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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so I know I am way behind everyone else on this one, but I thought I’d give you my review anyway. I recently finished reading Tucker Max’s book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.

Throughout the book, I felt the urge to vomit, cry, and laugh all at the same time. I’m sure that’s probably what Max aims to get from his readers, but I’m not so sure I felt those emotions in such a positive way. Here are my thoughts…

This guy isn't even remotely attractive.

Tucker Max is an asshole. It is a statement that he makes throughout the book and is even the first thing you see when you visit his website. The things he says to girls to make them feel bad are atrocious and it’s no wonder why so many fellow college asshole young americans have clung to this book like their own personal bible. Max gives them new material for when they go out drinking.

The book is filled with Max’s nonsensical stories about times he had sex with girls and did horrible things to them, like vomiting beneath someone’s bed and then blaming it on the dog. Stories about Max making fun of overweight girls run rampant though the book. There are plenty of fart and poop stories, too, just in case you didn’t get enough of those in grammar school.

Perhaps the most offensive parts of this book were the terms he used to refer to women. Let me relay some of those to you: for the slightly overweight ladies — wildebeest, chunker, rhino, fatty. For every day random girls — bitch, whore, etc. And the most disgusting one of all — a receptacle for his ejaculate.

But here’s one of my problems. If you read a lot of books, it’s supposed to make you at least slightly smarter and worldy. After finishing each chapter of this book, I felt dumber. Seriously, I had to force myself to keep reading because I don’t like to give up on books that easily. Mainly, I was just grossed out.

 Also, I’m having a hard time understanding why women seem to be throwing themselves at this guy. Maybe they just like to be treated like shit or maybe it’s just creative writing.

The kicker? In September 2010, Max will be releasing a sequel to his trashy first novel called Assholes Finish First. Great.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell? His book, releasing a few months ago, was a major hit among young college students. It detailed the degrading sexual endeavours of a sarcastic, arrogant twenty-something-year-old with no sensitivity or tact. It was even so controversial and ridiculous that it was followed by a movie, which did fairly well in the box office.

Well, Tucker Max, meet your match: Ms. Chelsea Handler.

Handler is certainly the female equivalent to Max. I just finished reading her book My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands. I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my seat. Handler has sure had her fair share of hilarious sexual encounters. All I can hope (for her sake) is…wow, I hope she doesn’t have an std.

Back to a more positive note, here’s a quick look at some of the stories you will find in her book…sex with a midget. Sex with a Las Vegas stripper. Attempts at having sex with a male gynecologist, only to find out he’s gay. Stories about small penises. Stories about lying to get someone in bed. Stories about waking up in someone else’s apartment and remembering you crapped your pants the night before. I think you get the idea.

This book is a quick read. It’s doesn’t demand much from the reader, but sometimes we all need books like that. Either way, you won’t be disappointed in Handler’s work if you’re a twenty something, in college, and have a sense of humor. To anyone who doesn’t fit in that category — make sure you prepare yourself for crude funnies.

Chelsea Handler is a comedian who has had numerous television appearances. She had her own show, has done comedy routines on Comedy Central, and has also done interviews on late night tv talk shows. She has also written a second book called Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. That book also made me laugh so hard I wanted to pee.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a general book buyer for a small, independently run University bookstore. To lead into my next post, I would like to prelude with the following information: Last week, I bought three copies of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max and the first day I put them out on the shelf, they all sold within five hours.

Of course, we’re selling to a college audience here, so naturally I was pretty sure they would sell…but that fast?

This is the man to hold responsible. Photo from ihopetheyservebeerinhell.com.

This is the man to hold responsible. Photo from ihopetheyservebeerinhell.com.

Last night, the movie version of the book was released in theaters. Judging from the trailer, it looks to be a real winner (note: sarcasm detected), and not to mention a dumbed down version of The Hangover. From those who have read the book and have seen the movie, the review seems to be, “the movie did not give the book justice.” But isn’t that how it usually goes with books-turned-movies?

Regardless, it’s interesting that one of the main selling points of this movie is that it is offensive. The film’s website even includes I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell facts. As of right now, it says: “Fact #3: Fat girls are not real people” then gives web surfers the option to tweet that message on Twitter. As much as it’s really f-ed up, offensive things usually sell. Just look at the success of Borat. Any publicity is good publicity.

Along the same vein, it seems that the movie creators are also really enthused that critics have called the film “a worthless piece of crap.” They are quite proud of the fact that their movie has sparked controversy after only having been released a day now.

If you want to check out that website, it could be fun. Go ahead and feed your curiosity. I think I’ll put this movie in the good ‘ol Netflix queue and wait for it to come to disc.

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