Eat the Apple: A Memoir

Eat the Apple: A Memoir

Eat the Apple is a twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and Eat the Apple is a twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Mat...

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Title:Eat the Apple: A Memoir
Author:Matt Young
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1632869500
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Eat the Apple: A Memoir Reviews

  • Beth
    Feb 06, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

  • Elyse Walters
    Aug 24, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

  • Ken
    Mar 24, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

  • Roxane
    Feb 25, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

  • Liz
    Mar 20, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

  • Sheila Garry
    Mar 25, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

  • kelly
    Nov 14, 2017

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

  • Ron Christiansen
    Apr 02, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Mar 10, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Apr 29, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Feb 15, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

    An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world. ...

    Eat the Apple = Marines in War & Peace If you want to know what being a Marine is like then these short paragraphs/chapters provide a look into one man?s experience at different times during his service. ...

    Honest real raw a memoir a young man you will not forget. ...

  • Jonathan Maas
    Mar 27, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

  • Rita Ciresi
    Apr 24, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

  • Susan
    Apr 05, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

  • Steve Peifer
    Mar 23, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

  • Peter
    Mar 08, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

  • Hai Quan
    May 02, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

  • Len Lira
    Apr 30, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

    An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world. ...

    Eat the Apple = Marines in War & Peace If you want to know what being a Marine is like then these short paragraphs/chapters provide a look into one man?s experience at different times during his service. ...

    Honest real raw a memoir a young man you will not forget. ...

    This is another story of a boy?s journey into war and out of it as a man. It fits the platitudes of this genre in some ways. Boy gets into trouble with the law and his only way out is to join the United States Marine Corps. The Corps and the Iraq War make a man out of said boy. The b...

    Why do Marines always talk in the third person in their memoirs? I'll never know. As a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, I have tried to stay away from war memoirs and war movies. I don't care much to re-live those events through others stories; they were real enough for me as it was....

  • Mike
    Apr 20, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

  • David Curry
    Mar 29, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

  • Steven Hull
    Apr 23, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

    An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world. ...

    Eat the Apple = Marines in War & Peace If you want to know what being a Marine is like then these short paragraphs/chapters provide a look into one man?s experience at different times during his service. ...

    Honest real raw a memoir a young man you will not forget. ...

    This is another story of a boy?s journey into war and out of it as a man. It fits the platitudes of this genre in some ways. Boy gets into trouble with the law and his only way out is to join the United States Marine Corps. The Corps and the Iraq War make a man out of said boy. The b...

  • Scott S.
    Apr 19, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

  • J. Miller
    Apr 23, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

  • Patchogue-Medford Library
    Dec 26, 2017

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

  • Kusaimamekirai
    Feb 27, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

  • Gerard Villegas
    Mar 16, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

  • Ashvin
    Apr 06, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

  • Cindy Cox Sherman
    Apr 12, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

  • Peter L
    Mar 08, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

    An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world. ...

    Eat the Apple = Marines in War & Peace If you want to know what being a Marine is like then these short paragraphs/chapters provide a look into one man?s experience at different times during his service. ...

  • MGF
    Mar 11, 2018

    There is a lot to admire here stylistically. There is a range of narrative styles, lists, images. The first person plural point of view works well. The prose is sharp and fast and often unfocused but I suppose that is also the experience of war. This is an interesting military memoir, ...

    Audiobook... narrated be Charlie Thurston ...Gritty...graphic... and a little too ?gross? for me...( I?m choosing ?nice? words). I wasn?t trained in this type of specialized ?sense-of-humor?. If this book was suppose to have laughing parts... I failed to manifes...

    Called a memoir, this is a choppy collection of vignettes about Young's three tours of duty in Iraq. Some episodes are State-side, some are in the war zone, but all provide insight into the fragile mind of a hardened Marine. If that all sounds oxymoronic, then Matt has made his point. ...

    A funny, sad, honest memoir of a Marine's life before, during and after deployments in Iraq. Told alternately through detached, speaking-of-myself-in-the-third-person prose, comics and drawings, bullet-point lists, and even a short play, Eat the Apple is a really unique take on the sol...

    What I learned from this honest post-modernistic Marine memoir: Serving your country during a military conflict as an enlisted soldier looks better in war movies probably because war movies usually have a bird's-eye plot and a heroic morality and a conclusive ending, often involving...

    This is yet another warrior?s memoir. In style Eat the Apple is somewhere on the spectrum between James Jones?s The Thin Red Line of WWII and Stanley Kubrick?s gritty and cynical Full Metal Jacket of Vietnam. The title comes from a Marine Corps saying, "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Co...

