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ISBN13: 9780061231674
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The accepted image of the Average American man as created by Oprah, Dr. Phil, network sitcoms, and a slew of other mass media outlets is one of an oafish retard happy to swallow down gallons of his significant other's crap in the hopes of being allowed to have sex with her once a week or at least watch some football.

The unnamed narrator of Average American Male is in his late twenties, has an unimportant job, plays video games, and hangs out with his friends and his girlfriend. But that's not all. He unabashedly reveals every thought that goes through his head, from his sexual fantasies involving his annoying girlfriend and other women he encounters, his masturbation sessions while watching porn, and his disgust with his annoying girlfriend and a majority of the people he comes across.

In the course of this hilariously honest book, our narrator suffers through a relationship with his fat–assed girlfriend until he finds the perfect girl. But when he moves into the new relationship, he slowly learns that all women are pretty much the same, that man's true desires will never be fulfilled, and the decision between living life alone or biting the marriage bullet must be made.

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"The nameless narrator of this dismal debut is a cynical 20-something living an empty, oversexed existence in L.A. He gets laid more often than he masturbates, plays video games, goes to the gym, sizes up every bitch in sight and, understandably, hates Casey, his vapid wannabe-actress girlfriend who tricks him into agreeing to marry her. He is not happy about this. Adding to his reluctance is his burgeoning 'relationship' with hottie Alyna, a UCLA student who — just as Casey is an exaggerated caricature of What Men Don't Want — is the Dream Girl who likes video games and porn-style sex. (Also, Casey has a 'fat ass' whereas Alyna has a 'perfect ass.') When he dumps Casey for Alyna, miserable Casey declares she's pregnant, a suspicious claim that nonetheless makes Alyna bolt. A pedestrian confrontation gets Casey out of the narrator's hair and Alyna back into his bed, but now that he's got the dream girl, he has an epiphany: 'every bitch I ever fuck will ultimately become any other bitch I've ever fucked.' Despite the book's purported 'brutal honesty,' the premise is essentially: guys like sex and dislike cuddling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The plot is, to be charitable, episodic....[The narrator's] narcissism is unbounded....The Main Event of Portnoy's Complaint, without the wit." Kirkus Reviews

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"The most brilliant author of the 21st century. But enough about me, buy Chad's book. It's a blueprint of how the mind — and penis — of a typical American male works." Maddox, New York Times bestselling author of The Alphabet of Manliness

Review:

"It's so primal, so dangerous, it might be the most ingenious book I've ever read." Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days

Review:

"An appalling book we couldn't put down." Penthouse

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"[A] brilliant send-up of the way...the male point of view has been misrepresented by militant feminists." Toby Young, New York Times bestselling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Review:

"[B]uy Chad's book. It's a blueprint of how the mind — and penis — of a typical American male works." The Horn Book

Synopsis:

A debut novel that is sure to be one of the most controversial books of the year — a brutally honest and completely hilarious look at male inner life and sexual fantasies.

Synopsis:

Are you ready to meet the average American male?

About the Author

Chad Kultgen graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His novels include The Average American Male; The Lie; Men, Women & Children; and The Average American Marriage. He lives in California.

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wameen, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by wameen)
Chad Kultgen has written the most stunning debut novel I've ever read. It is profane, self-indulgent, funny, and the most accurate depiction of a young American male's life I could imagine, uncannily like my own life forty years ago. I even recommended it to a female student of mine to get an idea what goes on inside men's brains. I can't wait to start on his second novel THE LIE. Write on, Chad Kultgen!
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Jose Juarez, April 24, 2009 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
Hands down one of the funniest and most entertaining books i have ever read. I approve of my portrayal. You won't be able to set it down.
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getdriver85, April 10, 2009 (view all comments by getdriver85)
As a man i had to read it, approve of our portrayal. I got more than i bargain for. A hilarious story and his encounters with friends and family and complete strangers. It's a must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061231674
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kultgen, Chad
Author:
by Chad Kultgen
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x5.36x.64 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS - English 9780061231674 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The nameless narrator of this dismal debut is a cynical 20-something living an empty, oversexed existence in L.A. He gets laid more often than he masturbates, plays video games, goes to the gym, sizes up every bitch in sight and, understandably, hates Casey, his vapid wannabe-actress girlfriend who tricks him into agreeing to marry her. He is not happy about this. Adding to his reluctance is his burgeoning 'relationship' with hottie Alyna, a UCLA student who — just as Casey is an exaggerated caricature of What Men Don't Want — is the Dream Girl who likes video games and porn-style sex. (Also, Casey has a 'fat ass' whereas Alyna has a 'perfect ass.') When he dumps Casey for Alyna, miserable Casey declares she's pregnant, a suspicious claim that nonetheless makes Alyna bolt. A pedestrian confrontation gets Casey out of the narrator's hair and Alyna back into his bed, but now that he's got the dream girl, he has an epiphany: 'every bitch I ever fuck will ultimately become any other bitch I've ever fucked.' Despite the book's purported 'brutal honesty,' the premise is essentially: guys like sex and dislike cuddling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The plot is, to be charitable, episodic....[The narrator's] narcissism is unbounded....The Main Event of Portnoy's Complaint, without the wit."
"Review" by , "The most brilliant author of the 21st century. But enough about me, buy Chad's book. It's a blueprint of how the mind — and penis — of a typical American male works."
"Review" by , "It's so primal, so dangerous, it might be the most ingenious book I've ever read."
"Review" by , "An appalling book we couldn't put down."
"Review" by , "[A] brilliant send-up of the way...the male point of view has been misrepresented by militant feminists."
"Review" by , "[B]uy Chad's book. It's a blueprint of how the mind — and penis — of a typical American male works."
"Synopsis" by , A debut novel that is sure to be one of the most controversial books of the year — a brutally honest and completely hilarious look at male inner life and sexual fantasies.
"Synopsis" by , Are you ready to meet the average American male?
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