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We're All Damaged #2020

We re All Damaged Andy Carter was happy He had a solid job He ran Ks 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 be

  • Title: We're All Damaged
  • Author: Matthew Norman
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  • Page: 366
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • We're All Damaged By Matthew Norman, 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 tAndy 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 technically his But before long he needs to go back to Omaha to say good bye to his dying grandfather.Back home, Andy is confronted with his past, which includes his ex, his ex s new boyfriend, his right wing talk radio host mother, his parents crumbling marriage, and his still angry best friend.As if these old problems weren t enough, Andy encounters an entirely new complication Daisy She has fifteen tattoos, no job, and her own difficult past But she claims she is the only person who can help Andy be happy again, if only she weren t hiding a huge secret that will mess things up even Andy Carter needs a second chance at life, and Daisy and the person Daisy pushes Andy to become may be his last chance to set things right.

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    1. Andy has to go back home from NY after his grandfather dies which he really does not want to do because it means facing the life he left behind after his divorce The plot was a little lack luster but I think the voice makes up for that The writing was funny and witty and so many hilarious things happen in the book that kept me reading Especially everything that happens between his mother and the gay people angry at her A little ridiculous but if youre in the mood for funny then this is a good ch [...]

    2. Poor Andy 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 from nasty breakups he [...]

    3. There wasn t much sparkle here for me It s a perfectly nice story about a man who continues to pine for his ex wife a year after their divorce She blindsided him at Applebee s over dinner by announcing she was tired of it all, finished with him She moves on with her life, while Andy flounders miserably.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 me o [...]

    4. Matthew Norman aims for full on Jonathan Tropper territory with his newest book, We re All Damaged He doesn t quite hit that target, but the effort is still both funny and bittersweet 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 their five [...]

    5. I know that everyone s family s got issues But sometimes it feels like it s just you, like your family s complicated baggage outweighs whatever anyone else has going on I have definitely felt that way I have had three different therapists throw up their hands in defeat when discussing my relationship with my father and say, I don t know what to tell you I m at a loss And yet, it was only relatively recently over way too many margaritas with the half sister who entered my life as an adult that I [...]

    6. Yet another Kindle First book, from a while back This was the most appalling book I ve read in a while I have read about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl but this was my first encounter in the wild, as it were, and I now understand how obnoxious the trope can be The plot is about a man whose wife cheats on him and then divorces him so he moves to New York City to be Hapless and Pathetic although he is a Nice Guy, don t you know, who doesn t really deserve to have his heart broken by those Cold and Hea [...]

    7. I appreciate what the author attempts to show, but I expected better The idea that everyone is at least a little fucked up resonates with me I liked the writing style and the humorbut there s something about this book that irritated me Perhaps it was the ballsy, tattooed heroine who comes to the narrator s rescue She s the nerdy guy s femme fatale I ve seen her before, and I m a little tired of it Like a knight in shining armor, she devotes herself to the lonely, lame dude through no effort of h [...]

    8. Wow, talk about a book written rigorously to follow the Nice Guy and Manic Pixie Girl trope to a T.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 sotepid 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 girls in our [...]

    9. Well, I m on page 61, but I m worried I might be about to fall into a very cliche d Manic Pixie Dream Girl story guy meets strange girl after she sends him an anonymous note she s covered in literary tattoos, drinking out of a hello kitty flask 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 sigh

    10. Matthew Norman is a new to me writer and one whose work I will seek out in the future He truly knows how to tell a heart wrenching, heart rending, heartbreaking and, at the same time, hilarious story peopled with very flawed, human characters you ll come to love.

    11. 3.5 starsI 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 As his materna [...]

    12. I was getting kind of worried these last few months with the Kindle First picks I seemed to have picked the duds of the bunch month after month Now, BOOM This book I was about a third of the way in and started to get annoyed because I realized that I now have another author I will be putting on me Keep Tabs on this Author list 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 almost all of t [...]

    13. This was a great mixture of hilarity and seriousness It was like being transported to the good ole days of when sitcoms were the thing The Wonder years meets Parenthood Great MCs and dialogue

    14. I love Matthew Norman s voice and this book was the perfect break from suspense for me I actually read this book while I was listening to Where d You Go Bernadette The novels have some parallels great voice, witty main character, campy fun cringe worthy plot twists, and stellar writing It was fun without being cutesy, and I wanted to hug and strangle Andy in equal measure and this was clearly the intention A really fantastic light but not fluffy read

    15. Less good than the excellent Domestic Violets, but the honest writing and wonderful one liners are still here, and all in all this is a very enjoyable novel to read, even with some implausible plot events in it Some of the same themes from Norman s first novel can also be found here, and the characters are original and well developed I will read anything this guy writes.

