Title: Chop Chop
Author: Simon Wroe
Age Group: Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Wry, darkly humorous, and finely wrought, Wroe's debut Chop Chop was laugh-out-loud funny--it was wonderful! A gem for anyone looking for a fun, inside look at a restaurant kitchen, served with plenty of humor and wit!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Monocle: the green commis chef at the restaurant The Swan. In desperate need of money fresh out of university, he finds himself, somehow, put in a restaurant kitchen, even though he couldn't care less about food. Quietly suffering alongside a cast of quirky characters, like Racist Dave (his name says it all), silent, stoic Harmony, and sadistic head chef Bob, our narrator finds himself knee-deep in kitchen politics, and he learns to face the family baggage he's been running from for as long as he can remember.
What I enjoyed:
-Monocle, first of all--he reminded me a bit of Dickens, with his wry, hilarious narration, and I really related to him as a character--he had a lot of depth and it made the book really enjoyable, as well as his character development
-The quirky cast of characters that made up the rest of the book--Ramilov, Racist Dave, Bob, and of course The Fat Man
-This book was so humorous--within three chapters I was roaring with laughter, and it didn't stop there, this book is hilarious
-I liked the way everything unfolded, and how despite the humor, there was darkness in the book as well, perfectly pitched
-I really liked the ending as well--it really did justice to all of the characters
What could've been better:
-I found Monocle's parents a little lacking in depth
-At times Bob's antics got a little too violent for my tastes
Despite some minor flaws, I really enjoyed this lovely debut--it was wonderful! Next on deck: Essence by A.L. Waddington!