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Men, Women & Children

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Theauthor of The Average American Male and The Lie returns with ashocking, salacious, and surprisingly subtle new novel of the average Americanfamily. Like Neil Strauss and Nick Hornby, Chad Kultgenhas the capacity to enthrall and astonish even the most ardent readers ofcontemporary literary fiction. In Men, Women, and Children, his incisivevision, unerring prose, and red- ...more
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Published June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2011)
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Deanna
I struggled with writing a review for this one. I was really looking forward to the movie and thought it looked like it really touched on things that are going on with our children etc.

So I picked up the book before watching the movie. I was caught way off guard as most of the situations in the book seem highly unlikely for 8th graders...Yep....8th GRADERS!!
Come on now I know that times have changed blah blah blah but there's no way there's THAT many
children starting all of this stuff (sex, d
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Michelle
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always feel the need to go to confession after reading a Chad Kultgen novel. I could not put this book down!

This book follows the lives of a group of 13 year olds and their parents in a suburban town. I really enjoyed tapping into the thought processes of these teens as they dealt with issues like depression, losing one’s virginity, anorexia, dealing with divorce…the list goes on and on. I felt knowledgeable after reading this. I felt informed. But the process of learning is an uncomfortable
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Marty
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Chad Kultgen has left me once again to try and gather my thoughts after reading his most recent novel, "Men, Women and Children." I work at a bookstore and I am always leery of suggesting Kultgen. His outrageous, illicit, and downright pornographic nature of his books always gives me pause. On the other hand, Chad Kultgen taps into something that no other author that I have read has ever managed to do, place a mirror up to humanity's underside in such a nonchalant, matter of the fact ...more
Patti Vargo
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trash. This is the second book I've read by Chad Kultgen and I am convinced this author's objective is not to entertain or enlighten. His sole objective is to shock and horrify. Mission accomplished. I don't know how they were able to turn this book into a movie without running the risk of being arrested for the production of kiddie porn. Some serious edits would have had to have been made. Throw in cheating spouses soliciting sex via ashleymadison.com and online purchases of dates with prostitu ...more
Carrie D.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book if you're super into detailed descriptions of 13 year olds having sex. Honestly, I've never scoffed more. I think at one point I threw it but I'm not a quitter. I never would have read this book if it hadn't been loaned to me. All I kept thinking was, "Of course this was written by someone named Chad."
Tara
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of Chad Kultgen's novels. I happened across "The Lie" (Chad Kultgen's 2nd book) a year or two ago and devoured it. As soon as I finished "The Lie", I immediately picked up "The Average American Male"(his first book), which I finished in a day. I bought Men, Women and Children on the day it released, I was so excited to read it.

I was slightly disappointed. In his other two novels I really felt like we were building up to something. This novel had no real clear ending. N
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Tânia Tanocas
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"Vidas Opostas" ou "Vidas Duplas", seriam os títulos que eu daria a este livro...
Muitos caracterizam esta leitura de chocante, por vezes bastante pornográfica, eu acho que é simplesmente realista, mas que deixa algum amargo na boca.
É certo que o livro tem muitas personagens, cada uma com os seus desaires e frustrações, mas é um acompanhamento que vai fluindo sem grandes dificuldades.
De salientar que à excepção dos pais, vamos acompanhando a vida de adolescentes e como eles lidam com as novas tec
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Jackie
I have a sort of love/hate thing going with Chad Kultgen's books. In "The Average American Male", it seemed like he worded everything for shock value and the biggest cringe factor he could get. But after polling some of my average American guy friends about some of the points in the book, most said, "Ya, that's pretty much right." "The Lie", Kultgen's second book centering the concept of the man/woman relationship dynamic was just as brutal to my tender heart, and polled, once again, as pretty a ...more
Bandit
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was disturbing. But also good. Probably the most horrifyingly honest unflinching account of teenage sexuality since 1995 movie Kids. Comparatively, the adults' sexual exploits in the book are positively vanilla. So yes, there is lots of sex in this book, copious amounts even. And yet the primary theme here is the lack of communication or the imperfection of the communication had between parents, lovers and friends. Also this was a very astute exposition on the pressures the ever preva ...more
Eric Novello
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-leituras
O livro retrata personagens adultos e seus filhos na faixa dos 13-15 anos em situações cotidianas e mostra como somos impulsionados por nossas frustrações, egoísmos, necessidade doentia de controle e de aprovação, e como fingimos para nós mesmos que tudo não passa de decisões racionais. Quem tenta fugir desse esquema doentia é visto como pária por quem ficou para trás.

