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2.0 out of 5 stars Tucker's vindictive side rears its ugly head, February 20, 2012
This review is from: Hilarity Ensues (Hardcover)
I'll give him this: Tucker entertains. His stories are for the most part well written, and his third book is a fun and easy, albeit frivolous read. As usual, a good chunk of the book is just emails to and from his friends, some dating back years. That, coupled with multiple pages dedicated to his "sexting" with his core fan base, i.e. immature and insecure teenage girls, sort of undermines his claim of being a prolific writer.

Tucker is at his best when he writes about his friends' various idiosyncrasies. The chapter about his friend Hate was by far the funniest, containing some exemplary wit.

He is absolutely at his worst when he gives life advice. The "wisdom" he imparts is shallow, hackneyed, and hardly conducive to forming good character. At one point in the book, he suggests that kids shouldn't listen to anything their parents say, that they should just follow their own rules and the hell with the norm. So, when your dad preaches the importance of virtues such as loyalty, honor, fortitude, and honesty, just ignore the old man. Very rebellious, Tucker! This is painfully cliched and unenlightened advice.

By far the most disturbing chapter is on Miss Vermont.

It reveals a vindictive, pathologically narcissistic, and petty side of Tucker. He takes extreme pride in destroying a young, innocent girl for absolutely no good reason. He comes off as border-line sadistic in challenging Miss Vermont to write her version of events. Miss Vermont didn't want stories about her private sexual encounters published on the internet (who would?), yet Tucker takes delight in revealing intimate details about their relationship. Worse, he hides under the first amendment to justify his actions. Tucker fancies himself as a champion of free speech, when the real story is Tucker's cowardice in continuing to taunt a girl, whose privacy he had already shamelessly violated. Tucker feigns indignation at Miss Vermont's hypocrisy--her preaching chastity on the one hand, and not living up to it on the other. And that is apparently good enough reason for Tucker to go after her with a religious like fervor. He almost exudes moral righteousness that comes off as incredibly petty, creepy and vengeful. In short, the Miss Vermont story makes him look really small, vindictive and cowardly.

Hilarity Ensues is a fun read--with the salient exception of the Miss Vermont chapter--but it belies Tucker's delusion that he has grown or that he is an exceptional writer. He is still petty, at times bitter, and never particularly insightful.
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2012 6:39:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2012 7:01:06 PM PST
Agree with you about the Miss Vermont chapter...Tucker accuses HER of being crazy while he spends page after page obsessing about her, every word she ever said, every web page she ever posted, and the cute drawing she made for him...a harmless, beautiful woman he had a few dates with in 2002, who had the misfortune to apparently sincerely like him.

And now he not only can't just LET IT GO already, but is determined to ruin her life.

This is typical of the lowest, scummiest guys: instead of just going away when it's over, they have to try to fire you from your job, ruin your reputation and protest protest protest how crazy you are.

Yes this chapter resonated with me...I ended up liking the girl. I'll bet Tucker never admits even to himself that when he first met Miss Vermont he pretended to be a nice guy.

He certainly made her pay for her mistake in thinking he was one, didn't he?

Obsessive, much, doesn't even begin to cover Tucker.

Hilarious when he begs her to respond to his postings about her in a pitiful yet desperate attempt to get some contact from her. I am SO GLAD she didn't bother to reply and I hope she is having a wonderful happy life, and has forgotten all about him, as he secretly fears.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 2:26:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2012 7:24:42 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 3:10:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2012 3:25:49 PM PST
Realist says:
He could sell a million books and it' doesn't change the fact that this book is almost repetitive of his first book, and that Max writes alot of b.s. and does a poor job of it. His readers have matured and can write thoughtful critiques. His fans then react how you'd expect them to. His obsession with Miss Vermont and how he still goes after her with such vengeance speaks for itself.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 3:30:53 PM PST
Realist says:
Topiary Cow, your comment is right on the money. His true colours have come out like a laser light show.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 6:18:43 PM PST
Why, thank you, C. Misale.

I am just glad I got this book from the library instead of enriching him, ha!

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Posted on Mar 18, 2012 8:55:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2012 8:55:39 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 5:07:40 PM PDT
Glickman,

Agree. Even though I kinda hated the guy I was still fascinated while at the same time repelled. Plus there were some really funny parts of the book, though most of the humor, granted, is by TM being cruel to others.

Fascinated yet repelled = talk about the book = sales. That's the only thing I can think of to explain the good sales.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 10:04:32 AM PDT
Andidyus says:
Except, she lost privacy when she did something with him. She does not own his side of the story, and if he so chooses he can talk about HIS life. Unless she makes him sign an NDA BEFORE it happens and BEFORE he prints it, guess what, it's not private. Last I knew you couldn't copyright a vagina - but maybe I'm wrong. What I know I am not wrong about is his right to publish anything that happens in his life.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 8:50:57 AM PDT
Thrasybulus says:
I never disputed his RIGHT to publish it. Of course, he has the right. I simply made the obvious point that Tucker Max is a petty coward and a scumbag for doing it.
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