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Supermarket

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  3,494 ratings  ·  639 reviews
*** THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ***

The stunning debut novel from one of the most creative artists of our generation, Bobby Hall, a.k.a. Logic.

“Bobby Hall has crafted a mind-bending first novel, with prose that is just as fierce and moving as his lyrics. Supermarket is like Naked Lunch meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—if they met at Fight Club.”—Ernest Cli
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Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published March 26th 2019)
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Emily Colkitt
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s own survival.

I looked down at the puddle of blood by my feet, locking eyes with my own reflection. Fluorescent lights flickered overhead. How’d I get here? I was just a dude who worked at the grocery store.

Now here I was, standing over a man I murdered.


So begins the debut novel of Bobby Hall, a Maryland native who dropped out of high school, escaped the slums, and went on to achieve world-wide success as rap artist Logic. He
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Ray ☼ Ray
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m only half way but man is it terrible. I love Logic so this is hard to say but it’s like a grade 11 wrote a book and thought it great. It’s cheesy, and tries to be really hip by using brand names in the descriptions every paragraph... I wanted to be in love with this book but I keep just being pulled out by how bad it is...
R.K. Gold
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was too busy trying to be great that it forgot to be good.

Forget purple prose, the lengthy exposition in this novel left me black and blue. Supermarket is the debut novel by the rapper Logic and before I go into my review I am going to say that if this is a genuine career interest for him he should continue his pursuit of writing. This book spent so much time trying to be Burroughs, Palahniuk, and Kesey that it almost became a parody of the three.

SPOILERS AHEAD

The basic plot of the st
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Dennis
Frankly, I almost gave this book 1 star, which I've only done once, but I really did not enjoy Supermarket at all. It lacks a foundation, it is scattered from the first chapter, all the way until the last one, and it just doesn't have any depth or focus on anything other than Flynn (the main character)'s thought process. It's a light read, that many would probably find more entertaining if they have a couple of hours to spare, and want to pick something up quickly. I don't want to spend anymor ...more
Dean the Bibliophage
Despite some negative reviews of Supermarket, written by platinum-selling recording artist Bobby Hall, I decided to give this a shot. It’s a decent first novel where the story improves as you progress through the book, and the plot is cleverly presented. Whilst the author shows promise in their ability to write good lyrical prose, dialogue was flat and characterisation failed to leave any lasting impression. You sense there's something missing, perhaps narrative substance or convincing character ...more
Amy Lively
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not blame Logic for this garbage. I blame his editor and the publisher for publishing it and charging people their hard-earned cash for it. Every single thing that novice authors are told not to do is included here. He must have had a thesaurus nearby— how many words can he substitute for “said” or “walked?” How many times did he write a sentence beginning with “You know when...” Characters are cliche, the plot is not compelling, and the grammatical errors are distracting. I can only assume ...more
chantel nouseforaname
I liked this book better as Fight Club. Sorry, Logic. HOWEVER, I did like the darkly comical and super absurd nature of everything present in the book. Flynn is a character that's been recycled and recycled through time.. using this archetype - you almost feel like you're waiting to see what else the author can make it do.

All of Logic's influences were palpable.. I also felt there were elements of like the recent film Baby Driver in this book.. the youthful, white shirt, blue jeans James Dean p
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Veronica
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My advice to Logic...surround yourself with people who tell you the truth. A brilliant lyricist doesn’t make a brilliant novelist, clearly.
Rachel Quesenberry
So, I’m a huge fan of Logic/Bobby. Awesome dude, love his music. I had really high hopes and an open mind for this novel, but unfortunately, this book is not well written at all. A 15 year old writes at this level, or better. Stereotypical and unrealistic characters, very predictable, lots of cliches. Immature writing, and a very “young adult” novel. Really really great story idea and good (though bit cheesy) message though. Would’ve, and really could’ve, been soooooo much better if Bobby was mo ...more
Liz Laurin
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even having partially figured this out I still wasn't expecting the full reveal. Love love loved this.

I also highly recommend listening to the authors music while reading.
Maria (Big City Bookworm)


Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

Merp. This started out rough and got better towards the middle, but the writing style was just a big nope for me. Ultimately, this felt like a Fight Club rip off and not in a good way.
Eric Piotrowski
I love hip-hop. I teach a class on it. I love Logic. I've written about his music. He's a talented lyricist and extremely creative person. He's worked with Chuck D, Black Thought, Killer Mike, and other artists at the top of the game. I was eager to read this book.

But it's not good. It's the poster child for "A for Effort". The writing is sloppy and repetitive and weak. Case in point -- Page 133:
"What do you mean?" I asked, not quite sure what she meant.
I wish this were an exception, but it's
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Pierre MacKay
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My expectations were pretty low going in, but this novel is unequivocally, without exaggeration, a dumpster fire. It is beyond awful. The fact that this book was even published is.....confounding. This wouldn't be considered passable if it had been written by an adolescent.

