Critics had mixed reviews over Sean Penn’s controversial new book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” Penn, an actor, Oscar winner and former husband of Madonna and Robin Wright, penned this new story, described as a dystopian satire by USA Today. In the small novel, Bob, the divorced main character, lived in the California suburbs but did not get along with his neighbors. He worked part-time jobs but also worked undercover, killing old people with a mallet. Bob still found time to make comments on American culture, most of them negative. Pappy Parian narrated the book, a pseudonym for Sean Penn. There was another character in the book named Fletcher, based on El Chapo, Penn’s friend. Penn once interviewed El Chapo in real life and the article he wrote caused controversy during the President Obama tenure.
The character, Bob Honey in the book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” spoke of disillusionment when it came to the state of America, especially during a cross-country road trip. The fictional figure wrote a letter to the American President, who resembled Trump. In the missive, Bob Homey criticized the president’s actions, his faulty presidency and the state of politics in modern-day America. Bob mentioned assassinating the president too. There were climactic scenes at the Republican National Convention and a dramatic scene after assassins killed police officers. In a poem at the end of the novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” Penn also made negative comments about liberal groups too, like the #MeToo movement for not recognizing due process and the rights of the accused.
USA Today and Entertainment Weekly found the book confusing and chaotic. They liked parts of the book but panned Penn’s prose and style, which made the book hard to read. Critics mentioned that the character Bob seemed more like Penn; Bob Honey was like not a fictional character. The book was more of an autobiography than a fictional novel. This approach may appeal to a small number of readers, especially Penn’s fans or for readers who like dystopian novels. Atria published “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” It is 160 pages.