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"A billion husbands are about to be replaced."

From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term "self-help."

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no lo
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Hardcover, First Edition, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Doubleday
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Inga If you read a little further than the first few pages, you will understand that it is not the "poor girl" being raped in from of the courtroom, it is…moreIf you read a little further than the first few pages, you will understand that it is not the "poor girl" being raped in from of the courtroom, it is ALL of US being raped daily by consumerism and market society. And ALL of US are doing nothing as this happens.
It is a hard to read book, but sexual violence is seeming, the real violence is the one we undergo by being brainwashed and manipulated in our daily lives. (less)
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Rachel
Dec 09, 2014 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: palahniuk, ditched, 2014
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Peter Derk
Nov 10, 2014 Peter Derk rated it really liked it
I dug it.

On the one hand, not a perfect book. But I wanted to know what happened, and I wanted to keep reading, and there was a really interesting (to me) narrative voice that co-mingled a third-person omniscience with a first-person voice. Which is why I sometimes wonder if Chuck Palahniuk is unfairly maligned for the contents of Chuck Palahniuk's books.

Let me explain a bit.

Have you ever heard of the Fregoli delusion? It's kind of hard to explain. Let me explain it through the idea of mocking N
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Oh Chuck . . . I have a disappoint : (

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I requested Beautiful You before ever even glancing at the synopsis. That’s how positive I was I would enjoy it. I’m a loyal fan and am prepared for whatever Palahniuk wants to throw at me. Even if those items are dildos. The premise of this book actually sounded pretty promising – a middle-aged millionaire (C. Linus Maxwell – a/k/a “Climax-Well”), known for having some serious voodoo when it come
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Edward Lorn
Dec 16, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey fans
Shelves: paperbacks
I'm gonna go ahead and say what everyone else is thinking.

Chuck Palahniuk is the M. Night Shamalamadingdong of literature. And this book, ladies and gentlemen, is his Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Beautiful You is a godawful, unfunny joke of a book. I understand Chuck was going after the Fifty Shade and Twilight books with guns blazin', but this assassination mission was an utter failure. In fact, it pains me to say this, but ... Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey (what little I read of them) were b
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Imogen
Nov 07, 2014 Imogen rated it did not like it
Yknow if Chuck could just back off the rape jokes and racist tropes for one single book, it would be so awesome. He's really good at making a plot gather steam and then sending it off the rails - but he always puts whatever momentum he's built into the most boring, predictable white dude misogyny and dick jokes. The most interesting thing in this book is a very elaborate rape joke! What if he had put that his very real storytelling skills toward, I don't know, like, anything else? It could be ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Nov 04, 2014 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if I loved or hated Chuck Palahniuk's latest novel Beautiful You. I mean, any rational woman would run very far from this book after reading the first few pages of our heroine Penny Harrigan getting raped in a court of law by a bunch of sex-deprived men. The opening scene unfolds and provides little fragments of information that will either latch its ugly little claws on the reader or force many to chuck Chuck's latest weird novel.

Those who are aware of Palahniuk's work won't shy aw
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Kathy Cunningham
Aug 28, 2014 Kathy Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Chuck Palahniuk’s BEAUTIFUL YOU is a darkly satiric examination of our human obsession with pleasure. The novel begins with 25-year-old Penny Harrigan being raped on the witness stand in open court, with judge, jury, and a room full of eager witnesses doing nothing to save her. The story, then, flashes back several months to explain how this awkward plain-Jane girl from Nebraska ended up in such a predicament. Penny is a would-be lawyer desperately trying to pass the bar exam when she runs into ...more
Jason P
Mar 20, 2016 Jason P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chuck-palahniuk
Beautiful Blah is more like it....

Chucky, baby, buddy, my friend who used to write beautiful masterpieces like Survivor, Haunted, Lullaby, Diary to name a few - What the fuck happened!?

Serious. What happened, did you go through some life altering episode in your life that would make you create sub-par works like: Snuff, Rant (pffft), Damned and Doomed - I mean, shit man, Pygmy was kind of decent but this? For reals?

Beautiful comes out of the gate completely insulting to all women in my opinion,
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Diana
Jun 23, 2014 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
World domination via vibrators. It sounds funny and sexy, no? No.

I'd strangely never read Chuck Palahniuk, even though he's a local boy right here in Portland, OR. So when I found that it was available on a digital advance reading copy, and what the subject matter was, I decided it was time.

A slightly overweight Everygirl (who of course winds up being smoking hot by the end of the book) meets a corporate genius who tests his line of sex toys and other sexual products on her before releasing them
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Korey
Dec 06, 2014 Korey rated it did not like it
Palahniuk's slump continues. This is a terrible book, the worse I have read of his. I really want to emphasize this is a bad, bad, bad book. It reeks of laziness. There is absolutely no character development. This seriously has some of the flattest, most one dimensional, cipher like characters I have ever read. The prose is completely devoid of style or wit. The dialogue is terrible. The plot, which is supposed to be oh so wacky and satirical, is badly undercooked. It reads like a skeleton draft ...more
Snotchocheez
Feb 02, 2015 Snotchocheez rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Surely you must be familiar with Chuck Palahniuk's m.o. by now: 'pushing the envelope', getting a rise out of his readers, eliciting uncomfortable laughter. With more than a dozen novels under his belt, he's certainly made a name for himself by straddling that tenuous line between the deliciously outré and outright tastelessness.

