Book Review: Supermarket by Bobby Hall

For June, my book club decided to read Supermarket by Bobby Hall. I finished it early (unheard of!) and I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on Flynn’s experience working in a grocery store. Not going to lie, this brought back a lot of trauma from my time working in a grocery store in high school, but, luckily, my experience is far from Flynn’s! Here we go:

Summary:

“Flynn is stuck—depressed, recently dumped, and living at his mom’s house. The supermarket was supposed to change all that. An ordinary job and a steady check. Work isn’t work when it’s saving you from yourself. But things aren’t quite as they seem in these aisles. Arriving to work one day to a crime scene, Flynn’s world collapses as the secrets of his tortured mind are revealed. And Flynn doesn’t want to go looking for answers at the supermarket. Because something there seems to be looking for him. A darkly funny psychological thriller, [sic]” (Source: Goodreads)

Popular Goodreads tags: fiction, thriller, mystery, horror, contemporary, adult, mystery thriller, suspense, health, mental health

About the Author:

“Bobby Hall a.k.a. Logic, the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist, quickly established himself as one of the most original young stars in music. Through a streak of hit records, Bobby Hall has cemented his status as one of the greatest MCs at work, hailed for his lyricism, cinematic storytelling, and inspiring message of peace, love, and positivity. His music touches on societal issues that affect us all, including anxiety, depression, and race. Supermarket is his first novel.” (Source: Goodreads)

What I Liked About the Book:

The book reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye (which isn’t a bad thing — The Catcher in the Rye is one of my favorite classic novels), but read from a mental health perspective (*spoiler* imagine Holden telling his story to a therapist or writing his story while in an asylum and you’ve got Supermarket). Holden Caulfield and Flynn are similar in many ways, and the resemblance is uncanny (at least to me)!

Surprisingly, this novel is written in a mix of first- and second-person. Sometimes Flynn is sharing his story from his perspective, but he’s also breaking the fourth wall to speak with the reader directly. I’m not a big fan of first-person narratives, but I did enjoy reading about Flynn’s experiences through his eyes while also being invited to come along on his journey.

What I Disliked About the Book:

I don’t know if it’s just me, but the story was very predictable. Was I surprised by some things? Yes, but I had already predicted a majority of the book based on the synopsis, the chapter titles, and what I had read in the first couple of chapters. Because of this, Part One was a very slow read. I was waiting to see if my predictions would come to fruition and the build up to that was moving at a snail’s pace.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was satisfactory and not too bad of a read.

This book was an easy read and brought a lot of mental health awareness! I will admit while in the middle of reading it, I was loving the book and was thinking of all the people I’d recommend it to only to be let down by the ending. It’s amazing how one small part of a book could change a rating, and in this case, it did. I still recommend this book as a form of education, but like I said above: the story is predictable and the ending is lackluster.


Interested in reading Supermarket for yourself? Click the cover below to purchase for Kindle or Audible, or in print:

Supermarket

In the comments…

Share your thoughts on Supermarket if you’ve already read it. What’d you think of the story and the ending?


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