of substance or worthwhile stories. I love stories about jerks and unworldly encounters, but Max's presentation or lack of organization in his delivery is unsettling.

The stories improve in the last half of the book. However, there is only so many stories about how drunk someone got, how many women someone slept with, etc. I can stand in 300 pages. This book seems like it could be written by someone in high school who likes talking about how wasted he got over the weekend (which I suppose is ultimately the point).

Do not get me wrong, there are some great moments of recollected dialogue and verbal exchanges; but, ultimately, they are too few and far between to enjoy this book. If you like reading outrageous stories about booze and women, I recommend this book to you. Otherwise, don't bother.

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May 19, 2010
Wow a "-2" for a book review? If it was that bad, how did you get through it? However, I do appreciate your comments, I cannot tell you the number of times I have picked up the book only to put it back when I find something with subject matter or a title that is more engaging. I'll just leave this one on the shelf.
 
November 24, 2009
Haha, I tend to agree. Did you see the movie? Pretty disappointing, even for the book.
November 24, 2009
Hi Melissa - No, I did not see the movie. I didn't even know they made a movie until a week or two ago when I saw the preview. I have to say, though, I thought the casting of the characters was terrible; and had a hard time believing those they cast as being able to pull of the "shenanigans" in the book.
 
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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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