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Review: Everything Hurts by Bill Scheft

Everything Hurts: A Novel My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as I was starting to really have problems with the back pain that had been bothering me a little bit for months. It was just the story for my frame of mind.

This is funny book. No question. It’s a very satirical humor, which I enjoy. As with most satire, even its most ridiculous moments have roots in reality.

Phil Camp is a sportswriter.  He’s also developed a mysterious pain that his doctor can’t fix.  He decides to follow up on a recommendation for an alternative approach.

I enjoyed both of the self-help gurus that were the focus of the story.

Doctor Abrams claims all physical pain is caused by issues in the psyche. Resolve those, and the pain will go away. The problem is, who can ever really resolve all resentments, anger, and so on?

Better yet was “Marty Fleck”, Phil’s alter-ego for his parody of a self-help book, Where Can I Stow My Baggage?. No one is more surprised than he is when people take it seriously, and are actually helped by it.

There’s a romantic storyline, and (as you’d expect) that has twists and turns as well. Janet was a little flat compared to the other characters, but not enough so to be an issue.

The (rather ridiculously complex) family relationships and accompanying issues made for interesting reading, and again, there were roots in reality that made the craziness worth reflecting on.

This book isn’t for everyone. The humor won’t work for some, the issues being satirized won’t speak to others. If it doesn’t sound like it would appeal to you, you’re probably right. If it sounds good to you, pick it up to read. I’m glad I did.

I received this book from the publisher for review.  I appreciate this opportunity, but it didn’t influence my opinion of the book!


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