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ISBN13: 9780061657306
ISBN10: 0061657301
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With the publication of The Average American Male — and the release of the shocking viral videos that made it a water-cooler sensation — Chad Kultgen became one of the most talked-about authors of recent years. Now, with The Lie, Kultgen returns with an even more salacious — yet also more searching — novel that reaches deeper into the craven inner workings of some of most depraved minds in America: college students.

His subjects are Brett, the rich hedonist whose appetite for sex is matched only by his contempt for women; his best friend, Kyle, the brooding science geek whose good intentions lead him to one disastrous decision; and Heather, the social-climbing sorority girl who has the power to destroy them both. As this devil's triangle plows through four years of college, Kultgen offers a astonishing take on the wild and amoral universe of college today: a frathouse world where sex is social currency, status means everything — and winner takes all.

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Review:

"This new novel from Average American Male author and YouTube icon Kultgen continues his testosterone-fueled fiction with this unapologetically sleazy campus romp. College freshman Kyle is more innocent and bookish than his best friend and BMOC Brett, whose endless appetite for women mirrors his bottomless bank account, and the scheming, promiscuous Heather, whom Kyle falls for, not realizing that Heather is only using him to get to Brett. Told in alternating points of view, the unsurprising plot follows them through four years and eventually revolves around the lie that Brett and Kyle concoct to teach Heather a lesson. Kultgen has a fluid narrative style and is an excellent mimic of college kid speech patterns (perhaps too well — 'like' has never been so, like, overused); he can sling bawdy humor and the banal details of daily life, though his chops are less refined when he focuses above the waistline. Readers who got a kick out of Kultgen's first book will get a bang out of this." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The Lie is an illicit, yet surprisingly searching novel, one that reaches into the craven inner workings of some of the most depraved minds in America: college students.

About the Author

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

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t.magnuson, June 8, 2009 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
The alarming truth about the lie is there may be a significant strata of powerful people trained in prestigous schools and gaining prominent positions in society who are more interested in sensual pleasure, manipulating others and living their lie than in making the world a better place. It's a Daisy Buchanan/ Great Gatsby kind of a world. Knowing such, perhaps we should all be thankful there are enough decent and clever folks around to keep the world turning. You sure won't find there ilk here. Every character in this book is a pathological tragedy. I read the book in three days.
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OneMansView, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by OneMansView)
It is a lie – not believable (1.5 *s)

This book is so incredibly superficial and inane in its depiction of college life that one is almost inclined to give the author the benefit of the doubt in the possibility that the entire book is tongue-in-cheek or a huge put-on; unfortunately the final verdict is that the book is an exaggerated, even juvenile, view of college life and students.

The book essentially follows three college students, Kyle, Brett, and Heather through four years at SMU. Brett is a rich kid with a sense of entitlement that has turned him into a monster in his contempt for women and willingness to prove that no sexual act is beneath their dignity. Heather is a clueless, middle-class beauty/bimbo obsessed with looks, status, and marriage before leaving school. Kyle is a nerd, a pre-med student, who strangely enough is Brett’s best friend from high school days, actually his only friend, who becomes obsessed with Heather – a most unlikely pairing. The book consists of nothing but an endless stream of repetitious scenarios where Brett is indulging his depraved instincts – his parent’s Jacuzzi being a favorite spot, Heather is attempting to upgrade her status either through the politics of her sorority or more typically trying different guys on for size, that is, marital prospects, and Kyle is rebounding from Heather’s shenanigans and scheming and unable to appreciate his good fortune in finding a smart girl who adores him.

The book takes a strange turn when Kyle foolishly caves in to Heather’s desire to be the first in her class in her sorority to be engaged and presents her with a large engagement ring – a cubic zirconia worth $90. The utter humiliation that Heather suffers when she invites some of her sisters along when she has the ring appraised unleashes several rounds of stupid, revengeful, and not believable behavior on the parts of Kyle, Brett, and Heather.

Even if the author thinks he is engaging in social commentary, his characters are so lacking in depth and rational thinking and behavior that they undermine any legitimacy the story may have. His insistence on the self-centeredness and licentiousness of all sorority and fraternity members is beyond extreme. The book is a bit of a cautionary tale: overindulgence and stupidity do have consequences.

For most, the book would be a waste of time. Perhaps someone who wishes for the environment as constructed by the author could gain some visceral satisfaction from the book.

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Jose Juarez, April 24, 2009 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
Chad has done it again! Describing The Lie as Cruel Intentions (movie) times one thousand times better does little justice to the originality that is The Lie. Incredible prose writing! If you can, buy the book NEW so that such a genius writer gets recognized! Seriously it's a must read! It's hilarious, sad and true. You can read an excerpt through the harper perrinial web-site, the first 70 pages are available. You'll get sucked in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061657306
Author:
Kultgen, Chad
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Chad Kultgen
Author:
by Chad Kultgen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Subject:
Black humor (Literature)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 8.125 in 3.92 oz

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Product details 432 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061657306 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This new novel from Average American Male author and YouTube icon Kultgen continues his testosterone-fueled fiction with this unapologetically sleazy campus romp. College freshman Kyle is more innocent and bookish than his best friend and BMOC Brett, whose endless appetite for women mirrors his bottomless bank account, and the scheming, promiscuous Heather, whom Kyle falls for, not realizing that Heather is only using him to get to Brett. Told in alternating points of view, the unsurprising plot follows them through four years and eventually revolves around the lie that Brett and Kyle concoct to teach Heather a lesson. Kultgen has a fluid narrative style and is an excellent mimic of college kid speech patterns (perhaps too well — 'like' has never been so, like, overused); he can sling bawdy humor and the banal details of daily life, though his chops are less refined when he focuses above the waistline. Readers who got a kick out of Kultgen's first book will get a bang out of this." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The Lie is an illicit, yet surprisingly searching novel, one that reaches into the craven inner workings of some of the most depraved minds in America: college students.
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