Supermarket by Bobby Hall


The stunning debut novel from one of the most creative artists of our generation, Bobby Hall, a.k.a. Logic.“Bobby Hall has crafted a mind-bending first novel, with prose that is just as fierce and moving as his lyrics. Supermarket is like Naked Lunch meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—if they met at Fight Club.”—Ernest Cline, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Ready Player OneFlynn is stuck—depressed, recently dumped, and living...

Details Supermarket

Release DateMar 26th, 2019
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Horror

Reviews Supermarket

  • Emily Colkitt
    So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s own survival.I looked down at the puddle of blood by my feet, locking eyes with my own reflection. Fluorescent lights flickered overhead. How’d I get here? I was just a dude who worked at the grocery store.Now here I was, standing over a man I murdered.So begins the debut novel of Bobby Hall, a Maryland native who dropped out of high school, escaped the slums, and went o...
  • R.K. Gold
    This book was too busy trying to be great that it forgot to be good.Forget purple prose, the lengthy exposition in this novel left me black and blue. Supermarket is the debut novel by the rapper Logic and before I go into my review I am going to say that if this is a genuine career interest for him he should continue his pursuit of writing. This book spent so much time trying to be Burroughs, Palahniuk, and Kesey that it almost became a parody of...
  • Ray ☼ Ray
    I’m only half way but man is it terrible. I love Logic so this is hard to say but it’s like a grade 11 wrote a book and thought it great. It’s cheesy, and tries to be really hip by using brand names in the descriptions every paragraph... I wanted to be in love with this book but I keep just being pulled out by how bad it is...
  • Dennis
    Frankly, I almost gave this book 1 star, which I've only done once, but I really did not enjoy Supermarket at all. It lacks a foundation, it is scattered from the first chapter, all the way until the last one, and it just doesn't have any depth or focus on anything other than Flynn (the main character)'s thought process. It's a light read, that many would probably find more entertaining if they have a couple of hours to spare, and want to pick ...
  • Dean the Bibliophage
    Despite some negative reviews of Supermarket, written by platinum-selling recording artist Bobby Hall, I decided to give this a shot. It’s a decent first novel where the story improves as you progress through the book, and the plot is cleverly presented. Whilst the author shows promise in their ability to write good lyrical prose, dialogue was flat and characterisation failed to leave any lasting impression. You sense there's something missing,...
  • Amy Lively
    I do not blame Logic for this garbage. I blame his editor and the publisher for publishing it and charging people their hard-earned cash for it. Every single thing that novice authors are told not to do is included here. He must have had a thesaurus nearby— how many words can he substitute for “said” or “walked?” How many times did he write a sentence beginning with “You know when...” Characters are cliche, the plot is not compellin...
  • Veronica
    My advice to Logic...surround yourself with people who tell you the truth. A brilliant lyricist doesn’t make a brilliant novelist, clearly.
  • chantel nouseforaname
    I liked this book better as Fight Club. Sorry, Logic. HOWEVER, I did like the darkly comical and super absurd nature of everything present in the book. Flynn is a character that's been recycled and recycled through time.. using this archetype - you almost feel like you're waiting to see what else the author can make it do. All of Logic's influences were palpable.. I also felt there were elements of like the recent film Baby Driver in this book.. ...
  • Rachel Quesenberry
    So, I’m a huge fan of Logic/Bobby. Awesome dude, love his music. I had really high hopes and an open mind for this novel, but unfortunately, this book is not well written at all. A 15 year old writes at this level, or better. Stereotypical and unrealistic characters, very predictable, lots of cliches. Immature writing, and a very “young adult” novel. Really really great story idea and good (though bit cheesy) message though. Would’ve, and...
  • Pierre MacKay
    My expectations were pretty low going in, but this novel is unequivocally, without exaggeration, a dumpster fire. It is beyond awful. The fact that this book was even published is.....confounding. This wouldn't be considered passable if it had been written by an adolescent. I'm sure Bobby Hall (aka Logic) will profit greatly because he's a fairly significant name in the music industry and he'll be able to sell this piece of shit, but this is abso...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsMerp. This started out rough and got better towards the middle, but the writing style was just a big nope for me. Ultimately, this felt like a Fight Club rip off and not in a good way.
  • Eric Piotrowski
    I love hip-hop. I teach a class on it. I love Logic. I've written about his music. He's a talented lyricist and extremely creative person. He's worked with Chuck D, Black Thought, Killer Mike, and other artists at the top of the game. I was eager to read this book.But it's not good. It's the poster child for "A for Effort". The writing is sloppy and repetitive and weak. Case in point -- Page 133: "What do you mean?" I asked, not quite sure what s...
  • Malik Williams
    About halfway through the book finally picks up. Very dry in the beginning. A lot of random dialect and childish cussing but this is a first from the author, so there's plenty of room for growth.
  • Liz Laurin
    Even having partially figured this out I still wasn't expecting the full reveal. Love love loved this. I also highly recommend listening to the authors music while reading.
  • Sugus
    Weird, short and fresh.
  • Kaleah
