Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan '80s, 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.
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)
I am a huge fan of Bret Easton Ellis, but this was my least favorite of his books. I enjoyed it okay for about the first half, and the writing and narration is good, but then it started getting old and didn't go anywhere (I ended up giving up and not finishing it).
A very directionless story, which sometimes I don't mind, but there were sooo many characters (each chapter is written in a different character's voice) and they all were pretty similar so I couldn't keep them straight, much less really care about them. Maybe in a written format it would have been easier. There are many better ones-- Less Than Zero, Lunar Park, Glamorama.
The dating scene in college is one long gross orgy. This book gives good voice to the reasons why I don't chill with frat guys and won't date sorority girls.
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