5 Books Featuring Flawed Anti-Heroes You Can’t Help But Love

One Redditor asked r/suggestmeabook for “Books that are like Bojack Horseman as in they have a s****y protagonist?”

They clarified that they weren't after books with a bad protagonist, but “someone that is an a****** yet somehow makes you wanna root for them.”

Fans of books with flawed and complex anti-heroes flooded the thread's comments. Besides David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, here are a few other Bojack-esque titles.

“Charles Bukowski’s novels have become favorites of mine. It is painfully obvious that he sees the darkness in himself and the world, yet incapable of escaping either. In my view it gives a picture of a character flawed to the bone as a result of it being the only way for him to cope with life and himself."

Any of Charles Bukowski's Novels

It's the year 2000 and all the main character of Otessa Moshfedgh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation wants to do is exactly that: spend the entire year relaxing.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh

Caught between wanting to heal and giving up hope, fans of Bojack Horseman will love this book for it's dark, existential humor.

Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom is stuck in a boring, normal life after a brief stint of basketball stardom in his teenage years. Now, as a 26 year old with a family, he tries with all of his might to escape the monotony of his everyday life.

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

u/maybeoncemaybe_twice compared the story to Bojack Horseman: “I feel like you go through the same feeling of empathizing with/sort of rooting for a character who you know is making irresponsible and sometimes immoral choices.

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