    16. A tad disappointed with this short little read, especially being a huge fan of Norman s Domestic Violets I zipped through this one his follow up , lol d occasionally, but also rolled my eyes quite a bit.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, it s stil [...]

    17. Judging by the mostly glowing reviews and 5 Star ratings We re All Damaged received on both and , I started to feel like maybe I was missing something when the book and its main characters left me rolling my eyes in annoyance I waited about a week before writing this review and a few months before posting it because I forgot about it in order to truly process my thoughts Am I being unnecessarily harsh with my 2 Star rating Why is everyone raving over a book that I honestly only finished because [...]

    18. I am clearly not the target audience for this book Self absorbed, immature, 30ish boy man starts putting his life back together a year after his divorce in the midst of his self absorbed, immature mother his self absorbed, immature brother a father whose character is seriously underdeveloped and, of course, a quirky, equally self absorbed and in the end, equally immature, not quite hooker with a heart of gold Maybe I m too old to have any patience with these characters Maybe they are so utterly [...]

    19. I am so excited for this book, because I am a HUGE fan of Domestic Violets, and I think Matthew Norman is one of the funniest writers out there His new novel is the story of a man named Andy, who is flailing around in his life after his wife leaves him, he loses his job, and he relocates to NYC, where he leads a sad, drunken existence A trip back home to visit his dying grandfather in Omaha puts a new path in front of him but can Andy pull himself together enough to follow it A funny and touchin [...]

    20. This is by far the best book I have read this year It made me laugh out loud and it made me tear up This book truly hit home I felt like I was reading a story about my own life Sure, there are some cliches, and we have seen some of this before in other books and movies but it works so well, even the ending You really feel for these characters Imagine watching the saddest scene of the saddest movie you can think of A real tearjerker Now imagine watching that scene over and over again day and nigh [...]

    21. Absolutely hated it I have no idea how it has good ratings, it s the most generic sad boy meets manic pixie dream girl story ever Took me so long to read because I didn t want to pick it back up and the only reason I decided to finish it was so I could write a review saying what crap it was Main character is a dick, whose wife leaves him for another man I would too So he throws a big hissy fit destroying other people s property and goes to NYC He has to come back to Omaha when he finds out his g [...]

    22. This a short, amusing novel that has it s moments of poignancy There is political commentary, marriage turmoil, failed and rekindled friendships , suburban satire and a blind date For a quick read, the dialogue flows and the timing between lines and scenes is nearly perfect Norman s writing is so tight I can see this as a screenplay There are even cute little squirrels with obscene paw gestures If you want to read something that will put a smile on your face but is also heartwarming, this is a g [...]

    23. A few years back I read Matthew Norman s hilarious novel, Domestic Violets, which made my list of the Most Compelling Books of 2011 It tells the story of a man stuck in a soulless copywriting job, the son of a Norman Mailer like father, married to a woman he fears will leave him, father to a young daughter.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 Th [...]

    24. I read Matthew Norman s debut book, Domestic Violets and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this book We re All Damaged is another story about family ties Andy changes his entire life after his wife cheats on him He leaves everything behind in Omaha to make a new life for himself in NYC He may be done with the past but the past is not done with him.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 with his [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book Norman s style of writing and type of story reminded me very much of Gillian Flynn s Gone Girl.

    26. Damage can be goodWhile slow to grab me, I ultimately liked the theme of the book If we could remember every one is struggling, the world filled with compassion would be a kinder place.

    27. I loved the quirkiness of this book Characters had depth and I really cared about most of them Totally relatable story Definitely recommend

    28. When Andy Carter tells you about the moment his ex wife asked for a divorce, be warned you know you re supposed to feel badly for him, but you will find yourself laughing As if her wish to leave the marriage isn t bad enough, she goes and tells him while they re eating in Applebees as Wham s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go plays He knew Karen had been distant, but he never expected that she wanted to leave the marriage As he says, I just sat there, shell shocked and numb, the victim of sudden domest [...]

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