Remember the weird kid with the greasy hair and the odd smell you went to school with? You know, the one who never talked to anyone? That creepy little jerk who sat alone at lunch? The oddball who never took a shower in gym class? The one you imagined might one day go on a shooting spree?
Believe it or not, that kid grew up.
He grew up, he got married, he never shot a single person, he wrote a book, and he even started taking showers after his workouts – most of the time.
Goats Eat Cans is his story.
Follow along as Steven Novak recounts the sometimes hilarious, sometimes hilariously painful, and sometimes painfully hilarious moments that have made his life so wonderfully frustrating. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even vomit. No matter what, you won’t be able to stop reading.
Goats Eat Cans features 55 stories, 55 illustrations, 99 luftballons and enough nonsense to keep you chuckling and giggling for days on end – or hours – or at the very least a few minutes.
*WARNING* This book contains adult situations, sex, foul language, immature boys, poop, pee, semen, ungodly smells, evil cats, vasectomies, packing meat, hair bracelets, mean girls, trenchcoats, Kmart, online dating, adult bookstores, creepy twins, old men with high pants, whale watching, bathroom accidents, gay sex and petting zoos .
That said, this book was hilarious. Novak sifts through his memories, from about age five to adulthood, and highlights only the funniest, most humiliating, or stories that toe that line of too much information. You go back and forth between giggling hysterically and cringing in disgust.
I really enjoyed this book. You could tell that while Novak did not enjoy much of his childhood and high school days, it shaped him into who he is today; a quirky artist with a clever and hilarious sense of humor. Even through the most horrendous of stories about brown pants his snarky and sarcastic comments will have you chuckling in spite of yourself. I vacillated between feeling sorry for him for being tortured in high school, to pitying his wife for marrying him and having to put up with his shenanigans, to wanting to meet him in real life so I could see if he was as funny as he is in his book.
Novak’s voice is an interesting mixture of Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk in Choke, and an irreverent one that’s all his own. If you enjoy that kind of thing, and I did, I’d suggest you pick up his book here and prepare for the insanity.