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. 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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one of the best books I have encountered in the last decade. really. I laughed so loud people were giving me looks.
"Funny, Sad, Really engrossing."
"We're All Damaged" is a story about Andy Carter, a guy who was divorced a few years ago, and is still fucked up from it. She's with a new guy and everyone around him is telling him to move on, but he just can't. Meanwhile, his grandfather is dying back in his hometown, so he had to go down there to be with his family and unfortunately, that means being near the woman that broke his heart.
What follows is a series of alternately and sometimes simultaneously funny and sad misadventures as Andy tries desperately to work through his shit, and with the help of a mysterious girl named Daisy, possibly even be happy again.
What makes this book so great, to me, was the way it acts as a story, but also a snapshot of the citizens of Omaha, Nebraska. It checks in on different characters in Andy's life, characters that seem to be one note cliches, but actually turn out to be layered people that, by the end, you feel like you're best friends (or worst enemies) with. Every character had their quirks and their damages, hence the title.
Funny, sad and anchored by a fantastic cast of characters. This book is amazing, and I recommend it to anyone who liked Apatow's Love on Netflix. 5/5
"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.
"loved this book!"
Great story! It caught my interest within 20 seconds. hated for it to end. ♡♡♡♡
"Matthew took the low road, lost a customer"
It was a fun gallop through a few weeks in one guy's life. No deep character development was required because the action moves forward and we are given just enough history when we need it to understand things. The few twists were fun and one unexpected. The need to take the low road and let personal politics show through was totally unnecessary. The same point could have been made without the rasping commentaries.
I like everyone until they tell me how to live, tell me their political or religious point of view, or don't pet my dog. This guy told me enough about his personal views to lose ,e as a reader.
Very believable character. Simply entertaining. One of those books that you are sorry when it's over. Going to check to see if author has any other titles.
Cool storytelling about a 30s something living life and just being normal. Relating everything to movies and 90s television shows. The jokes come fast
"Wasn't too sure..but so glad I did!"
I wasn't sure to be completely honest about getting this book because I typically don't read male authors, weird I know....but this book was thoroughly enjoyable and the narrator did an excellent job! if you're on the fence, go for it!
Book kept me reading and listening (had the kindle book,too) at an okay level. It is humorous and quipped but wasn't a well put together plot. Jumped randomly...
"This book compelled me to...."
...seek out more titles from its author! Listening to this book felt as if the narrator and I were sitting comfortably on a sofa somewhere as he told me about his life. Narration was natural and spot-on. Story was very well-written, kept my interest from the start, and I love the way it unfolded. The profanity was natural to the events and not excessive as one reader mentioned. She needs to get earphones if she plays adult books in front of children! Look forward to listening to more from Matthew Norman.
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