Sean Penn is a fantastic actor. 

There is almost nobody doubting that statement as fact. However, his writing has proved to be a little bit more divisive. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is his debut novel and it's... well, it's a little baffling. 

That's not to say that it is a bad book, just a confusing one according to many of its readers. There has been plenty to reaction to its release, some of which was good, some bad and some just asking 'what?' 

Some of these reviews will give you a better idea... 

Claire Fallon from the Huffington Post called it "an exercise in ass-showing, a 160-page self-own" and added that "it’s hard to explain what the novel is about."

She adds: "When I say that Bob Honey is reminiscent of a fever dream, I mean that it’s nonsensical, unpleasant and left me sweaty with mingled horror and confusion."

Thus, it's a pretty safe assumption to say that Ms Fallon was not a fan. 

Jeff Giles wasn't quite as harsh with his criticisms in his New York Time review, stating that the book “induces something like Stockholm syndrome — you admire the novel just because you’re surviving it”.

Of course, that's not to say he did not have issues with Penn's work. He said: "'Bob Honey' is conspicuously un-fun. For every perfect, plain-spoken sentence (“It is on that couch where Bob feels safest, almost embraced”) there are dozens of linguistic traffic jams where you can almost hear the words honking at each other to get out of the way."

David Canfield from Entertainment Weekly also sighted issues with the language. His review read: "As for the language, Penn tries to drive the points home in ambitious prose — but his stylistic flourishes feel sticky and overwrought."

The Washington Post reviewer, Mark Athitakis, had this to say about the novel: "If only the satire were funnier, though. If only the writing were more coherent. And if only the timing were better. In the weeks before the last presidential election, “Bob Honey” reflected the goofiness of the moment’s political theater. 

"Now that we are living with its consequences, the story feels off point and toothless."

Overall, it is pretty safe to say that this novel is not for everyone. There was also an outcry after it was revealed that the book contains a poem ridiculing the #MeToo movement. 

That has not gone down well at all among cultural commentators. 

Penn is an amazing actor. His writing ability has definitely not received the acclaim he is used to.