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THE BROKE ASS BRIGADE: LIVING WITH ASPERGER'S IN THE SAVAGE SIDE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM Kindle Edition

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Don Romonov is the author of Broke Ass Brigade, a book penned from first-hand experience about his life with Asperger’s syndrome. An account of the tough times he has faced trying to fit in, and make a life for himself. He was often looked at as a problem child, and then a misfit adult—often sad, a loner, unable to make friends. His parents sent him to a number of different psychologists, but none of them had the answers. His disability was dismissed as rudeness, laziness, or deliberate misbehavior. Despite being highly intelligent, he was unable to secure and keep the most basic jobs due to his social disabilities. Immersing himself into gaming, whiskey, and old Mercedes, he found a way through this harsh world. Finally, after hitting rock bottom, Don found his way to recovery by giving up prescription cocktails and failed therapeutic measures. He has found medical marijuana to be his way to living a “normal” life. Having found the state assistance he needed to focus on getting better, he now is successfully completing his Master’s Degree (with a 4.0 GPA).

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  • File Size: 1978 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Steel Shark press; 2nd edition (August 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092HAOTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Esmeowl12 on October 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Broke Ass Brigade by Don Romonov is an autobiographical journal or diary of sorts of a young man who is forced to scrimp and save just to make it in the day-t0-day world. He has to scrimp and save because he works at "The Company Store." The specific name of the store is never mentioned but it's easy enough to figure out.

Don relays his daily struggles with Asberger's Syndrome (a form of autism), making ends meet, his friends and their activities and the horrors of working at "The Company Store." This book is both terribly sad and hilarious. The stream-of-consciousness (and loaded with sarcasm) entries about the people he sees in the store and the real-life things that they do are as mystifying as they are unbelievable. I laughed out loud a number of times at things he mentioned. When I tried to read them aloud to my family, I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face!

Now, a word of warning, the language in the book is crass, graphic and may be offensive to some. The f- word sprinkles most of the pages. If you can get past that, this is a very entertaining read. I give it a B+.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Horak on November 5, 2012
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A bit tedious at times. Not much variation in the story telling so it tended to flag my interest after awhile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By louise3anne on February 21, 2013
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These are the chronicles of a young man, who coincidentally has Aspergers, who is working for the Company Store... It who cannot be named. My words, I think.
It's not easy getting a job in North America these days, and Don Romonov tells us his experiences working for one giant, soul sucking corporation.
This author is an astute observer of human beings and was in a location full of amazing and unusual specimens of humanity that he sketches for us, quickly and competently.
He outlines the problems with corporate management thoughtfully and intelligently. It's a miracle this place continues to function. Literally a miracle as it wrings blood out of stones.
He has a wicked sense of humour that had me laughing out loud every now and then, and at one point, very near the end of the book, I laughed for five minutes. This alone was worth the price of admission.
I read some of the other reviews. Some warned about f-bombs. There are f-bombs, but they're always appropriate and tasteful.
Some reviews criticized this author's spelling, word use, or formatting, and I can say, as a person who automatically edits any book she reads, this book was well written, with few typos or spelling mistakes. There were very minor formatting problems but the storytelling was so powerful that the formatting problems were not noticible.
Mr. Romonov has an incredible wit and sense of humour. He could write dialogue for movies or tv that would be remembered forever.
He opened my eyes to the incompetence and unnecessary cruelty that goes on in the corporate store. I will be shopping there less. Much, much less.
I've had difficult times in my life, but nothing to compare with what he describes. He is to be congratulated for making lemonade out of this puppy.
In short, I loved the book. If you love people watching, astute observation and analysis, and laughing, you will enjoy this book.
I think it's a great read, and give it a Tremendous, and 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Welcome to `The Broke Ass Brigade', a novel/diary about life working for the Company Store. This book is very much stream of consciousness and as such, some readers may feel as if the book jumps around a lot yet the subject changes make perfect sense. I laughed out loud at some of the events and had to read then aloud to my spouse (then we were both cracking up!). Through a unique point of view, Mr. Romonov highlights a majority of what is wrong in this country right now. From the slave-driving and incompetent managers, the overworked and underappreciated employees, and the ridiculously sad customers, the author has truly captured what it is to work in one of the largest retail chains in the world. I thought some of my experiences in the retail world were bad, but they doesn't even compare. `The Broke Ass Brigade' is funny, sad, and touching - a must read! Be warned: there is graphic language and situations which are not appropriate for children. This is definitely an adult-only book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Seidl on December 9, 2012
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"The Broke Ass Brigade" traces the exploits of Don, the only sane man in a world of corporate retail gone mad. One part Ferris Bueller, one part Bugs Bunny and two parts George Carlin, Don faces the mind-numbing, back-breaking grind of retail drudgery with a sharp tongue and good heart.

Of special interest to gamers, and those who can relate to the vagaries of retail or corporate life -- but these are definitely not prerequisites to enjoy the book, as it really boils down to a chronicle of one man's struggle to make his way in these uncertain times (personally and professionally). Who can't relate to that?

A few minor formatting and spelling issues, but not enough to mar an engrossing read. My favorite independent ebook. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Telly Bobbitt on March 1, 2013
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Don Romonov's account of working for the "Company Store" is a heartfelt, gut wrenchingly hilarious diary of what it means to be part of the working poor in America. His unique insights shed light on how large corporations use entry level workers to make millions, and then throw those workers under the economic bus. After reading this, there is one major retailer that I will never shop in again, so help me God, unless I feel like crop dusting the electronics counter after stealing a couple of rotisserie chickens. Read this public service announcement while playing a video game after eating chili, as Don would have intended. DO IT NOW.
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