No começo é tudo muito picotado e confuso, mas conforme o autor, e por consequência o leitor, se sente mais à vontade com os múl
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Hope Ortego
When I finished this book, my only thought was "wow". It wasn't a 'wow' that was an awesome book, it was more like wow, what did I just read?! This book addressed some pretty tough but real life situations that adults and teenagers go through on a daily basis. This book brought up topics that a lot of people shy away from. I wasn't too keen on some of the language that Chad Kultgen used throughout most of the book, but I understand it is apart of his writing style and it wasn't meant to be a YA ...more
Lea
My first Kultgen book -- all I can say is . . . wow.

I read this on the recommendation of my daughter -- she warned me that it was pretty explicit, and you better believe "explicit" is definitely the word for this book, from the first sentence through to the very last.

Initially I felt put off by the author's style, as well as the subject matter -- it's written in an almost staccato style that seemed almost amateurish at first. The style grew on me, though, and in the end I think it served the sub
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Jennifer
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second foray into the Kultgen mind and I vividly remember the day a female coworker asked me what the book was about. Instead of trying to give the synopsis, I handed her the book and had her read the first, graphic and somewhat depressing but so very real,paragraph. And I guess that's my point about Chad Kultgen works. He writes about the disappointments that while most feel, few actually truly talk about.

This novel has a clean, orderly structure that contrasts beautifully with how
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Danimal
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I've read in a long, long time. If I could give it less than one star I would. I'm rather ashamed that I actually finished it. The only reason I can give is that I had to see if there was some reason that it got published ... and then made into a movie.

Alas, no. Just the worst possible, most banal and cliched dialogue since my freshman year of college. Seriously, did this guy never take a writing class that told him the stuff he was supposed to leave out? And did he learn
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Rachel Elizabeth
The literary equivalent of a Todd Solondz movie, with less humor, less pedophilia, and no gratuitous murder. If you've ever wanted to read 300 pages of mostly awkward, graphic sex scenes between thirteen year olds, this is the book for you.

I don't want to say that I don't like this book because it's pointless, because that's untrue. Sex is integral in the way we relate to each other as humans -- it can be the most blissful thing in the world and also the most horrifying, and there's a good mix
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Jennifer Shanahan
This book is unlike anyone that I have read recently. It is very adult and scary real. I saw the movie trailer for the movie that is set to come out in Oct so I decided to check out the book, which I always like to read before I see the movie. The book was extremely crass and did not leave anything to the imagination. I think that the people in this story are actually more true to real life than most books I have read. I really do. I think that this is how people think and what they do, maybe ex ...more
Shawn
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. I enjoyed it but found the activities and conversations between 8th graders problematic. The plot and characters would have been more believable had they been 10th graders - there were simply too many themes and issues that are more accurate well into the onset of high school. I also felt that the ending was sudden and rushed - definitely no closure and the tying up of lose ends felt sloppy and unemotional making it difficult for me to care about the characters and feel satisfied w ...more
Philip Cosand
Nope, nope, nope. I got to 113 and had to stop.

The first sentence? Anus. The second sentence? Penis. Sexual acts a'plenty, most of them on underage jr high students. That's not a book I want to read. With the number of sexual acts in here, I felt like I was reading softcore porn. No thanks.

