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...more
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
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
I guess it's just that Kultgen started writing in the wrong era. In the 90s he wo ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It's pure schadenfreude, watching these people be complete a-holes to each other.
Actually, didn't care for the Brett parts. I probably should have been offended by his constant debasement of females, but it was so over-the-top I couldn't take it seriously. Ended up skipping or skimming large portions of his sections just to not have to read gross scenes involving listerine, velveeta, etc.
I interpret this book as a fantasy interaction between:
1. some ...more
I hated the way it was written with Heather always saying "like" became annoying, even if it was to get the point across i think we could manage with all her talks of sex and just all ar ...more