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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk I hated Catcher in the Rye. I still do. Anyone giving it five stars probably hasn’t read it since high school. I agree, the book had a serious cultural impact, but it has become dated. I nominate Fight Club to takes its place on reading lists.

Okay, I get it, we can’t do that. One book features a student and the other features a working man. However, if we are looking for a modern critique on society, then Fight Club is the better choice.
I wish I could change the title without changing the book’s meaning. People that haven’t watched the movie or read the book see the words “Fight Club” and dismiss this as a senseless story of violence. I suppose Catcher in the Rye received similar confused critiques.

I enjoyed reading this quote-worthy book. It’s a great read; Chuck Palahniuk has a unique voice. However, I grew weary of witnessing the mental breakdown of the protagonist and the chop suey of words. Sentences repeated themselves and perspectives were mashed together. It all became sensory overload after a while—like staring at a Picasso painting for too long—brilliant, but wearing.

That said: here is a book that makes you think. Is there life in the realization of death? Is nothing static? And what is our end game? Deep thoughts that make this book a deserved read.