Supermarket
The stunning debut novel from one of the most creative artists of our generation, Bobby Hall, a.k.a. Logic.“Bobby Hall has crafted a mind-bending first novel, with prose that is just as fierce and moving as his lyrics. Supermarket is like Naked Lunch meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—if they met at Fight Club.”—Ernest Cline, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Ready Player OneFlynn 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, Supermarket is a gripping exploration into madness and creativity. Who knew you could find sex, drugs, and murder all in aisle nine?

Supermarket Details

TitleSupermarket
Author
ReleaseMar 26th, 2019
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Rating
GenreFiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Supermarket Review

  • Emily Colkitt
    January 1, 1970
    So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s own survival.I looked down at the puddle of blood by my feet, locking eyes with my own reflection. Fluorescent lights flickered overhead. How’d I get here? I was just a dude who worked at the grocery store.Now here I was, standing over a man I murdered.So begins the debut novel of Bobby Hall, a Maryland native who dropped out of high school, escaped the slums, and went on to achieve world-wide success as rap artist Logic. He So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s own survival.I looked down at the puddle of blood by my feet, locking eyes with my own reflection. Fluorescent lights flickered overhead. How’d I get here? I was just a dude who worked at the grocery store.Now here I was, standing over a man I murdered.So begins the debut novel of Bobby Hall, a Maryland native who dropped out of high school, escaped the slums, and went on to achieve world-wide success as rap artist Logic. He also answers to Bobby Tarantino, Young Sinatra, and the 1-800 Guy (jkjk).For transparency's sake, you should know that Logic has been one of my favorite rappers for years, and I've been anticipating the release of Supermarket ever since he first began hinting at a novel in 2017. I wanted so badly for Supermarket to be as brilliant as Under Pressure and as recklessly fun as Bobby Tarantino II. Regardless of my affinity for Logic, however, I want to approach this review as objectively as possible. Too many die-hard fans are determined to adore whatever an artist releases without question or critical thought, and I think that's unfair to the artist. I respect Mr. Hall enough to treat Supermarket with the honesty that any new writer should be given. Leading someone on is no way to show your support. So, here goes.The back cover describes Supermarket as a "darkly funny psychological thriller," but it's really more of a psychological comedy than anything. The book follows the life of Flynnagin E. Montgomery, aka Flynn, a 20-something-year-old, recently-dumped, aspiring writer with some serious mental health issues. In order to kickstart his writing career and make some steady money, he takes a job at a local supermarket, where he falls in love with a cute coworker named Mia, befriends Tyler Durden 2.0, and rapidly loses his grip on reality.If reading the opening quote gave you a sense of foreboding, you're not alone. As badly as I wanted to love Supermarket, the distractingly primitive writing made for a conflicting experience straight out of the gate. That opener actually encapsulates many of the problems that pepper the rest of the novel. For one, it's cliche'd as all get out. The second sentence is incomplete. The tone is jarringly informal ("how'd," "dude"). The tenses are inconsistent ("Now here I was"). Not to mention, can you really see your own reflection in a puddle of blood?Honestly, the book felt like it was written by a crude-mouthed high-schooler. Which makes sense, given that Hall never graduated high school. There's far too many commas and sentence fragments for a smooth flow. The prose is riddled with cliches and attempts at being cutesy. The characters use each others' names every other sentence.  There are hahaha's, ummm's, nah's, etc., as if the exchanges are text conversations rather than dialogue. The amount of ALL-CAPS, exclamation marks!!, reaaaallyyyy drawn out worrrrrds, and other flamboyancies make the prose downright exhausting on the eyes. One Amazon reviewer writes, "I was really blown away with how well written it is," and I'm sorry, but reviews like these are objectively wrong. A brief but representative example:“Mia, let’s get out of here, the store’s about to close,” I said.“Chill, Flynn, we work here, and I need to find the perfect pomegranate,” she said.“Mia, let’s go, I’m hungry,” I said, pulling her forward with my arm.“Flynn, Jesus, okay.”And one more for good measure:“Do you listen to Tame Impala?” she asked.“No, never heard of them,”I said, shaking my head.“You’re kidding me!! You haven’t listened to Currents?!?” she yelled.“Haha, nah, I haven’t. Is it any good?”She stared blankly at me.“Is it any good? ‘Is it ANY GOOD?’ HE SAYS! It’s amazing, Flynn. A true modern classic! I’ll have to grab you a copy from the Vinyl Village.”“Oh, I love that place!”Unfortunately, overlooking the prose to the actual meat of the story proves equally grim. The plot starts off with a decent push but rapidly loses momentum, petering off into fragmented episodes interrupted by frequent internal monologues. The twists are so heavily foreshadowed that it feels like the author is ribbing you every chapter and whispering, "Get it? Huh? Do you see it yet? See what I did there?" The "big reveal" was so obvious from the outset that Hall had me convinced I was missing something. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did.There is very little in Supermarket that hasn't been done before. I've seen reviews comparing it to Fight Club, Naked Lunch, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is unsurprising but also unfair, because Hall simply borrows content from them without adding anything new to the mix. I wasn't kidding about Tyler Durden 2.0 — the Frank character literally is Tyler from Fight Club. And the parts of the book that aren't borrowed from other writers are taken straight out of the author's own life. For instance, the description of Flynn's coworker girlfriend, Mia, made my heart ache. Because whether he realizes it or not, Hall is clearly describing his ex-wife, Jess Andrea:She was an absolute beauty! A twenty-five-year-old, Spanish-speaking, tan-skinned, 5'6" supermarket model with jet-black hair; an amazing body; a warm, welcoming energy; and a radiating smile. She was the only thing in the entire store that felt real. She was a combination of Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones. Random mixture, I know, but damn, was she gorgeous.The only truly redeeming quality to be found in Supermarket is Hall's depiction of depression and anxiety, and how the two combined can hold a person hostage in their own mind. Obviously the author has fought his own battle with mental health, which makes the passages describing Flynn's struggles the most vivid and powerful. For example, describing a time in Flynn's life when he could barely leave his bed:I felt hopeless. Not even sad. Just nothing. I couldn’t even cry. The thought of writing was an unimaginable feat. It was a depression so low and flat that I couldn’t even envision suicide as a solution.Another passage describes the physical experience of an anxiety attack with disconcerting accuracy:At that moment, everything around me began to flicker, as though the lights were being sucked from the room, then instantaneously brought back.  