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The author of "The Average American Male" and "The Lie" returns with a shocking and salacious--yet surprisingly rich and subtle--new novel of the average American family.In this, his most ambitious and surprising book yet, Kultgen explores the sexual pressures at work on two different generations navigating the same Internet landscape: junior high school students and theirThe author of "The Average American Male" and "The Lie" returns with a shocking and salacious--yet surprisingly rich and subtle--new novel of the average American family.In this, his most ambitious and surprising book yet, Kultgen explores the sexual pressures at work on two different generations navigating the same Internet landscape: junior high school students and their parents. Among the families traced in Men, Women & Children: •Kent, a recent divorcé re-entering the dating world—and his son, Tim, a football star-turned-World of Warcraft-addict, who learns via Facebook that his mom is getting remarried. • Dawn, a single mom who charges anonymous men $12.95 a month to view suggestive online pictures of her daughter, Hannah—who wants to lose her v-card before any other eighth grader. • Don, who sneaks onto any available computer for his daily fix of streaming porn—and his son, Chris, whose porn tastes make his father’s look like Disney. • Patricia, who is determined to keep the demons of the Internet from preying on her daughter, Brandy—who uses her secret MySpace identity to try on an alternative Goth identity and blog about threesomes she’s never had. Whether thirteen or thirty-five, Kultgen’s characters inhabit a world where privacy is non-existent, sex is currency, and information never disappears—yet happiness is still a dream...

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Men, Women, and Children Reviews

  • Deanna
    2018-10-30 22:47

    I struggled with writing a review for this one. I was really looking forward to the movie and thought it looked like it really touched on things that are going on with our children etc. So I picked up the book before watching the movie. I was caught way off guard as most of the situations in the book seem highly unlikely for 8th graders...Yep....8th GRADERS!! Come on now I know that times have changed blah blah blah but there's no way there's THAT many children starting all of this stuff (sex, drugs & drinking) this early. Yes I can see experimentationhappening in some groups at that age but this was ridiculous. I know there is a lot of interest and conversations and probably "research" happening but it's just quite the jump. I won't go in to too much detail because I don't want to give any spoilers but also because I am not comfortable discussing some of the situations. Honestly I'm no prude...but the age of the children just makes it too unbelievable. I feel like most of the situations were just for shock value.Maybe I would have found it more believable if the kids were in High School? (They may have been High School age in the movie) I don't know.I believe that our children should be educated about drugs, alcohol, relationships, addiction, social media, and sexual education is extremely important. I know that has changed as years have gone by with new technology, the internet etc.Others may say this novel is about things families do not like to talk about and that may be true in some ways but way way over the top. Even the adult situations are so extreme. In Chad Kultgens books it seems like every married couple cheats and sex is above all else. Again, yes in some relationships but I would really doubt it's the norm. It seems as though almost every single person is very unhappy or depressed. So many of the characters seem to be going downhill right from the beginning. Reading it can be depressing.Extreme worst case scenarios. Miserable unhappy people with empty lives and unhappy children. Again...depressing.All that being said some of the dangers of technology and social media are worth noting. Times have changed and yes there is a lot more out there and it can be easier to get into trouble both adults and children alike.Wasn't a complete bomb as I did finish the book and also watched the movie. Just very disappointed on how the lives of these characters was depicted.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-04 18:43

    I always feel the need to go to confession after reading a Chad Kultgen novel. I could not put this book down! This book follows the lives of a group of 13 year olds and their parents in a suburban town. I really enjoyed tapping into the thought processes of these teens as they dealt with issues like depression, losing one’s virginity, anorexia, dealing with divorce…the list goes on and on. I felt knowledgeable after reading this. I felt informed. But the process of learning is an uncomfortable one. Imagine the X rated version of The Babysitters Club. Among the adults, sexual dysfunction and infidelity is common and with that comes some very descriptive encounters. Brace yourself.Men Women and Children attempts to answer the question "what will the kids who have grown up in the internet age be like?". This is a fascinating topic and why I love this book so much. Kultgen paints a realistic picture of what the new generation of technology driven youth might look like. Much like Brett Easton Ellis taps into the nothingness of the 80’s under the influence of drugs, Men Women and Children taps into the nothingness of the 2000’s under the influence of technology. Kultgen’s book shows a reality I wish wasn’t so. I could tell myself “this is only fiction” but, c’mon, let’s get real. After reading this book I question why I haven’t heard of more books, movies, college lectures, statistics, etc. that ask questions about the new breed. This is an important field of study and this novel has sparked my interest to do further research on the topic.

