Incisive, controversial and startlingly funny, The Rules of Attraction examines a group of affluent students at a small, self-consciously bohemian, liberal-arts college on America's East Coast. Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean -- cool, ambivalent and ...Read MoreIncisive, controversial and startlingly funny, The Rules of Attraction examines a group of affluent students at a small, self-consciously bohemian, liberal-arts college on America's East Coast. Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean -- cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical -- might be in love with Lauren, but he's not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren's ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration. 'A tour of the heart of darkness, a moral armageddon' The Times 'Compelling ...sympathetic to his "lost generation" the way only Fitzgerald was about his' Vanity Fair 'One of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children' New York Times 'Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel' Gore VidalRead Less
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This is one of my all-time favorite books (a few of the other top spots also belong to Ellis books).
If you like his style of writing/storytelling, I would highly recommend any of his other books (especially Lunar Park and Glamorama).
It's different than the movie, but not so much as to be distracting. So if you liked the movie, READ THIS!
If you're squeemish about sexuality, drugs, etc. I wouldn't particularly say Ellis is the author for you. But if you don't mind that (or in fact, enjoy it) then this is great.
The characters are always interesting. The wiritng is immaculate. Easy-to-read and get caught up in. Bret Easton Ellis writes like a conversation.
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