My hearing became muffled, then ceased altogether. A high-frequency pitch shot into my head, like in those old war movies when a soldier experiences shell shock. Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion and yet superfast at the same time.Flynn is stuck in a loop, like a hamster in a wheel. He's trapped in the supermarket. For anyone else who feels trapped and helpless, unable to see beyond their current circumstances, a slave to their own mind, there is an empowering message hidden within Supermarket. Beneath the juvenile prose, flamboyant characters, and uninspired plot lies a message about the power of the mind and the importance of mental health. It is possible to break free. As Hall writes in the acknowledgements:I have used words and creative freedom to better myself. Whoever may be reading these words, I hope you have the courage to do the same through any form of creative expression. It has been a long road, but I too, finally, have escaped the supermarket.It's hard to stomp on a book too much when it was written with such whole-hearted motivation and positivity. I admire Hall for the courage and vulnerability it took for him to step outside of his rap niche and dabble in a new medium in order to further spread his message. It must have been terrifying. That said, artistically, Supermarket is a flop. There's no getting around it. And if you insist that it isn't, maybe you should try taking off those glasses as thick and rosy as the book's cover.
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  • Ray ☼ Ray
    January 1, 1970
    I’m only half way but man is it terrible. I love Logic so this is hard to say but it’s like a grade 11 wrote a book and thought it great. It’s cheesy, and tries to be really hip by using brand names in the descriptions every paragraph... I wanted to be in love with this book but I keep just being pulled out by how bad it is...
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Frankly, I almost gave this book 1 star, which I've only done once, but I really did not enjoy Supermarket at all. It lacks a foundation, it is scattered from the first chapter, all the way until the last one, and it just doesn't have any depth or focus on anything other than Flynn (the main character)'s thought process. It's a light read, that many would probably find more entertaining if they have a couple of hours to spare, and want to pick something up quickly. I don't want to spend anymor Frankly, I almost gave this book 1 star, which I've only done once, but I really did not enjoy Supermarket at all. It lacks a foundation, it is scattered from the first chapter, all the way until the last one, and it just doesn't have any depth or focus on anything other than Flynn (the main character)'s thought process. It's a light read, that many would probably find more entertaining if they have a couple of hours to spare, and want to pick something up quickly. I don't want to spend anymore time discussing my opinions about this title.
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  • Rachel Quesenberry
    January 1, 1970
    So, I’m a huge fan of Logic/Bobby. Awesome dude, love his music. I had really high hopes and an open mind for this novel, but unfortunately, this book is not well written at all. A 15 year old writes at this level, or better. Stereotypical and unrealistic characters, very predictable, lots of cliches. Immature writing, and a very “young adult” novel. Really really great story idea and good (though bit cheesy) message though. Would’ve, and really could’ve, been soooooo much better if Bobby was mo So, I’m a huge fan of Logic/Bobby. Awesome dude, love his music. I had really high hopes and an open mind for this novel, but unfortunately, this book is not well written at all. A 15 year old writes at this level, or better. Stereotypical and unrealistic characters, very predictable, lots of cliches. Immature writing, and a very “young adult” novel. Really really great story idea and good (though bit cheesy) message though. Would’ve, and really could’ve, been soooooo much better if Bobby was more mature of a writer. It’s entertaining (in how bad it is) for a few hours, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.
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  • Amy Lively
    January 1, 1970
    I do not blame Logic for this garbage. I blame his editor and the publisher for publishing it and charging people their hard-earned cash for it. Every single thing that novice authors are told not to do is included here. He must have had a thesaurus nearby— how many words can he substitute for “said” or “walked?” How many times did he write a sentence beginning with “You know when...” Characters are cliche, the plot is not compelling, and the grammatical errors are distracting. I can only assume I do not blame Logic for this garbage. I blame his editor and the publisher for publishing it and charging people their hard-earned cash for it. Every single thing that novice authors are told not to do is included here. He must have had a thesaurus nearby— how many words can he substitute for “said” or “walked?” How many times did he write a sentence beginning with “You know when...” Characters are cliche, the plot is not compelling, and the grammatical errors are distracting. I can only assume that 5-star reviews are coming from his fans because this is as bad as it gets.
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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsMerp. This started out rough and got better towards the middle, but the writing style was just a big nope for me. Ultimately, this felt like a Fight Club rip off and not in a good way.
