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.
Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor, who split for Europe months ago, and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letters to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren even if he ends up in bed with half the campus and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed to Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.
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"Serves to establish Mr. Ellis's reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ellis is, first and last, a moralist. Under cover of his laconic voice, every word in his [novels] springs from grieving outrage at our spiritual condition." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel." (Gore Vidal)
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I listened to this audiobook during a trip to (and from) Massachusetts while I was in a Bret Easton Ellis phase. I figured that since the movie version was pretty terrible I probably wouldn’t like the book, so I saved it for last. I was wrong. This audiobook is terrific. It is similar to Ellis’s other (early) works but I also thought that it was his funniest. Of course some of the humor is pretty harsh, which is to be expected, but I thought that overall, the audiobook was genuinely hilarious.
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