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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Release Date: March 1991
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Rating: 3 Page Turns

 

 

American Psycho has been on my to-read list for a really long time. I was slightly terrified to actually start reading it because I’ve seen the movie and knew that the book would probably be much more intense. After finding a copy at Half Price Books I decided to finally bite the bullet.

Ellis’ American Psycho shows what life is like for the hip, powerful, and rich in the 1980s. Patrick Bateman belongs to this elite set while having a separate lifestyle more horrible than any of his “friends” could imagine. 

Despite how incredibly graphic and violent this book was I actually really enjoyed it. The movie is very similar to the book so if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what to expect. Bateman is a character that you could expect to see on the street and discovering what he does in his free time is shocking. For someone like me who enjoys hearing/watching/reading about crazies (serial killers, etc.) American Psycho was right up my alley.

Bret Easton Ellis writes with an amazing amount of detail and there were specific scenes where I had to momentarily put the book down due to feeling nauseous. So, if you have a weak stomach I’d urge you to think carefully before picking this up. Ellis’ views about modern society are very prevalent and he makes it clear what he thinks about materialism and excess. All of the characters are realistic and believable, with the exception of Bateman. Any doubts associated with Patrick come from not wanting to believe that anyone could or would actually do the things that he does.

Recommended for those who…
Enjoy reading about serial killers/crazy people
Enjoy thrillers/crime books
Have a dark sense of humor

Favorite quote:
“This is not an exit.”

If you liked American Psycho you may like:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Have you read American Psycho? Are there any similar books that would recommend? Let us know below in the comments.

 

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