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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,135 ratings  ·  249 reviews

With the publication of The Average American Male -- and the release of the shocking viral videos that made it a water-cooler sensation -- Chad Kultgen became one of the most talked-about authors of recent years. Now, with The Lie, Kultgen returns with an even more salacious -- yet also more searching -- novel that reaches deeper into the craven inner workings of some of m

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Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published February 20th 2009)
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Tattered Cover Book Store
I have a sort of morbid fascination with this author after reading his
first book The Average American Male. To say his writing style is
saying misogynistic is like saying the Grand Canyon is a big hole. It
terrified me that when I gave that book to a guy friend of mine he
gobbled it up and reviewed it by saying "Ya, that's pretty much how we
think". This gave me a full body shudder that I've never been quite
able to shake.

Kultgen's second book, The Lie, trumps the first soundly. This is the
story of t...more
Sarah
I'm not entirely sure what I want to say about this book yet, other than that it is the most fucking intense (literally!) thing I've probably ever read. The first half flew by due to both the format (alternating chapters narrated by each of the three main characters) and suspense - I found the second half to be more tedious as you basically waded through it to find out how each character meets his/her demise. The way it panned out after the buildup caused it to seem a little blase - maybe that w...more
Shanannon
May 18, 2010 Shanannon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody.
The blurbs on the back of the book were intriguing enough to make me want to read this book, however they really give absolutely no insight into the actual story. When I first started reading this book, I actually thought it had to be some kind of experiment to see how far someone could actually get in the book without throwing it in the trash.

It reads as if it were written by a freshman male college student, not just in terms of content, but also in terms of writing talent. The writing was so...more
Sam
Jul 16, 2010 Sam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Jackie
The star rating was difficult to me. The book is well written, but so dark and horrifying it's difficult to give it an "I liked it" rating. So take that with a grain of salt.

I have a sort of morbid fascination with this author after reading his first book The Average American Male. To say his writing style is saying misogynistic is like saying the Grand Canyon is a big hole. It terrified me that when I gave that book to a guy friend of mine he gobbled it up and reviewed it by saying "Ya, that's...more
Alyssa
Jul 26, 2009 Alyssa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't cringe at jaw-dropping moments.
This book is so darkly humorous and so insanely fucked up that it was hard to put down.

When I bought this book, I had absolutely no idea who the author was or what the book would be about. There is no summary found on the cover for the story, really. Maybe that was what intrigued me so much.

The story follows three Texas college students:
First, there is Kyle, an intelligent guy who was the only guy to come from the middle class at his private school. Kyle has high hopes for his medical future, bu...more
David
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Commodore
Look, dude, we get it: you're upset because your parents named you Chad. I'd be upset if my parents named me Chad. However, please stop inflicting your heavy-handed misogyny on the rest of us. We know, it's so edgy and extreme and in-your-face, and it takes a certain kind of person to appreciate it (referred to in circles as a "douche-nozzle"), but it's still not going to make Bret Easton Ellis come to your parties.

I guess it's just that Kultgen started writing in the wrong era. In the 90s he wo...more
Mitchel Broussard
Hilariously evil, extremely perverted and insanely addicting. The last 100 or so pages are filled to the brim with devious plots and dirty tricks and it all works just so well. The characters really change and, well not grow, throughout the novel, but develop new personalities. I, literally, can not believe how it ended. It's just so insanely @#$%-ed up.

It has, also, one of the most effective points of view I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I mean i know I've read a book like this sometime...more
Jeff Raymond
At this point, I'm generally hatereading these books after being horrified by The Average American male. I found The Lie to be better on a whole, since it actually has a coherent plot that isn't completely centered on how terrible women apparently are, but still.

Long and short, the book alternates between three people: a person (Brett) who could very well be a college age protagonist from Average, his best friend who is a good guy even though Brett does everything in his power to try and change...more
Kyle Mccarthy
There's nothing decent, good, or redeemable about ANY of the three main characters. But that's exactly the point of the book. For the entire story, you outright hate these people and want them to get what's coming to them. In the end they do, and it's still unsatisfying. Like a 350 page car accident you can't stop watching. Oh, and Mr. Kultgen has a real penchant for misogyny.
Aaron
Hoo boy, trust me, your ears will be ringing after you finish this.

