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FREE ⚢ The Rules of Attraction ⚣ Set at a small affluent liberal arts college in New England eighties, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future or even the present who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance My friend lent me this book and I was super excited because we re trying this new thing where we lend each other a book to read every month and this was the first one of our new little reading adventure I was bored Insanely bored It felt like someone was literally yelling gibberish so fast into my ear that I almost couldn t understand them at all.I tried to enjoy this I did I read 50 pages the first day and then I just decided to read the rest of it in one sitting because I knew if I put My friend lent me this book and I was super excited because we re trying this new thing where we lend each other a book to read every month and this was the first one of our new little reading adventure I was bored Insanely bored It felt like someone was literally yelling gibberish so fast into my ear that I almost couldn t understand them at all.I tried to enjoy this I did I read 50 pages the first day and then I just decided to read the rest of it in one sitting because I knew if I put it down I would never pick it back up I felt like I owed it to my friend to at least complete the first book that she was loaning me Not much else to say I didn t like it Not even a little bit It didn t captivate me I feel harsh saying this but I would quite literally watch grass grow 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 eati 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 So I stand against the wall, listen to REM, finish the beer, get , keep my eye on the Freshman girl Then some other girl, Deidre I think her name is, black spiked hair that already looks dated and trendy, black lipstick, black fingernail polish, black kneesocks, black shoes, nice tits, okay body, Senior, comes over and she s wearing a black halter top even though it s like forty below in the room and she s drunk and coughing like she has T.B., swigging Scotch I ve seen her stealing Dante So I stand against the wall, listen to REM, finish the beer, get , keep my eye on the Freshman girl Then some other girl, Deidre I think her name is, black spiked hair that already looks dated and trendy, black lipstick, black fingernail polish, black kneesocks, black shoes, nice tits, okay body, Senior, comes over and she s wearing a black halter top even though it s like forty below in the room and she s drunk and coughing like she has T.B., swigging Scotch I ve seen her stealing Dante in the bookstore Bret Easton Ellis, in describing this girl, gives us those extra descriptive terms that make us give Deidre a second look Coughing, swigging, and stealing Okay, so she is a bit trashy, a bit goth, a bit too easy, maybe, but any girl that steals Dante would definitely have perked my interest back in the day The music is loud so I d have to nuzzle up to her ear She probably smells faintly still of the perfume she put on earlier, but her skin has probably also started to soak up some of the aromas from the party I d tell her, I saw you stealing Dante.Now Sean is wayworried about banging the cute freshman girl Why because she is garden fresh, practically just hatched She hasn t been initiated into the Camden Liberal Arts college tradition of swill, sweat, and semen Interesting enough, Camden is probably the most famous college in recent American literary history Writers Ellis, Jonathan Lethem, and Jill Eisenstadt all attended the very expensive Bennington College in Vermont All have used Camden as a fictional universe for their Bennington experiences The author Donna Tartt also attended Bennington, but in her novel The Secret History, she uses the fictional name of Hampden Camden Hampden I do believe there is literary collusion going on No Russians as far as I can tell were involved Sean has a stalker, a sweet secret admirer, who leaves him love notes in his mail box It is simple I watch him He reveals himself in dark contours Everything I believe in floats away when I witness him, say, eating or crossing the boundaries of a crowded room I feel a scourge I have his name written on a sheet of pale blue paper that is tissue thin She is a ghost throughout the book as we whiplash between different narrators who all reveal pieces of what has happened Sometimes their accounts differ, and sometimes the omission of facts from one narrator, in particular, reveals much about how far they are from understanding what they truly desire Sometimes they lie The task for the reader is to evaluate what we are told until the truth becomes a glittering, but tarnished, pearl.So I ve sort of introduced Sean to you, as he is tucking Deidre into his back pocket in case he needs her while he attempts to catch the eye of cute freshman As the plot develops, his life becomescomplicated as he finds himself trapped in a confusing, obsessive relationship sexship with Lauren To addspice to the caldron of lust, he also is having sex withPaul Is he As this triangle acquiresweight, we start to understand the inability of any of these characters to get passed impulsive desires and find any meaning in love He likes him He likes her I think she likes someone else, probably me That s all No logic Ask that same question of these people a week later and the corners of the triangle will point in different or all new directions It is all fluid and meaningless, but not without psychological mutilation.Remember the stalker The seeds of love have taken hold and if we can t burn together, I ll burn alone Going to class at Camden seems optional It is certainly low on the list of priorities These kids are being washed up on the shores of a hedonistic island, and if anyone is feeling inhibited, soon the copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and hormonally driven lust have them dancing to the latest Talking Heads album along with the natives It makes me wonder, after these people are booted off the island, how anyone can reintegrate into regular society Camden will leave these people morally decimated, distrustful, and with probablythan one nasty habit Ahhh yes, the 80s Don t miss the Dressed to Get Screwed party The highlight of the year The book jacket says this is a vast departure from Bret Easton Ellis s first book, Less Than Zero, which for a few chapters I was thinking what the hell are they talking about, but as I got deeper in the book, I started to realize that this book is actually significantly different from his first book In Less Than Zero, his characters are soulless, people really beyond redemption in my opinion In this book, he infuses some humor, some legitimate pain, and explores deeper themes about adolescents awkwardly trapped in an extended childhood and with no real idea why anyone would ever want to be an adult They are rich, spoiled, and lost LIke a spectre floating behind the scenes, we have the tale of the secret admirer who is the only person who seems to understand real desire, and sustainable love The poignancy of her situation will make your heart strings tremble If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at so I thought that after college this would be less impressionable a tad less impressive Boy was I wrong I am still completely enraptured by this novel in which characters DON T change breaking 1 of the main cardinal rules of all literature to make protagonists experience change Ellis is intrepid The details in this are perfect and absolutely hilarious 80 s encapsulated brilliantly You end up rooting for the sleaziest of antagonists nobody in Camden deserves redemption and most actions so I thought that after college this would be less impressionable a tad less impressive Boy was I wrong I am still completely enraptured by this novel in which characters DON T change breaking 1 of the main cardinal rules of all literature to make protagonists experience change Ellis is intrepid The details in this are perfect and absolutely hilarious 80 s encapsulated brilliantly You end up rooting for the sleaziest of antagonists nobody in Camden deserves redemption and most actions taken are wholly despicable Yet THIS IS college The confusion, the sex, drugs, alcohol, suicide attempts, abortions, socials it s all recorded here I don t think another writer has influenced me as much in the art of immorality this includes up Chuck Palahniuk even the Marquis de Sade in his use of effective, rapid, stylish, unforgettable prose A guilty pleasure that s not all too guilty despite the explicit content undercurrent of melancholia An absolutely essential novel