Book Review | Everything Hurts
Title: Everything Hurts: A Novel
Author: Bill Scheft
Everything Hurts is just great. It’s witty, it’s smart, it’s fast-paced, it’s interesting, and it’s hard to put down. I loved it.
The story revolves around Phil, a writer who thinks he’s defrauding all his readers, who is suffering from excruciating back pain that he is trying to heal with the help of a doctor whose methods are less than traditional while fighting a largely unspoken battle with his brother — half-brother, that is — who is a right-wing radio personality who has adopted an Irish name from their childhood that they had to use to caddy at a Jewish country club, at their mother’s behest. Then Phil gets fired. And let’s not forget his Irish Shrink or the intriguing doctor daughter of Phil’s self-help doc.
Yes, I know that was one huge sentence but that’s how Everything Hurts makes you feel at times. The poor guy’s got so much going on, yet it’s never overwhelming (for the reader, anyway). The funny thing is, somehow Bill Scheft makes Phil’s life — which is not so funny — funny.
Scheft is a brilliant, talented, witty writer. That may be due to the fact that he was a writer for David Letterman (nominated for 16 Emmys!), or maybe he was an Emmy-nominated writer because he is a brilliant, talented, witty writer. Regardless, Scheft is well worth your time. Read Everything Hurts, but only if you have uninterrupted time, because you won’t want to put it down…and you won’t want to stop laughing.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*