The Poor Man's Guide To Suicide - Andrew Armacost

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!


A quick note: This is not really a guide to suicide...


As I finished this book yesterday, and April 12th is Mediocre Metaphor-day it's only natural I should pop in with a mediocre metaphor of my own. This is as much a guide to suicide as Silver Linings Playbook is a book on pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows.


It starts though with Wesley contemplating on what kind of suicide he wants to commit. (Don't take pills, he's quite sure about that). Nevertheless, no matter how boring his life is (thus the depression) he finds a lot to talk about, and it is almost as if he forgets that he was planning a suicide at all.


Wesley wants to take his life after he's twice divorced, twice 'non-custodial' parent and his dreams are shattered now he's working as a prison guard. All in all it reads like a diary. Of a not so sympathetic man. Who's depressed. Kind of.


I had some trouble when I started. It was quite different from what I expected (based on the first few pages I expected him at least to consider multiple methods of suicide) but after about 50 pages it no longer bothered me. Near the end, the story lost me again, and I believe the ending to be a real disappointment, unfortunately. I'm not sure what I really think about it, and although I enjoyed reading it, I don't think this is a book I'd recommend to everyone. Just to some.