The Front Book Club: American Psycho
This week’s book suggestion comes from sophomore Dylan Hall. As a fan of unreliable narrators, he suggested “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis.
“American Psycho” is about a yuppie guy who works at a brokerage firm where everyone tries to outdo each other by dressing in the best outfits, having the best business cards and eating at popular restaurants, Hall said.
“On the surface, he’s the most normal of them all,” Hall said. “He tries really hard to fit in, but secretly he’s very psychotic and he may or may not be a serial killer.”
Hall is in the middle of reading “American Psycho” right now.
“I have a lot of books on my bookshelf that I keep staring at but haven’t gotten around to reading,” Hall said.
Hall likes books and movies where you can’t tell if something is real or is just a part of the narrator’s imagination, which is why he likes this book so much, he said.
“I’m terrified of that actually happening to me,” Hall said. “That’s what makes it so interesting to read about.”
Hall said he likes “American Psycho” because it aligns well with his tastes. He recommends it to the general populous.
“I also think Ellis’ writing style is pretty interesting,” Hall said. “It’s unique. It’s not really written in a very conventional way.”
The book was written in 1991 and a movie starring Christian Bale came out in 2000. You can see the trailer here:
If you’ve read or seen “American Psycho,” let us know what you thought about it!