  • Marty
    2018-11-01 20:43

    Once again, Chad Kultgen has left me once again to try and gather my thoughts after reading his most recent novel, "Men, Women and Children." I work at a bookstore and I am always leery of suggesting Kultgen. His outrageous, illicit, and downright pornographic nature of his books always gives me pause. On the other hand, Chad Kultgen taps into something that no other author that I have read has ever managed to do, place a mirror up to humanity's underside in such a nonchalant, matter of the fact way, and in real time. It is not a one hundred percent accurate depiction, and yes it is dark and cynical. But, Kultgen is not shy, and he will portray situations and thoughts that we all have and afraid to share, or are embarrassed to have thought or acted upon. Therein lies his genius. You will either find him irresistible and will probably feel dirty after reading. Or hate him, and not fully acknowledge the human side that we do not venerate.

  • Patti Vargo
    2018-11-17 17:54

    Trash. This is the second book I've read by Chad Kultgen and I am convinced this author's objective is not to entertain or enlighten. His sole objective is to shock and horrify. Mission accomplished. I don't know how they were able to turn this book into a movie without running the risk of being arrested for the production of kiddie porn. Some serious edits would have had to have been made. Throw in cheating spouses soliciting sex via ashleymadison.com and online purchases of dates with prostitutes, anti-depressant drugs for 13-year olds and teen suicide attempts and there you have Men, Women & Children. By far, the worst, most disturbing book I've ever read. The first two sentences of the book set off warning bells but I'm no quitter so I pushed through hoping it would get better. A regrettable decision on my part.

  • Carrie D.
    2018-10-20 18:56

    Read this book if you're super into detailed descriptions of 13 year olds having sex. Honestly, I've never scoffed more. I think at one point I threw it but I'm not a quitter. I never would have read this book if it hadn't been loaned to me. All I kept thinking was, "Of course this was written by someone named Chad."

  • Tara
    2018-10-31 00:36

    My thoughts:I'm a huge fan of Chad Kultgen's novels. I happened across "The Lie" (Chad Kultgen's 2nd book) a year or two ago and devoured it. As soon as I finished "The Lie", I immediately picked up "The Average American Male"(his first book), which I finished in a day. I bought Men, Women and Children on the day it released, I was so excited to read it.I was slightly disappointed. In his other two novels I really felt like we were building up to something. This novel had no real clear ending. Nothing really HAPPENED throughout the book. It seemed to be nothing more than a glimpse into a wide group of people's personal lives. If you really sit down and think about it the subject matter in this book is kind of heavy. It explores the internet generation's extreme access to sex and how it affects young teens. It also explores sex (or the lack of) between married couples.The characters were very interesting. However, a few of them seemed very similar to each other. It was hard for me to differentiate between some of them. One of my favorite parts of the book was how he gave both viewpoints between two junior high kids that liked each other, but were both too self-conscious and insecure to act on their feelings. It definitely reminded me of the misgivings I had when I was in junior-high. "Does he like me? Should I talk to him?" etc...Though I did have a problem with the plot, his writing is (as always) superb. This book is mainly based around sex. It's graphic, crude and crass. If you're easily offended I would definitely recommend staying away from this book. It's not erotica or anything like that, but the main topic is sex. His books are more MAN-ish books (like I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, but more....?literary?).The Lie is still my favorite of Chad Kultgen's novels, but I'll be eagerly awaiting his next novel and will probably buy it on the release date. His voice and writing style are very unique, so I really hope he releases another novel next year. I'll be waiting til I can get my next Chad Kultgen fix!Judge a Book By It's Cover: I really like his covers. Even though his books aren't a series, all the covers match! Although the covers don't seem to reveal much, they intrigue me since they are so plain.

