Review: The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

the king of fu cover

The King of FU by Benjamin Davis, Nikita Klimov (Illustrator)

Published: August 6th 2018

Genre: Humor | Fiction | Memoir

Recommended to: those who want to read an entertaining coming-of-age memoir

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About The King of FU

The King of FU is a magically realistic poetic memoir about growing up in America in the nineties on the cusp of the age of the internet. It is a voyage that navigates through family tribalism, supervisors, white-gloved Sheriffs, bullies, sex, suicide, dead prisoners, drugs, porn, middle school, and Jesus; all in search of answering one of life’s greatest mysteries: what is the point of adults? This artistic masterpiece comes from the mind of author Benjamin Davis with illustrations by Russian artist Nikita Klimov.

A copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ★★★★☆

If I were to describe this book in two words, I would say:

entertaining and honest.

If you want to write a memoir that is not boring, this is how you do it.

To be honest, I don’t even know how to properly describe this book. I haven’t read anything like it. I wouldn’t really say it’s poetry but it is written like a poem. The kind of poetry that annoys me the most are those that attempt to sound like poetry but are actually just sentences separated into lines.

Don’t you hate how
this makes you pause
when you could have read it
in one sentence?

But interestingly, it works for this book. Maybe it’s less about the format but more on how it was written. Benjamin has a way with words that makes it feel natural.

Another thing I liked about this book is how it pokes fun on certain topics in a subtle way.

Bullies (which are deformed things that used to be children but became mutated after a series of failed experiments performed on them by adults)

Or just being plain funny.

Ambulance (a thing that drives as though the driver always really needs to poop)

I also love how the illustrations go perfectly well with the book. There’s a certain pensive quality to it.

The King of FU is different from any book I’ve ever read. By the end, it will make you realize that we’re all just children.

P.S. Here’s my favorite part of the book. If it does not convince you to read it, I don’t know what will.

the king of fu excerpt

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