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 more. 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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By M. Papa on 18-06-16
Another Manic Pixie Dream Girl Story
It was just ok. The excessive use of profanity was off putting, since I like to listen around the house and I have young children. The story was OK, but the main character never did anything. Life just happened to him. He never becomes proactive about any problems that face him. Luckily, a manic pixie dream girl comes along to fix his life. But at the end he remains as passive and unimpressive as ever.
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By qpj100 on 28-06-16
Andy's Journey of Trying To 'Let It Go'
We're All Damaged is about a character named Andy Carter who is dealing with the after effects of his marriage falling apart. I want to say this was a "finding & empowering yourself" message, but it really wasn't. Andy didn't necessarily wallow in self pity parties but he didn't do anything to fix his situation either. Life just kind of happened to him and put him in different scenarios and he just followed the pieces as they fell.
There were some characters who just fit into the stereotypical versions of themselves with no real depth, like his mother, brother, bartender black friend and to a certain extent the gay guys. There were some sweet moments that revolved around his time and memories with his grandfather. I was a little disappointed that for Daisy to be one of the main characters that she seemed one dimensional throughout most of the book.
One issue I had with the book was the unnecessary use of profanity. I mean I don't mind cursing in stories, but it seemed like the author was just putting in swear words just to put it in, not cause it emphasized any point or statement. It was like he had a goal to include X amount of curse words in the book, so he looked for random places to put them to reach his goal.
The narrator did an excellent job. The characters all sounded different and were distinguishable. Overall I'd give this book a solid C. It wasn't great, nor was it bad. It had funny and frustrating moments, caring and confusing times, but in the end, it was the life of Andy and we just followed a piece of it.
Long live the squirrel rebellion!
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