Artist Bobby Hall, who is more famously known as Logic, has written a novel that brings awareness to a variety of mental illnesses. Hall has written multiple songs in effort to raise his listeners mental health. This includes the hit song “1-800-237-8255” in which he worked in collaboration with musicians Alessia Cara and Khalid in August of 2017. The song, which is titled with the phone address to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, illustrates the thought process of a suicidal individual in his journey through healing.
Hall found his motivation through his fans. After hearing personal stories of how his music has touched a wide number of hearts, he geared his main focus towards helping as many people possible. In the novel, however, he stated he became an author to prove his friend wrong, who claimed that he could not write a book from start-to-finish.
This book often breaks the fourth wall. The story spotlights Flynn, a depressed young man who takes a job at a supermarket as a way to finish his novel. Flynn inserts himself too deeply in his goal that it leads to life-changing circumstances. The literature is structured as a conversation between the main character and the reader. “Wait, what was I talking about? And why the hell am I writing my internal thoughts on this page? Doesn’t matter, this won’t make the final version of the book anyway,” Flynn states in the beginning of the novel.
On top of the unique literary configuration, Hall ignores grammatical and structural rules. This choice angered many readers. “It lacks a foundation, it is scattered from the first chapter, all the way until the last one, and it just doesn’t have any depth or focus on anything other than [Flynn’s] thought process.” explains a reader from a review website by the name of Goodreads.
The novel is split into two parts. In the first half of the novel, Flynn is living his life as a 24 year-old man who battles arguably small issues with his love interest and coworkers. The last half of the book shows Flynn in a mental institute, showing that the life he thought he was living in part one was a figment of his imagination that he created to finish his book. Steffanee Wang, who maintains an online blog, explains how “Disappointingly, the twist is not difficult to figure out, and it’s particularly easy to piece together if you read the summary printed on the back of the book beforehand.”
Supermarket received a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, a form for critics of entertainment. Hall lacks the ability to allow readers to piece the plot together or be surprised by upcoming twists and turns. Everything that happens in the book is foreseen or blatantly explained for you. A successful book should leave the reader thinking about the story even after the story is done. When you take curiosity out, there’s no reason to continue to rack your brain about it.
The book was rumored to be made into a movie, however, there are no credible sources regarding this plan.