Review: John Dies at the End by David Wong

john dies.jpgFirst of all, I know you’re all, “hey, spoiler alert in the title, bruh, not cool!” But guess what: John DOESN’T DIE IN THE END. Or does he? Because it’s not that easy. Author David Wong (not his real name) challenges you to believe the story of he and his pal John, who get exposed to “soy sauce” at a party, which enables them to see things that aren’t really there. Like a layer of the world that’s going on right next to ours, on top of us, stuff like that. And some weird alien stuff. People exploding. Dogs exploding and then coming back to life. Fred Durst driving a cab.

The only reason I got this book was for the title. I know, I know, “never judge a book by its title.” That’s how it goes, right? But come on! It’s telling me what happens at the end, so I know to mentally prepare myself for John dying. That’s smart. I don’t develop emotional connections to John, because JOHN DIES AT THE END.

And then right away, maybe even on the first page, I realize that this book is FUNNY. I’m not talking about little chuckles here and there, I’m talking about, holy CRAP this is so funny I need to read this out loud to someone else so that we can both laugh. Genius-level hilarity. You know I appreciate some strong wit, so this is like the John Cena of funny.

I’ll admit that I didn’t always understand the plot twists and turns, especially when things got weird, but I was just glad to be there. Wong’s tale continues in the sequel, which also has a fantastic title: This Book Is Full of Spiders. I can’t wait to read it. Also, I’m just going to go on record and say that Wong, or whatever his REAL name is, is one of my new favorite writers of all time.

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