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Happy Hour Is for Amateurs: Work Sucks. Life Doesn't Have To. (edition 2009)

by Philadelphia Lawyer

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Title:Happy Hour Is for Amateurs: Work Sucks. Life Doesn't Have To.
Authors:Philadelphia Lawyer
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2009), Paperback, 320 pages
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Happy Hour Is for Amateurs: A Lost Decade in the World's Worst Profession by Philadelphia Lawyer

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Flip, glib, and often humorous look at being a young lawyer in the City of Brotherly Love. Compiled from the anonymous author's blog, most of the book is a loosely collected series of boozy, slice-of-life scenes.

The author does a great job portraying the seduction of alcohol addiction, but most of the characters are plot devices that fall flat. The focus on story is great, but the lack of development leaves much to be desired. ( )
  ManoDogs | Feb 5, 2017 |
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An easy read of debauchery and moral compromise in the legal world. While many of the anecdotes are interesting and funny, after reading several the novelty of these ribald tales diminishes, and the predictability of each increases.
  cao9415 | Jan 6, 2011 |
This book was just ok. It had some very funny parts, but dragged a lot. It seemed like a lot of the stuff was just thrown in, as if the author was flailing around for some filler material and figured he'd throw in another party to eat up another 5-10 pages. I enjoyed it, but can't see myself going back and re-reading it in the future. ( )
  knfmn | Sep 11, 2010 |
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While this book might arouse interest for the first few chapters, the entertainment value drops off quickly. How many times can the same tweaked story be retold? How many times can one guy relive the same premise with minor alterations in the details? Here's the gist of the book: the narrator gets drunk/high, gets into a situation, then gets out of said situation, sometimes with wit (but usually through dumb luck). Rinse, repeat. Also, throw in a few easy women, and one friend with an alcohol/rage/drug problem whose name keeps changing for some odd reason...

The Philadelphia Lawyer is the kind of guy that rubs me the wrong way. He's proud of getting through college drunk, squeaking through law school and getting high to escape the boredom of legal work. Boo hoo. And to top it off, he thinks he's better and smarter than nearly every person he meets!

However, this book is not without merit. It gives what appears to be an honest and intimate look into the legal profession. It's a corrupt system, like many other systems in our society, and I wouldn't be surprised if it scared off some law students.
  megacoupe | Mar 3, 2010 |
Why: An allegedly true story by a bitter, disillusioned lawyer. Since I am a bitter, disillusioned lawyer with allegedly true stories of my own, it seemed natural.
There are two things about this book. One: it's crude and somewhat debauched, but the debauchery seems like he's trying too hard. Perhaps it is there to demonstrate the lengths to which a miserable lawyer will go for escapism. I wasn't really impressed with this part, but Two: he tells the truth (I could recognize it) about practicing law in this country, and that's the real reason why he didn't sign his name to this book. You might think, What's the big deal, it's not like the legal profession is the Mafia. To which I would answer, hmmm.... I think, that in many (but not all) cases, to be successful in a law firm, you have bifurcate your personality, compromise your integrity, raise your BS tolerance to max level and learn to trust no one (not to mention get real comfortable with boredom), all of which are extremely painful. No one wants you to know this. That's where the value of this book lies. ( )
  citygirl | Feb 12, 2010 |
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