American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis


This book is a satire and it has its hilarious moments. The author purposely conveyed the banality of the protagonist’s life. That being said, the gimmick gets old and it’s very boring until the second half of the book.

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I skimmed a lot, especially over the torrent of brand names and the chapters dedicated to music tastes, but some readers may find these interesting. As someone who is not rich, I cannot relate to being treated to fine-dining for 3 meals a day, but I enjoy food descriptions.

The gore is explicitly beyond horrifying, although that is to be expected. A lot of the scenes really seem to go for maximum shock value. As the book is written in first-person POV, I found it funny that half of the time, the protagonist isn’t really speaking to people, but warning them.

There is one chapter dedicated to the protagonist’s brother, which humanized the story in a strange way.

Verdict: 4 / 5

Fun Stats

Word Count: 143235
Average Readability (US Grade Level): 8.63
Percent dialogue: 20.73%

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