  • Tânia Tanocas
    2018-11-06 17:50

    "Vidas Opostas" ou "Vidas Duplas", seriam os títulos que eu daria a este livro...Muitos caracterizam esta leitura de chocante, por vezes bastante pornográfica, eu acho que é simplesmente realista, mas que deixa algum amargo na boca.É certo que o livro tem muitas personagens, cada uma com os seus desaires e frustrações, mas é um acompanhamento que vai fluindo sem grandes dificuldades.De salientar que à excepção dos pais, vamos acompanhando a vida de adolescentes e como eles lidam com as novas tecnologias.Opinião aqui: http://baudatanocas.blogs.sapo.pt/hom...

  • Jackie
    2018-10-26 21:28

    I have a sort of love/hate thing going with Chad Kultgen's books. In "The Average American Male", it seemed like he worded everything for shock value and the biggest cringe factor he could get. But after polling some of my average American guy friends about some of the points in the book, most said, "Ya, that's pretty much right." "The Lie", Kultgen's second book centering the concept of the man/woman relationship dynamic was just as brutal to my tender heart, and polled, once again, as pretty accurate in my guy-friends pool.So, when I received the third book, "Men, Women and Children", I was very afraid. But, as I began to read it, I recognized all sorts of people I know in its pages. I don't need to poll this time. Kultgen still speaks the truth, albeit in the most graphic, TMI, sexual way possible, but somehow gentler than he has before (don't ask me to explain that, I'm still working through that myself). This book deals with families, and all the relationships that are involved, and all of the secrets they keep from each other. There is a profound emotionality to this book that hasn't been present before--there are moments of genuine heart-break in these pages that are stark, raw, and desperately true. These stories are digging much farther than the grubby surface to something dark but meaningful, almost illuminating. This is far from a comfortable or easy read, but I found it to berather profound (as well as profane--don't say I didn't warn you), and I'm still struggling with some of the ideas that are brought up in it. I'm impressed, to say the least.

  • Bandit
    2018-10-30 17:38

    Well, this was disturbing. But also good. Probably the most horrifyingly honest unflinching account of teenage sexuality since 1995 movie Kids. Comparatively, the adults' sexual exploits in the book are positively vanilla. So yes, there is lots of sex in this book, copious amounts even. And yet the primary theme here is the lack of communication or the imperfection of the communication had between parents, lovers and friends. Also this was a very astute exposition on the pressures the ever prevalent social media puts on the youth. This is precisely the sort of book that helps understand all the warped psychology of things that go unspoken in daily life. Not to mention you'll never look at a teenager the same way again. While the explicit sexual nature of the book might make it seem as crass or vulgar, it is the behind the scenes mechanisms and motivations that make this such a clever and interesting read. I liked the writing style as well, very matter of fact and direct, which worked excellently for a book about misperceptions and indirectness. Recommended.

  • Eric Novello
    2018-10-26 20:47

    O livro retrata personagens adultos e seus filhos na faixa dos 13-15 anos em situações cotidianas e mostra como somos impulsionados por nossas frustrações, egoísmos, necessidade doentia de controle e de aprovação, e como fingimos para nós mesmos que tudo não passa de decisões racionais. Quem tenta fugir desse esquema doentia é visto como pária por quem ficou para trás. No começo é tudo muito picotado e confuso, mas conforme o autor, e por consequência o leitor, se sente mais à vontade com os múltiplos pontos de vista, fica difícil parar de ler. É deprimente por ser muito real. E é uma leitura e tanto. Fica de recomendação. Esperem uma resenha completa no Estranho Mundo em breve.