He wastes no time with Beautiful You to push readers' buttons by depicting his protagonist Penny Harrigan being raped in a courtroom, sometime in the not-so-di
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Stacy Fetters
Aug 11, 2014 Stacy Fetters rated it it was amazing

What the fuck did I just read? It was the craziest book he's written to date. Lately, his books have been good but this one blows them all away. One of my favorites by Mr. Palahniuk.
I am Penny's smirking revenge.
Beautiful you starts off with Penny in a court room getting raped and no one is stopping it. She's screaming for help but everyone just sits and watches. Bizarre. After that it just gets weirder.
Penny is not quite an intern and not quite a lawyer. She just can't seem to pass the bar exa
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Luis
Nov 16, 2014 Luis rated it it was amazing
"Why should sex be any different? Everything - films, music, painting - is calculated to manipulate and excite us. Drugs are designed to be as effective as possible. Why shouldn't we devote the same attention to the details of sex?"

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In terms of the writing style, you would think this is written by an entirely different author.

Let me explain.

Fans and non-fans alike always complain/praise Chuck's experimental writing style. I think that's how he gains (and at the same time cuts off) his readers.

Re
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Christine
May 06, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I read this book almost without stopping. Now that I have finished it I still can't believe I read it. Did I just read that?
SUSAN
Mar 07, 2016 SUSAN rated it it was ok
Ummmm,what did I just read.
I have never read any of this author's work,perhaps this was an unwise starting point. I found it weird,and I like weird. Just weird in an unfunny,creepy way.
I will give Mr Palahniuk another chance,his writing kept me interested but this book was just baffling.
Phil Keeling
Nov 26, 2014 Phil Keeling rated it it was ok
Ugh.

This had its moments: I won't lie. But it isn't the female companion piece to Fight Club that everyone seems to believe it to be. It's got an interesting twist and a unique point of view--but the story itself is so boring I felt the need to read Choke back to it in order to remind it what beautiful sexual satire and vulgarity can really do properly.

Chuck, my friend--this isn't a finished book. This is a first or second draft. Don't publish your second drafts.

That's actually pretty good adv
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George
Jan 06, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του Τσακ Πόλανικ ήταν τον Απρίλιο του 2012, τότε που απόλαυσα σε μεγάλο βαθμό το "Νανούρισμα" του. Επιτέλους ξαναπιάνω βιβλίο του στα χέρια μου, το πέμπτο κατά σειρά, ένα απ'τα καινούργια του. Το βιβλίο παίρνει εξαιρετικά μέτριες κριτικές στο Goodreads (και αλλού). Ίσα που αγγίζει το 3 στα 5 με κάτι χιλιάδες αξιολογήσεις. Όμως εγώ το βιβλίο το αγόρασα με το που κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Αίολος, δίχως δεύτερη σκέψη, γιατί πρόκειται για βιβλίο του ...more
Carla Dente
1,5

Voy a empezar a expresar mi opinión diciendo que nunca había leído algo tan horrible en toda mi vida (puede que esté exagerando, ténganlo en cuenta jaja). Chuck siempre se caracterizó por su tipo de escritura experimental y por tratar temas "tabú" de la forma más "grotesca" posible, siempre haciéndolo de modo que quede bien (utilizando ese tipo de lenguaje con un fin y no solo "porque sí"). Si vamos al caso, eso es lo que hace de sus libros las joyas que son. "Eres hermosa" es un libro que, s
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Claudia Recinos
Nov 09, 2014 Claudia Recinos rated it did not like it
If you don't ask for things like character development, challenging prose, subtlety, or any sort of examination of the universal truths surrounding our shared human experience then, yeah, I can see how this book might do. Personally, I struggled to stay awake.
Leanne
I'm stuck in a 3 star rut! This one started out interesting, and I've always enjoyed Palahniuk's writing style, but it just devolved into nonsensical madness by the end. Should be quite the book club discussion!
AmberBug *shelfnotes.com*
Oct 07, 2014 AmberBug *shelfnotes.com* rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014, arc
www.shelfnotes.com review

Dear Reader,

Reviewing this is going to be HARD, really HARD, super rock HARD, throbbing rock HARD. Blushing yet? You will be after you read this. All you folks who read "Fifty Shades" and thought it was "so naughty" better not pick this book up... you might DIE from the lack of constraint Palahniuk uses. Just like all of Chuck's books, this should have warning labels slapped all over it. As the saying goes... if you don't have the stomach for it, get out of the kitchen?!
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Mizuki
Feb 16, 2015 Mizuki rated it really liked it
Pre-review@14/01/2015:

