Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Philip Horkman is a politically correct pet store owner and family man that coaches the AYSO under-11-girls soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is an outrageous character; he is a forensic plumber who believes that he is the only “sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons”. He also has a daughter that plays in the AYSO under-11-girls soccer league.

The two men meet when Horkman calls Peckerman’s daughter off-sides during a game and quickly spirals into bear maulings, foreign wars, a policeman being shot in the testicles while flying a helicopter, kidnappings, Sarah Palin getting urinated on while on live TV, diarrhea in the desert and more antics than humanly imaginable for one book.

Lunatics is truly the only title that could have been chosen for this story. It absolutely describes Horkman and Peckerman and their interactions perfectly. I began reading with high hopes and found myself sharing what was going on with anyone who would listen. I found it impossible to put down this book until about three quarters of the way through and then I began to feel that it was becoming way too much. It became difficult to pick it back up.

I would recommend Lunatics to anyone with a sense of humor, but with a warning that it became a bit too extreme for my liking toward the end. The majority of the book, however, was a page turner. I never knew what would happen next. Every time I thought the story reached its highest, funniest point, the following paragraph had me laughing and cheering and hoping that the chaos would never end!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Putnam Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.