What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Retail Hell by Freeman Hall

Okay, I can start blogging just as soon as I stop laughing...
I find that most books I buy are impulse buys. I rarely go into a bookstore looking for something specific. On this occasion, however, I was in the biography section in search of a birthday gift for my Grandmother. That's where I spotted this little gem.
When I read the back of the book, I thought it would be an interesting read. One of my best friends has a retail job and I loathe it, because we work very conflicting schedules and rarely get to hang out. So I thought reading a no-holds barred confessional by experienced sales associate Freeman Hall would give me some insight into her job.
I don't mean to say that I think a retail job is easy. I worked retail in high school, and I know it isn't easy. But Mr. Hall's account takes it to a whole new level.
I positively devoured this book. The reactions I had while reading ranged from mildly amused to utter disbelief. The antics he describes sometimes sound a little exaggerated, but it makes it even more fun to imagine that they happened exactly as delineated. If I hadn't picked the book up in the biographies, I would swear it was fiction. I laughed my way through this book, and can't imagine anyone not having a similar reaction. Mr. Hall displays obvious talent as a writer - it's fresh and fun, and his characters (real people?!) are larger than life. He describes them, and then, if they deserve it, he properly eviscerates them. Yet all the while, you can't help but want to be his best friend! Anyway, if you're looking for some fun non-fiction, I'd suggest hitting up your local bookstore for this one. I can't remember non-fiction ever making me laugh this much.

Grade: A- (points off for language, friends. It doesn't bother me, but I wouldn't suggest it as a bedtime story!)

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. I can't decide whether I'd find this one hilarious or I'd end up being given nightmares about my own time in retail hell!

    PS: New follower :) Good luck with the brand new blog!

  2. Ha ha, it mostly made me grateful that I wasn't there anymore! Thanks for the following! I'm following you too!

  3. I think I need to get this book. Sounds wonderful. I am a new follower (GFC) from Bookblogs. I hope you hop over to my blog for a follow back and do some reading. Thanks. Donna (Tweeted your review @MyBookofStories)

  4. Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by! This book is definitely one that just makes you laugh and laugh! I'm headed over to your blog right now! And thanks for the tweet!

  5. This is great. I work retail and the stories I could tell would fill a book in itself. I think I'm going to check this out!


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