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The King of FU

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The King of FU is a magically realistic poetic memoir about growing up in America in the nineties on the cusp of the age of the internet. It is a voyage that navigates through family tribalism, supervisors, white-gloved Sheriffs, bullies, sex, suicide, dead prisoners, drugs, porn, middle school, and Jesus; all in search of answering one of life’s greatest mysteries: what i ...more
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published May 25th 2018 by Nada Blank
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs
This poetic memoir shows you how it is to grow up in the 90s. Since I'm a 90s kid myself, I found this book very relatable.

I actually loved how this was written in verse, and how it was complimented by the illustrations. Important themes such as abuse, bullying, suicide, and drug addiciton were discussed in this book, but the author made the story light by injecting humor in it.

This was such a unique read; I really enjoyed reading this book. Whether you're a 90s kid or not, if you're looking for
A copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If I were to describe this book in two words, I would say: entertaining and honest.

If you want to write a memoir that is not boring, this is how you do it.

To be honest, I don't even know how to properly describe this book. I haven't read anything like it. I wouldn't really say it's poetry but it is written like a poem. The kind of poetry that annoys me the most are those that attempt to sound like poetry but are actually just
Aashika Ravi
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don’t you

hate when

emo tumblr poets

write like this?

Well, I say

You are not alone

But what if I told you there’s a book that turns this nonsensical contemporary poetry on its head into a way where the format actually doesn’t suck?

I’m glad I agreed to review The King of FU, because now I have hope for contemporary poets again. That’s just one of many reasons, and I’ll be damned if I don’t take you through all the others.

The illustrations are brilliant. Full credit to Nikita Klimov, because it reflect
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

I always feel a little bit weird when I review poetry, because who am I to say whether it’s good or not? And especially this kind of poetry, which focuses on the author’s childhood and his experiences as he grew up in the 90s. That said, I’m going to try to put my thoughts about this book into words.

As a 90s kid myself, I was pretty excited when Ben emailed me to ask if I’d like to review his book. I was even more excited when an actual physical copy showed up in my mailbox, because when do I ge
Victoria Ray
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this poetic memoir: cryptic, fresh, hilarious, dark humor, abstract (the sentences remind the strokes on abstract paintings) = very stylish.
Want to know more? Go grab the book!

Full review on my blog
Dana Davies
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was unlike anything I have ever read before, truly unique and groundbreaking. The way in which the author words things is compelling as you are able to paint a picture of everything happening from page to page quite clearly. I believe everyone can find some sort of similarity to the main character and in the journey of growth. It is realistic and magical all at the same time. Once you start reading it is hard to put down. Cover to cover in one sitting!
Ellie Scott
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s so much humour in King of FU and yet it’s not a light read by any means. The author explores his childhood experiences of bullying, suicide, drug addiction, death, porn and so much more, and yet all of it is done with enough laugh-out-loud lines that it doesn’t become a drag – not be any means. It has the vibe of angsty teen, and yet it also has the kind of maturity that only comes with reflecting on the weirdness of childhood a little later in life, when enough time has passed that even ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

One author’s life story blends into a magical realism setting in one of the most creative poetry books I’ve read this year. I’m talking to you guys today about author and poet Benjamin Davis and his book, “The King of FU”. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis

The King of FU is a magically realistic poetic memoir about growing up in America in the nineties on the cusp of the age of the internet. It
Goth Gone Grey
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting therapy poetry with illustrations.

This is a quick but intense read, free verse poetry with illustrations, parenthetical side bars, and life lessons. It's written about a child growing up, but the context - masturbation, porn, family drama, and more give it the flavor of a therapy session. The illustrations match in tone: black, white and shades of grey for starkness.

This doesn't mean it's a bad read - it's dark but interesting, an introspective look at developing into an young adul
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This memoir paints a picture of a very relatable childhood and adolescence in the 90's. The narrative is disconnected while also being insightful and wildly hilarious, which makes for a sometimes bizarre and always highly entertaining read. It is both weird and meaningful while constantly asking the age-old question, "wtf?" The illustrations help set the tone perfectly. You can easily read this book in a couple of hours, which is great because you won't be able to put it down. I thoroughly enjoy ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to break this up into two parts. Let's start with the writing first. Ben has a wonderful way with words and the writing of this is abstract, yet 100% grounded in reality. I can't imagine that being easy. It's definitely one of the most unique things I've read in... ever.

Now to the illustrations. Nikita's art is gorgeous, and her style ties in perfectly with Ben's writing, The work she placed at the end really tied it all together for me.

If you like weird humor, read this bish.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the way Author Benjamin Davis wrote his childhood memoir in poety verse. This is a read that’s wonderfully different, it moves at at fast pace the writting is witty, a bit dark, sprinkled with humor & some great illustrations by Nikita Klimov. If you grew up in the 90’s or if you’re looking for a new genre to read in 2019 you should check out this great read!
Amanda Languirand
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put it down

Really well written and kept you interested the whole time. Can’t wait for his next work to come out. Highly recommend!
Coming-of-age stories are generally personal experiences and observations told through the eyes of one character. They can be heartfelt, emotional and even insightful, but still, it’s one person’s journey.

The King of FU is all those things, and more.

The king has a natural curiosity and endless questions, but he also has explanations.

Don’t expect those explanations to be delivered with childlike, wide-eyed curiosity and innocence though.

They’re irreverent, sarcastic, profane… and spot on!

Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, e-book, memoirs
*I received this book through Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review*

The King of Fu is a memoir written in poetic verse about what it’s like to grow up in the 90’s. I’m not a huge reader of memoirs but The King of Fu caught my eye because of the way it was told. It was such a unique way to tell a story about your life and I enjoyed the easy, flowing writing.

The illustrations complimented the writing. I loved that they had an almost child like quality but were dark too - fitting per
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book's main strength lies in its very creative execution. While the written stuff isn't exactly poetry, it is certainly poetic. It's its own style.

But it's not just that. It's also quite morbidly funny, which is my favorite voice to read, especially in a memoir. In addition, there are illustrations scattered throughout the book, which really complement the words.

Also, I think that author Benjamin Davis does an excellent job accurately capturing what it is like to be a child and
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. To be honest, I don't even know how to properly describe this book. I haven't read anything like it. I wouldn't really say it's poetry but it is written like a poem. This book was an interesting read. ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was a goodreads giveaway. I thought I'd relate to it, being a 90s kid and reading something different, but it just wasn't speaking to me and felt too offbeat for me ...more
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Benjamin Davis is a columnist for Russia Beyond and author of The King of FU. He lives between Saint Petersburg, Russia and a no-name town in Massachusetts. If you need anything, he’ll be able to help you right over there at the checkout counter. His website:

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