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This is over privileged fratboy nonsense that fails in absolutely every respect.
The three protagonists are all well-drawn and Kultgen writes each as a convincing individual, and the story is constructed to keep you conflicted about the rightness or otherwise of most of their actions but then concludes with brutal and someone despondent judgement. The confessional, stream of consciousness, diary style is extremely compulsive and the novel's sheer vulgarity is played for very effective laughs. I can see why his novels are so divisive and this one in particular but I pretty much think that "they just don't get it".
A simply fantastic novel, a rare laugh-out-loud classic. If I could give it six stars I would.
My only reservation, as with his first novel, is that his characterisation of women is two dimensional and his opinions regarding the fairer sex are clearly a bit messed up. Or maybe that's part of the joke. But either way as a woman it is sometimes hard not to cringe as female characters are used and abused and put up with the antics of misognlonistic men, generally to further themselves financially.
This aside, a good story with pleasing twists and convincing voices for all three characters. Highly enjoyable.
The book is focused on the lives of three individuals; Brett, Heather and Kyle. Kyle is the nice guy, hopelessly in love with Heather and just starting out at university, Heather is the social climber and Brett is the sociopathic, handsome and rich friend of Kyle. Each of these three characters take turns telling the story of their interactions with each other from their perspective. What you are left with are three people who in turn, deceive themselves and are self serving.
I know I wanted Heather to be punished for her grasping ways but what i liked most about the book was the way that Chad refused to idealise life but rather rewarded the characters that did not delude themselves. The book is very funny and I loved the way that Chad managed to change the prose to properly shape the character's voices.
Definitely an interesting and enjoyable read!
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