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The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
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The following is a true story.

I was staying over at the boy's house. We were post-coital and all of a sudden he remembered he had to go to a friend's house and party with him for four hours. I opted to wait for him in his bedroom. This was uncommon because whatever, it was just sex, we didn't wait around for each other. But I was in between places, so I didn't have much of a choice. I went down to the kitchen and found The Rules of Attraction on the stove. I opened it up in the middle while eating a frozen dinner and drinking watermelon flavored Smirnoff. At first I thought the narrator was a girl. What a slut. But then a chapter in I realized it was Paul Denton. The book got sadder and sadder but I loved it. The boy came home and kissed me and noticed I was reading it. The next time he came over he brought it along with him and told me I could borrow it and smiled.

I finished the book two weeks later. I'd kept going, then read the back cover and raised my eyebrows when I saw that Brett Easton Ellis was a moralist. I started from the beginning. Everything changed. I finished it. I handed it back to the boy, along with a drawing I made for him. "What are we doing?" I asked him, because I thought he liked me. "Uh, I don't want a relationship right now. Maybe we should end this," he said, and I said, "No. Me neither. Yeah." He hugged me goodbye.
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message 1: by Jaslo (new)

Jaslo damn.


Nickolas Perfect review of the book!


message 3: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy I like your story better than this book.


message 4: by Justin (new)

Justin Dloski Great review.


message 5: by blue wocky (new) - added it

blue wocky Wait what, so if the narrator was a girl then she would be a slut, but if the narrator was a boy, then everything changes and he evokes sympathy rather than disdain? Way to slut-shame with double standards.


message 6: by Sara (new)

Sara Williams Vivian wrote: "Wait what, so if the narrator was a girl then she would be a slut, but if the narrator was a boy, then everything changes and he evokes sympathy rather than disdain? Way to slut-shame with double s..."

This is so relevant. Thank you for mentioning it.
Such a sexist statement...


message 7: by Gabi (new)

Gabi Yeah I liked the review but that sexism... Ugh


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