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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

'What would Jesus do?' More like, 'What would Tucker Max Do'

After reading Tucker Max¿s background as a former Univeristy of Chicago student who had moved onto Duke Law School, I thought I had a general idea about what this book would comprise of. After reading only two lines, that idea was shattered. Tucker Max is a 33-y...
After reading Tucker Max¿s background as a former Univeristy of Chicago student who had moved onto Duke Law School, I thought I had a general idea about what this book would comprise of. After reading only two lines, that idea was shattered. Tucker Max is a 33-year-old lawyer who hates law and loves having sex and getting drunk. In fact, I¿m pretty sure he likes doing both at the same time. Max told stories of crashing sorority parties, sleeping with woman all around Vegas, trying new, awkward sexual experiences with rich girls from South Florida, all the way to running away from a clan of hillbillies who were about to kill him and his friends in North Carolina. Before picking up this book I saw books as a boring, imageless way to hear a story. Tucker Max turned that around for me. For being the vile, offensive person that he is, Tucker¿s grammar and sentence structure painted a picture in my mind that I am still not quite sure I wanted to see. I laughed out loud so hard and so many times while reading that I¿m pretty sure I have some kind of minor lung and diaphragm damage. Although Max is not the kind of guy I want my sister to date, he does teach two very important lessons. The first lesson is to always live life to the fullest because you only live once. When you see the opportunity to have a fun time, even if it might land you waking up in bed with a fat chick, take it. The second lesson is also pretty simple if you love having sex, being a drunkard, and hate wearing a tie, do not become a lawyer. Tucker Max, I raise my glass to you. Thank you for the laughs, the abdominal pain, the new outlook on my life, and the guidance that as I grow up and learn wrong from right, that I never become anything remotely close to you. If I ever met Tucker Max in real life, he would definitely be invited him to my bachelor party and my wedding. But after that, I would never want to see him again because he would probably sleep with my wife, wake up in the morning and not remember a damn thing.

posted by Anonymous on August 25, 2008

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25 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Great start, got tired quickly

A big WOW for shameless debauchery from a raging egomaniac. It's like bungee-jumping into the mosh pit at a fraternity grain party. I'm a girl who liked parts of the Tucker book, so this is sort of a mixed review. The first story I read was the Tucker tries b*tt sex one...
A big WOW for shameless debauchery from a raging egomaniac. It's like bungee-jumping into the mosh pit at a fraternity grain party. I'm a girl who liked parts of the Tucker book, so this is sort of a mixed review. The first story I read was the Tucker tries b*tt sex one. I nearly peed myself it was so funny. For shock value and out of control laughs, you could stop after that story and be satisfied. (It turns out I should have stopped).

The next story I read was pretty funny. The next brought a few chuckles, and by the fourth I was bored. Vomit and poopy pants is only outrageous once; not every story. It seems pretty obvious that he decided early on to "never let the truth get in the way of a good story".

At that point I switched gears and realized the true entertainment value; laughing at Tucker's misplaced ego, lame debacles and feeble attempts at writing. And since they're all embellished versions of similar stories, you get to guess the timing and outcome of the events and feel proud of your highly tuned prophetic skills. This gem of a discovery had me howling big-time.

Honestly, some of these stories my 17 yr. old brother would consider too pathetic to repeat. Tucker et al flake out, embarrass themselves, explode body fluids, and the outcome is lame. By contrast, Tucker brags like these are conquests from a billionaire gladiator. I've never known someone so egotistical they don't even realize it when they were made to look like a fool.

I've met some successful adrenaline junkies in my short life whose stories ARE mind-blowing; I've been involved in some of their debacles and am astonished at what they get away with. Tucker's stories for the most part would make an embarrassing footnote of losers seen fumbling around in the background.

Don't get me wrong; if you're a freshman and led a sheltered life...if you like comedy and can overcome the short-bus, Darwin candidate frat-i-tude, some of these stories will have you rolling.

If you've matured beyond Spring Break and prefer well written tales, there's better options for drunken philandering memoirs. Hunter Thompson paved the way with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Also make sure you get Brett Tate's hilarious photo-documentary about insane wealthy gangsters living the dream;

High Heels and Dirty Deals - Globetrotting Tales of Debauchery from a Binge-drinking Nymphomaniac.

posted by Monique-S on April 19, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    As A Woman

    Every young woman should read this book. Hopefully, it may push some college age girls into developing some self respect, if only out of anger. On another note, there are some very funny stories. Also funny: Max is in the dark about what his 'buddies' no doubt say about him. We all knew this guy in high school/college, and his 'friends' were never as loyal as he thought. Wake up Tucker.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    Meh.

