End of an Era? Review of: Tucker Max’s Hilarity Ensues

When one of my best friends, Lea, told me about a hilarious book about a guy who writes about his drunken antics and his love of slutty women, I was intrigued. His name was Tucker Max and the book was I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. It was 2009 and I was finishing my B.S in English and Secondary Education and I hadn’t read a book for fun in approximately three years. I bought a copy and finished it in three days. Hilarious, yet vile, I passed it on to my boyfriend and one of my other best friends, Kelly. I couldn’t believe that someone had actually published and gained recognition, from first, posting stories on his website, from telling stories about his life and the crazy shit he’d gotten himself into. Flash forward to September of 2010, I find out via Twitter Tucker Max is not only releasing another book, but doing a signing an hour away from where I live. Keith, Kelly, and I made the pilgrimage to NYC for his release of Assholes Finish First and I got to meet him for a brief five minutes and he signed my books. Here is a photo from my moment of glory:

All of this brings me to his latest, and final, book from the Fratire genre he so gracefully created, Hilarity Ensues. Still funny, still offensive, and still able to piss off numerous women with his comments and digs, the book had a completely different tone for me as a reader. I still loved it, but like I mentioned, this is his final book in the “series” that he has come to own. You’ll learn how to get through law school without even attending class, how HILARIOUS sexting with Tucker Max can be, and my personal favorite, how to roll with the guys from Deadliest Catch. With all of that being said, the final portion of the book wraps up this portion of Tucker’s life in a snarky, yet contemplative mode, that only Tucker Max can master. Read the final portion of the book and you’ll get to see each of his law school friend’s bachelor parties and weddings. His writing style made this section of the book fit the mold that you’ve all come to love and know from his previous books, but also demonstrates growth, for lack of a better word to explain it. He and his friends are moving on, moving from the rowdy law school kids who paved a path of sex and destruction to “adults” who are settling down and as Tucker says, passing the torch to someone else.

I’ve gotten questioned many times on to why a raging feminist English teacher would read something like this. I’ve heard, “He’s degrading to women” or “He hates fat girls” or “All he does is drink and have sex–what’s the point?” The point, my friends, is Tucker Max was smart enough to document it and to do it well. As a woman, a lesson my father taught me when I was young echoed through my mind while reading these books, “Act like a slut, and you’ll be treated like one.” As I read, and laughed, at many of the girls in Hilarity Ensues (especially the used condom girl–but I’ll let you enjoy it on your own), I also thought to myself, “Well…the treatment you’ve received is pretty much par for the course.” Act like a bitch, and you’ll be treated like a bitch. Act like a slut, and you’ll be treated like one. Tucker Max doesn’t hate women, he hates bitches and people who pretend to be smarter/hotter/more experienced/etc than they really are. End of story. If anything proves Tucker Max’s love for women, it’s his ex-girlfriend Bunny who in three books HE HAS NOT SAID ONE NEGATIVE THING ABOUT! Why? Because she obviously did not fall into the above criteria of girls who try to battle with the Max and lose terribly. I imagine Bunny would be a pretty cool person to hang out with just based off of what I read about her.

Tucker Max, whether you want to admit it or not, has made a mark on the literary community and will continue to entertain and horrify readers for years to come. Maybe we’ll see courses based on analyzing Fratire at colleges (sign me up to teach that one!) or maybe we’ll see a barrage of stories coming out within the next few years that will try in vain to measure up to the original. Whatever the future holds for the Fratire genre, we will all pay homage to the one who started it. With all of that being said, Hilarity Ensues was a fabulous send-off, and an invitation for all of us to invent and share our own stories, whatever they may be.

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14 thoughts on “End of an Era? Review of: Tucker Max’s Hilarity Ensues

  1. Kylie says:

    I’ve heard of the books, but had never been interested in reading them until I read this post. I agree with your dad when he said that you tell others how to treat you by the way you behave, and it’s a great way to frame this book as well!

    I might be checking out the first one from the library soon…thanks for the post :)

  2. Grysh says:

    You seem to be very enthusiastic about this particular author and the books he has written. Haha. It does seem interesting. :))

    I wonder what kind of girl Bunny is. Makes me really curious Haha. 😛

  3. i had never heard of him but by the way you wrote about Tucker, it seems to me that he has genuine literature to offer. Woww. I am so curious about the contents of his book! I hope it’d be available in my country soon!

  4. Alex says:

    lol i love how you call it your “moment of glory”! it must feel awesome meeting him! i hope to meet one of my favorite authors one day too!
    i never heard of him or his books though it seems interesting. i never read much of this genre lol the…”inappropriate” and funny type hohoho! seems interesting!

    btw, would you care to link exchange with us? ;D

  5. Lisa says:

    Its so cool that someone you admired (ish) was nearby and you had the opportunity to meet them! Nothing like that ever happens around here! I can’t say that I’d ever heard about him before but I wouldn’t midn looking into his book now… I wonder if its on kindle? :)

  6. Holly says:

    I love meeting famous people. :) I don’t really have a favorite author. I just read anything, regardless of who has wrote it. I will have to see if I can find some books by Tucker Max. They sound quite interesting.

  7. Krystal says:

    I AM SO JEALOUS that you got to meet Tucker Max! Man. I love that guy. I sent away for the first book to be signed by him and he wrote ‘I’m awesome’, hahaha. I also have a signed copy of Sloppy Seconds coming and I can’t wait to see what he wrote! You’re pretty lucky.

  8. Shelbie says:

    First of all, I absolutely LOVE your hair. I wish my hair was properly curly :3

    I think I’ve read a story from this guy before, not his book, but I’m pretty sure somewhere a couple of years ago I read an article on his website and this has totally reminded me of it! At the time I found it hilarious when I was reading it and I completely agree with you, act like a slut and you’re going to get treated like crap.

    I’ve always been disgusted with the way girls disrespect themselves. Especially with drinking and clubbing involved, it makes me wonder why they’d want to dress in barely anything, have orange tans and make up so thick you’d need paint stripper to see their actual face!

    Eugh, oh well, at least this guy writes about the reality of what the world is.
    But thank you for reminding me of him again 😀

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