  • chantel nouseforaname
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book better as Fight Club. Sorry, Logic. HOWEVER, I did like the darkly comical and super absurd nature of everything present in the book. Flynn is a character that's been recycled and recycled through time.. using this archetype - you almost feel like you're waiting to see what else the author can make it do. All of Logic's influences were palpable.. I also felt there were elements of like the recent film Baby Driver in this book.. the youthful, white shirt, blue jeans James Dean p I liked this book better as Fight Club. Sorry, Logic. HOWEVER, I did like the darkly comical and super absurd nature of everything present in the book. Flynn is a character that's been recycled and recycled through time.. using this archetype - you almost feel like you're waiting to see what else the author can make it do. All of Logic's influences were palpable.. I also felt there were elements of like the recent film Baby Driver in this book.. the youthful, white shirt, blue jeans James Dean prototype.. you see it everywhere. Was this book original? No. Was it enjoyable? Yeah. I could see it as a movie. I like that he released like a soundtrack to go with it, which I've saved on Apple Music, but have yet to listen to. Overall, I really just liked the focus on how different life could be if you just take your fucking pills.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    My advice to Logic...surround yourself with people who tell you the truth. A brilliant lyricist doesn’t make a brilliant novelist, clearly.
  • Liz Laurin
    January 1, 1970
    Even having partially figured this out I still wasn't expecting the full reveal. Love love loved this. I also highly recommend listening to the authors music while reading.
  • Eric Piotrowski
    January 1, 1970
    I love hip-hop. I teach a class on it. I love Logic. I've written about his music. He's a talented lyricist and extremely creative person. He's worked with Chuck D, Black Thought, Killer Mike, and other artists at the top of the game. I was eager to read this book.But it's not good. It's the poster child for "A for Effort". The writing is sloppy and repetitive and weak. Case in point -- Page 133: "What do you mean?" I asked, not quite sure what she meant. I wish this were an exception, but it's I love hip-hop. I teach a class on it. I love Logic. I've written about his music. He's a talented lyricist and extremely creative person. He's worked with Chuck D, Black Thought, Killer Mike, and other artists at the top of the game. I was eager to read this book.But it's not good. It's the poster child for "A for Effort". The writing is sloppy and repetitive and weak. Case in point -- Page 133: "What do you mean?" I asked, not quite sure what she meant. I wish this were an exception, but it's the rule. The dialogue is stiff and artificial. The characters are dull and one-dimensional. The descriptions are okay, but uninspired.And the story is Fight Club. It's not similar to Fight Club, it's not hoping to be Fight Club. It IS Fight Club. I counted a dozen sentences that might actually be plagiarized from Palahniuk's novel. The themes and story structure are identical. I assume he read that book (or watched the movie) and got inspired to the point of duplication.The elements which are unique to Hall's story are absurd beyond description. (view spoiler)[A guy gets a $40,000 advance for a vague overview of a novel -- a novel which, for the record, is about an ordinary guy working a boring job at a supermarket? (hide spoiler)] Are you kidding me? (view spoiler)[This guy pockets his meds every day for two years in the mental hospital, and nobody notices? (hide spoiler)] I could (and I might) use this book as an example of how to avoid suspending the reader's disbelief.I don't want to be too harsh on Logic, because I admire his drive and desire to help others who wrestle with anxiety. Again: A for Effort. But Simon & Schuster should be ashamed to have their name on this thing. I hope they made a speedy release their top priority, because I don't know how else they can explain the woeful lack of polish. Never mind the story arc and paper-thin characters. How do you publish a novel that is half adverbs? Maybe they've fired all their copyeditors in an attempt to save money in a floundering industry.Originally I gave this two stars, because of the impulses behind it. But hovering over Goodreads' second star gives us the tool tip: "It was okay." And this book is not okay. It's bad. More to the point, it gives us nothing new. The core ideas are already in his songs "Anxiety" and "1-800-273-8255". The plot, as noted, is Fight Club. The characters can be found in any Babysitters Club or Goosebumps book.I wanted to like this book. I love the mention of Alan Watts (p. 70) and Waking Life (p. 82). I was eager to discuss the philosophical ingredients with my students, just as I do with the metaphysical themes in his album Everybody. But instead I plan to buy some copies of Fight Club and give them to students if they read it instead of Logic's novel.Stay away.
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  • Pierre MacKay
    January 1, 1970
    My expectations were pretty low going in, but this novel is unequivocally, without exaggeration, a dumpster fire. It is beyond awful. The fact that this book was even published is.....confounding. This wouldn't be considered passable if it had been written by an adolescent. I'm sure Bobby Hall (aka Logic) will profit greatly because he's a fairly significant name in the music industry and he'll be able to sell this piece of shit, but this is absolutely unacceptable. He should be openly criticize My expectations were pretty low going in, but this novel is unequivocally, without exaggeration, a dumpster fire. It is beyond awful. The fact that this book was even published is.....confounding. This wouldn't be considered passable if it had been written by an adolescent. I'm sure Bobby Hall (aka Logic) will profit greatly because he's a fairly significant name in the music industry and he'll be able to sell this piece of shit, but this is absolutely unacceptable. He should be openly criticized for writing this hot garbage. Someone, at some point, should have halted this catastrophe. This is career-ruining level terrible. I'm not convinced that Bobby Hall has ever read a book before. I'm not kidding. This isn't comical -- this is embarrassing for the publisher, editor and serious authors everywhere. Do not read this book. It is not written for people that read books. It was written for fans of Logic. This is a pathetic attempt at industry cross-pollination. Success as a rapper shouldn't translate to success as a novelist without an ounce of effort. It trivializes writing.
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  • Sugus
    January 1, 1970
    Weird, short and fresh.
