Book Review: The Broke Ass Brigade by Don Romonov


The Broke Ass Brigade by Don Romonov is an autobiographical journal or diary of sorts of a young man who is forced to scrimp and save  just to make it in the day-t0-day world. He has to scrimp and save because he works at “The Company Store.” The specific name of the store is never mentioned but it’s easy enough to figure out.

Don relays his daily struggles with Asberger’s Syndrome (a form of autism), making ends meet, his friends and their activities and the horrors of working at “The Company Store.” This book is both terribly sad and hilarious. The stream-of-consciousness (and loaded with sarcasm) entries about the people he sees in the store and the real-life things that they do are as mystifying as they are unbelievable. I laughed out loud a number of times at things he mentioned. When I tried to read them aloud to my family, I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face!

Now, a word of warning, the language in the book is crass, graphic and may be offensive to some. The f- word sprinkles most of the pages. If you can get past that, this is a very entertaining read. I give it a B+.

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