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The Average American Male

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  5,565 Ratings  ·  732 Reviews
An offensive, in-your-face, brutally honest and completely hilarious look at male inner life and sexual fantasy—sure to be one of the most controversial books of the year.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Harper Perennial
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Jason
Aug 12, 2016 Jason rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I’ve ever read. I mean abysmally bad. In fact, it may be the only book I’ve ever actually had to stop reading because it was so horrible. I skipped to the end and that, too, was really bad. Basically, this book is a piece of crap.
Joanna
Apr 17, 2012 Joanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor, raunch, 2000s, amurika
Well after reading The Marriage Plot and having a good laugh at rich boring idiots, I was like, well, is there anything that'll give me a good laugh at douchebag bro idiots? You know, so I can properly feel superior to both. And I found this for like, 50 cents. This book is completely ridiculous. So much so that I can't even get mad at it. It's like trying to get mad at a chicken. Like, what are you going to do? They're stupid, just let it go.

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Now I've read the whole thing, and it's just like
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Mitchel Broussard
May 14, 2010 Mitchel Broussard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2010
Vile, unsympathetic to every female, and completely, unashamedly, and unabashedly, honest.

It's a memoir, in a sense. This guy has never existed, and on the other hand, he is EVERY guy that has ever existed. He's the guy that hates it when people call when he's right in the middle of a game of Halo. He's the guy that downloads so much porn that he has separate folders for different fetishes on his desktop. He's the guy that's completely confused as to why Marie Osmond is famous. We never get his
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Paul
Apr 29, 2008 Paul rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
Holy ass.

This book doesn't even deserve the time I'm about to take to talk about how awful it is. Does this guy really think we've already forgotten about American Psycho after just sixteen years? Replace the violence with more sex, then rewrite the entire thing with no sense of character, voice, description, vocabulary, consistency, intellect, emotion, subtlety, etc., and you get this pathetic excuse for a novel. Christ, the titles are even similar. I actually wouldn't be surprised if Chad Kult
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Olivia
May 01, 2008 Olivia rated it it was ok
I literally vomited on the book! No joke!!

It's actually a great story. My lesbo neighbor lent my lesbro friend and I this book and I took several months to try to read it. One day I got alcohol poisoning and spewed off the side of my bed and onto the cum- white cover of this novel! The next morning I found dried up puke encrusted onto The American American Male and had a great, good laugh! How perfect was it that I spewed on this book; I can't really make this stuff up and I don't really need to
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Zeke Chase
Jul 08, 2013 Zeke Chase rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire, read-twice
A lot of people seem to wholly miss the point of this book, both those (few as they may be here on Goodreads) who like and those who are either indifferent or find it offensive/misogynistic/obnoxious/pornographic/juvenile...etc.

Now I'll admit that this book is highly up for interpretation, and perhaps I'm the one that's misinterpreting what the book is saying, but I don't think I am, at least not wholly. Here's why: this book speaks directly to me, and it doesn't to most people. Despite the titl
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Kirk
Aug 03, 2011 Kirk rated it liked it
I didn't love this book. I didn't hate it either, but I couldn't stop reading it.

