After nearly 3 months of carrying this book around with me every day, I've finally finished it.
I'm not about to review it, critic it, or even recommend it. I honestly don't know the first thing about what makes great literature, but I can say that this was the first book I've read by a friend.
Tim is not a good friend of mine, but through happenstance we've spent some unusual time together, and I know him better than I know some of my favourite facebook friends.
Because of that, when I initially started this book, I made the rookie mistake of drawing parallels to real life. At the beginning of the book there is a scene at a kid's football game that made me question everything, wondering which characters were derived from which friends or family, and the obvious connection of the bar in the book to Rainbo, but after about one hundred pages I let go of all my suspicions and just enjoyed the complex story.
I really did enjoy it, but fuuuuuuck; it is not for the sensitive YouTube Kitten watchers like myself. Tim's vivid imagery and amazing detail really made for some uncomfortable moments, and I must admit, I skipped an entire part of the book because I'm a total baby and didn't want to read more about certain characters.
Another thing about the author: He's really good at singing karaoke.