[read online Pdf] Malibu MotelAuthor Chaunceton Bird – Albawater.co

Money can buy happiness Money is happiness Money gives happiness a run for its money Based on the incredible true story of a hapless lottery winner, Malibu Motel is a raw, timeless, and unforgettable novel that intimately showcases the extravagance of the super rich and the fragility of a life rooted in spending Caish Calloway is struggling to maintain a stake in the land of limitless privilege Blinded by pride and fueled by greed, Caish is slave to the wiles of a moneyed mind, as only one who has tasted wealth s powerful fruit can be


10 thoughts on “Malibu Motel

  1. Melissa Palumbos Melissa Palumbos says:

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review And honestly, I loved it Money can buy happiness Money is happiness Money gives happiness a run for its money Malibu Motel is a novel based on a true story and is essentially about the modern American culture of brutal capitalism and runaway consumerism More specifically, it is about what happens when one wins or inherits a massive amount of money and, what happens when they spend through it The book gives the reader a ride along in the I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review And honestly, I loved it Money can buy happiness Money is happiness Money gives happiness a run for its money Malibu Motel is a novel based on a true story and is essentially about the modern American culture of brutal capitalism and runaway consumerism More specifically, it is about what happens when one wins or inherits a massive amount of money and, what happens when they spend through it The book gives the reader a ride along in the mind of lottery winner Caish Calloway Throughout the book we never learn Caish s age, sex, or race I took this to mean that this could happen to anybody Or that it is happening to everybody on some scale Or maybe the author just wanted any reader to be able to relate Not sure But it s something I haven t seen done before Though we do learn the important parts of Caish personality, disposition, and hopes Caish is like most of us, just trying to make ends meet and live a happy life But with the introduction of millions in lottery money, Caish s perspective on what amounts to happiness is rooted deeply in opulence I don t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say, Caish has trouble holding onto money That s no surprise for a lottery winner But what is surprising is the lengths Caish will and will not go to in his her attempts to stay rich The ending is brilliant, haunting, and leaves much for the reader to think about It offers closure like no book I ve ever read But it also raises many unanswered questions about what we ve just read like, who actually wrote the story Golden and what really happened in the Malibu Motel.I recommend this to any reader comfortable with adult themes and gritty writing If you can t make it though a Bret Easton Ellis book, this might be a tough one to stomach Otherwise, do yourself a favor and read this book


  2. Chloe Howard Chloe Howard says:

    I just gave up a night of sleep to finish this The undercurrents in this book pull hard, but stay nuanced There is enough said to signalis afoot, but the shocking story casts a dark shadow over what is actually happening While I enjoyed the entire thing, the end was a massive payoff, and hits hard I felt gripped by the words and forced to watch an addiction ridden tragedy that is happening all across America Well done, Mr Bird I look forward to your next.


  3. Mark Mark says:

    We often say well I do I have never read a book like this before but this time I mean it I have never read a book like this before Based, some say loosely but nonetheless based, on a true story this books charts the life of Caish Calloway after his multi million dollar win on the Californian Lottery, you do get a look back at his life before this at various times in the book but the book starts as he is in the flush of mega wealth.living in Malibu, countless well 16 luxury cars, We often say well I do I have never read a book like this before but this time I mean it I have never read a book like this before Based, some say loosely but nonetheless based, on a true story this books charts the life of Caish Calloway after his multi million dollar win on the Californian Lottery, you do get a look back at his life before this at various times in the book but the book starts as he is in the flush of mega wealth.living in Malibu, countless well 16 luxury cars, all the drugs, sex and rock n roll he can buy and his own brand of entitled narcissistic personalityCaish sets up a few unremarkable businesses but isent worried by the odd loss and then he falls in love, with the wrong person, who loses him 32 million , I have to say though to my mind the signs were all there, blatantly there, that this guy was a fraudster but a combination of untouchability and first fever of love combined meant Caish didnt see those signs, or chose not to This loss causes an unstoppable chain of events which see him sliding further and further into the mire , the narrative of drug mainlining, HIV, illness and downright tunnel vision of what Caish wants as opposed to anything else may not suit some readers its fair to say, there is a lot of drug usage talk and you could feel its glamourised although the end result is anything butDevoid of family and friends after an unsuccessful attenpt at moving back to Montana we find him living rough, then in a halfway house then in a shelter, where his despair battles with his false thoughts that he is still better than these people , the ending is dramatic and powerfulCaish is arrogant, I hated and loved him in equal measure throughout the book but everytime he went too far a chink, just a chink of something came through to almost win me back.until the next page usually when he was off again A complex character bar none whose fragility was as evident as his pompousness, confusing and annoying Other various cast members were as vapid as him, his money grabbing Mum and 3 siblings repugnant and his hangers on lovely until they fell off Its a very wordy book and there is some repetition re cars and drugs but its told almost like a diary and so the writing is quick and easy and often shockingThe book starts and ends in Malibu, one town yet 2 places in that town as far away as you could possibly getI will not forget Caish it would be impossible to do so My marks for this book really are in my opinion as I am fully aware some people would mark this book way different to me But for me, this experience and thats what this book was is rates a 9 10 5 Stars