  • AndrewH
    January 1, 1970
    There might be a little bias in this review as Bobby Hall (Logic) is my favorite artist...Supermarket is a really fun read. You as a reader, are completely immersed in the main character's thoughts, emotions, and overall attitude towards work and life. I guarantee the first paragraph will hook you right on and it will be hard to put the book down. The book is split into two parts and both were written at different times in the author's life. Part One mainly focuses on the protagonist dealing wit There might be a little bias in this review as Bobby Hall (Logic) is my favorite artist...Supermarket is a really fun read. You as a reader, are completely immersed in the main character's thoughts, emotions, and overall attitude towards work and life. I guarantee the first paragraph will hook you right on and it will be hard to put the book down. The book is split into two parts and both were written at different times in the author's life. Part One mainly focuses on the protagonist dealing with anxiety and battling depression as Hall was doing the same when writing. I won't carry on with Part Two as I may spoil the book. Despite one or two plot holes, Supermarket is a fun and interesting read I would recommend to most looking for a short, thrilling book.
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  • Malik Williams
    January 1, 1970
    About halfway through the book finally picks up. Very dry in the beginning. A lot of random dialect and childish cussing but this is a first from the author, so there's plenty of room for growth.
  • Krysta
    January 1, 1970
    Preface: I'm not giving this a star rating because I don't think I can fairly give it one. What I will say is this: I enjoyed my time with this book and simultaneously listening to the audio book with it. I don't regret buying it both physically and in audio book form. Second preface: The soundtrack to this book is nice. Not gonna be everyone's thing but I kinda dug it.The entire time I was reading this book I couldn't help but think of Legally Blonde. The scene where Callahan has just gotten th Preface: I'm not giving this a star rating because I don't think I can fairly give it one. What I will say is this: I enjoyed my time with this book and simultaneously listening to the audio book with it. I don't regret buying it both physically and in audio book form. Second preface: The soundtrack to this book is nice. Not gonna be everyone's thing but I kinda dug it.The entire time I was reading this book I couldn't help but think of Legally Blonde. The scene where Callahan has just gotten the pink resume from Elle and is shook to his core: And LO AND BEHOLD I was right, as stated in his acknowledgements. (view spoiler)["After a week of binge-reading novels for the first time in my life in my midtwenties, I sat up and said, I'm gonna write a book." (hide spoiler)] Bobby Hall is Elle Woods in real life confirmed. And I'm not mad about it. I mean think about it: He ALWAYS does what he sets his mind to, as does Elle. It's something I admire about him the most. He always gives people the benefit of doubt and seems so welcoming to anyone in his life, again, like Elle. Furthermore, he does what he sets out to in an unconventional way. Elle Woods doesn't seem like the type of girl to be a lawyer but she proves herself worthy. How she goes about doing her gig is insane to all of her peers, but she does it anyway because it's true to herself... and that's what matters. That's basically how I feel about this book, and Bobby for writing it. This book is written in such an unconventional way. The writing style takes a loooong bit to get used to, especially if you're already an avid reader and are used to your own personal tastes. I will admit that I honestly would have dnfd this book rather early on if it wasn't written by him. The style is just not my cup of tea. And the reveals weren't as satisfying as I would have hoped because the foreshadowing is way too on the nose. The absolute absurdity of certain situations drove me mad. At least until I looked at it from the perspective of this is a book that Bobby has written, and suddenly just "knowing" the author on a certain level makes everything make much more enjoyable. I can't say I would recommend this book to non-fans of Bobby or his Logic/Young Sinatra/Bobby Taratino personas. I, personally, don't think I would have liked this had I not known him. The writing is messy and kind of all over the place. There's way too much focus on description of characters and throwing out names of random celebrities and brands. And I have to agree with some other goodreads reviewers that it just SCREAMED amateurish. (view spoiler)[But then again it makes SENSE it's written this way??? Since it's literally a book in a book about someone writing a book and It's suPPOSED to be his first novel etc... you can see my internal dilemma in really rating this properly. (hide spoiler)] Some of the plot doesn't really add up. But despite all this I still had a fun time reading it?? And there was a LOT of good I took from it as well. A lot of great quotes to live by. To be inspired from. The plot, while messy in some regards, IS interesting and entertaining. This is by no means a masterpiece. But it's definitely not utter garbage either.Character wise, I enjoyed being in the mind of Flynn. Def a guy you can root for because shit just seems to keep happening to him. The supermarket employees all felt two-dimensional but logistically, this works. Flynn is to wrapped up in his own shenanigans to actually try to get to know anyone as he’s just viewing them as characters for a book. (view spoiler)[I thought that his other personalities/visions he was seeing were written well, as again the focus is really about what’s going on with him. I adored the doctor and how mental health care was portrayed. (hide spoiler)]I'm curious to hear what non-fans will think about this book. And curious as to how (view spoiler)[people with schizophrenia and the other diagnoses Flynn had will think as well. I suffer from anxiety and depression and could definitely relate to Flynn in a lot of ways from that regard. (hide spoiler)]Here's where I go into some mushy territory shit about the "idea" of this book and the bookish community so if you're only in it for the actual contents of the book itself you can stop:I think the only thing I'm sure of from this is that I am happy this book exists. So many people have been saying that they don't think of themselves much as readers but had to go ahead and give it a shot and pick it up because they know the author. And I think that's legitimately amazing. School does a great job at making reading seem like the worst thing ever and many members of the bookish community are utter snobs towards those who aren't average readers so anything that gets people reading or just trying something new is rad as fuck. Reading is just another form of media consumption, no better or worse than any other form and anyone that tries to tell you differently can shut up. Even if it's the only book some of them we'll read for another long period of time, this has opened up something in people to encourage them to try some new shit and since I'm coming from the perspective of someone who IS a reader I feel inspired to try other things I never would have really been interested in otherwise. And I think a ton of people will read this and realize that reading doesn't have to be like it is in English class. There is so much to choose from and once you find what you're interested in it's SO. NICE. So to anyone who read this and it has inspired them to keep reading other things (whether it be novel form or not) you are MORE than welcome to be a part of this community. You already are just by having read THIS so don't take people's shit for it and don't let the snobby people in this community rip you out. If you got something from this book that's all that matters.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was trippy! Not what I expected by the description but oddly enjoyable. The humor in this had me cracking up but underneath was an interesting story about depression. Very reminiscent of Cuckoo’s Nest in the very best way. On a side note, I didn’t know this author was a rapper until after I bought the book. I asked my 21 year old son if he knew who he was and he said “yeah I have his book but haven’t read it yet”. What’s the odds?! Lol
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  • Bryan
    January 1, 1970
    I can only assume that the people that gave this 5 stars are fans of Logic. I was not a fan of him and didn’t really know much of his music. The story is decent which is the only thing that kept me reading. The dialogue is extremely juvenile with characters saying things like “haha” and using exclamation points every other sentence. By the last couple chapters I was skipping around to just see where the story went. Would not recommend this to anyone. I read the kindle version and the only way I I can only assume that the people that gave this 5 stars are fans of Logic. I was not a fan of him and didn’t really know much of his music. The story is decent which is the only thing that kept me reading. The dialogue is extremely juvenile with characters saying things like “haha” and using exclamation points every other sentence. By the last couple chapters I was skipping around to just see where the story went. Would not recommend this to anyone. I read the kindle version and the only way I would buy this if I had a physical copy because the cover is minimal and cool.
