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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

(Tucker Max #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  55,888 ratings  ·  4,459 reviews

The Book That Inspired The Movie

My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one ve

Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Citadel
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Feb 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: troglodytes with impaired imagination
Shelves: socio-cultural
"My name is Tucker Max and I'm an asshole.." Mate, your name is "Tucker" and you attended law school, so the second half of that sentence seems redundant to me.

The humor here seems to be the continuation of a long line of misogynist, sometimes crypto-racist, mostly Caucasian males: Andrew 'Dice' Clay, Howard Stern, Morton Downey Jr., "Animal House" (while funny, did spotlight frat-boy antics), Frank Zappa's more misogynist moments (think "Dinah-Moe-Hum" and "Jewish Princess") and on and on. In t
Dec 28, 2008 added it
This book makes me embarrassed to be a man. The fact that it has sold 400,000 copies makes embarrassed to be a reader. That it's justified as bathroom reading makes me embarrassed to own a toilet. To folks who happen to like it: hey, to each his own. My opinions are worth both sides of the two-ply they're printed on and nothing more. But as wussy as the words are, the whole premise---I'm an obnoxious alco-fuckaholic, but I know it, so the joke's not on me---lacks two things I'm sorta fond of: co ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls with low self esteem and daddy issues
this book is like anthropology for me - i have spent my life avoiding men like this and the women who are their prey just 'cause they annoy me. but i was still curious about why everyone was reading this. so reading this book was my shark week - i could watch the feeding frenzies, while avoiding that water at all costs. i think it was fortuitous that i started reading it the day i went to the leonard cohen concert - it made for some pretty magical comparisons. leonard cohen is a man who has been ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
Dear Satan,

I humbly request that you serve Tucker Max plenty of beer once he joins you in Hell. However, please first insert a glass rod into his urethra and then break it in several places.

Very best,

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Mitchell got to pick our latest buddy read, but I can really only fault myself since I was the one who purchased I Hope They Serve Beer In
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book, uh, shouldn't be called a book. I Hope The Serve Beer In Hell is essentially a book-length Maxim article/boasting session at the bar. Now, I don't have a significant problem with either Maxim articles or drunks at the bar, as they can sometimes be funny, but in large doses on the page the effect wears thin. Imagery as hackneyed as "She look like she got hit in the face with a frying pan" may work after eight beers at 2AM on Sunday morning, but I wasn't reading the book then. So there ...more
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
A big WOW for shameless debauchery from a raging egomaniac. It’s like bungee-jumping into the middle of the mosh pit at a fraternity grain party. I’m one of those girls who liked parts of the Tucker book. Well, actually this is sort of a mixed review. The first story I read was the Tucker tries b*tt sex one. I nearly peed myself it was so funny. For shock value and out of control laughs, you could stop after that story and be satisfied. (It turns out I should have stopped).

The next story I read
Kristin Myrtle
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is disgusting! It is literally the worst book I've ever read. And yet I have never, ever, ever laughed so hard and so loud at the written word. This book appalled me but I couldn't. stop. reading! Tucker Max has some kind of writing style, it's almost Gonzo. But I would never tell him that. And if you did he wouldn't get the reference at all. It's like sitting next to some drunk, ex reality-show star in an Ed Hardy t-shirt as he recounts his shallow, pathetic existence. And for that I ...more
mark monday
Oct 24, 2012 marked it as unread-forever  ·  review of another edition
'tis the season...


my carefully considered thoughts on Tucker Max...



Jan 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of the Man Show who can barely read
Lending the fifteen minutes it took me to finish the first three chapters of this book is perhaps my biggest regret in life. I received it as a gift from a co-worker who scanned the back cover and thought it might make for an amusing read on the train ride into work. The most amusing thing about the book, however, was that a supposed Ivy League graduate thought it a wise literary maneuver to forego employing an editor.

