The Poor Man's Guide to Suicide by Andrew Armacost


Published: May 2014
Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing
Format: eBook

A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review

When I first spotted this on Netgalley I was drawn to the quirkiness. I thought it seemed really different to anything else out there so I was looking forward to it. 

Unfortunately The Poor Man's Guide to Suicide was a bit of a let down. It's not often that I dislike a book enough to completely give up on it but I just found it very hard to generate any will to pick this up. 

I found it Dull really.  That's a really fucked up thing to say about a book about suicide but it's true. I wasn't expecting a laugh a minute but some dark comedy would have help lift it from the drudges. It was marketed as a black comedy but I certainly couldn't find any.

Its sort of a fictional memoir ( I know that makes no sense but anyway...) about a man named Wesley. He has been married twice, divorced twice and has children from both whom he rarely sees. 

He works hard as a prison guard but by the time bills and child support is paid there isn't much left  towards finishing his degree.

It really is a whine fest. He hatches a plan to get an inmate to kill him so his children can cash in on his life insurance policy. How lovely of him. 

The problem is most of the book is just general bitching with very little page time dedicated to hatching this plan. Its touched on in between him being slightly racist and complaining about things like his dad not paying for college. Boo hoo. I certainly don't know anyone who's parents funded there college degree. It was the inflated sense of self entitlement that finished it for me.

I haven't picked this book up in 2 weeks and have no desire to. I can safely say this will remain unfinished.

If you want an in depth review of everything that bugged me about this book check out 

He explains it much better than I could! 

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  1. That book was, I dont know.. I finished it but it took forever.. adn then the end is "what seriously???!??!?!"

    I thought it was going to be a quirky satire.. was sorely mistaken.. I didnt rate this very well when I did my review for netgalley.. Oh well.. they cant all be winners right?

    1. I'm glad someone else has the same opinion! It was just so not what I expected!

    2. Also, Amber. You should update your google plus page. I was going to go to your blog and look around but when I click on your profile pic it goes to google+ but you don't have your blog address on there! Just something to think about as you may be missing out on potential views!


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