Though the intention of this writing remained unclear and repetively vague, Bret Easton Ellis has the strange ability to caress the reader with experiences shocking enough to immensely perturb the mind. The experience of reading this book, is similar to adolescense, afterwards you feel overwhelmingly naive. It would seem that "Less Than Zero" is also more then a story to the author, but quite possibly a memoir to his youth. This theory has evidence brought to it by his lack of descriptions at parties, everything to the narrator is so familiar it is similart to reading a diary. The main character Clay is strangely the only character who seems human, and the similarity is also scarce in him. He is a privledged youth hailing from Los Angeles, trying to break away from it's lack of humanity. The entirity of the book takes place during the middle 80's and over his winter break from college on the East Coast, and his return home. He witnesses close friends utterly destroy their lives, while the ones that survive are left barely getting by. There is no such thing as love, or anything remotely normal for a person to feel that appears throughout the text. And for that a reader might actually feel a larger appreciation for life after finishing it. Precaution: Those who know Bret Easton Ellis' other works (American Psycho, Rules of Attraction, Lunar Park) know that all of them are immensely controversial novels that could be a bit too over the edge for a majority of people. This author also covers a wide variety of subjects including, sociopaths, the yuppies on Wall Street, and as seen in "Less Than Zero" troubled youth. Though some may find like they were left with many unanswered questions after completing this work, it is hard to deny that once this book is started, it is nearly impossible to put down.