Summer Beach Read Of The Day

by Anna Lombardi · July 8, 2011

Bret Easton Ellis is the writer behind books American Psycho and The Rules Of Attraction, but before these there was Less Than Zero. The book was published in 1985, when Ellis was just 21 years old, but today the book continues to draw in readers with it's captivating, and often disturbing scenes.Set in Los Angeles during the 80's, the novel follows the life of Clay, a rich young college student who has returned home for winter break. Much of the novel revolves around parties, drugs and sex, but the way in which Ellis unfolds events and information makes it impossible to put down. It is captivating, raw and at times disturbing.

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I can't give much more detail without giving away parts of the book, but as a reader you witness Clay partake and struggle to make sense of the twisted world around him. It is a perfect beach read due to its length and the ability it has to suck you in.

Less Than Zero provides a compelling commentary on the reckless lifestyle of adolescents in Los Angeles during the 1980s. At times bordering on glamorizing the people and events in the novel, it portrays the lives of messed up teenagers lost among the bullshit by which they have been surrounded their entire lives. [via]