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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
If you are a young male and like crude male humor, you will probably enjoy this.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny book and a great read to get the real perspective on how insane we are in this generationPublished 2 months ago by Animation Guy
Great book, a lot more content compared to the previous books by Chad.Published 4 months ago by lookitsandrew
Let me first start off by saying that this book put me on a crazy rollercoaster in terms of if I actually liked this book or not. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josie
Don't read this if you are easily offended and don't have a sense of humor! I loved it and found it very funny and interesting. I did not expect the ending at all.Published 5 months ago by Cj
If you're into the I hope they serve beer in hell series you're going to love this.Published 11 months ago by RickyKarnage
Could be over the top for most people, but found it very engrossing and entertaining.Published 15 months ago by david warner