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  • Jane Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!"So this is how it feels to take a man's life. Forced to kill for one's survival."I do not think that I can put into words exactly what SUPERMARKE Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!"So this is how it feels to take a man's life. Forced to kill for one's survival."I do not think that I can put into words exactly what SUPERMARKET did to me because of the way it was written, where the twist and turns and altered reality messes with your brain. I liked Flynn as the main character, he was interesting, engaging and could see him as a real human being. There were moments when I was a little frustrated on his behalf and therefore frustrated at him, however, it made sense in the end because he didn't have the tools to manage certain situations. Frank on the other side, was annoying, obnoxious and everything that I hate in a person - and it was meant to be so.I appreciated the conversation it starts in regards to mental health and the implications of stress and certain events that can have a traumatic impact on an individual. If you've read it, you'll know what I am talking about. I also felt that it all came from a place of knowing, raw and intense. The acknowledgements section - do no skip these ever! - is enlightening in regards to why this novel came to be.The writing was actually really good I was surprised to find myself sucked into the vivid world of the SUPERMARKET and the altered reality. Not sure if it is just me, but I found some of the twists and revelations predictable just before I should've been wowed. I am also not sure if this is a difference between US and UK mental health institutions, but I had a lot of issues on how that was depicted as I have experience in working in mental health settings and that's not how it works, at least in the UK. 
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  • Christina DeAngelis
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book in a day. Besides being an easy read, there are--contrary to popular belief--some good qualities I found. First off, this book is suuuuper meta. I usually don't like that, but since this book is so poorly written, it works. I like Part 1 more than the latter section. Bobby Hall and I have a similar and eclectic taste in music. Part 2 bothered me because of the way schizophrenia is portrayed. I don't think it's Hall's place to make that a character trait because of its inaccu I finished this book in a day. Besides being an easy read, there are--contrary to popular belief--some good qualities I found. First off, this book is suuuuper meta. I usually don't like that, but since this book is so poorly written, it works. I like Part 1 more than the latter section. Bobby Hall and I have a similar and eclectic taste in music. Part 2 bothered me because of the way schizophrenia is portrayed. I don't think it's Hall's place to make that a character trait because of its inaccurate depiction (and bad writing). Also, the Mom's role in this story sucks. And when I found out who Frank actually is, I had to suspend my disbelief in a way I haven't had to before. I thought this book was semi-realistic in the beginning, ignoring the bad writing, but when I got to Part 2, my opinion of the book took a steep decline. There were some other initial reactions I had when I shut the back cover, but I finished this a few days ago and can't really recall what those thoughts are. I had to put the book down for a moment when I go to this line on page 95: "Hey there, cowboy, [Mia] said with that perfect smile, her lips a dark red color. Swear to God, she spent all her money on Fenty Beauty and Kyle Cosmetics." Gag. Oh, well. I truly enjoy Logic's new album, though.
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  • Antonio José
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis book is not without flaw understandably as it IS the authors first novel. The similarities between 'Supermarket' and one of my favorite novels of all time 'Fight Club' are quite strong and probably one of the reasons i enjoyed reading it so much. A few of the characters i saw right through from the jump, however the ending definitely took me by surprise. I see there are some negative reviews on here.. Haters gonna hate i suppose. I actually did enjoy this book immensely though, and 4.5 starsThis book is not without flaw understandably as it IS the authors first novel. The similarities between 'Supermarket' and one of my favorite novels of all time 'Fight Club' are quite strong and probably one of the reasons i enjoyed reading it so much. A few of the characters i saw right through from the jump, however the ending definitely took me by surprise. I see there are some negative reviews on here.. Haters gonna hate i suppose. I actually did enjoy this book immensely though, and although some parts were fairly predictable i was still fully engrossed. During the last 100 pages i could not put the book down.