That's not to say that it was so great that I couldn't put it down. I read it on an Ipod and the pages were barely a paragraph long, so it was easy to rip through. There weren't many insights to stop and reflect on, and there were no passages that made me stop to contemplate how I might adapt the stylistic renderings of the author. This book read like one of those late-night television shows that you watch because
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Ryan
Jun 24, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
I read this book in 2 sittings at a nearby Barnes and Noble. The writing is that light and disposable. It is also completely obscene, misogynist, heavy-handed and at times, spot on. Depending on your sensitivities, you might really enjoy this look into the most base and obvious tendencies of the "Average American Male." You might also be revolted. Either way, don't spend any money on it - you can knock this thing out in hour and a half at a book store.
Patrick
Apr 26, 2010 Patrick rated it it was ok
Oh my God, women and marriage, am I right fellas? It's just blah blah blah marriage this, and blah blah blah babies that. It's like, come on! Just let us play video games and jack off 26 times a day to internet porn! And don't you just hate how they like shitty music? No Doubt is just the worst band ever, am I right? And have you ever noticed how they slip in the word 'like' into every other sentence, even when they're crying about how you dumped them? So annoying. Yeah, women pretty much ...more
Merlin P. Mann
Oct 17, 2007 Merlin P. Mann rated it it was ok
Much in the tradition of American Psycho, this book sees the world from one man's idiosyncratic, shallow and selfabsorbed perspective, but where Ellis offers thought-provoking insight in the juxtaposition between the aestethic and the destructive, Kultgen offers just dirty words and juvenile sex fantasies - though it must be said, that he is both frank and very spot-on in his portrait of the suppressed male sexuality, it doesn't provoke much more than a lazy erection. His language is repetetive ...more
Lily
Nov 11, 2011 Lily rated it really liked it
It's really intelligent to keep us unsuspecting of the "philosophical view" till the very end. I followed the hollow lives of the characters with true sadness, and when the pointlessness is revealed it all makes sense.
In his unique rebellious way, Mr. Kultgen sharply illustrates the banality of young women today, and the succumbing and numbing of young men.
But it's not all maudlin and tears. Mr.K wakes us up with shock therapy. He is a hard judge, thus the hard language. He takes no prisoners. H
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Mark Giddens
Jun 21, 2008 Mark Giddens rated it it was amazing
funny book if you're a guy. if you're a female reader, you might not get the subtle humor of an oversexed 20 something video game player...oh well, you can always join oprah's book club instead.
Patrick
Mar 18, 2008 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
This is a really funny and purposely offensive stream-of-consciousness look into a few months in the life of a "typical" young man, as seen through his eyes. I read this at the bookstore; oddly enough it was recommended by a female via her Barnes and Noble "employee picks" card on the bookshelf, with the review "Not, I repeat, NOT for children." The mind of the narrator is obnoxious, sex-obsessed, and profane, but eventually you get used to it, it levels off, and then certain lines just seem to ...more
Lawrence Kapture
Nov 25, 2009 Lawrence Kapture rated it did not like it
Shelves: transgressive
Average American Male sucks. It's okay to be shallow and stupid. God knows I am. But don't hold your shit out for other people to admire like a monkey at the zoo. It's not that my shit doesn't stink. Everybody's does. I don't want the smell of yours in addition to mine.

AAM is such an spineless novel because the protagonist refuses to be ethical about his decisions. Any asshole who reads it and says "What a great novel! That's exactly how I feel!" Is a twat. Hate your girlfriend? Break up with he
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Angus McKeogh
Oct 06, 2015 Angus McKeogh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lots of guys likely gave this minimal stars because they don't want the females in their lives to know how close to the truth this book hits. Inside the head of a large portion of the male populace.
Tim
Aug 23, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it
This novel is a fascinating and clearly controversial broadside to political correctness and the cherished illusions so many people hold regarding the difference between the sexes. The book follows the life of a nameless protagonist as he has sex with several different women in a variety of ways, goes through relationship issues with girlfriends, and discusses the vagaries of sex with a number of friends, both gay and straight.

The most interesting aspect of the book is the main character's remor
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Jason Edwards
Jul 26, 2016 Jason Edwards rated it it was ok
I'm curious about your opinion concerning brilliant people. Can brilliant people see art in places that the rest of us reject? Let's say some brilliant professor decided to "teach" Twilight, for example. (I have not read that book myself, but I am basing this discussion on the popular opinion that it is not a good book. If you disagree-- if you're brilliant, or if you think we're all being snobs, then substitute a different book into this discussion). Do you think that he could read in to it, fi ...more
Jay
Jun 04, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing
*spoilers*
The Average American Male is a funny book through a through, written from the point of view of a man we never learn the name of. Which is kinda the point. He's supposed to be average, anyone, even if he isn't. He's supposed to be something men can recognize to some point; a gamer, a frat guy, someone with an anal fetish, someone who's stuck in a relationship with someone he just doesn't love anymore. Not every man is like this, but it's something that keeps occurring.

Just like not eve
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Sean Ferguson
Jan 21, 2012 Sean Ferguson rated it it was ok
The Average American Male follows a nameless character around Los Angeles, as he thinks with one part of his body from the first page of Chapter Two until the final page of the book. He spends most of the book chasing that woman on the airplane, Alyna, while basically running from his long-term girlfriend, Casey. Well then, what happens in Chapter One? Each chapter is titled and, if the titles aren't setting the scene or the mood, they're a clever quip about what you're going to be reading. "Ch ...more
Brittany Drake
Dec 01, 2014 Brittany Drake rated it liked it
Kultgen's sex-filled stream of consciousness style is completely unfiltered and painfully honest. I can see how people might be offended at this, but I found it amusing. From the barrage of graphic sexual fantasies to the over simplified, one word descriptors he gives to the characters he meets, Kultgen's main character lays out all the awful, blunt thoughts that we all keep inside. This book made me laugh with its biting look at the private observations people make about everyone they come in ...more
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Chris S says: "Kultgen's debut novel gives us a fairly accurate, very funny, rather crude and oddly touching portrait of the Average American Male."

