We're All Damaged

We're All Damaged

Book - 2016
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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't technically his.
Publisher: New York : Little A, c2016
ISBN: 9781503933385
1503933385
Branch Call Number: FIC Norm
Characteristics: 268 pages ; 22 cm

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KimmyRose
Sep 25, 2017

This novel: a funny, easy-to-read, and deceptively complicated character study of an average joe white dude from small town America with average joe looks, ambitions, and abilities. A sensitive fellow, a thinker: he denies it. Often excruciatingly insecure. But kind. Also, denied.

And Norman makes it funny, relatable, and entirely readable! I eagerly turned each page.

I liked Andy's self-depreciation and self-determination, his reasonable, believable, low-key growth as a human being. I liked how his family were all imperfect people, even people with offensive beliefs, and yet he loved them, accepted them, saw them alone, as just a person, with his or her own fears.

I didn't like how several of the secondary characters were weakly developed, such as his best friend Neal. I didn't like how some of the voices in dialogue sounded similar, such as Tyler (his ex's new beau) and Neal.

I also didn't like how Daisy, a hugely significant character, was dropped, left mysterious, almost a vision or a religious experience (so to speak) of Andy's, not a real person, at the end. It seemed... inconclusive. I wanted more about her; I felt she and Andy weren't done, yet--apparently--they were, weirdly. Sequel?

Regardless, I wasn't too upset: the story isn't a romance--it's about Andy, and all the different people that he connects with as he discovers his strengths and his new way of being. As he connects with himself.

SPL_Stephanie Nov 04, 2016

In his whimsical manner, Matthew Norman spins an intriguing tale of Andy Carter, a middle age divorced man that is down on his luck. After fleeing to New York City and deleting his social media accounts, Andy is forced to revisit his past in Omaha where his grandpa is dying in the nursing home. In addition to dealing with the loss of a loved one, he must face the groom of the wedding he destroyed, his ex-wife and the man she left him for, and his outspoken right-wing mother. Through the eyes of the peculiar main character, readers are taken on an unexpected and entertaining journey. This page turner is undeniably full of humour and wit. Readers that have cackled through the works of Jonathon Tropper, will also enjoy this enjoyable title.

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laneyg85
Oct 18, 2016

This was one of the funniest books I think I have ever read! It had many laugh out loud moments but also some serious ones, and touching ones. It was so neat to read about Andy's adventures throughout Omaha and all of the landmarks. You really want to root for him despite all of his mistakes and he is just so real. It will also strike a chord with anyone who has gone through losing a grandparent that you wish you were closer to towards the end of their life. I highly recommend this book.

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eydie11
Aug 28, 2016

This book was a fast and funny read. Matthew is becoming one of my favorite authors. He is witty, and gives you moments of laughing out loud.

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n_m_koontz
Jun 29, 2016

Fast and funny and sweet. Some absurd moments that you'll want to share with a friend.

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