Name : Tyrone Nguyen In-N-OutBurger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman is a well written book documenting the biography and the history of the family who started the famous family-owned business. Many who see this book may expect the history of In-N-Out itself, but no it is not.
The whole book is focused on three generations of the Synder family. Each detail went up to the last generation on how the first generation came to Canada and the discrimination that they faced. There were many small details that we focused on the family that made the book seem like it was rather a biography of the whole family instead the history of In-N-Out by having pages dedicated to them with useless, small memories of theirs. If this book took out all the details of the family, but book would be less than fifty pages (has 298 pages). There was a major lack of details concerning In-N-Out's statistics and etc. After reading this book you will know everything about the family who started the business, but not the business itself.
In the beginning of the book, the transition between father to son was poorly done. It was 'Synder' (Harry), then shifted to 'Synder' (Harry's father). After the transition between characters, it was a whole different story. It discussed about the struggles the first generation faced during World War I and World War II as they were victims who were discriminated against because of their accents and names that made them seem like Germans.
Without the details of this business, the real question was never really answered. Why did Harry decide to start In-N-Out? Also why did Harry choose to build the first In-N-Out at a place like Baldwin? Most questions were never really addressed but rather just went with it.
If I would rate this book, I would give it a 2.5/5. This book is hardly about In-N-Out itself as a business as it is as a biography for the Synder family. Also adding the most nonequivalent detail of their lives. The title is most misleadings for readers who would want to learn more about the one-of-a-kind business.
- Tyrone Nguyen ( Period 1 )