    I think I'm settling on 3 stars. ⭐⭐⭐Interestingly enough, I didn't know who Bobby Hall was prior to seeing Supermarket listed as an anticipated upcoming release on Apple books a few months ago. It was only when I further researched the author that I made the connection that this was also the hip hop artist I watched perform the suicide hotline song at an awards show a year or two ago. I could tell then that he was a talented lyricist, but I...
  • AndrewH
    There might be a little bias in this review as Bobby Hall (Logic) is my favorite artist...Supermarket is a really fun read. You as a reader, are completely immersed in the main character's thoughts, emotions, and overall attitude towards work and life. I guarantee the first paragraph will hook you right on and it will be hard to put the book down. The book is split into two parts and both were written at different times in the author's life. Part...
  • Misty
    Ok, I debated rating this a two, instead settling on middle of the road. That doesn’t mean I liked it—at ALL. In fact, I couldn’t wait for it to end. The three stars, then, reflect only the ingenuity of the author. With that said....It’s difficult to discuss this one with some spoilers. So, here they are! (view spoiler)[ When the book opens, we are introduced to the narrator, Flynnigan. He is twenty four, lives in his mother’s basement,...
  • Laura Rash
    Well that was trippy! Not what I expected by the description but oddly enjoyable. The humor in this had me cracking up but underneath was an interesting story about depression. Very reminiscent of Cuckoo’s Nest in the very best way. On a side note, I didn’t know this author was a rapper until after I bought the book. I asked my 21 year old son if he knew who he was and he said “yeah I have his book but haven’t read it yet”. What’s the...
  • Christina DeAngelis
    I finished this book in a day. Besides being an easy read, there are--contrary to popular belief--some good qualities I found. First off, this book is suuuuper meta. I usually don't like that, but since this book is so poorly written, it works. I like Part 1 more than the latter section. Bobby Hall and I have a similar and eclectic taste in music. Part 2 bothered me because of the way schizophrenia is portrayed. I don't think it's Hall's place to...
  • Bryan
    I can only assume that the people that gave this 5 stars are fans of Logic. I was not a fan of him and didn’t really know much of his music. The story is decent which is the only thing that kept me reading. The dialogue is extremely juvenile with characters saying things like “haha” and using exclamation points every other sentence. By the last couple chapters I was skipping around to just see where the story went. Would not recommend this ...
  • Jane Kelsey
    Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!"So this is how it feels to take a man's life. Forced to kill for one's survival."I do not think...
  • Antonio
    4.5 starsThis book is not without flaw understandably as it IS the authors first novel. The similarities between 'Supermarket' and one of my favorite novels of all time 'Fight Club' are quite strong and probably one of the reasons i enjoyed reading it so much. A few of the characters i saw right through from the jump, however the ending definitely took me by surprise. I see there are some negative reviews on here.. Haters gonna hate i suppose. I ...
  • Melanie
    Zero stars. If I have ever read a worse book I can’t recall it right now. I hated every second of it. Horrible, stunted writing. Godawful narration. I can’t believe this was published. It’s like a high school assignment to write in the style of Fight Club. Terrible. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
  • Jonat Kenerson
    I picked this up because I like Logic, but this leaves a lot to be desired. There were a lot of moments that were clearly just Logic jumping on a soapbox to talk about things he likes talking about, regardless of whether it had a place in the plot. There's a lot of pointless name-dropping of artists, novels, and other pieces of pop culture that makes it hard to take it seriously as it's own piece of work. There are some bright moments of prose, t...
  • Kaylee
    Wow, I’ve never experienced reading a book that I originally didn’t like very much to ending up loving it completely. Part 1 was very dry, but after reading part 2 I am left feeling completely satisfied. Part 1 being the way it was makes sense as it is Flynn living in his loop, and I love how it all connected. Plus part 2 made up with the action at the end. Great book written by the only rapper I actually enjoy!
  • Alex
    In all honesty, I feel like this book has been bashed a lot for how it’s styled. Yes, it’s choice of words and the way it’s written is pretty juvenile, yet i find it unique.That’s what made me enjoy it more. I was reading through the life of Flynn, a college dropout, struggling with their emotions and sense of purpose. As I read through the narration I could feel that they were talking to me as if it were just any other college kid you mi...
  • Jessica
    I picked this book up as I love Bobby as a musician and have a great amount of adoration for his music but this book was highly disappointing.I could see how his writing style was trying to be intentional, with it almost reflecting the character of Flynn, however, it just was not well written at all and lacked any substance in terms of characterisation or anything really. Although, it was fast-paced and easy to get through despite me seeing the "...
  • Daniel C. Herveaux
    So many thoughts, I just can't believe that ending. First I must say yes, the writing is kinda eh fairly easy to get into and the way the protagonist narrated was a bit off when he got into second person p.o.v. , there is some cheesy moments with the dialogue between characters. I recomend the Audiobook, Bobby Hall (the author a.k.a Logic) is amazing! Also I like to add that even though I know Logic is a rapper I never listen to his music before ...