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Welfare by Steve Anwyll
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really liked it
bookshelves: arc-reviewers-copy, downloads, fiction, has-a-bunch-of-jerks-in-it, indie-must-haves

Tyrant Books is cranking out some really amazing literature.

Welfare is a manic, depressive, highly infectious novel about a runaway teenager on the cusp of adulthood who is incapable of giving a fuck about growing up. I mean, sure, he thinks about giving a fuck, he thinks about giving a lot of them. But when push comes to shove, he's inexplicably unable to actually give them.

Our narrator Stan spends a lot of time wallowing in self-pity, painfully aware of how he got to where he is - living in a shitty dump with a roommate he sorta hates, penniless, always on the verge of starving. He's knows how dire his siutation is. He's humilitated that he's had to resort to collecting welfare checks, yet he refuses to apply for jobs that he believes are beneath him, and harbors this bizarre fantasy that he's owed better. Everything he touches or tries to accomplish turns to shit, mostly because he half-asses everything. And when his case worker starts putting the pressure on, he suffers from a near-paralization and over-rationalization of ridiculous reasons why he shouldn't have to search for a job, convincing himself that they are super reasonable excuses and so refuses to give a fuck.

While Stan is a total piece of shit, the book itself is a fucking riot. Much in the same way Sam Pink can take a a peice of shit asshole and make us love then, Anwyll's a master at making us give a crap about someone who certainly doesn't deserve it. He's created the perfect mooch - that guy that you'd let crash on your couch because you just feel so damn sorry for him. In fact, he tells Stan's story so well I have to wonder how much of what I've read is autobiographical.
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Reading Progress

January 6, 2019 – Started Reading
January 6, 2019 – Shelved
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: arc-reviewers-copy
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: downloads
January 11, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 12, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
January 12, 2019 – Shelved as: has-a-bunch-of-jerks-in-it
January 12, 2019 – Shelved as: indie-must-haves

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