Clay returns home to LA from an East Coast University for Christmas. He encounters differences in the way he is used to living (in the east), as well as differences in his home, his friends and his family since he’s left, proving that you really can’t go home again.

From the seedy bars to Hollywood to the hot ‘it’ spots of Beverly Hills, and everything in between, Bret Easton Ellis takes readers into his California, shedding only darkness onto the traditional happy, sunny land of orange groves and celebrities.

At Clay’s side are his friend Julian and his off-again, on-again girlfriend Blair (who isn’t interested in reconciliation–or is she?).

After reading Imperial Bedrooms, I definitely wanted to read this book, I was glad I got the chance to read this, but a little weirded out at times and this ended my ‘I really want to read Ellis’ phase over the summer.

I think Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘entitled Southern California Youth’ is a hyperbole–at least for the  most part. Perhaps it’s a cautionary tale for the up and coming generations, or a not so subtle finger pointing to those who have things given to them without having a work ethic.

Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
208 pages; Vintage
Paperback: June 1998 Retail: $14.00

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