If you know Sean Penn then you know that he’s known for being a bit eccentric, to say the least. That’s what you should expect if you pick up his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. Don’t expect a linear tale told with the sole purpose of helping you to change your life. Don’t think that you’re going to find a novel that immediately makes sense either. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is strange in a weird and wonderful way, but it definitely isn’t a “traditional” novel.
“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is about Bob, a man who may be an assassin, may be a delusional man sitting on his couch or may be an entrepreneur. The reader doesn’t quite know in the beginning of the novel but that’s one of the things that makes it an interesting read. By not knowing what is going on, the reader is pulled further and further into the story and in trying to figure out exactly what is going on and why Bob’s mind works the way that it does.
We have to remember that Penn has always been a bit of an odd duck. He doesn’t follow conventional lifestyles and actually seems to enjoy bucking the system. This is the same man who interviewed El Chapo before he was arrested and who has been publicized as praising Hugo Chavez. Bob is very similar to Penn, thinking some strange thoughts and bucking the system. But it’s the strangeness and downright uniqueness of the book that keeps you turning the page and wondering how the book will end. And, really, isn’t that what we read a book for?
So don’t pick up “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” thinking that it will be a “normal” book. It’s not. But then again, nothing Penn has done is ever normal, but most of it is extremely intriguing and definitely a good read.
Read the full review of the book on Entertainment Weeky here: