Official Review: French Fried by Brett Coon

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Official Review: French Fried by Brett Coon

Post by Miriam Molina » 13 Feb 2019, 17:48

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "French Fried" by Brett Coon.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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I picked this book because I, like many folks, love French fries! It’s a guilty pleasure, but I’m a shameless fan of the wildly popular potato strips, calories and all.

Brett Coon, author of French Fried: How to Get Through Fast Food Alive!!, advertises this book as the ultimate guide for a career in the fast-food (also called QSR for quick-service restaurants) industry. He accompanies you from the job hunt, the interview, the first day at work, and up until the time that you will call it quits. He introduces you to the family you will meet during your QSR days: your co-workers, the bosses, and the customers. After you read the book, you will have had your fill of the greasy adventure of a “life French fried!”

The author was part of the industry for many years, and his book attests to that. He describes the goings-on in the store: the rush hour, the harried staff, the complaining customers, and other daily “war games.” Brett has a conversational writing style, and I could picture him telling his story over a few beers. The reader will find the descriptions humorous, and the chapter titles and accompanying pictures help sustain the laughs. The nicknames he uses are clever: The boss may be a “warlord”; a counter girl might be a “drama queen.” The next customer could be a “snoot.” Anyone who has been inside a fast-food store will recall personal experiences while going through the book.

However, the book fails to be the guide that Brett touts it to be. The picture he paints is too negative. I would have wanted a more balanced piece, but it seems that Brett’s experiences did not make him see the better side of QSR. Sadly, this lopsided view of the industry takes away one star from my rating.

There are also innumerable grammatical failures in the book. Many of the sentences are long and winding, so punctuation is a nightmare. Dialogues are the main victims of the punctuation errors. Capitalization is another major issue: many of the “I’s” are in lower case. Misspellings are rampant as well. These grammar issues take another star away.

Anyone who has experienced fast food ("for here or to go") will find something to smile about in this book. However, those who have made a career in the QSR industry their life of choice may feel slighted by it.

I give the book 2 out of 4 stars. I advise Brett to remedy the grammar issues; the negativity may be more difficult to address.

To those who will explore this book, I recommend that you take French Fried with a grain of salt.

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Post by InStoree » 15 Feb 2019, 07:38

I gave up french fries a while ago and fast-food, generally. It could be an interesting lecture, in case I ever relapse :D. Thank you for your review! I think I'll say 'pass' to this book, for now.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 08:32

InStoree wrote:
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I gave up french fries a while ago and fast-food, generally. It could be an interesting lecture, in case I ever relapse :D. Thank you for your review! I think I'll say 'pass' to this book, for now.
Wow, I admire your self-control. Thanks for dropping by.

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Feb 2019, 08:49

Odd. I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. Perhaps the author was just trying to make a kind of satire or parody? In any case, it's not a book I would enjoy. Thanks.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Feb 2019, 12:47

I don’t understand how small case i’s can slip into books. Surely any computer program autocorrects this? Unless he is using a typewriter? I just don’t understand.
I loved your review, Miriam. As always 🙂
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Post by Jessacardinal » 15 Feb 2019, 13:30

My first thought was, "A WHOLE BOOK BASED ON FRENCH FRIES?!? I CAN'T READ THIS BOOK WITHOUT GAINING TEN POUNDS!!" I wonder if Brett's previous coworkers recognize themselves in parts of this book.
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Post by kaymontacell » 15 Feb 2019, 15:30

I really liked your review! I found it interesting that you didn't take well to his negative view of the QSR industry. Was it more that he wasn't being fair about assessing the industry as a whole, or was it more like the ravings of a guy where you're wondering why he even kept up with this job if he hated it so much? I can absolutely relate when it comes to either tact.
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Post by Rose Harebate » 15 Feb 2019, 16:22

The book seems valuable to people in business.I wonder how they handled complaining customers. Good to know that there is a humor attached to it. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:02

kandscreeley wrote:
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Odd. I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. Perhaps the author was just trying to make a kind of satire or parody? In any case, it's not a book I would enjoy. Thanks.
It seems that Brett's experiences equipped him with a lot of ammunition to satirize the industry and the players who people it. Thanks for visiting, Kandscreeley!

P.S. Your chicken will go well with fries! :lol:

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:03

Bianka Walter wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 12:47
I don’t understand how small case i’s can slip into books. Surely any computer program autocorrects this? Unless he is using a typewriter? I just don’t understand.
I loved your review, Miriam. As always 🙂
Thanks for the loving, Bianka, as always! i appreciate it mucho!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:10

Jessacardinal wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 13:30
My first thought was, "A WHOLE BOOK BASED ON FRENCH FRIES?!? I CAN'T READ THIS BOOK WITHOUT GAINING TEN POUNDS!!" I wonder if Brett's previous coworkers recognize themselves in parts of this book.
I'm sure they will recognize themselves and the others, too. Your comment reminds me to check the scales. :lol:

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:23

kaymontacell wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 15:30
I really liked your review! I found it interesting that you didn't take well to his negative view of the QSR industry. Was it more that he wasn't being fair about assessing the industry as a whole, or was it more like the ravings of a guy where you're wondering why he even kept up with this job if he hated it so much? I can absolutely relate when it comes to either tact.
Good questions! I believe in the silver lining to every cloud. Brett didn't seem to find it in the midst of the grease. I suppose the flourishing industry (guess which company is the world's top franchise business; you are right!) has some good in it.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:24

Rose Harebate wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 16:22
The book seems valuable to people in business.I wonder how they handled complaining customers. Good to know that there is a humor attached to it. Thanks for a great review.
Thanks for sharing your insights, Rose! Brett serves a lot of humor in the book.

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Post by T_stone » 15 Feb 2019, 20:49

I am still wondering to to make of this book, really. From your summary though, it seems like it will be enjoyable provided the errors are fixed. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 21:18

T_stone wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 20:49
I am still wondering to to make of this book, really. From your summary though, it seems like it will be enjoyable provided the errors are fixed. Thanks for the review.
It is actually a breeze to read with the large font and the eye-catching pictures. I was just not comfortable with the author calling it a "guide." Maybe something like "My French Fried Life" would be more apropos for the contents. The grammar also needs better cooking.

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