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  • Jonat Kenerson
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up because I like Logic, but this leaves a lot to be desired. There were a lot of moments that were clearly just Logic jumping on a soapbox to talk about things he likes talking about, regardless of whether it had a place in the plot. There's a lot of pointless name-dropping of artists, novels, and other pieces of pop culture that makes it hard to take it seriously as it's own piece of work. There are some bright moments of prose, the premise is interesting, and I think there's som I picked this up because I like Logic, but this leaves a lot to be desired. There were a lot of moments that were clearly just Logic jumping on a soapbox to talk about things he likes talking about, regardless of whether it had a place in the plot. There's a lot of pointless name-dropping of artists, novels, and other pieces of pop culture that makes it hard to take it seriously as it's own piece of work. There are some bright moments of prose, the premise is interesting, and I think there's some promise here in Bobby as an author, but I really struggled to finish it. The whole thing was very amateur, and knowing that he actually is a freshman author, I tried to be incredibly generous about it as I read, and I tried to find things I liked about it. It relies a lot on tropes, cliches, pop-culture references, and forced, unnecessary fourth-wall breaks that weren't particularly clever or valuable. The plot felt like a fanfic of Fight Club.I hope Bobby keeps writing, and I hope he moves a bit further away from the creative well he draws on for his music. Having listened to most of his music and having been to a few shows made it much harder to feel like much of this was very original. The story is about an aspiring author struggling on his first book, and knowing that Logic was also an aspiring author working on his first book was all a bit too on-the-nose for me. I think Logic is very creatively gifted, which is why it was especially disappointing to see him stick to things that are clearly very comfortable ideas and topics for him. I hope these glowing reviews from people that are clearly die-hard fans of Bobby as a person don't encourage him to stay on this comfortable track. The audiobook version is really good, there's some really clever and creative use of the medium in the form of using the soundtrack, sound-effects, and vocal inflection. Making a soundtrack for a book is a really interesting idea, it works well, and it's stuff like that that makes me feel like Bobby can really make some interesting, fresh literary work someday. It just hasn't happened yet.
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  • Brittany Kantack
    January 1, 1970
    This was just...ok for me. I heard about this awhile ago and was pumped about it. It is very apparent that he is not an author. It was just..eh.
  • McKayla DeBonis
    January 1, 1970
    Actual 2.5*I have so many things to say about this. Firstly, I had high expectations because I love Bobby & what he represents.. but I was just so disappointed in this. When his manager (or whoever) told him he couldn’t write a book, I think he was right in a sense. Bobby can’t write a book. Maybe in a small way he did a great job with representation for anxiety / depression. I can’t really speak for the other half because I have no clue about those illnesses & if they were represented w Actual 2.5*I have so many things to say about this. Firstly, I had high expectations because I love Bobby & what he represents.. but I was just so disappointed in this. When his manager (or whoever) told him he couldn’t write a book, I think he was right in a sense. Bobby can’t write a book. Maybe in a small way he did a great job with representation for anxiety / depression. I can’t really speak for the other half because I have no clue about those illnesses & if they were represented well or not. This book was written like a middle schooler wrote it. Punctuation was off. Sentences were fragmented. Phrases were elongated for effect (which was super annoying.) & every two seconds in dialogue a need was felt to put the characters name in.. *eye rolls* the first half is FILLED with ramblings, absolutely drove me mad & while I think Bobby breaking the 4th wall of writing was cool, it was also idk extremely just lumped in with the rambling. I saw the plot twists coming from miles away. Bobby felt the need to HEAVILY foreshadow EVERYTHING. As if to say, “look at me! See what I did there, did you see it!!?” While it was clever, I feel like Bobby legit took a plot from the big inspiration & made a couple twists to it. I won’t say what movie/book because it’ll just give it away but it was compared to that movie/book. So that was a bit of another eye roll.Also I have a huge problem with a paragraph description on page 24, which states: “I’m hot and cool and don’t give a fuck but was probably molested at some point in my teenage years so I’m always in defense mode and attack other before they can attack me first. That kinda chick, you know the type.”I feel like that kind of screwed his whole seller tagline of Peace, Love & Positivity.. because it ultimately made me cringe and feel disgusted that Bobby would even write that to describe a women under an assumption of the way she ‘acts’.So that’s it... I was thoroughly disappointed in this, I expected more & I received such a low quality story. I only gave it 2.5 stars because of the mental health rep & that I thought the second part of the book was done better.