    A slave of ancient time who was chained into his post under the dark belly of a ship, to ensure an uninterrupted rowing would constantly seek an opportunity to escape from his horrible fate. But as incredible and unfathomable as it is, the modern slaves of today, hundred thousands if ...

    My brother was a marine for five years, busted down in rank five times- and came home from Iraq and Japan with stories for days. We assumed most of them were maybe 10% true. My husband has been an active duty army, armor officer for almost 17 years and has been deployed five times. S...

    Young's writing style (first-person, third-person, mock interview, sketches resembling something from a junior high notebook) was all over the map in this vignette collection about his four years as a grunt in the U.S. Marines. I'm not sure that mood whiplash always worked in the book'...

    ?Eat the Apple? is quite unlike anything I?ve read before. It is the story of the author?s three deployments in Iraq during the Gulf War, but told through a variety of narrative device. Some of the story is told like a conventional memoir. There are other parts however told in...

    This is an interesting look at what it means to be a soldier today by a man who joined the Marines and served three tours in Iraq. It is an honest look at what serving really looks like as well as what our soldiers actually do and think while fighting for our country. It was an eye ope...

    I was in the Marine Corps at the same time as Matt Young and although the Marine Corps is a very small place, I don't believe we ever met. We were in Iraq at the same time, had the same feelings about deploying and wanting to kill and being okay with not talking to people back home. Wh...

    "It's important to understand bullets don't stop just because they hit something." Matt Young enlists in the Marines in the early 00's and eventually lives through three deployments to Iraq. It's a very dark war story with all of the typical 'no atheists in foxholes' kind of nihilis...

    (Proof Copy Review) Eat the Apple by Matt Young Disclaimer: I received this proof copy published by Bloomsbury Publishing courtesy of Pansing Distributors in exchange for my honest review. Eat the Apple is a beautiful and honest memoir that explores masculinity and the consequenc...

    One of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory - and one of the most unique I've read a few great, unique memoirs in the past year - the incredible Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, in which Peter Orner recounts the books he has read over the years. ...

    Debated a 5 but it didn't quite get there for me. This was a really compelling read about a boy going to war. It's not necessarily new ground. If you watched Jarhead or Hurt Locker, you'll be familiar with some of what's covered. This is really set apart by two things. The first is...

    When I read a book that is described as ?...a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war...? I was picturing something along the lines of Richard Hooker?s M*A*S*H series or Joseph Heller?s Catch-22. This book was cl...

    Look I grew up as a navy brat before my father retired and settled his family in California so I was completely surrounded by relatives and friends who were in the military. I'm all for supporting the troops and I've read some amazing and inspirational works centered around soldiers in...

    At a time when a lamentable American president wants his own military parade in the nation?s capital, and when the general population tends to get unquestioningly smarmy at any mention of ?our troops,? along comes Matt Young?s unhelpful Iraq war memoir Eat the Apple. For this r...

    Such mixed feelings about this book. There is a part of me that appreciates the vulnerability and openness and it makes clear why soldiers without solid missions who risk their lives come back so screwed up. Probably because of my age, I felt like there was a LOT of oversharing. Bu...

    This is a nonfiction account of an 18 yr old who got drunk, wrapped his car around a fire hydrant and decided to then enlist in the Marines. It tells of the fear, boredom, and unbearable conditions the soldiers have to live with. I read this because I am truly interested in the exp...

    One of the most disturbing and accomplished memoirs I've ever read, Eat the Apple is a series of brutal and explosive vignettes about the author's experience as a Marine in Iraq. The memoir is suffused with gallows humor, as well as shame, guilt, and regret. If you're interested in cre...

    Modern war memoirs not my go-to genre, but this one caught my eye: it was only 5 bucks at an academic conference, has an irreverent sounding title, and Matt Young appears to be an English major. I'm glad I picked it up. A creative take on the memoir as Young moves from first-person...

    I would give this a 3 for his writing style. Very unique and it was actually one of the reasons that I kept reading the book. I'm not a big fan of books relating to war so I quickly read over certain parts. If you are someone who enjoys this genre, then I would say this is a good book ...

    Matt Young survived basic training and three deployments to Iraq. This stylistically daring, bitingly ironic, darkly funny, brutally honest memoir chronicles those experiences. "Enforcing that every service member is a hero is dangerous. You're going to meet some tough Marines who ...

    An excellent and unique book with a great pace. A very honest (and against the grain) look at the marines, but also some incredible insights on the process of growing up and finding your way in the world. ...