  • Hope Ortego
    2018-11-01 23:39

    When I finished this book, my only thought was "wow". It wasn't a 'wow' that was an awesome book, it was more like wow, what did I just read?! This book addressed some pretty tough but real life situations that adults and teenagers go through on a daily basis. This book brought up topics that a lot of people shy away from. I wasn't too keen on some of the language that Chad Kultgen used throughout most of the book, but I understand it is apart of his writing style and it wasn't meant to be a YA read. I found myself asking does this really happen in middle school? If it does, I must be really sheltered and I'm ok with that. But my heart goes out for every single teenager who might be dealing with similar situations that pressure them to do certain things that make them uncomfortable or make them feel like they have to act or eat a certain way to fit in.

  • Lea
    2018-10-23 00:43

    My first Kultgen book -- all I can say is . . . wow.I read this on the recommendation of my daughter -- she warned me that it was pretty explicit, and you better believe "explicit" is definitely the word for this book, from the first sentence through to the very last.Initially I felt put off by the author's style, as well as the subject matter -- it's written in an almost staccato style that seemed almost amateurish at first. The style grew on me, though, and in the end I think it served the subject matter well.This book explores the lives of several junior high kids and the lives of their parents, who are all in different circumstances when it comes to their relationships. We have the never married single mom and the newly divorced dad, the happily and unhappily married couples, the kids in long term relationships as well as those who are trying to find their way while navigating middle school and their budding sexuality.I really didn't think the subject matter would be all that appealing, and at first I found most of the characters extremely annoying -- they make terrible decisions, then compound their bad judgement by not discussing their problems with the people they most need to talk with, making everything about them extremely frustrating. Then, somewhere along the line, I started to really care about these aggravating people -- I started to worry about them, and to hope that they would FINALLY get some sense. Kultgen actually made me sympathize with these characters, and that really is no small feat.Ultimately, this isn't really a story about sexuality or sexual politics -- although it certainly looks at those issues in myriad forms. It really seems to be more about isolation and lack of communication, and is all the more heartbreaking for having that as its focus.I will definitely be checking out the author's other books. As to who I would recommend this book to -- I think anyone who wouldn't get the vapors when confronted with the fact that yes, indeed, human beings do have sex, and some writers do write about it, would probably do just fine reading this. You might even be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-11 01:53

    This was my second foray into the Kultgen mind and I vividly remember the day a female coworker asked me what the book was about. Instead of trying to give the synopsis, I handed her the book and had her read the first, graphic and somewhat depressing but so very real,paragraph. And I guess that's my point about Chad Kultgen works. He writes about the disappointments that while most feel, few actually truly talk about. This novel has a clean, orderly structure that contrasts beautifully with how screwed up each of its central characters are. Perhaps screwed up isn't the most accurate description though. Maybe it's closer to the mark if we describe each as normal people trying to cope with routines and ruts in their own unique ways. Further, we see that all the distraction coping mechanisms used (from masturbation to video game addiction)aren't really that uncommon as strategies in the real world.I think Kultgen's works would not appeal to those out there who lead golden lives where the idea of being disappointed or dissatisfied is repulsive and or never experienced. However, for the rest of us, his works read more honest and on target and also successfully without apology.

  • Danimal
    2018-10-28 18:34

    This is the worst book I've read in a long, long time. If I could give it less than one star I would. I'm rather ashamed that I actually finished it. The only reason I can give is that I had to see if there was some reason that it got published ... and then made into a movie.Alas, no. Just the worst possible, most banal and cliched dialogue since my freshman year of college. Seriously, did this guy never take a writing class that told him the stuff he was supposed to leave out? And did he learn how people talk by watching movies? Because teens and parents don't speak like this. No one does in the real world. And that's not even mentioning the plot, which is supposed to be a shocking expose of suburban life but is only a sad cataloging of internet rigamarole. Such a poor man's Chuck Palahniuk. Such a 14-generation copy of American Beauty. I am unclean.