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  • Devyn Jimenez
    January 1, 1970
    *cough* FRANK ISN'T REAL *cough*(It warned you about spoilers. Go read the damn book)Okay now....Bobby Hall's, Supermarket is truly a masterpiece that deserves to be read by anyone who just wants to lose themselves in a great story. I finished the entire thing in one sitting and thoroughly, and fully enjoyed it. I'm not rating this a 4/5 because I'm a fan of Logic but because the story, although slightly predictable is an amazing read with interesting twists and loveable characters. With only a *cough* FRANK ISN'T REAL *cough*(It warned you about spoilers. Go read the damn book)Okay now....Bobby Hall's, Supermarket is truly a masterpiece that deserves to be read by anyone who just wants to lose themselves in a great story. I finished the entire thing in one sitting and thoroughly, and fully enjoyed it. I'm not rating this a 4/5 because I'm a fan of Logic but because the story, although slightly predictable is an amazing read with interesting twists and loveable characters. With only a few minor setbacks along the way such as some characters, pacing, amateur writing and predictability. Overall the story is fresh and fun.Flynn, is a depressed writer who has to struggle with multiple mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. The last one being the main plot device for the story. That being said, it is used expertly and thoughtfully. Bobby definitely did his research and it shows. Throughout the entirety of my reading I felt as if the character actually had to deal with this mental illness and at times it made me question my own sanity. The best twists derive from the schizophrenia Flynn has, when he can't distinguish reality from his imagination. Creating entirely new characters out of it such as Red or Frank. Mia, feels very real but at times, too bipolar and stereotypical. It doesn't ruin the story at all, but it can ruin immersion here and there. Aside from that the only others character I felt needed more exploration was Kurtis. If he was supposed to be the fake out villain then make him more of a threat and not just a throw away character.I love the 4th wall breaks scattered here and there, it made the story feel less boring and kept me interested in Flynn as a character. Even if he is heavily inspired by Bobby's personality and interests.The pacing in the beginning although slow and dry makes the ending more satisfying even if it's very stereotypical, but it makes you feel as if you just finished a grand adventure or just watched a movie. Call backs to the early chapters of the book made the entire thing more immersive. Though the only stipulations I have were minor spelling errors and pacing in some chapters. Notably around chapter 7. The experience as a whole was smooth and enjoyable. One of the best books I've read in a while. Bobby uses his creativity to take the reader on an adventure they'll never forget all while allowing them to realize how to find themselves. (Excluding the small life lessons thrown throughout the book)
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  • Shaylormoon
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 stars out of 5.Bobby, I'm so sorry. I'm a huge fan of yours and I was really looking forward to your first novel, but in the end I guess it wasn't for me. There were some nice ideas in this book but overall I felt like the writing, the execution, the characters and the story were all lacking. Things definitely picked up in the second part but it wasn't enough to make me enjoy Supermarket as a book. As a movie? I think it'd be nice (though maybe a bit too similar to Fight Club).- Full reviewI 1.5 stars out of 5.Bobby, I'm so sorry. I'm a huge fan of yours and I was really looking forward to your first novel, but in the end I guess it wasn't for me. There were some nice ideas in this book but overall I felt like the writing, the execution, the characters and the story were all lacking. Things definitely picked up in the second part but it wasn't enough to make me enjoy Supermarket as a book. As a movie? I think it'd be nice (though maybe a bit too similar to Fight Club).- Full reviewI wish this book had received some much-needed editing. I totally get what Logic tried to do and I think there was some real potential in the approach he went with, but the writing constantly distracted me from the story. It felt very formulaic: every dialogue, every scene and every character seemed to be constructed in the same way. There were so many unnecessary descriptions, so many times where I felt like Logic was telling me what he wanted me to see—not letting me feel it for myself.As a big fan of his, I also was a bit unsettled by the familiarities Flynn shared with the author. I know every writer puts a big part of themselves in their craft, but it's a personal pet peeve of mine when I notice tens of very obvious similarities. To list some of them: Flynn and Logic both started reading Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park in their twenties, they both worked at a crab restaurant, their writing rooms were described the exact same way, they both wear bomber jackets all the time... I know some fans liked those little details but it made me not believe in Flynn as a character. What didn't help this feeling was the frequent monologues he would have, quoting word for word Logic in his interviews. They seemed so both out of place and out of character.I went into this story unspoiled but I might as well have been. I was not surprised or shocked by a single twist, the clues were very obvious. Maybe that was intentional. I've enjoyed some predictable thrillers in the past because I liked their overall atmosphere. Unfortunately, the first part bored me a lot more than it thrilled me.I wish I wasn't writing this review. I've been waiting for this novel ever since Logic announced he was working on one. I loved his concepts and his skits on 'The Incredible True Story' and 'Everybody', so I truly expected to enjoy this. But as much as I admire the author as a person and as a singer/rapper, I can't force myself to like this book. Here's what I can say: props to Logic for trying something new.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I debated rating this a two, instead settling on middle of the road. That doesn’t mean I liked it—at ALL. In fact, I couldn’t wait for it to end. The three stars, then, reflect only the ingenuity of the author. With that said....It’s difficult to discuss this one with some spoilers. So, here they are! (view spoiler)[ When the book opens, we are introduced to the narrator, Flynnigan. He is twenty four, lives in his mother’s basement, and was recently dumped by his girlfriend, Lola. His father Ok, I debated rating this a two, instead settling on middle of the road. That doesn’t mean I liked it—at ALL. In fact, I couldn’t wait for it to end. The three stars, then, reflect only the ingenuity of the author. With that said....It’s difficult to discuss this one with some spoilers. So, here they are! (view spoiler)[ When the book opens, we are introduced to the narrator, Flynnigan. He is twenty four, lives in his mother’s basement, and was recently dumped by his girlfriend, Lola. His father is deceased, a victim of suicide after a schizophrenic breakdown. Flynn is actually a writer, who in the midst of his own depression suddenly receives a substantial advance to finish his first novel. With that advance, he rents his own place, adopts a dog and takes a job at the local supermarket in order to research background for his book. Immediately, his circumstances are suspect. For example, when he walks his dog, Bennett, he describes the reactions of those around him. CLEARLY something isn’t right. Couple that with the hereditary nature of schizophrenia, and you’ve figured out the hook. There is no dog. There is no supermarket. Instead, Flynn is a patient in a mental institution, where he mentally turns doctors, orderlies and fellow patients into coworkers. The book changes direction enough times to have left me dizzy, and the reader is never sure what’s real and what is being created by Flynn. This idea of an unreliable narrator is nothing new, but it felt like author Bobby Hall was pushing the envelope with the concept. The writing felt forced, juvenile and immature, and read more like a rough draft than an edited and published novel. (hide spoiler)]Overall, for me this just fell flat.