The material lacks substance, is repetitive, and the quality of the writing i

“Highly entertaining and thoroughly reprehensible.” – The New York Times

I’m not sure I can put it much better than that, mister NYT reviewer, but I’ll give it a shot. I can’t tell you how many times I saw this book in the bookstore or at the newsstand and almost bought it. But some nagging feminist part of me just wouldn’t let me give this guy my money. So when my friend handed me his copy and said, “Here, this is good train reading,” it was a no brainer. I knew I was in for a fun ride home.

John Rachel
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring operating manual for achieving the most fulfillment in life. It ranks up there with the works of Kahlil Gibran and Richard Bach. This should be required reading in high school and for citizenship tests for new immigrants. It is the Bible and spiritual tome for the American Way, offering timeless insights into the human condition.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: awful human beings; twentysomethings who forgot they are no longer in a frat
Oh please. Am I supposed to be amused? This little prick recalls his "true life" biography of fratty, immature romps around town being a dickhead to fat girls and having sex with everyone in every way. I've never heard of someone shitting and vomiting on himself so often. I read it because a friend recommended I see what life is like for the other side. I don't recommend it to anyone. In fact, I felt worse about myself after reading it and am upset that I even have anything to say about it.

I fe
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
As a chick I am ashamed to say I really enjoyed this book because he just takes advantage of women in such a terrible way but its also kinda hard to feel bad for the women because....well I don't really know any woman that would let things go as far as some of these woman do!!! Its a moronic walk through a jerk womanizer's life with his friends. ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
I get Tucker Max. I do. My proclaiming to everyone on his website, on the dust jacket of his book that he is an asshole, he doesn't have to take accountability for anything. Because, hey, I told you I was an asshole, right? I get it. And I've used that tactic before. That doesn't make me like the book any better, though.

Admittedly, I loved the title and I thought I was buying a smart, witty, off-color book written by a guy whose irreverant rants on life would be hilarious. Not so much. If you've
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Tucker Max is an inexplicable success story. He wrote emails to friends about his drunken, debaucherous sexual exploits. This turned into a blog. This became a book. This became a New York Times bestselling book. Now there is a movie.

Though an impressive exercise in excess and gall, Max’s tales of drinking and sex are mostly unremarkable. Most youths half-conscious for high school and college will be able to meet Tucker half-way with his mildly shocking anecdotes of modern bacchanalian adventure
The Crimson Fucker
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ok, today I’m moving this to my crappy book crappier movie shelve! I went to see this piece of shit yesterday, and when I got there there was this cool ass sign that somebody attached to the poster outside the theater… and I just had to take a picture of me next to it… I wish I had a copy of Sex And Character: An Investigation Of Fundamental Principles to hold next to it… but I didn’t… still this is a crappy book with a guy who thinks he is funny but honestly the only reason why you laugh at thi ...more
Nov 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
A 3.6 overall rating? Are you kidding? Tucker is abhorrent and while I don't mind reading about abhorrence, it would be excusable if this book were even slightly well-written. Which it's not. The funniest parts of the book are the ones in which Max claims to be a writer, working to perfect his craft. That, my friends, is the joke. Don't be had. Just put it back on the store shelves and move along. ...more
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Whoa, boy. There was a guy in college we called “Nast” and now I feel bad… Tucker Max is much more deserving of the title than that poor guy!

This book definitely had some downright hysterical parts but by the end it was a little “much” for me. I just got tired of his schtick after awhile. Some of the tales weren’t even that crazy. The dog vomit one? I’ve known like 10 people with virtually the same story. There were times where I thought, I know much better stuff than that! Don’t know what that
Stephanie Wilson
Jan 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one, really
Let me preface this review with the following:
(1) I have only read the first 41 pages of this book (and intend to read no further);
(2) I purchased this book without performing any preliminary research (the title just seemed funny);
(3) I had a seriously bad date this weekend.

OK, here I go: Honestly, Tucker Max should be commended for his profound ability to memorialize life as it is perceived by a beer-drinking, ass-getting, womanizing, I'm-entitled-to-be-a-dick-so-deal-with-it frat boy. I now fe
Apr 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People with NPD (and/or an STD)
Look, this guy obviously has narcissistic personality disorder. He needs help. (Though being a narcissist, he would never admit or think this.) He calls himself an asshole but it goes deeper than that.

