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Publisher's Summary

Hurt people hurt people.

Say there was a novel in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer's assistant, and somehow they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He's blinded by love. She by ambition.

Diary of an Oxygen Thief is an honest, hilarious, and heartrending novel but, above all, a very realistic account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.

©2006 Anonymous (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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an emotional rollercoaster

the beginning I hated him, the middle I felt he had a turning point, the end I wanted to cry for him. A story about the way we treat each other, brilliantly told in a way that makes you reevaluate your own relationships.

the reading was phenomenal.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 12-10-17

Not Sure About This One

I have no idea how to even review this book. First off, if you are offended by sex and profanity, this is not for you. There were parts of this book where I was completely turned off by his misogynist attitude and I kept thinking "what a creep." I also kept thinking that this reminded me of some of the guys I dated in my 20s. But there were other parts that interested me, such as his experience working in the ad agency, his move to Minnesota, and the woman who treated him like he had been treated. And while I cringed at some parts, I also chuckled at some (the mosquito being the state bird of Minnesota and his description of his masturbation techniques come to mind). So, overall, I had to give this a neutral 3 star rating.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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INTRIGUING

The book would've gotten a 5 star rating if i didn't get lost at times on what the author was depicting imagery wise

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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not impressed

loved how dark it was but the narrator could have done better at telling the story.
some of it was boring and he transitioned so much talking about unnecessary things it made it confusing.

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Wouldn’t read but gladly listen.

Try not to listen to this at work unless you feel comfortable around those people . Don’t listen to this in the car cause you’ll want to hear every word from his accent . Listen to this while you can sit down and do whatever .

Some how you feel bad for him at the end .

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Not great. Not bad.

However, I wasn't engaged in the story. I couldn't bring myself to finish it. It was all over the place and I couldn't sympathize with Anonymous.

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Not as compelling as hoped

The story is scant, the author reads without much conviction — disappointing after all the media coverage. Read it in half an hour rather than listening for three — you won’t miss the subtleties.

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memories of the reckless days

My relationship with my girlfriends until the same thing happened to me.
except I married my heartbreaker 5 years later .
makes me want to remember, and feel better about how the experience changed my life around for the better.

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WOW

this book opened my eyes to something I never realized could have has had happend to myself and many others

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more.

I loved it. I want more. I can relate to this story just as I can relate the man my husband used to be to this story. thank you for living this and sharing.