Chad Kultgen's The Lie is a very sad, tragic, and yet somehow human novel that I really can't compare anything else I've read to. At times it reminded me of "The Rules of Attraction" with the way it depicts the debauchery of college in larger then life form, and but while Bret Easton Ellis prefers to demonstrate the way senseless sex and mindless drug use numb us to the pain of others, Kultgen zeros in on that pain in order to se...more
Jeff
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 i...more
Mike Iovinelli
Although this story has some of the most disgusting viewpoints on sex, love, relationships, money, and women, I found it to be extremely entertaining. Each character is beyond flawed, but throughout the book, the author balances them out with some truthful moments. I thought this helped make them more real instead of these three F%#@-ed up people. The story is told through all three main characters, each alternating a chapter--I loved this style. The language was also also very real and everyday...more
Jen
A really absorbing read but I can't say that I really liked or enjoyed this book as they are just not the correct descriptors! This is a tale of despicable college living, the antithesis of all the schmaltzy American college TV shows you see. Not having the "Greek System" over here in the UK I've always wondered what these Frats are really like and I have a horrible feeling that a lot of them probably are very much what is described in this book. The characters are a mixture of vacuous, self abs...more
Lily
It's another Mr. Kultgen success. A very fast smooth read. I read it in one go this weekend, but not because it has no substance. There's one thing that made me "chase" it. There is one "terrible thing", a calamity alluded to right from the start, and it wasn't revealed till the very end. I wasn't going to stop until I found out what it was. And I wasn't disappointed.
Once again, Mr. CK did not show us his philosophical side till the very end, and only entertained us with a fast paced story. I fe...more
Ashley
Jun 26, 2009 Ashley rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a friend's douchey boyfriend
I normally spend hours online looking up plots of books, reading reviews and visiting numerous favorite author's websites. There's usually one in a hundred chance I pick up a book not knowing what it's about already, or the author. So I picked up this book one lonely day at Borders, suggesting to myself that maybe I should read something different once and a while. Something a little less depressing, something light. It's true when I read the back of the book it disgusted me, and reminded me vag...more
Andrew
If you haven't read The Average American Male, you may be surprised by the blatant vulgarity displayed by Chat Kultgen in this, the second book. The absolutely hilarious vulgarity, that is. Don't even approach this book if you're caught up in a pattern of everything-must-be-cerebral-to-be-enjoyable. When you pick this book up, you'd better be ready for some Adam Corolla brand humor, hilarious lines, hilarious interactions, et cetera that could only come with a novel about the three characters in...more
Natalie
I hate this book. What irks me more than anything is that I paid full price for this piece of crap.

Now, I know that many people dislike this book because of the misogyny, but that wasn't the problem that I had with it (not that I like misogyny). The problem for me was that all the characters are based on the same boring stereotypes that have been around forever. I mean, if you're going to have sterotypical characters, at least do something new with them. And to make it worse, none of these char...more
Allison
I didn't like this as much as The Average American Male. While TAAM seemed honest and somewhat innovative, I felt like Kultgen was just trying to push the limit in The Lie. I liked that it was told from the points of view of three characters, and each one had a distinctly different voice, so I was never confused about who was narrating. However, the entire plot line seemed a little over the top. It took a long time to get to the point, and I suppose the backstory was necessary to give the ending...more
Melissa
I read the reviews of this book before actually reading it, and I was a little nervous. Going in I knew it was sexually explicit and very misogynistic. As a woman, I know I am probably not supposed to like this book, but I found it to be an absolute page-turner.

The story follows three college students throughout their college careers. Each chapter alternates between Kyle, the smart, nerdy guy, Heather, the sorority chick who only cares about status, and Brett, the man-whore who is best friends w...more
David B
Some will say this book is absolutely repulsive, vulgar, chauvinistic, and declare it should be burned. I doubt Chad Kultgen's goal was for this book to be anything else.

The book focuses on three people: one geeky outcast, his "studly" best friend, and the geeky outcast's girlfriend. "The Lie" that the book refers to could be applied to one of many lies the characters tell to each other, or even themselves.

It has some great one-liners, but also makes you question exactly what the hell the curre...more
Art
I'll warn you now; this is pretty full on. Don't read this if you're easily offended by the degradation of women. In fact if you have any feminist leanings, you probably won't be able to finish it. But it's worth resisting the temptation to stop reading in disgust; man up and power through this depraved cautionary tale of superficiality, filth, and filthy revenge in the college frat scene. Chad Kultgen is a fearless writer who barrels along through relentless exposes of the shallow people that h...more
Jerome
There have been very few instances where a book elicited a visceral response in me, but the time spent reading this book is among them. Throughout the course of this novel, there was an angry gnawing in the pit of my stomach which was occasionally replaced by a sick, sinking feeling at certain key moments in the tale. Quite often, I found myself becoming irrationally angry at the principal characters, leading to a great deal of exasperated head shaking and swearing on my part.

I posit that my rea...more
Dion
This reads like a second-rate Bret Easton Ellis, which is pretty bad considering that Bret Easton Ellis often reads like a second-rate Bret Easton Ellis. I understand that The Lie is supposed to be edgy and shocking, but it just comes off sounding pathetic, like it was written by a misogynistic, sexually-frustrated 15-year-old boy who was turned down one too many times for a date to junior prom.
Matt McNabb
Second book I have read of his, second tale that left my head spinning and kept me thinking about the book while I wasn't reading (and after I had finished). When it's done you will feel little sympathy toward all three main characters. It might take a little bit, because all of them seem 100 percent worthy of scorn or pity (never both at the same time) throughout the book.
Shannon Peil
I don't understand why I enjoyed this book so much, and I found myself more than a little repulsed with myself for finishing it in under a day and being unable to put it down. I have had a disgusting ache in my stomach all day wondering if all of us really are this way and what that means.
Sara Cosentino
I have never read a book that was at once so terrible and so fabulous until now. It was amazing. For much of it, I was ashamed of myself for reading it and cringed more times than one should while reading, but I couldn't stop!
Ashley
I read this book in 2 days. His writing style seems less pretentious than Ellis', which I liked. Same kind of fucked up story, which I also liked. If you want to lose some hope in humanity, this book is for you!
Kate P.
A fluff read, but pure evil. Chad Kultgen stereotyped characters remind me why I hate almost everyone in my generation, including him. I wouldn't read it again, but it was a bit of a guilty pleasure.
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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 Sc...more
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“people don't change, they just have momentary steps outside of their true character” 105 likes
“Try to remember the moment when all the stupid innocent things you thought about life and love, all the things you thought mattered, all the things you though were true. . .try to remember when they all turned out to be lies. —Kyle” 19 likes
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