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2018-10-17 20:43

    The literary equivalent of a Todd Solondz movie, with less humor, less pedophilia, and no gratuitous murder. If you've ever wanted to read 300 pages of mostly awkward, graphic sex scenes between thirteen year olds, this is the book for you. I don't want to say that I don't like this book because it's pointless, because that's untrue. Sex is integral in the way we relate to each other as humans -- it can be the most blissful thing in the world and also the most horrifying, and there's a good mix of those opposite dynamics in this book. Sexual awakening is also a crucial part of growing up. Kultgen shows how the internet has accelerated sexual exploration, now that hardcore porn is free and easily accessible. One of the aforementioned thirteen year olds is unable to even lose his virginity in a vanilla way (!) due to all of the fetish porn he watches.So, I thought through most of this book that the thirteen year olds really don't seem like thirteen year olds. I think that is the reality that Kultgen is trying to point out in writing this book, the way the internet has supercharged maturity. But I felt that the book was, for the most part, lacking an emotional softness to buffer out its explicitness. It's vulnerability that's lacking, maybe? Only two of the characters -- Tim, depressed and addicted to World of Warcraft, and Allison, eating disordered and chasing a total tool -- really have that heart in their stories. Men, Women & Children is also about, as its title suggests, the mothers and fathers of these teenagers, some far from sexually settled or satisfied themselves. The main adult couple explored, the Trubys, aren't really attracted to each other anymore. Both spouses use the Internet to look elsewhere. The father (who seems like the grown up version of the total tool Allison chases and I sincerely hope Kultgen isn't using him to symbolize the "average American man," because god, ew) has his first experience with a prostitute found on an online escort review board; the mother uses AshleyMadison.com to cheat on her husband with an also-married black man, a new experience for her in more ways than one. Aside from having significantly less ick factor in knowing the genitalia you're reading about is not thirteen, the adult sections also have the most successful attempts at humor. For example:Rachel stayed in the bed they just had sex in. She could smell Secretluvur in the sheets, on her hands, on her lips. She smiled. As she closed her eyes, drifting into a relaxed sleep, she was happy that she had had an orgasm with a black man...But even though I laughed aloud at that throwaway line, and also a few others, AND even though I definitely see what Kultgen is doing, this book just lacks either the punch of heart or the extreme of really black comedy to the point of discomfort that makes Solondz films work. Instead, in Men, Women & Children we have football scenes with plays described as gratuitously as if the sport were also pornography, a Tao Lin-style "everything means nothing and everything" meticulous rendering of unnecessary detail. Meh.

  • Jennifer Shanahan
    2018-11-08 00:51

    This book is unlike anyone that I have read recently. It is very adult and scary real. I saw the movie trailer for the movie that is set to come out in Oct so I decided to check out the book, which I always like to read before I see the movie. The book was extremely crass and did not leave anything to the imagination. I think that the people in this story are actually more true to real life than most books I have read. I really do. I think that this is how people think and what they do, maybe except for the 8th grader who is obsessed with crazy kinds of sex--that might be kind of a reach. I think that 8th graders really deal with these types of situations in real life and it scares me! I have an 8th grade daughter! I do not think she has had these experience but I think other kids her age do. I am glad that I read this book though and I really look forward to the movie--I will look up Chad Kultgren's other books for sure because he writes it the way it is. Now I have seen the movie I can add a little more. Movie was very good portrayal of the book with only a few differences. The story centered more on a Tim & Brandy rather than the other young couple--they were barely even in the movie. I also liked the end of the movie because it was a little more positive and hopeful than the book ending, however, the book ending is probably more REAL. I loved all the actors in the movie--they were well-chosen for their respective parts.

  • Shawn
    2018-11-04 19:28

    A quick read. I enjoyed it but found the activities and conversations between 8th graders problematic. The plot and characters would have been more believable had they been 10th graders - there were simply too many themes and issues that are more accurate well into the onset of high school. I also felt that the ending was sudden and rushed - definitely no closure and the tying up of lose ends felt sloppy and unemotional making it difficult for me to care about the characters and feel satisfied with the complete novel The book's strength is it's portrayal of the relationships between men, women and their children and how these relationships are affected by what we say, think and do, and more importantly, what's not spoken and the secrets we keep from one another. Kultgen is also spot on with his understanding and insights into online and social behaviours and the issues they have created in our relationships and lives.