This book is supposed to be funny, but it's just kind've sad. You meet one entitled, spoiled frat boy you've met them all.

The only reason I read this is that my friend takes forever to get ready, and this is one of the only books he had. I've been picking through it for a few months while he was in
Briana Nervig
Well, where to start?

This book is genuinely a great bathroom read: short stories, easy to pick up and put down without hesitation.....but Tucker Max, although a great story-teller, is really not too adept with his words.

He does what annoys me the most (and would have made my favourite English teacher die inside), and quite often too: he is insanely repetitious in his words and concocts the same descriptions over and over. His vocabulary is limited, and it seems like he just discovered the word
Sep 17, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: , generally, I wouldn't
I'm not sure how to rate this book because I found it horribly offensive and downright archaic in the way in views women or for that matter how people treat each other in general. However, that is not to say that several of the stories had me laughing fairly hard (mostly at the author's expense). The author is a narcissist and I mean that literally in every sense of the word. Serously, remember Narcissus? The author actually has a story of a drunken night where he meets a girl he could see himse ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
I must admit that it was a funny book at least for 30 to 40 pages. Then all that random sex, projectile vomiting, and scatology just got boring.

I guess I'm supposed to say what the author and every reviewer of this book has already said: Tucker Max is an asshole, What he isn't is even more obvious. He is not a writer. There are writers who are capable of exploring their assholeness. Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski immediately comes to mind. Yet these writers wrote about much more. They p
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
What can I say about Tucker Max? No redeeming qualities as a human being. This book is filled with drunken tales of sex gone horribly wrong and the horrible treatment of women. The emotional damage he’s caused countless women is unforgiveable. Most educated people will HATE it, I can’t imagine a single person I’m hooked up with on this site enjoying it. You have to be able to separate yourself from humanity and all things that are good to enjoy this book. BUT...

What else can I say about Tucker M
Jun 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up on a buy 2 get, 1 free table at Borders because I thought the title was interesting and I had already picked out my 2 so I was looking for my "1 free" book. I have never abandoned a book in the middle, but I admit this one was difficult to get through. At first it was like watching a car accident that you just couldn't look away from, but eventually the stories of Tucker and his friends' debauchery is just too much. Even in non-fiction, you want someone to learn something. ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Easily the worst person ever in existence. I can't decide if I'd be happier if one of his "conquests" returned to castrate him or if he contracted a cocktail of STIs that would result in the shriveling and subsequent loss of his man parts. Either way he'd be eliminated from the gene pool and humanity could dodge that bullet.

Also, if there were a way to rate this book in negative quantities of stars, it would have the maximum.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who aren't easily offended
Tucker Max is a gigantic douchebag, yet he's strangely un-self-aware for a guy who makes his living writing outrageous lies true stories of his drunken debauchery. Throughout his book of stories, Max talks about himself like he is the undisputed coolest guy in the world, and continually disparages other men in the book as tools and douchebags, unaware that he is them. Funny how that works.

Max's book is outrageous (as in almost completely untrue), misogynistic, crude, and offensive, but I'm not g
Michael Araujo
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
You know that guy, the one who thinks he’s the shit? You know who I’m talking about. You always see him at a party or something talking to multiple girls. The one who will have a girlfriend yet bag another girl and start making plans with another. Well, guys like that piss me off. They give us good guys a name. But as I helped reading this novel of short stories, I couldn’t help but to laugh at the scenarios this guy gets himself into. And his stupidity.

Tucker Max is, I guess it’s safe to say, a
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This work of genius puts my sexual life to shame at the same time it aggrandizes those moments of shameless exploitation! In defense of Tucker however, he's not a user, he's simply knowledgeable about how to take what is already being offered.

Without spoiling this work of contemporary shock-art, I'll simply say that this book is a collection of short stories from Tucker Max's college years beginning in his undergrad at the U of Chicago and spanning through his debauchery as a Duke Law Student. O
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