Book Review: The King Of FU by Benjamin Davis


Title: The King Of FU

Author: Benjamin Davis

Genre: Memoir, Poetry, Magical Realism, Young Adult

Release Date: May 25, 2018


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.


This poetic memoir shows you how it is to grow up in the 90s. As a 90s kid myself, I found this book very relatable.

I actually loved how this was written in verse, and how it was complimented by the illustrations. Important themes such as abuse, bullying, suicide, and drug addiciton were discussed in this book, but the author made the story light by injecting humor in it.

This was such a unique read; I really enjoyed reading this book. Whether you’re a 90s kid or not, if you’re looking for a unique and entertaining read, then I highly recommend this book. Thanks to the author for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Verse:

Was there a step
after adult maybe?
I wondered
Maybe there was another group
That only adults could see
That loomed overhead
And told them what to do
But then would they just be
even bigger children?
Why was I the only one who could see
How stupid everyone was

Where were the adults
To tell the adults what to do?

Soundtrack: The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullNo-Star

Buy Links: Goodreads || Amazon || Book Depository
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About the Author:

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Benjamin Davis is an American journalist and editor living in St. Petersburg, Russia. He primarily writes magical-realism flash fiction stories about Russian culture, self-deprecating mishaps, and babushkas. His first book “The King of FU” is about his time growing up in America before he got lost in the dark, and the cold, and the weird. His other writings can be found on

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The King Of FU by Benjamin Davis

  1. Ooh I’m a 90’s kid as well! This sounds like such a good read. It’s different to my normal but that quote you picked out I can relate to so much, haha! Definitely going to have to try and find a copy!

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