  • Philip Cosand
    2018-10-27 22:45

    Nope, nope, nope. I got to 113 and had to stop.The first sentence? Anus. The second sentence? Penis. Sexual acts a'plenty, most of them on underage jr high students. That's not a book I want to read. With the number of sexual acts in here, I felt like I was reading softcore porn. No thanks.It gets two stars because the characters were well-crafted. You got a feel for why they were engaging in the adultery, self-gratifying, and ill-conceived acts that they were. But between seeking out prostitutes and exploiting their daughters' looks for money, I didn't want to finish this book.However, out of curiosity I flipped towards the end. Well, at least one of the relationships was healthy. Of course, one of the characters was driven to suicide. Blech.

  • ♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤
    2018-10-17 23:35

    ok, maybe I was too young, but I couldn't deal with the explicit nature. wish I could see the film (ansel elgort <3) but r rated so..... yeah.

  • Michael
    2018-10-24 17:44

    Brutally depressing existential literature about American life today, with a major focus on how the internet has changed everything permenantly (not always for the better).

  • Michelle
    2018-11-06 21:32

    In Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen pulls no punches in his pointedly matter-of-fact exploration of human sexuality and its impact on relationships. His cast of characters is large, and the situations in which his characters find themselves cross the gamut from normal, healthy sexual expression to fetishes and beyond. Of even greater interest is the age range of his characters and the impact of social media and the Internet on fueling certain issues.Men, Women & Children is not for the faint of heart. From the opening sentence, the reader will know whether s/he will be able to stomach the subject matter. It reads like a clinical description of pornography at times, but this method of storytelling only serves to proves Mr. Kultgen's point. It is very reminiscent of George Michael's hit song, "(I Want Your) Sex", in that Mr. Kultgen showcases that everyone thinks about/obsesses about sex in some fashion and that doing so is healthy. It is how people use that obsession to drive their everyday interactions where the problems occur.When one removes the shock and awe from the explicitness of the text, the reader is met with an abundance of thought-provoking situations. The role the Internet plays in creating and supporting unhealthy habits among young teens is something about which every parent must be aware. The fact that the teens in question are in eighth grade, even though their actions and issues seem so much older than that, is both disturbing and shocking only because of the fact that the behaviors and situations discussed in the novel are more typical than one would like to realize. One discussion with a parent of a thirteen-year-old and the reader understands that what Mr. Kultgen is describing is, unfortunately, normal for this age group. Exploring one's sexuality through exposure to pornography and experimentation, fighting parental control, pressure to perform (whether it is in sports or in the bedroom), wanting to fit in and feel important - this is very much what a modern-day teen faces each and every day. Mr Kultgen presents this tragic but true situation rather clinically, removing the sense of horror that so easily could be added in order to add credence and legitimacy. It is an effective ploy.For the adults in the novel, Mr. Kultgen explores similar topics as Meg Wolitzer did in her most recent novel, The Uncoupling. Sex in adult relationships means something completely different than it does in teenage relationships, and both novels portray the more nuanced power behind sex among couples. Whereas Ms. Wolitzer explored the feminine aspect of this dynamic, Mr. Kultgen focuses on the male perspective. While sex is the uniting theme among the cast of characters, it is by no means the main point of Men, Women & Children. Rather, it is an emotionless exploration of humanity - a girl fighting an eating disorder, a young man struggling with depression, a mother trying to protect her daughter, and another mother trying to ensure her daughter achieves her dreams, the power struggle between child and parent as the child gets older, the power struggles among teens. These are the all-too-common issues faced by much of today's society and deserve to be studied and highlighted. For those who are willing and able to overlook the purposefully explicit scenes, designed to draw ire and shock, the result is an eye-opening study of the pressures our teens face at younger and younger ages and how parents' own self-absorption fuels their responses.Thank you to Erica Barmash from Harper Perennial for my advanced reading copy. She warned me it would be a challenging but rewarding read, and she was right!