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    I've finally sat on this long enough and my rating stands.I think this book can hit a certain audience in a really positive way, but I have to say that a lot of the 5 star ratings for this book hinge on his fans. I'm really sorry to say it, but it's just the truth. There are some major areas that completely ruin this book and the feeling it's trying to evoke. It feels like a really bad love child of Fight Club and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (in that order). There are some mentions of race a I've finally sat on this long enough and my rating stands.I think this book can hit a certain audience in a really positive way, but I have to say that a lot of the 5 star ratings for this book hinge on his fans. I'm really sorry to say it, but it's just the truth. There are some major areas that completely ruin this book and the feeling it's trying to evoke. It feels like a really bad love child of Fight Club and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (in that order). There are some mentions of race and people which I found really disappointing from the author, but also it just solidified that these characters are 2 dimensional stereotypes of what could have been great, relatable people. The twist was nonexistent because all the hints were so heavy handed, and the scenarios and dialogue were completely ridiculous at times. Finally, for me, the writing was just terrible. It mostly consisted short, staccato lines strung together in a stream of consciousness, but that consciousness broke the fourth wall in these really cringey moments that continued to happen every other paragraph:"It's kinda like when... *filler*....you know the one." I thought this would end after a while. It didn't. Before I harp too hard on this, I think that other people may find this writing style loose and natural. There is a CLEAR distinction in how it's written and how Bobby reads the audio book. It just feels more laid back and easy going. I think that the idea behind this, albeit one already popular, is great. I like books that trip me up, have a kind of edgy feeling, and include a main protagonist that may be disliked at times. I think these are smart choices. I like the mental health representation, not only from the main character but from those around him. The book picks up in part 2 and has much more of an identity than the first part. However, it just didn't sell me on it in the long run.TL;DR: The problems I had trumped all the things I liked, BUT I definitely could read more by this author in the future. I think there is something special out there waiting to be written by him, and I am here for it when it happens.
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  • La Femme Readers
    January 1, 1970
    As Logic the rapper, he's lyrically talented. But as Bobby Hall, the author, he can move literary mountains. From the start, SUPERMARKET enthralled me word for word. I became so consumed in Flynn's world that I was pacing through the chapters like my life depended on it.Flynn, likable yet troubled, was one of the most uniquely written characters I've ever come across. I clearly had my own perception of how I viewed Flynn, but for some reason no matter how unexpected he was, he still managed to p As Logic the rapper, he's lyrically talented. But as Bobby Hall, the author, he can move literary mountains. From the start, SUPERMARKET enthralled me word for word. I became so consumed in Flynn's world that I was pacing through the chapters like my life depended on it.Flynn, likable yet troubled, was one of the most uniquely written characters I've ever come across. I clearly had my own perception of how I viewed Flynn, but for some reason no matter how unexpected he was, he still managed to pull at my heartstrings. Plus, all the secondary characters surrounding him, were just as enjoyable.As much as THE SUPERMARKET left you scratching your head at times, it also broadened your horizon with thinking outside of the box. Flynn's mind was the epitome of someone who took his art as a writer to the highest power. And because of that, he lost himself within the madness of his craft. Flynn's behavior eerily reminded me of the actor Heath Ledger, who became so enthralled as the Joker that it drove him to the end.Overall, Bobby Hall did a beautiful job in depicting important issues such as mental illness, anxiety and depression. If you're the type of person that's too into your mind, this novel will speak volumes to you. I commend Bobby for breaking the mold and introducing a protagonist who suffers from the daily stress of life. Everyone handles it differently, but when your mental state goes untreated, how will it effect you and everyone around?
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  • Frank
    January 1, 1970
    Logic has consistently proven himself to be a versatile hip hop artist - hopping through his various rap personas (Young Sinatra, Bobby Tarantino, Logic). I admire his drive to try new things and be constantly learning. While from a literary perspective 'Supermarket' may lack the elegance or flow of some classical novels, it is important to keep in mind that Logic takes inspiration from both his own life as well as his perspective of free-form storytelling, a style I find similar to that in othe Logic has consistently proven himself to be a versatile hip hop artist - hopping through his various rap personas (Young Sinatra, Bobby Tarantino, Logic). I admire his drive to try new things and be constantly learning. While from a literary perspective 'Supermarket' may lack the elegance or flow of some classical novels, it is important to keep in mind that Logic takes inspiration from both his own life as well as his perspective of free-form storytelling, a style I find similar to that in other books such as 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'. I can discern elements and themes taken from movies such as Inception & Memento, songs such as Street Dreams II (From his very own YSIV album), and most importantly, TV shows such as Mr. Robot Season 2. While some elements of the plot is predictable, I enjoyed Logic's storytelling, and respect him for pushing his own artistic boundaries. Also: listening to the 'Supermarket' soundtrack while reading this book - highly recommend!
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  • JR McWilliam
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me rethink what I know about being a writer. It's not often that I read a book that not only blows my mind with blood-chilling entertainment but that can also teach me something about writing!I didn't even know that Bobby Hall was writing a book but it doesn't surprise me that his novel lyrics are as smooth as his musical lyrics. It's incredible, the imagery and the suspense as well as a full understanding of what I was reading. When you read this book, be sure to carve out the co This book made me rethink what I know about being a writer. It's not often that I read a book that not only blows my mind with blood-chilling entertainment but that can also teach me something about writing!I didn't even know that Bobby Hall was writing a book but it doesn't surprise me that his novel lyrics are as smooth as his musical lyrics. It's incredible, the imagery and the suspense as well as a full understanding of what I was reading. When you read this book, be sure to carve out the couple hours it'll take you to get to Part Two. If you're a fast reader, most likely all the way through in just a few hours.I will read this book again soon as it is a literary masterpiece. I wish I'd written it myself.Amazing...
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