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“Testosterone-fueled fiction.…Readers who got a kick out of Kultgen’s first book will get a bang out of this.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Chad Kultgen graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His novels include The Average American Male; The Lie; Men, Women & Children; and The Average American Marriage. He lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061657301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061657306
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,023 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas King on June 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been reading a lot of fratire books lately and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I liked Kutgen's other book "the Average American Male" and I think this one is even better. It has the same sort of crude man humor, but it also has a much more interesting plot. Also, the story is told from the perspective of three main characters which gives you a cool look into how they see the same things differently. The Brett character is hilarious. The inhumane (this is an understatement) things he does to women is so outrageously funny that the author should consider writing another book just about Brett. I know it's only fiction, but it is darn funny to read about. Reading things from the character Heather's perspective reminds me of why I dumped my last girlfriend. She and Heather are both snobby, materialistic, sorority girls without a clue. Great job Kultgen and bring on the next one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on December 15, 2012
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Let me just preface this by saying I am a male college student, and probably the intended audience for this book. However, I must say that by the time I finished this book, I considered it to be a complete waste of my time. Let's start by first looking at what worked for the book: the layout. The way Kultgen tells the story through the three different characters is admittedly interesting. It keeps you turning the page and always reading *just* one more chapter. This is largely what got me through the 400+ pages.

Let's now look at what doesn't work for the book: the story. It starts out interesting, and builds a good base of characters, all telling this story in retrospect and continuously referring to some event as to why they all hate each other in the present. It's an interesting premise and makes it seem to the reader that there is some really interesting explanation to all of this if you just continue reading. Well, I continued reading. And reading. And reading. The story doesn't really even get to any sort of semblance of an ending until the last 30 pages or so. All the while, you're reading these 400 pages and hating the characters more and more. The situations get increasingly farfetched and the characters' reactions to everything start to lose any connection to their personality, or how any real human would react, and become more just plot devices to reach an ending. Speaking of, for all of your dedicated reading, you are rewarded with an ending that just seems genuinely thrown together. For instance, a plan is hatched and executed all in the span of one page. For 400+ pages, I expected more.

In summary, the book starts off well, with some real potential, however, once you get about halfway you want to start getting to what "The Lie" is actually about. You don't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AndreaDenise VINE VOICE on March 22, 2010
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This is my first Chad Kultgen read. The storyline is inconceivable and repulsive yet comical.

Brett, the son of a wealthy businessman has little admiration for women. This borderline psychopath isn't interested in holy matrimony, parenthood or operating his father's empire. Brett merely craves evoking as much agony and degradation as possible. His companionship with fellow student, Kyle, is Brett's only semi-rational relationship with another human being.

An intellectual bookworm, Kyle aspires to attend medical school. Unfortunately, he meets and falls in love with a dim-witted, self-seeking and untrustworthy freshman named, Heather.

Heather attends college with the hope of acquiring a successful husband. She sets her sights on Brett but settles for Kyle instead. Like SERIOUSLY, why didn't Heather simply utilize her brain for once in her pathetic life?

I do consider most of the context distasteful. Frankly, I'm a bit mystified that my best friend recommended it. On the flip side, the author's tale is both appalling and brilliant.

Rating: 8

Plot: 8

Characters: 8 (although jaded at times)

Ending: 8

Enjoyment: 8

Cover: 8
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I borrowed this book from a friend, read the first page, and I had to buy it for myself. Kultgen immediately captures your attention by describing three different characters: Brett, Kyle, and Heather. He goes on and tells the same stories but in three different perspectives and you get an idea of how they became who they are in present time. This is brilliant and very straightforward which I like. Brett, a womanizer who treats women like crap. He is extremely repulsive and demeaning and doesn't form any type of relationship. Yet, the only person he can count on is his best friend, Kyle, who is the complete opposite. He is smart and aspires to attend medical school and just a genuine romantic. He ends up falling in love with Heather, a freshman college student who is a self-centered. All she wants is a man who is rich. Even though there are parts where you just end up hating all the characters, Kultgen keeps you wanting reading more and more.
This book is quite hilarious at parts. The way the characters' perspectives are so different is what got me. You have these three different people explaining to you the same story extremely differently. It's what captivated me to read till the end. It's honestly what modern day college students are like which is sad but true. I mean I didn't relate to any of this but I bet most college students react like one of these characters and I bet there are girls out there that are seeking rich men as husbands. It's what this generation has resulted in and Kultgen's book, The Lie, captures that right to the point. I strongly recommend it.
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