We're All Damaged
Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street.
We’re All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend’s wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn’t...more
He was dumped by his wife, in Applebee's, of all places, with Wham playing in the background! Tragic, eh? His mother is now a right-wing radio pundit - Nancy Knows - Always Right, Always Right! - and his befuddled dad is shooting squirrels with a paintball gun. Just when he thinks life can't get any worse . . . well, you know IT DOES!
Poor Matthew Norman!
His book will be compared ad infinitum to This is Where I Leave You . There are similarities: two male main characters recovering fr ...more
This was a Kindle First for the month of May, and I chose unwisely. It was just a little lighthearted and saccharin for my taste, although the garden gnome fiasco was amusing. The cover reminds ...more
"I don't have a problem with Applebee's per se. But I think we can all agree, as a civilized society, that lives shouldn't change there. Significant things should begin or end at Applebee's. You shouldn't walk into Applebee's as one thing and then leave as something else entirely."
When Andy Carter's wife ends th ...more
I'll give Norman the advantage that a) his writing style is funny and b) there was an interesting plot somewhere buried all the terrible faux poetic analogies and Daisy's entire plot and purpose.
But this book was so...tepid. I am so tired of this narrative of "quirky" girls "saving" loser guys like our protagonist. Also, girls don't talk the way Daisy talks. Girls don't act the way Daisy acts. Only ...more
The characters were interesting. I was sort of annoyed with Andy's friends and family at first. They all acted like they had their business on the up & up, and ...more
Here's the evidence:
"It's official... You, Andy, are now my motivation."
"What does that mean?"
"You've had a tough year," she says. "And I think I can help you."
"Help me with what?"
"Come back to life."
I've requested this novel because of its title, as I like obvious truths. ;-) I imagined/expected it to be edgy and angsty. It so wasn't - serves me right for not reading the blurb.
'We're All Damaged' reads like a women's fiction novel, but this time, it's written by a man and the main character is Andy Carter, a recently divorced thirty-one-year-old, who's kind of lost. Andy is from Omaha and is a kind man. Albeit he's kind of boring, without much charm or an interesting personality. ...more
There’s a lot of cliche situations in here: too many to truly endorse this book. A man down on his luck, a “no one’s family is crazier than mine!” family, and a quirky girl who isn’t the love interest but then sort of is. While some of it is done tongue-in-cheek and some of it actually works, i ...more
"Imagine watching the saddest scene of the saddest movie you can think of. A real tearjerker. . . . Now imagine watching that scene over and over aga ...more
A Johnathon Tropper-esque tale of nice guy gets dumped and mopes about until put back on his feet by alt-punk girl with a heart of gold--undermined by an unnecessary and for the reader unwanted political backstory pitting the guy's far right, attention seeking mother against a gay rights Glitter Mafia. Excise the latter elements and the story was pretty good. With them in, irritating at times.
2.5 stars. On Buy, borrow, skip scale: Nothing to miss here--skip.
P.S. Lots of review comments ...more
He is writing a novel, but he will always be compared to his successful father, an alcoholic with a wandering eye who comes to stay with his son. It is a family story, a workplace comedy (ala ...more
Poor Andy can't catch a break! The book follows him as he goes back home to Omaha to see his dying grandfather and contend ...more
Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Baltimore. His first novel, Domestic Violets, was nominated in the Best Humor Category at the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.