Tucker Max is an online blogger whose outlandish retelling of his personal experiences hurled him into the bright lights of fame. People found his stories to be so crazy that he was even filmed by MTV about his exploits. In a brilliant move, he put together a bunch of his craziest stories (including stories already posted on his free blog) and compiled them into I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. After hearing about how great Tucker Max was from my GGL and some other guys in the fraternity, my roommate purchased a copy of the book and after he was done reading it, I got the sloppy seconds.
I read a LOT of books. I’m such a nerd for books that I have two bookshelves in my room that are stacked with a wide variety of books. None of the books that I read and none of the books in my small collection had me openly laughing out loud like Max’s book. Bear in mind that this is a book that is composed entirely of stories from his drunken nights around the country, weird sex stories, and horrendous treatment of those around him. It was brilliant!
There is one story in particular where Max talks about one night in Austin where he got back to his hotel room extremely late in the night and his roommate managed to get into the bathroom before him. Having to go to the bathroom REALLY bad, Max runs out of his room and winds up making a mess in the hotel’s lobby as he tries to run to the nearest bathroom. Since my retelling will not do the story any justice, you may want to read it directly from the horse’s mouth.
This is an entertaining book. Like any good storyteller it seems that Max integrates a bit of the “fish tale” effect into his stories, but that doesn’t detract from their entertainment factor. Honestly, how many young adult guys out there haven’t exaggerated some of the stats on their hook-ups? That’s what I thought. I don’t know if I can highly recommend that anyone go out there and buy this book since the stories are available for free online. That said, though, if you’re bored, have some free time, and want to read some funny stories about a guy who is out there having fun for the glory of himself, then I recommend heading over to Max’s website.
Max is working on a movie that is loosely based on the Austin road trip story linked above. The movie has a $10 million budget and is currently in production in Louisiana. The tentative release date is some time next spring.