You might expect that a book written by the creator of the TV series “Offspring” would be funny, quirky and downright enjoyable. You’d be right. It is all of these things and more.
“Useful” follows the story of Sullivan Moss.
After deciding that he’s a complete waste of space, Sully manages to fall the wrong way from a ledge while trying to commit suicide. Waking up in hospital, he’s astounded at the care of the nurses being wasted on a useless person such as himself. With this thought, he realises that while he might be useless, his organs aren’t. Unfortunately for Sully, the process of donating a kidney is a bit more involved than walking into the Urology Department and asking them to take a kidney.
Embarking on what may be a year long journey to become a kidney donor, Sully does what he can to ensure good kidney health. This not only means being sober, but being employed for the first time in his life, because kidneys can’t support themselves.
Full of relatable characters, budding romance, blossoming friendships and laugh out loud moments “Useful” is a book that ended far too quickly for my liking; I would have quite happily kept reading about Sully and his new friends for months. There are no fairy tale endings for any of the characters in the book, but as in real life, there rarely are.