    Reading some of these reviews, I have to wonder about peoples' standards for the terms "hilarious" and "funny". Unless you're a fratboy, this is a pretty mediocre book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Got rather irritating

    The first few stories I was laughing hysterically. After awhile however I started to get really bored. Who celebrates drunkenness so much and actually thinks he's special because of it? Tucker Max began to seem like a young Sarah Palin...figure out on your own what I'm talking about. The book itself is written well, he definitely knows how to tell a story and you get a very good idea of who Tucker Max is....and maybe that's what the problem is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Too much

    Toward the end I was tired of Tucker & his exploits!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Funny

    My fiance and I read this book together and laughed the entire time. Read for a good laugh.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Oh, wow... Oh, my...

    To read this book, you MUST start with these three bits of knowledge:
    1)The writer is a bad man.
    2)He knows he's a bad man, accepts that and is pretty proud of it.
    3)No matter what, at some point (or several), you will not like him.
    IF you keep all three things in mind throughout your reading experience AND can get past those three things, you will find some very funny stories here. Tucker Max and his friends are clever writers and in many instances in the book, it's not what they did but how they saw it and documented it that makes for a good read. So, I suggest with eyes wide open, you take a deep breath, brace yourself and give it a try.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    This is one of those books that you can read a couple of chapters in then read something else.

    This book is comical. It is funny to read about the events that Tucker did. This is a book that I will read a couple of chapters in, bookmark, read something else and come back and read a few more chapters for entertainment.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    hard to believe

    weve all got drunk and done stupid stuff but this guy is out of control! also it drove me crazy through the entire book, there were so many error. I domt know who edited this piece but they suck. Overall i would recommend iit i thought it was prety funny!

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Nook Price Double Kindle - Ouch

    This book on the Nook is $9.99 when at Amazon this book is $5.00. Paperback price is less than the Nook price. What's up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

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    Tucker Max Writes a vulgar but entertaining book

    Tucker Max compiles a multitude of his blog posts and places them in his book titled I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. The book tells the story of a supposedly average day in Tucker Max's life. These stories range from getting drunk almost every night and having sex with a countless number of women. Though Max's escapades are humorous at first by the end of the book they become dull because it seems like the same basic format for every story. Though the stories do become familiar they are all well written and allow the reader to become thoroughly immersed in the scene that Max writes. He also does a great job of portraying himself as a regular person. Instead of glorifying all of his actions he actually warns others to not follow him. In many of the chapters Max begins them or mentions in them how terrible of person he is and how is trying to warn others to not follow his path. Despite his own warnings Max does not practice what he preaches and continues to live his life of alcohol and womanizing. The fact that Max never attempts to change his life is one of the negative aspects of the book. Max seems very content to stay stuck in his way of life which focuses on him and disregards others and their feelings. The themes that are conveyed throughout the book stay fairly close to Max's ideas about life. Though most of them are negative there are a few aspects that can be taken as positive. The most important one I feel is the idea that what others think about you doesn't matter. Max does a great job not allowing what others say to him or thinks about him effect the way he acts. Being independent and not allowing other people to influence you can be a very strong character trait. Though being independent is a valuable character trait it can also have a negative effect when there is a complete disregard for others feelings such as in Tucker Max's case. Though there are many negative themes throughout the book it was still a very interesting read which I enjoyed in doses. I hope that people do not try and be like Max, and I feel that his intent for writing this was not for people to follow his example but instead to be a form of entertainment and I feel that the book was very entertaining and Max did succeed in writing the book.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Funny

    I feel like I'm a trader, I'm female and laughed out load while reading this book.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    WOW

    So this was loaned to us by a friend who we had loaned "The Real Animal House", which is an absolutely hilarious book. I didn't find this one as hilarious as Justin did, but I did find myself laughing out loud in public places at some of the stuff. It was worth the read ... I'm not sure he should be getting rich off it, tho so I'm glad I didn't buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    Um, ok ...

    I did not finish this book because after reading about ten chapters (more like essays, as they are not really sequential), it seemed a lot of the same stuff. Stories that cannot possibly be true, and, while a lot of them are laugh-out-loud hilarious, there is only so much of that one can take before you're ready to move on to something of more substance to read. Borrow it from a friend to skim just for kicks, but don't waste a whole lot of time on it.

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