  4. Lazor Tom Lazor Tom says:

    Wow Unnerving and beautiful So much to say about this book but I m speechless One thing I thought was amazing was the author s ability to write a book without assigning a sex or gender to the protagonist Caish Calloway There also is no mention of race or age, but not drawing the distinction of sex is an impressive feat based on English s archaic limitations And yet, the author s avoidance of gender pronouns does not create clunky sentences largely because the book is written in first per Wow Unnerving and beautiful So much to say about this book but I m speechless One thing I thought was amazing was the author s ability to write a book without assigning a sex or gender to the protagonist Caish Calloway There also is no mention of race or age, but not drawing the distinction of sex is an impressive feat based on English s archaic limitations And yet, the author s avoidance of gender pronouns does not create clunky sentences largely because the book is written in first person I took this to mean that sex and gender don t matter to the telling of this story Just like Caish s age or race doesn t matter, neither does Caish s sex or gender If it doesn t matter, why assign it This is some pretty progressive writing On all other fronts theme, pacing, plot, character development, etc this book knocked it out of the park I recommend it to everybody, but especially to fans of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk


  5. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comMalibu Motel is a dramatised true story of a lottery winner s highs and lows of winning a substantial amount and how money can change a person In the book, we meet Caish Calloway We are not told whether Caish is male or female or their age, although I did read the book as if Caish were male and somewhere in his thirties It was only looking back that I realised that no gender, etc had actually been revealed So well done to the author.I also read the b Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comMalibu Motel is a dramatised true story of a lottery winner s highs and lows of winning a substantial amount and how money can change a person In the book, we meet Caish Calloway We are not told whether Caish is male or female or their age, although I did read the book as if Caish were male and somewhere in his thirties It was only looking back that I realised that no gender, etc had actually been revealed So well done to the author.I also read the book some thirteen months before it was released and by the time it was published I couldn t find my review notes, my memory was sketchy and I didn t have the time to go back over the whole plot again Having had a bit of time this month I managed to go over about 40% of the book again which brought the whole story flooding back to me, enough anyway to competently write a review.Caish Calloway wins just over one hundred and twenty four million dollars on the California State Lottery The book begins with them having already had the money for some time, bought a house in Malibu and numerous luxury cars They have gotten a taste for the high life, parties, drugs and rock and roll and now they want .Caish meets a woman at a party who talks to him about investing in a hedge fund business which she tells him will make him exceptionally rich because over one hundred million isn t enough Through a series of bad choices, falling in love with the wrong person, becoming HIV positive and using fardrugs that their body can and should be able to take, this is a cautionary tale of how not to let money ruin your life.Caish is self centred, ruthless and never has enough money He she is not very likeable and yet they are truly engrossing.The ending came as a complete surprise although I wasn t shocked that it had turned out that way I believe that author Chaunceton Bird has deliberately not given Caish an identity as such to show that this could happen to anyone no matter your race, gender or age.The story is brilliantly entertaining and I was hooked from the very beginning, partly as I knew that this was a real person s life I was reading about It is a story that will show you that greed really can cost too much and that money makes doors open but when you have none they stay firmly closed and your friends list will dwindle too.Money may make you happy, but for how long


