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The Rules of Attraction Summary
Bret Easton Ellis

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The Rules of Attraction Summary

Plot Summary

Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis is a look at life on the college campus in 1985. Ellis uses the tools of humor and pathos to tell his story doing so quite effectively. The story takes place in an unnamed university in Camden, NH (non-existent). The story epitomizes the phrase sex, drugs and rock and roll—throwing in liquor for good measure. Although the touches of humor are quite appealing, there is the expected tragic edge that over-indulgent existences ultimately herald in. The plot is driven on the premise that most people want who they cannot have. As the character Gerald tells Paul, "No one ever likes the right person."

Among the dozens of young students the reader meets, there are three main characters. Sean Bateman is a senior who has changed majors multiple times. To say he is non-serious would be one a considerable understatement. He...

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