Diary of an Oxygen Thief

I really don’t know how to start off describing this book. It’s anonymously written, and seemed to lack any tangible essence of a plot. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, it was a super quick and easy read that provided a decent amount of entertainment. I’m just still not quite sure what I read or why it was written.

It essentially seems like a look into the mind of your average f boy. It starts with anecdotes of this anonymous author’s relationship history, telling how he used to woo women and then suddenly turn on them, causing heartbreak for his enjoyment. Horrible, right? Although the narrator/protagonist was a terrible person, there were parts of him that you can’t help but like, if not identify with. He was extremely cynical and sarcastic, traits that nearly everyone exhibits at times. He also seemingly got a taste of his own medicine as the book came to a close, providing justice for his cruelty earlier on.

This book was one I got for free at Barnes & Noble from a “Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free” table. While I don’t think I would have been interested enough to pay for it after reading the back (it was super vague), I don’t regret picking it in the slightest. It was a great book to read in between heavier novels that require a lot of thinking. Its light hearted tone and conversational writing style made it a book you could read in one sitting.

Side note: my favorite quote from the book – “Hurt people hurt people.” It really is a telling novel about the capacity we have to cause pain, how others can cause us pain, and how every interaction we have is one that could be momentous in another’s life, in both positive and negative ways.


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