  • Stephanie Atterbury
    2018-10-22 17:31

    I don't regret reading it, but I can't really recommended. The book was off base on a few things that I can tell (even from watching the trailer) the movie has improved. Going to see it tomorrow and expect I'll like it better, probably concise plot line and less time spent on non-important points. I can't help but wonder how books like this (which have a lot of promise) don't have editors jumping up and down say, 'Nope, that's not realistic' or 'This section needs to be cut in half.' Do the writers and editors talk/research at all to know what's going on out there or just make assumptions based on their own experience or things they see on over-exaggerated TV shows & news reports.For example:I feel the age of the characters is too young, I'm very familiar with today's adolescents and feel 8th graders are just starting to experiment and aren't quite in the pressure stage in HS years, 'Am I the only one that hasn't done it' or wanting to be the first seems to be more in the 15-17 year olds, at least in this area. I recently heard on the radio that the national average for first time sex has actually gone up in the ten years to 17-19 years. Seems like this would be an easily Googled topic to set the scene of this book in a more realistic tone. Obviously this is what they chose to do for the characters in the movie (Ansel Elgort can't pass for a 13-14yr old)I also think this book is overly obsessed with all things anal. Seems like most of the characters could not completely enjoy sex without going to "the back door." I know plenty of people interested in that arena, but a much higher percentage are not or not even close to the extent described in this book.As discussed in other reviews, but needs to be said; the football scenes were overly described and quite a few interesting side characters where dropped all together like the Coach and Allison's friend Rory, who loves Mike Tyson on Oprah, and the Vance parents.

  • Scott
    2018-11-02 18:53

    3/5 StarsI decided to pick up this book when I saw the trailer for the movie that is based on this story. I was previously unfamiliar with Kultgen's work, and as such, you could say I was surprised by the vulgar and crass language that was found in the book. Despite this, I found the book to be relatively representative of modern day culture. I think as a society, we like to believe the Internet and the advancement of technology as been an extremely beneficial tool in many aspects of our lives. However, the book looks at the ugly side of said advancements; sex, anti-social behaviour, the ability to seek out validity for even the most disturbing experiences. At least, that's how I saw it at the beginning of the novel. And then I questioned my own position of these things as "ugly". The novel excelled in its ability to make these things more mundane, less shocking and eventually less problematic. Our Internet driven society is not something that is merely a part of our culture, it is our culture. And because of this, we are increasingly experiencing these, and I'll used this word again, things. In this way, Kultgen's story becomes authentic, even if you've never experienced any of these things in real life. You've seen them happen to others, you've used a computer, and, consequently, can relate to the story. And while the message of the novel is thought-provoking, I thought the overall plot rather uninteresting. An affair here, and affair there, sex, sex, and more sex, and that's about it. There isn't much character depth, too many characters with far too few experiences in this short read. But ultimately, I don't think that was the intent of the author.

  • Rebeca
    2018-10-25 00:28

    In my opinion, this is probably the crudest novel I've ever read and I love it. At first, I have to admit, the way it was written totally wound me up, but then I realized it was intentional and without that, most scenes wouldn't have been as powerful and striking as they were. Also, I think it was that detachment from the story the narrator has that makes it possible to tell so many stories, and allows the reader to generate their own opinions and reactions to the different occurrences throughout the book.One of my favorite things about "Men, Women and Children" is how, even though some characters definitely have more to their background stories than others, you feel like you know just enough about each of them to empathize with them. Because, like it or not, (and that's probably what made me give this book 5 stars) the characters are utterly relatable due to the fact that they're all so human and average-people-y, there's nothing fantastical about any of them and the events in their lives, even their ages help you feel closer to them. There's this point at which you feel like you might as well be reading your own life or one of your peers'. In addition to, the way they talk to each other is quotidian (which, I guess at some point makes you feel this book is bland and poorly-written).This is probably my favorite book now.

