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The Lie: A Novel Paperback – March 3, 2009
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Characters: 8 (although jaded at times)
I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I enjoyed reading it since I am not exactly the demographic that fratire aims for. The story is rather captivating and although quite inconceivable, it's a fun time. I ended up reading it at the gym on the stationary bike and found myself going longer and longer to read more. I love that the story is told from the 3 different viewpoints of the three main characters. Especially since it really shows how interactions, both big and small, are read differently by the people involved. The writing was good aside from the Heather character saying "like" so much. If I ever met anyone who said it that often, I wouldn't be able to handle it. The character of Brett does horrible things to women, to push their limits, and I know it's for shock value but it was rather unrealistic that college girls would do any of that.
Regardless, the book did remind me a lot of Brett Easton Ellis, particularly the narrative from "The Rules of Attraction" and the character of Brett has a lot of similarities to Patrick Bateman. In fact, one of the best things I noted was the perception of the interactions between the characters and that is a huge part of "The Rules of Attraction". Over all, I really enjoyed it. I will probably end up picking up more of Kultgen's books.
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If you're into the I hope they serve beer in hell series you're going to love this.Published 5 months ago by RickyKarnage
This is a narrative of sexual violence and abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and social dysfunction on a Texas university campus. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RDM
Could be over the top for most people, but found it very engrossing and entertaining.Published 9 months ago by david warner
While I loved Chad Kultgen's novel The Average American Male this particular book fell completely short in my opinion. It starts out with great promise. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kelly lemmons
Meh. Would have made a good short story A little too much repetition with the vulgarity of college student sex lives. Good ending and well developed characters though.Published 11 months ago by Nicole Pare
An interesting story with a narrative about today's society and the views of 20-year-olds on sex and power. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jed Asmus
Fantastic book. I find the authors creation of the main characters very relatable in the... I don't want to ruin it for anyone but... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ryan Ellers