I'm sure Bobby Hall (aka Logic) will profit greatly because he's a fairly significant name in the music industry and he'll be able to sell this piece of shit, but this is absolutely unacceptable. He should be openly criticize
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AndrewH
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There might be a little bias in this review as Bobby Hall (Logic) is my favorite artist...
Supermarket is a really fun read. You as a reader, are completely immersed in the main character's thoughts, emotions, and overall attitude towards work and life. I guarantee the first paragraph will hook you right on and it will be hard to put the book down. The book is split into two parts and both were written at different times in the author's life. Part One mainly focuses on the protagonist dealing wit
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Sugus
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird, short and fresh.
Laura Rash
Well that was trippy! Not what I expected by the description but oddly enjoyable. The humor in this had me cracking up but underneath was an interesting story about depression. Very reminiscent of Cuckoo’s Nest in the very best way.
On a side note, I didn’t know this author was a rapper until after I bought the book. I asked my 21 year old son if he knew who he was and he said “yeah I have his book but haven’t read it yet”. What’s the odds?! Lol
Malik Williams
About halfway through the book finally picks up. Very dry in the beginning. A lot of random dialect and childish cussing but this is a first from the author, so there's plenty of room for growth.
Krysta
Preface: I'm not giving this a star rating because I don't think I can fairly give it one. What I will say is this: I enjoyed my time with this book and simultaneously listening to the audio book with it. I don't regret buying it both physically and in audio book form.

Second preface: The soundtrack to this book is nice. Not gonna be everyone's thing but I kinda dug it.

The entire time I was reading this book I couldn't help but think of Legally Blonde. The scene where Callahan has just gotten th
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Bryan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can only assume that the people that gave this 5 stars are fans of Logic. I was not a fan of him and didn’t really know much of his music. The story is decent which is the only thing that kept me reading. The dialogue is extremely juvenile with characters saying things like “haha” and using exclamation points every other sentence. By the last couple chapters I was skipping around to just see where the story went. Would not recommend this to anyone. I read the kindle version and the only way I ...more
Christina DeAngelis
I finished this book in a day. Besides being an easy read, there are--contrary to popular belief--some good qualities I found. First off, this book is suuuuper meta. I usually don't like that, but since this book is so poorly written, it works. I like Part 1 more than the latter section. Bobby Hall and I have a similar and eclectic taste in music. Part 2 bothered me because of the way schizophrenia is portrayed. I don't think it's Hall's place to make that a character trait because of its inaccu ...more
Antonio José
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
This book is not without flaw understandably as it IS the authors first novel.
The similarities between 'Supermarket' and one of my favorite novels of all time 'Fight Club' are quite strong and probably one of the reasons i enjoyed reading it so much.
A few of the characters i saw right through from the jump, however the ending definitely took me by surprise.
I see there are some negative reviews on here.. Haters gonna hate i suppose.
I actually did enjoy this book immensely though, and
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Jane Kelsey
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!

"So this is how it feels to take a man's life. Forced to kill for one's survival."

I do not think that I can put into words exactly what SUPERMARKE
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Becca
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was super excited to start this book as Logic is one of my boyfriends favorite artists, but we couldn’t even get through the first 3 chapters. Although this is the authors debut novel, I just couldn’t do it. It reminded me of something written by a mediocre high schooler in a creative writing class.
Jonat Kenerson
I picked this up because I like Logic, but this leaves a lot to be desired. There were a lot of moments that were clearly just Logic jumping on a soapbox to talk about things he likes talking about, regardless of whether it had a place in the plot. There's a lot of pointless name-dropping of artists, novels, and other pieces of pop culture that makes it hard to take it seriously as it's own piece of work. There are some bright moments of prose, the premise is interesting, and I think there's som ...more
Daniel Herveaux
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reread
So many thoughts, I just can't believe that ending. First I must say yes, the writing is kinda eh fairly easy to get into and the way the protagonist narrated was a bit off when he got into second person p.o.v. , there is some cheesy moments with the dialogue between characters. I recomend the Audiobook, Bobby Hall (the author a.k.a Logic) is amazing! Also I like to add that even though I know Logic is a rapper I never listen to his music before (tho that will change! Especially finding out he m ...more
Brittany Kantack
This was just...ok for me. I heard about this awhile ago and was pumped about it. It is very apparent that he is not an author. It was just..eh.
McKayla DeBonis
Actual 2.5*

I have so many things to say about this. Firstly, I had high expectations because I love Bobby & what he represents.. but I was just so disappointed in this.

When his manager (or whoever) told him he couldn’t write a book, I think he was right in a sense. Bobby can’t write a book. Maybe in a small way he did a great job with representation for anxiety / depression. I can’t really speak for the other half because I have no clue about those illnesses & if they were represented w
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Devyn
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Dennis Still
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(4.2 out of 5 stars)

Supermarket is an incredible Psychological Thriller. Easily one of the strongest debut novels out there. Logic, I am more than impressed.

I must admit, the writing felt a little cheesy in the first 20-40 pages. There was a couple moments where the metaphors used were very weak. It made me doubt where it was going, but the writing style is pretty unique and that kept me going. Then it progressively got better and better.

By the time I got to page 60 I was very immersed in the
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Shaylormoon
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars out of 5.
Bobby, I'm so sorry. I'm a huge fan of yours and I was really looking forward to your first novel, but in the end I guess it wasn't for me. There were some nice ideas in this book but overall I felt like the writing, the execution, the characters and the story were all lacking. Things definitely picked up in the second part but it wasn't enough to make me enjoy Supermarket as a book. As a movie? I think it'd be nice (though maybe a bit too similar to Fight Club).

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Bobby Hall a.k.a. Logic, the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist, quickly established himself as one of the most original young stars in music. Through a streak of hit records, Bobby Hall has cemented his status as one of the greatest MCs at work, hailed for his lyricism, cinematic storytelling, and inspiring message of peace, love, and positivity. His music touches on societal iss ...more
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