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The nameless narrator of this dismal debut is a cynical 20-something living an empty, oversexed existence in L.A. He gets laid more often than he masturbates, plays video games, goes to the gym, sizes up every bitch in sight and, understandably, hates Casey, his vapid wannabe-actress girlfriend who tricks him into agreeing to marry her. He is not happy about this. Adding to his reluctance is his burgeoning "relationship" with hottie Alyna, a UCLA student who-just as Casey is an exaggerated caricature of What Men Don't Want-is the Dream Girl who likes video games and porn-style sex. (Also, Casey has a "fat ass" whereas Alyna has a "perfect ass.") [...] Despite the book's purported "brutal honesty," the premise is essentially: guys like sex and dislike cuddling.
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“It’s so primal, so dangerous, it might be the most ingenious book I’ve ever read.” (Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS)

“[B]uy Chad’s book. It’s a blueprint of how the mind--and penis--of a typical American male works.” (Maddox, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALPHABET OF MANLINESS)

“[A] brilliant send-up of the way ...the male point of view has been misrepresented by militant feminists.” (Toby Young, New York Times bestselling author of HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061231673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061231674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Kultgen is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His novels include The Average American Male, The Average American Marriage, The Lie, and Men, Women & Children, the basis of a feature film by Jason Reitman. He lives in California.

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100 of 112 people found the following review helpful By BrainWash89 on September 11, 2011
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For a good portion of the book, I was very entertained. But on like day 3 of reading out of maybe 5 days, I suddenly was bored with it. I realized that this guy is a pretty serious scum bag, and it was just no longer funny. His actions and thoughts are concepts that us men like to joke about, not actually do. I found myself very depressed by the end of it. No man thinks about sex as much as Chad Kultgen does. Women who find themselves reading this: I'm sorry. Do not associate this man as being the Average American Male. We're better than this.
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153 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Sam Thursday on April 15, 2011
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It's worth your time to examine the quality of the spelling in the positive reviews of this book in order to form an opinion of what marketers like to call "the target demographic." Ask yourself: do I fit into this group? Do I want to? If you want to read something with a lot of unapologetic masculinity lying around for you to slip in, by all means read Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club" or "Choke." If you want to read something with a ton of sex, please treat yourself to Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom." If you want a good, old-fashioned story with great male and female characters and plenty of sex and violence, may I recommend George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones?" Under no circumstances, however, should you read this book.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By catholic book lover on June 24, 2012
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Spoiler alert: this review tells the whole story! Even the twist ending! If you don't want it ruined for you, stop reading!
Chad Kultgen's The Average American Male is a horrible book. That being said, it's is a rather entertaining read. How can that be? Let me put it this way, every man in the world should read this book as an example of what never to be, then it should be rounded up and burned Fahrenheit-451 style. Kultgen's book is a beautiful exaggeration of the worst thoughts a late-teens boy has ever had. As such, no women should ever be allowed the glimpse into the terrible mind of a young male exaggerated in such a fashion. This book is the reason for militant feminism and must be read with the greatest of care. It must be known, this is not how men really are. The protagonist is clearly an exaggeration of filthy ideas and crass humor that no just god would ever create in a real human being. However, it is sometimes amusing to read about someone doing the mean stuff that you would never do yourself. That being said, let me give you a basic summary of the plot.
The book begins with an "average" American male who is actually a little better off than average, has a college degree, and lives in Hollywood. The unnamed man is in a relationship with a girl that he is plainly bored with. He is overly judgmental of his girlfriend's looks and thus very disappointed with her appearance. He doesn't get sex as much as he wants and feels that his girl should spend more time doing fun things like playing video games and less time doing things like standing in line for a Marie Osmond book signing (which you could imagine would be a bad place for a loud-mouth, ass of a man like him).
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Albino Sasquatch on March 5, 2011
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This book offers little in terms of literary merit or entertainment value. A chore to read, a lack of humor, a bland plot, one-dimensional characters. If satire is the author's intended goal, he does a very poor job accomplishing said goal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on February 3, 2013
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This is at least a very intriguing book, and at best a book that will be regarded in the future as a portrait of our culture. I see that some readers didn't get the whole point of the work: this is not a book to entertain you with an intricate plot or deep psychological descriptions of characters. Dostoievsky it is not, but this is not the XIX century.

The strength of the book is the way it reflects and depicts the emptiness and lack of direction of our times. The main character is empty because our time is superficial. In the whole story,, we basically follow him through two relationships, first with a marriage obsessed girl, Casey, and later with a "cool" girlfriend, Alyna, who ends up just as another version of Casey and all other women.

Our anti-hero is so detached and passionless that we don't even know what his work is. He doesn't care. He has no goals, no career, no talent, no need for personal development. No plan-B. He just goes with the flow. He spends all his time playing video games and masturbating. It seems that the lack of passion for life left his mind so void that he needs to fill it with sexual imagery and fantasies about having sex with any girl he sees on the street. We never see any mention of his family, like he was born of nothing, with no traditions. I cant even remember if the author gives us his name, but it really doesn't matter much, because he has no distinct personality.

I liked the plot, not because it is engaging, but because it fits perfectly the message of the book. The hero dates Casey because this way he can get easy sex. Casey takes the reigns of the relationship. He only follows her: to the mall, to the restaurant he doesn't like, etc.
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