  • Morninglight Mama
    2018-11-05 17:37

    I can't say that I enjoyed reading this book, even though I've given it a four stars. Honestly, I found it highly disturbing and troubling to read, but that's because the subject matter addressed here was highly personal and so explicitly detailed. While the details were most definitely disturbing, the overall conclusions that can be made about the characters' relationships-- and by extension, the relationships we may be involved in ourselves, as well-- were the scariest of all. This novel explores serious and interwoven themes such as sexuality, sexual relationships, self-image, and communication among the adults and young teenagers who serve as the large cast of characters, and Kultgen does not hold back in the least. The story is told through a detached narrator, a voice that displays no emotion, no judgment, but simply lays out each scene, and this detachment, for me at least, served to heighten the disturbing factor, in that no voice of reason spoke to the sadness and destructiveness of so many behaviors chosen by the characters. So why four stars then? The writing is gripping, the subject matter is important, and the delivery is intended to make us uncomfortable, I think. Mission accomplished.

  • Emory Sharplin
    2018-10-17 21:30

    This book is soon to be a movie and, understandably, they're trying to cast real high school students in the film. So naturally, being a high school student, I sent my photos to the casting director without having even a vague idea what the movie was about! So I read the book. I read it in one day actually. And I realized: sometimes I get to the last page of a book and have to take a moment to breathe and accept that it may have just ruined my life before clicking "add to favorites". This was definitely one of those books. The writing was simple and easy to read (even if the dialog felt a little too "he said" "she said" at times) but the middle school characters were depressingly relatable. I couldn't relate much to the adults since I'm only in high school, but all of the younger characters could have been people I went to middle school with. I give Kultgen 4 stars for this novel because it absolutely ruined my night and one star off because it absolutely ruined my night. Good job. But really, good job.

  • Cath
    2018-11-12 20:34

    This is one of those books that from page one you are in the story, it doesn't need a good 50 pages to get you hooked. I appreaciated the detatchement from the characters, I think that's what the writer was aiming at.I would have liked it if it didn't revolve around sex so much and maybe if the younger protagonists "children" were a little older. Maybe that's the reason why my favorite of the story lines was Tim Mooney's.Overall it was the kind of book that you read easily and if you put it down, you can start again with no trouble from where you left off.As for the ending of the book, having seen the movie first it seemed a bit abrupt. I would have liked to see what happened with Patricia after she finds out about (view spoiler)[Tim Mooney's suicide attempt.(hide spoiler)] There wasn't closure in all the storylines, Kent and Dawn, Don and Rachel Truby. But I suppose if one hasn't seen the movie it makes sense.

  • Kaitlyne
    2018-11-14 17:27

    This book was well written and thought provoking but I was not sure I wanted my thoughts provoked in such a way. The characters were well developed and interesting but the context was overly dramatic with no sense of closure. Personally, I found it to be the most soul sucking thing I've ever read ,and I would never read it again unless my goal was to be come thoroughly depressed just like the main character. There was absolutely no comic relief and only a very small degree of warmth coming from the character, Kent who is also the only character in the book who I found likeable. For the rest of the characters, I felt nothing but pity and in some cases contempt. The plot was interesting in a disturbing way, which compelled me to read but I gained no satisfaction whatsoever from finishing it which I believe was the author's intent.

  • Ashley Schuster
    2018-11-07 18:47

    THIS BOOK IS WHACK! I originally decided to read this book after watching the movie. The movie was whack, and I wanted to see if the book was just as whack too because, after all, books are usually better than their movie adaptations. The movie closely mirrored the book, but differentiated toward the end. Things this book is about: Sex, porn, sex, infidelity, sex, teenage pregnancy, sex, depression, sex, eating disorders, sex, failed suicide attempt, and last of all -- sex. You've been warned.I like getting inside the heads of all of the characters, which you obviously don't get to do while watching the move. Like this book is so crazy, that I didn't know how to rate it, so I just gave it 5 stars because like WOAH.

  • Mandy Andersonn
    2018-11-14 17:45

    While the entire novel was about the sex lives of the characters, it certainly wasn't erotica, nor meant to titillate. There is no there, there. A look into the sordid underbelly of middle class America, along the lines of American Beauty. I wish I could rate it higher, take it more seriously, but while interesting it simply wasn't all that well written in my ever so humble opinion. Repetitive in areas, and while the scenarios were fairly realistic, the dialogue wasn't. A well intentioned 'Meh' from me.