Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis Review


When purchasing Glamorama, I was mainly attracted by online reviews mentioning the book being one of the best novels set in the 1990’s. Being a child born in the 90’s, I was excited to read something relatable and nostalgic. The title of the book seemed to hint drama and perhaps that subject involving glamorous people. I thought, I live in Los Angeles, why not give it a chance. I honestly had no idea what I was really in for when attempting to read this book, but nonetheless I forced myself to read it.

Main Character

The main character of this book had nice character development. When Victor was first introduced, I immediately knew he was going to be over the top and slightly annoying. What I didn’t know was that the entire book was going to be based around a male character! I personally don’t ever read books with a male main character because I usually don’t find interest in them and am unable to relate. However, as the book went on, Victor’s ego began to deflate and it allowed me to connect more with him.

Majority of the women that are involved with Victor through out this book are completely aware he is a tool bag but continuously allow him into their lives. How cliché of a fiction drama novel is that?  The answer is pretty freakin’ cliché.

What I Did & Didn’t Like

Whenever I’m reading a book,  the way an author illustrates a story through words is extremely important to me. I found that when I was attempting to physically read the book, Ellis was constantly listing things. It annoyed me. Name dropping brands to get the point across of a 90’s glamour filled drama, I definitely expect. However, the amount of times Ellis listed celebrities was too much.
h. It seemed as if he was just trying to fill up space with celebrities names in my opinion.

One thing I did enjoy about Ellis’ writing was the left turn the book took. I had no idea this was going to turn into horrifying and morbid story. In drama, I expect something to evoke emotion but this type was completely unexpected. There were aspects of the story, I kept telling myself wow didn’t see that one coming. I think not being able to predict what’s going to happen is what makes a good book. Regardless of not knowing what was going to happen, I had no motivation to continue reading this book due to it just being incredibly boring.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure if the story was just not for me. I’m not sure if the characters weren’t developed enough in order for me to grow attached. This book overall just was boring to read. There was nothing that screamed 90’s to me besides the relevancy of the brands and celebrities Ellis listed throughout the book. Ellis did write in a way that allowed me to sympathize for the main character at times, but I wasn’t attached to Victor ever.

The book has way too many sex scenes also in my opinion. I don’t understand why there was so many sex scenes! As if the sexual aspect of the book was to make it more interesting or entertaining. I have no idea. This was probably one of the worst books I’ve read in a while, but I’m happy I at least finished it through audible. I don’t recommend this book to anyone. The story is boring and pointless.  However, I am blogging about it so I don’t forget I’ve read it and to warn you to stay away!


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