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring h
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John Bruni
Nov 08, 2014 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
This is a work of mad genius from a great writer. The cover flap-copy in no way will prepare you for the insanity you'll find here. Are you familiar with the term "arousal addiction?" You will be by the end. It's a great piece of satire, skewering our consumer culture from top to bottom. In PYGMY, Palahniuk revealed a terrorist act that would 100% work, even if you knew it was coming. In BEAUTIFUL YOU, he reveals the perfect plan for . . . well, I don't want to say too much because it's much ...more
Iris
Sep 05, 2015 Iris rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I am about halfway through this book. I got it as a gift & I understand why - misandry is supposed to be fun, you know.

I have never read any Palahniuk before but like - has this dude ever met a woman before? This is both condescending & inept in terms of describing any woman's interiority at all. I keep reading to see if the feminist revolution is going to get here but so far I am continually saying to myself, "God, what an asshole!"

Ok I hate-finished this. The parts of the book that are
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Arax Miltiadous
με το ζόρι λίγο, τα 3 αστεράκια.
Σίγουρα το βιβλίο είναι Πολανικ. Αδιαμφισβήτητα.
Η ίδια χλευη στην κοινωνική πραγματικότητα του σήμερα, σαρκασμός, ειρωνεία και μαύρο χιούμορ για τα χάλια μας. Αλλά να, είναι Πολανικ, ο μαέστρος των λέξεων, ο μάγος των αντισυμβατικων δρωμενων και εξελίξεων και θα μπορούσε να δώσει ένα καλύτερο γύρισμα στην υπόθεση. Σε κάποια φάση ( αν είναι δυνατόν ) η υπόθεση μου φάνηκε σχεδόν προβλέψιμη.
εν κατακλείδι, ναι το απόλαυσα όσο γινόταν το βιβλίο, εθιστική ανάγνωση παρ
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Po Po
Dec 27, 2014 Po Po rated it really liked it
This makes Bukowski seem like a prudish ankle-length-skirt-wearing school marm.

Delves in squirming, quivering, and hypnotically graphic detail the supreme pleasures derived from carnal enlightenment, with an emphasis on anal orgasms.

Not for the faint of heart or those easily offended-- this is a fiendishly crass, aggressive, deranged and politically-incorrect satire with totally ludicrous slapstick-y scenarios at every turn.

You will want to run, hide, vomit, throw the book against a wall, but t
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Amy
Aug 24, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Chuck Palahniuk has a strange but brilliant mind. Sometimes his books are a little too disturbing for me (Haunted, in particular) but they are always incredibly original and thought-provoking. His latest novel Beautiful You is no exception. I had already been reading all day when this book came in the mail and, though my eyes felt like they were dried up cherry pits by the end, I didn't (or couldn't) put this book down once I had started it.
Penny is a rather plain girl living in New York City,
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Jerritt Hovey
Nov 20, 2014 Jerritt Hovey rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this Novel by Chuck Palahniuk. It's a complete satire, poking fun of today's society and the classic men versus women battle. It's brilliant, really. Not surprised that the first novel making fun of the current popular and "hip" stories was written by Palahniuk. He writes apologetically, creating such an over-the-top plot, you can't help but realize how society has become numb to the issues he addresses throughout the story (i.e. the classic battle of the sexes, feminism, ...more
Rachel
May 24, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Chuck P. is definitely one of my favorite writers. That said, this book was a huge let-down.

The plot for his newest release sounded interesting, and keeping in mind his ability to create funny, complex satires, I thought it would be pretty good. I was wrong.

I understand the jab at modern consumerism, sexual obsession, capitalism, etc. I appreciate the ode to the current revolution of female sexuality and feminism in general. All of these are themes that I would usually really enjoy reading abou
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Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Aug 05, 2015 Amanda [Novel Addiction] rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, wtf
What the what. <- Initial reaction upon finishing the book.

Reaction after sleeping on it (not literally) - What the heck?! This was one of the oddest books I've ever read. There are no words to describe this thing, other than a trainwreck. But a fun trainwreck, where no one gets hurt and there are a lot of sex toys flying everywhere (fun might not be the best word choice).

I greatly enjoyed this book, and I learned that I have a plethora of awkward faces - all of which I employed while readin
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Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence. The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD. The film’s popularity drove sales of the novel. Chuck put out two novels in 1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke, published in 2001, became Chuck’ ...more
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“She'd never trusted her own natural impulses and instincts Among her greatest fears was the possibility that she might never discover and develop her deepest talents and intuitions. Her special gifts. Her life would be wasted in pursuing the goals set for her by other people. Instead, she wanted to reclaim a power and authority - a primitive, irresistible force - that transcended gender roles. She dreamed of wielding a raw magic that predated civilization itself.” 7 likes
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