Supermarket by Bobby Hall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book. I was really frustrated reading this. I still can't decide if this thing was genius or a pile of trash. Either way I found that I couldn't put it down…even if I did skim the last 75 pages or so just to get the bits of the plot so that I wouldn't have to actually read every word but still understand how it ends.
Supermarket is apparently written by the rapper Logic. That should have been my first clue that I was in for something ridiculous. The writing style is what I would call "schizophrenic thirteen year old journal".
This is where spoilers start, I can't do this review without them…there's too much to say. So stop now.
Still with me? I knew within ten pages that Frank wasn't real. I knew almost right away that the damn dog wasn't real. The author barely even tries to be clever with his writing and it's pretty obvious right away that the protagonist is straight up delusional. Once I figure this out, I stopped giving a shit. Seriously. This wasn't about to become so big narrative about mental health and the struggles of those who are suffering delusional behaviors. It felt like someone googled random symptoms of every mental illness they could think of and threw it all into one character.
Our MC "wakes up" in an institution where he's apparently been for years. I'm still not entirely sure if the doctor was real (this is about when I started skimming because I started getting mad). None of the dialogue in the institution makes any sense. He wouldn't be given free reign to roam around and he'd be forced to take his medication especially since he's still talking to imaginary people.
So either using the narrator's voice in the manner is was…well it's either the sign of a genius writer or a shit one. So I'm going to give this 3 stars even though it's a half assed finish and probably deserves less. It's a polarizing one. I just know I wasted my time.
No, two stars. Yeah, going to stick with two.
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