Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk

I'd seen Fight Club, so I was prepared for something absurd and provocative. This book however, turned out to be ridiculous and actually quite boring.

 

It starts as Fifty Shades of Rip-off (I haven't read the books, but know the story well enough to see the similarities) with grey mouse and not-yet barrister Penny falling for the feet of the worlds' richest man, literally. After this embarrassing scene he asks her out for dinner is some fancy restaurant. She's immediately into it as it provides her a chance to move forward in the company she's working in and improve her social status. And she gets to see Paris! Because he's also not really into this without ulterior motives, she's then turned into a guinea pig for his new line of female pleasure articles with which he's kind of planning to take over the world...

 

It was boring. That's the best I can make of it. This was not the edgy, somewhat absurd, social criticism I expected. I know people are making fun about the number of orgasms/page in Fifty Shades, but quite possibly parts of this book can compete with it. The second half of the book is even more ridiculous, climaxing in an ending that's so completely over the top and weird that it might very well be the worst ending I read last year. I'm not sure I was supposed to feel sorry for Penny, but it was impossible for me because she was such an annoying, egocentric character. 

 

A disappointment.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.