It gets two stars because the characters were well-crafted. You got a feel for why they were engaging in the adultery, self-gratifying, and ill-conceived acts that they were. But between seeking out prostitute
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♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤
ok, maybe I was too young, but I couldn't deal with the explicit nature. wish I could see the film (ansel elgort <3) but r rated so..... yeah.
Michael
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutally depressing existential literature about American life today, with a major focus on how the internet has changed everything permenantly (not always for the better).
Michelle
In Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen pulls no punches in his pointedly matter-of-fact exploration of human sexuality and its impact on relationships. His cast of characters is large, and the situations in which his characters find themselves cross the gamut from normal, healthy sexual expression to fetishes and beyond. Of even greater interest is the age range of his characters and the impact of social media and the Internet on fueling certain issues.

Men, Women & Children is not for t
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Stephanie Atterbury
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Scott
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3/5 Stars
I decided to pick up this book when I saw the trailer for the movie that is based on this story. I was previously unfamiliar with Kultgen's work, and as such, you could say I was surprised by the vulgar and crass language that was found in the book. Despite this, I found the book to be relatively representative of modern day culture. I think as a society, we like to believe the Internet and the advancement of technology as been an extremely beneficial tool in many aspects of our lives.
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Rebeca
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this is probably the crudest novel I've ever read and I love it. At first, I have to admit, the way it was written totally wound me up, but then I realized it was intentional and without that, most scenes wouldn't have been as powerful and striking as they were. Also, I think it was that detachment from the story the narrator has that makes it possible to tell so many stories, and allows the reader to generate their own opinions and reactions to the different occurrences throughou ...more
Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I can't say that I enjoyed reading this book, even though I've given it a four stars. Honestly, I found it highly disturbing and troubling to read, but that's because the subject matter addressed here was highly personal and so explicitly detailed. While the details were most definitely disturbing, the overall conclusions that can be made about the characters' relationships-- and by extension, the relationships we may be involved in ourselves, as well-- were the scariest of all. This novel explo ...more
Emory Sharplin
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is soon to be a movie and, understandably, they're trying to cast real high school students in the film. So naturally, being a high school student, I sent my photos to the casting director without having even a vague idea what the movie was about! So I read the book. I read it in one day actually. And I realized: sometimes I get to the last page of a book and have to take a moment to breathe and accept that it may have just ruined my life before clicking "add to favorites". This was de ...more
Cath
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that from page one you are in the story, it doesn't need a good 50 pages to get you hooked. I appreaciated the detatchement from the characters, I think that's what the writer was aiming at.

I would have liked it if it didn't revolve around sex so much and maybe if the younger protagonists "children" were a little older. Maybe that's the reason why my favorite of the story lines was Tim Mooney's.

Overall it was the kind of book that you read easily and if you put it down
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Kaitlyne
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written and thought provoking but I was not sure I wanted my thoughts provoked in such a way. The characters were well developed and interesting but the context was overly dramatic with no sense of closure. Personally, I found it to be the most soul sucking thing I've ever read ,and I would never read it again unless my goal was to be come thoroughly depressed just like the main character. There was absolutely no comic relief and only a very small degree of warmth coming from ...more
Ashley Schuster
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK IS WHACK! I originally decided to read this book after watching the movie. The movie was whack, and I wanted to see if the book was just as whack too because, after all, books are usually better than their movie adaptations. The movie closely mirrored the book, but differentiated toward the end.

Things this book is about: Sex, porn, sex, infidelity, sex, teenage pregnancy, sex, depression, sex, eating disorders, sex, failed suicide attempt, and last of all -- sex. You've been warned.

I
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Mandy Andersonn
While the entire novel was about the sex lives of the characters, it certainly wasn't erotica, nor meant to titillate. There is no there, there. A look into the sordid underbelly of middle class America, along the lines of American Beauty. I wish I could rate it higher, take it more seriously, but while interesting it simply wasn't all that well written in my ever so humble opinion. Repetitive in areas, and while the scenarios were fairly realistic, the dialogue wasn't. A well intentioned 'Meh' ...more
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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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