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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Eat the Apple: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jane
    Apr 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

  • 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, ...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

  • Charlie  Ravioli
    Apr 01, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

  • Jonathan Karmel
    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sara
    Apr 03, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

  • Scott
    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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'...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Mithila  Menezes
    Apr 01, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Jonathan Tennis
    Mar 04, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

  • Kelly
    Nov 21, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

  • 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Michele Howard
    Apr 18, 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, ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    (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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    What I liked about "Eat The Apple" by Matt Young is his impeccable ability to narrate experiences as explicitly as possible. It takes a certain kind of genius to write about the gore of war, the craziness of going on an alcoholic binge with fellow soldiers and manly bodily functions wi...

    Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. Granted, I'm kind of a sucker for books about the horrors of war in the same way that virgins are suckers for books about salacious sexual activities. They can sometimes offer a slight glimpse at a world you know exists but ...

    "The Iliad of the Iraq war" says Tim Weiner, "--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man." Based on three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine from the age of 18, this is a memoir that definitely chronicles the consequences of war on th...

    You?ve chosen the United States Marine Corps infantry based on one thing: You got drunk last night and crashed your car into a fire hydrant sometime in the early morning? Matt Young, searching for some excitement, joins the infantry and lives to tell the tale. Well, kind of. ...

    It WAS an amazing book. Did I "like" it? Not really. It was far too painful to read. I felt that I was being bombarded with bullets. One sentence after another hitting me in the gut. I had to read a children's book,simply to get a bit of relief and I began Pachinko because I thought, a...

    This book doesn't really recount the author's experience doing three tours in Iraq as a Marine. It's more like a series of vignettes that capture how the author felt about his career as a Marine. The title of this book is short for "Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps." I had never heard...

    I read 6-10 veteran/war books (written by vets or about a particular conflict) each year. I?ve been doing this for a few years now and I would easily put this in the top 5 of all books I?ve read. Hard hitting from the start, Young tells the story of how he ended up in the Marine Co...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    If I had to rate this book, it?d be NC-17. Holy sh*t!!! It is quite a journey! There is graphic sex (solo and with another person), violence, torture, sadness, substance abuse, infidelity, more sex, and more violence, but it is balanced by a beautiful combination of writing style...