Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People is a collection of seven horribly ridiculous and hilarious short stories. From a hobo minivan to a wretched babysitter, a strange exchange student to an action figure with issues, Coupland spins some wickedly devilish tales that are sure to shock and delight.
If ever there was a very aptly-named book, it would be this one. Written with such dry humour and sarcasm, Coupland – with Roumieu’s illustrations – paints such an atrocious scene in each of the 7 stories. While it was Donald, the incredibly hostile juicebox that originally caught my interest to check out this book, it’s the story about the undead substitute teacher that had me actually laughing out loud.
What I loved about this book was that it felt like a writing exercise, exploring the potential thoughts and actions of unlikely characters – including inanimate objects. It’s a great unique point of view that is not often explored, and Coupland does a hilariously disturbing job of it.