To come work for him at his company after this Darren s life is never the same Back in my day when a white man gave you an opportunity it s life is never the same Back in my day when a white man gave you an opportunity it at a costOnce Darren goes to work for Sumwun he is transformed in to Buck a moniker given to him because he worked for StarbucksI ll tell you what I do now Darrone Or rather Buck I d call you Starbucks but it s too long so Buck will have to do You don t mind do you Buck Darren is the only black person that works at Sumwun and faces many racial challenges but because of his mom he pushes through in hopes of being the best man that he can be Well no matter how hard it gets remember why you re there Dar To become somethin and show the world what you re made of To let your light shine and be all I now you can be The longer Buck works at Sumwun the his life changes The people around him don t even recognize who he s become While reading I tried to decipher if it was Buck who was actually changing or if his friends and family were just having a hard time adapting to his new lifestyle Then something life altering happens Darren completely gives up on every one that has been in his corner and completely transforms in to Buck Fuck the old Darren I announced to the empty room I m Buck As time progresses in the book Buck realizes the error in his ways and tries to get back to being Darren Something his mother told him resonates loud in his spirit It s the duty of every man and woman who has achieved some success in life to pass it on because when we re gone
what matters most isn t what we were able to obtain but who we were able matters most isn t what we were able to obtain but who we were able help And help is exactly what Buck did Buck decides to help people of color become better salesman to help better themselves He also doesn t want them to experience what he experienced his first week at Sumwun This book reads as funny and satirical so the ending was not expected Overall I was pleased with this author s writing style and exceptionally happy with this very different and original story line An opportunity means change And opportunity means actions But most of all an opportunity means the chance of failure And it s the potential for failure than failure itself that stops so many people from beginning anything I started out really enjoying this book because I liked the main character Darren who gets the nickname Buck at a start up company where he is the only black person But then Buck becomes a person I disliked immensely one of those sleazy salespeople that is a stereotype Thus a large portion of this book was hard to read because he treated people so terribly I also didn t love the ending While there is definitely humor in this novel it s not an easy read Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book which RELEASES JANUARY 5TH 2021. Ve invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty sixth floor After enduring a “hell week” of training Darren the only Black person in the company reimagines himself as “Buck” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game Black Buck is a hilarious razor sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive crackling debut that explores ambition and race and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.
Mateo Askaripour ò 5 charactersIs book to be a great mixture of hilarity inspiration and confrontation with racism It was really smart and engaging and ept me in with our main character Buck formerly nown as Darren even when he lost his wayI didn t give it 5 stars because there was a period in the book when our departure from reality became a bit tedious and I almost got bored and because the sales pitches that were touted as genius didn t blow me away as much as I felt like the author was expecting them To But I Still But I still recommend it and will definitely read Of His Work To Houghton Mifflin his work Thanks Houghton Mifflin and Netgalley for a review copy The opinions stated here are my own What a journey and utter powerhouse BLACK BUCK the debut from Mateo Askaripour is So much happens to Buck our main character in the span of a year that it is hard to condense into one uick sentence and often hard to believe This book is somewhat fantastical but also often depressingly realistic It tells the story of Darren Vendor who gets re named Buck after being plucked from being a Starbucks barista to being a salesman at a dubious sounding Manhattan tech start up A mix of tragedy and hilarity propel the plot forward as we watch Buck rise up the ranks lose himself and his Bed Stay friends and family and take some other young POC under his wings to extraordinary heights I have never read anything uite like this Askaripour is an incredibly writer his sentences are refreshing and vibrant and the way he moves a story along is inspiring Buck is a character for the ages He is complex unpredictable and uietly intelligent The things that happen to Buck and the things he does himself are surprising and while the racism is horrifying and extremely hard to read Askaripour doesn t hold anything back The nature of start up culture is completely skewered and systematic racism is gut wrenchingly on full blast It s not an easy read but it is hard to put down and it is a book we need today It comes out January 2021 Black Buck is Mateo s debut novel and I was thoroughly impressed This story line is peculiar and also very well written It s entertaining but also touches on some very relevant issues in today s society I am definitely looking forward to reading any subseuent novels that may come from this author Black Buck tells a tale of Darren Vendor your typical twenty two year old guy that works at Starbucks and lives with his mom Darren graduated as his high school s valedictorian but after graduating becomes complacent in life His mom like any other mom has bigger goals for her son and vocalizes it every chance she gets One day Darren steps out on a limb to sell his regular customer Rhett a coffee that is different from his regular order Rhett offers Darren an opportunity of a lifetime. Man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious cult like and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission An unambitious twenty two year old Darren lives in a Bed Stuy brownstone with his mother who wants nothing than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building hanging out with his girlfriend Soraya and eating his mother’s home cooked meals All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels the silver tongued CEO of Sumwun NYC’s hottest tech startup results in an exclusi. .
Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Netgalley for an advance copy Getting an ARC of this Omg it sounds AMAZING Excuse me for a sec I need to catch my breath because this novel took me on a JOURNEYMateo Askaripour s debut Black Buck is a wildly batshit absurdist satire on startup culture racism in America media fuckery New Buck is a wildly batshit absurdist satire on startup culture racism in America media fuckery New City and so much Buck himself was a fascinating character and one whom you never uite get a grip on but feel okay about in the processIn a weird way this novel sort of reminded me of C D Payne s Youth in Revolt in terms of how ridiculous the stakes got after a certain point And I don t mean that in a bad way Still this is one of the most original books I ve read all year and it ll definitely make you feel all sorts of thingsContent warning Overt racism and white supremacy bullying harassment violence murder My thoughts about this book were all over the map It s called satire but it s not the traditional laugh out loud satire Other than a running joke In Which Every White Person which every white person Buck look Every day is deals day Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour is The Wolf of Wall Street for salespeople It will make you laugh it will make you cry it will make you want to punch someone in the face or it will inspire you to pick up the phone and call your prospects Whatever your goal the main reason why I chose this book is I wanted a subject that will teach me about sales written This book is not a thriller but it feels like oneBLACK BUCK pitched as being for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street is propulsive and heart pounding right from its confident riotous beginning where Darren Buck Vender our main character and the only Black salesman at the startup where he s just been hired asks the reader to clap their hands and chant EVERY DAY IS DEALS DAY I haven t met a main character this powerful in ages and I haven t read a book that ept me on my back foot so consistently in just as longDeftly addressing systemic racism and racial ineuality startup culture workplace hazing personal tragedy and life in New York City BLACK BUCK feels like a roller coaster you re
not sure actually ends on the ground The novel opens uncertain and reckless turns gaudysure actually ends on the ground The novel opens uncertain and reckless turns gaudy slick and vicious in the middle and will have you cheering by its end Buck asks the reader on the final page to decide if it was all worth it I say absolutely Keep an eye out for this one out January 2021 This was fantasticHere we meet Darren a black man living in NYC high school valedictorian working at Starbucks He s smart The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School kind caring and pretty happy But everyone he cares about wants him to reach his potential be the man theynow he can be etc Then an opportunity presents itself and to please said people he takes it And all manner of hell breaks looseI found th. “Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel executing a high wire act full of verve and dark comic energy” Colson Whitehead author of The Nickel Boys “A hilarious gleaming satire as radiant as its author Askaripour has announced himself as a major talent of the school of Ralph Ellison Paul Beatty Fran Ross and Ishmael Reed Full of uick pacing frenetic energy absurd yet spot on twists and turns and some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read this novel is both balm and bomb” Nafissa Thompson Spires author of Heads of the Colored People For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street a crackling satirical debut novel about a young. .