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Shit Luck Paperback – November 18, 2016
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The story starts off with XXXXXXX having a whole host of run-ins with really bad luck. She gets mugged, her stylist burns a bald spot into her scalp, and she loses her job all in one day! Some other bad stuff happens too but Scandal does a much better and funnier job of telling the story. After coming home from this awful day she is convinced by a friend to hit up a frat party she is not really keen on. She is murdered at that party and learns that when you die all you really do is shift dimensions. This is where the book really takes a turn for the absurd and grotesque. Also, to make matters worse, her killer can cross dimensions and kill her over and over. The book is paced well and keeps you engaged as you cross dimensions with the main character as she tries to evade her killer. I also want to note how the book is formatted even helps with the pacing of the story, not to mention the beautiful cover. The story isn't the only cool thing about the book.
I am not an aficionado of Bizarro fiction but I do dabble my toes in it every now and then. I felt like Scandal was a safe bet since I really enjoyed her last book, Jigsaw Youth, a novella of contemporary punk rock beat generation style vignettes. **** Luck definitely has the over the top absurdity commonly found in Bizarro books, which in the wrong hands can get on my nerves, but **** Luck is funny and not exploitative in that way. It has an edge and satirical elements that make it relevant and keep it interesting without being corny. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I am learning as I read Scandal's work that she has some versatility in her arsenal. It makes me look forward to what she drops next.
S*** Luck follows the story of a nameless female protagonist having the worst couple days of her life: she burnt off a piece of her hair, she gets mugged, her car breaks down, she gets fired from her job of 6 years, and more. It follows Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And this gets worse later on in the story when her friend invites her to a frat party to cheer her up after she lost her job, and she dies. No glitz or glamour, no crime. Frat Party. D E A D.
Unfortunately this isn’t the end of her luck, it’s just the start of a life after. Think of it like reincarnation, except you have no idea what life you’ll get, where you’ll be, or what year it is (a nice caveat is that you get to keep your own body). For instance, being reincarnated into a world where the only way you can go through any door successfully is by crab-walking. A little bit more into the narrative she dies. Again. Killed by a man she saw at the party. The exact same man.
And, so, a very strange and bloody cat and mouse chase begins with being killed and being sort of brought back to the life after time and time again.
Tiffany Scandal works magic into these strange scenarios and zany worlds. In between the wacky stuff going on in the narrative there are times where the character says something so deep and personal it harkens back one of the best things about this book: relatability. How we all deal with the bad, sometimes terrible things that life throws at it, the way life sucks butt and things don’t ever go right for you, how your love life is falling apart or not going at all, how you just wanna get laid, etc. It’s all in here.
This is one of the rare books that is just funny. No holds barred, laugh out loud funny with all the gruesome murder, period blood shooting out of you, a b**** of a mom, an actual baby-man. It’s a book that moves in breakneck speed that demands to be read in one sitting (I did).