Flynn is going through a rough patch. He’s severely depressed, his long time girlfriend just dumped him and he’s stuck living at his mom’s house. Feeling like his life is going no where, Flynn gets a job the local supermarket, hoping that a job that requires organization and offers a steady check would put him on a better path. But things quickly take a turn for the worst. After arriving to work one day to a crime scene, Flynn’s world caves in on itself as his true intentions and the deep secrets of his tortured mind are revealed. 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 from one of the most creative artists of our generation. Who knew you could find sex, drugs, and murder all in aisle nine?
Bobby Hall, professionally known as Logic, has shown off his writing abilities time and time again through a series of mixtapes that led to a significant, rabid underground fan base. Little has changed since gaining serious popularity with the release of his sophomore tape, The Incredible True Story, back in 2015. And as Logic continues to raise on the charts, he’s decided to use his talents towards a different medium. A book. Nothing is as it seems in this mind bending debut novel. Which is what makes it a fantastic stand out piece that is guaranteed to take readers on the literary trip of a lifetime. And what a strange, beautiful, stellar trip it was. I mean it with every ounce of my being when I say this is definitely my new favorite book. Without a doubt.
The best way to describe it is if Holden Caulfield tried to write a modern day, coming of age story. It starts off simple enough. So simple that readers get the impression that it’s lingering on predictable. Of course that all changes when it makes a sharp turn towards the dark and bizarre in a way that will make you feel like your brain in malfunctioning. But in a good way. It’s cool, I swear. It’s like a melting pot of everyone’s favorite classics.
In between all the craziness or the grim humor, Supermarket also manages to touch on subjects like romance, breakups, how to achieve your dreams, shifting realities, mental health, anxiety, depression and the vast topic of loneliness. This makes it a book that literally has something for everyone to connect with, as well as enjoy thanks to the tremendous writing talent of Bobby Hall. Seriously, this guy needs to write more books. I have a great suspicion that anything else he publishes will be gold.
It’s just an unpredictable madhouse of a novel that has that special something that sticks with you long after you’ve read it. No amount of rambling or explaining I do is going to do it justice. You just need to read it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I would also like to recommend the audio book version of Supermarket. Read by Bobby Hall, the audio version includes snippets of music from his latest album of the same name, which is very cool.
Supermarket by Bobby Hall is available now where ever you get your books!