Based on the life of the author, Scott Evans, Memoirs of a Bar Steward is a hilarious account of Jacob Cox and his family moving to a seaside town in Ireland. Jacob is convinced he lives among a bunch of lunatics and after passing his A-levels, he wants nothing more than to get away from his crazy family. Through a sudden turn of events, he is named the licensee of a pub his father has bought. Jacob sees this as the event that will be the making of him, so he pitches college and moves with his family to prepare to take on the task of running his "classy establishment."
Jacob's ego is awesome. He's convinced he's God's gift to the people of Torquay, come to deliver them from their lower class ways into a more high end lifestyle. He's sure that his family will ruin his pub, and is determined to keep out the commoners and cater to the more civilized populace. He's completely oblivious to the fact that he's incredibly arrogant, and is confused when people seem to be put off by the things he says. Jacob's delusions of grandeur and total lack of social etiquette are so cringe-worthy that you can't help but laugh! Needless to say, his attitude gets him into a never-ending slew of trouble with his family and the locals (let's just say there's public humiliation and the Irish mafia involved).
The language is colorful, but adds an incredible amount of personality to the writing. When you read it, it flows more like a natural thought process than a narrative, which I personally think is fantastic! I had a professor tell me once that I write the way I speak (which apparently isn't professional), but I think that it helps to convey a larger amount of emotion and personal touch to the writing.
Mind you, this is not a book for your kid! This story is chock full of double-entendres and sexual innuendos (my personal favorite was the bit about the Queens Legs on p. 43). The language can be quite foul at times, and even crude at parts, but I think it gives a lot of validity to the fact that it's from the perspective of an 18 year old. Ironically, even though Jacob considers himself the most respectable person in his family, he often finds himself in worse trouble than his brothers. This book explores all sorts of life experiences, from work and family to sex and drinking. Knowing that this story is loosely based on the life of the author, one can't help but wonder just how much of this story is fact (ouch!), and how much is fiction.
Memoirs of a Bar Steward is an interesting concept- it's written in the form of blog posts and emails following the fictional life of Jacob Cox as he and his family move to a new town and open up their own pub. This book is incredibly entertaining and is guaranteed to give you a laugh, but unfortunately I can't bring myself to rate it higher than a 3/5. My reason for doing this is because it's essentially unfinished. It's only 47 pages long, and at the end, you're left with a cliffhanger and a link to the fictional blog, where you can read the latest entries. I think that the finished product will be awesome, and the story itself is incredibly entertaining, but I think the author should hold off on publishing until the story is complete. That said, it's only $0.99 on Amazon, and will definitely give you a good laugh, so you should check it out!