Jackie says: "This book was horrifying to me, but I just couldn't put it down. When I finished I gave it to a guy friend of mine. When he was done reading, I asked him if this is really true--do guys REALLY think like this. He said 'pretty much'. I really do think women should read this book--not so that they will hate men, but at least so they have
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Risa
Jun 11, 2016 Risa rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-bookshelf
Stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this. It's garbage in the form of a book, but I couldn't put it down. Absolutely disgusting.
Zach
Apr 04, 2009 Zach rated it did not like it
The only reason I managed to finish this book it because I thought that there had to be some kind of turning point in the book. Something that makes you think, "Ah ha, that's why this book is this obscene for 250 or so pages." No. Nothing of this nature whatsoever. Just the "memoirs" of the typical American male. No lessons learned. No change of heart. Just a guy, being an asshole, which is all us guys are good at doing. Lessons from the book (ones that I have seen before in other books, albeit ...more
Chon
Oct 14, 2012 Chon rated it really liked it
I like this book and would like to read it aloud to women who spray tan obsessively, watch the view/sunrise, follow sex tips in cosmopolitan and find the show friends funny.

The protagonist is likely to be the extremest essence of almost every male I know and love, though with more/less insight into his actions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. If anything, honesty can be offensive and dangerous in small concise doses, which is what Kultgen delivers.

I really like this book and it could only h
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Mentor
Oct 22, 2013 Mentor rated it it was amazing
Um "must read" pra geração Y. Chad Kultgen é o Chuck Palaniuk dos '10. Dos seus 3 livros, este - o primeiro - é o melhor.
Mike Reiring
Jul 25, 2008 Mike Reiring rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of the books that I bought with a birthday gift card was the average american male, the first book by Chad Kultgen. This book is a little like a bad wreck on the highway. You don't want to look, but you can quite bring yourself to keep your eyes away.

The book is a first person narrative from the viewpoint of a 28 year old guy living in the LA area. The guy is college educated. He has what we can only guess by virtue of his shopping and eating habits is a decent paying job. He also has no sou
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Kevin
Feb 11, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: wrote-a-review
The book is good and you won't like it.

It's obscene, dismally sad/angry, and funny in an asinine way, but pay attention. It's not smut for smut's sake. There's truth in this novel. You the reader are subjected to the inner monologue of this misogynistic nympho guy who kindofsortof hates his life, and if you try to understand him and look at him on his level, you'll see why he does what he does and think what he thinks. And what he does and thinks is repulsive. (That's why there are so many bad r
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Jeff
Jul 20, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I haven't been so riveted by a book so recently that I finished a book so quickly. It engulfed me. Is a very misogynistic book but it hits it's mark more times then not I love this book and it's feral kernels of truth it goes perfectly with tucker max's "I hope they serve beer in hell" it's a must read for men and if women really want to know what men are liked or think stripped of all the sheen and bullshit they should read this to find out the horrible truth now true not all men are the same ...more
Mark R.
May 04, 2009 Mark R. rated it liked it
It's difficult for me to say whenever I or not I enjoyed this book. I honestly don't even know if I can recommend it to anybody I know. I suppose, overall, I thought it was well-written, and it kept my interest, and made me laugh out loud on several occasions--so, three stars, a rating which, in this case, means just about nothing.

The story is a first-person narrative detailing the sexual adventures, thoughts, and motivations of a man in his late twenties. From the very beginning, it is clear th
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C
Aug 10, 2016 C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 24-hours
It's LA Candy for men. Features most of the worst misogyny I've ever encountered and usually complaints like that are nonsense. People complain about Daisy's line in Gatsby w/r/t a fool being the best thing a girl can be. They actually get upset about that stuff, like it set women back nearly as much as Laguna Beach, The Hills, or LA Candy did. I don't mention SLL because that set animate life back at least 20 years.

So if you got offended by Gatsby, be prepared to break into instant fury.

"As w
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After two months in his birthplace Spokane, WA Chad Kultgen spent the majority of his life in a suburb of Dallas, TX called Lewisville. After high school, he turned down a full ride baseball scholarship to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX to pursue writing. He moved to Los Angeles, CA where he joined the likes of George Lucas, Robert Zemekis, and Ron Howard as a graduate of the prestigious ...more
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“We drive down the road in complete silence for a few miles listening to 50 Cent. As soon as he tells us that he's into having sex, he ain't into making love, Casey turns the volume down and begins telling me the following information: " I love you so much. We're going to have the best life together. I can't wait." Every word she says makes me feel a little more like faking a stroke and pretending to lose all memory of who I was, but it's not until she looks me in the eye and says in all seriousness, "You're my soul mate," that I realize I am not going to marry her.” 21 likes
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