  6. Ian Alexander Ian Alexander says:

    Transgressive, unflinching, and perfect God is green, pulpy, and usually bundled in 10,000 stacks Caish Calloway the book s protagonist knows it America s cult is money, and this book expertly shows the reader the congregation the preachers, with lined pockets and inspiring rhetoric, the deacons, with wealth creating ambition, and the congregation, who desperately wantAbsolutely fantastic book Entertaining yet eloquent, fast paced yet deliberate, shocking yet real Read this book Transgressive, unflinching, and perfect God is green, pulpy, and usually bundled in 10,000 stacks Caish Calloway the book s protagonist knows it America s cult is money, and this book expertly shows the reader the congregation the preachers, with lined pockets and inspiring rhetoric, the deacons, with wealth creating ambition, and the congregation, who desperately wantAbsolutely fantastic book Entertaining yet eloquent, fast paced yet deliberate, shocking yet real Read this book


  7. Kaito Kirbiashi Kaito Kirbiashi says:

    Malibu Motel is an amalgam of Death of a Salesman and Less Than Zero Mr Bird is very candid and unsparing in his telling of this storywhich, as the conclusion makes clear, is painfully realThere is no deus ex machina, there is only cold reality Mr Bird s writing style is clean, absent of fluff, and gritty Look forward to future works by Mr Bird.


  8. ☕️Hélène⚜️ ☕️Hélène⚜️ says:

    this wasn t a book I enjoyed, It wasn t what I read usually gave it a go but nope not for me Some readers might enjoy itthen me.Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Zero books for this free book This is my own opinion


  9. Evelina | AvalinahsBooks Evelina | AvalinahsBooks says:

    Malibu Motel is a book based on a true story of a lottery winner who went from living with his mother to fast cars and even faster parties and wild nights with the means to pay for all of it But for how long And ultimately, at what cost Caish Calloway narrates his sad story from rags to riches, and to rags again, and you don t need a psychology degree to figure out why it all happened.The narration is very convincing, but I have to say, you might grow tired of the main character He is quite Malibu Motel is a book based on a true story of a lottery winner who went from living with his mother to fast cars and even faster parties and wild nights with the means to pay for all of it But for how long And ultimately, at what cost Caish Calloway narrates his sad story from rags to riches, and to rags again, and you don t need a psychology degree to figure out why it all happened.The narration is very convincing, but I have to say, you might grow tired of the main character He is quite full of himself, certain he is better than everyone else, because look at all his money He is always sure every woman wants him, and you witness every little change in the story when he relates it to you or someone else ways he changes it to fit his truth Caish can get overwhelming, and it might be a little much for some readers Some will be happy he got his just desserts because of how he treats everyone and looks down on them But me, I was just sorry for him right from the start Because its easy to see he was doomed a person with no soft skills and a very limited, black and white view of the world could never make it in the real world, let alone the cut throat world of the rich, where everyone seems to be out to take what isn t theirs Caish was doomed and kept digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself And that s why at times it was a hard book to read, but I still couldn t pry myself away.That said, there is one thing about Malibu Motel which might not appeal to everyone It is LONG And I mean it s super long I d venture to say it even drags a bit For me, it was still okay, but on the verge of too much, cause it was detailed in places where I felt like maybe it didn t call for it It s told in a style where the main character almost painstakingly lays out the detail of everything he does It puts you in the shoes of the main character very well and it shows you how clueless he is, but it can get repetitive and for some readers it might get tiresome.The main character is a by product of his upbringing, the values of his society The things he says and believes are simplified truths of the capitalist society money is everything, status is everything, and what you truly need is only the most immediate gratification of the senses sex, power, status nothing beyond that Everyone is valued solely judging by these qualities, and it s no wonder Caish thinks that he s of a different breed than anyone elsenoble, better only because he hasmoney Or, HADmoney at one point What s , this story is also about how our current society seems to think that the rich are somehow exempt of disease or any sort of risks Or even stupid decisions Because that doesn t happen to the rich or, at least, that s the idea Caish keeps operating on and I ll be it s not just Caish who thinks that And he certainly wouldn t have it in his head if he wasn t raised with it.Ultimately, in this society we view wealth as a fairytale am unreachable one to most, so it s the stuff of myths and legends to most people Malibu Motel is a story that explores what happens when someone from a different background is dropped into this fairytale It really just goes to show you that we manufacture our own heaven or hell, and it may be through smaller means or larger means, but that is about the only difference If a person blames everyone else around him for his situation, it s most likely he ll blame everyone else even in the case of an unexpected windfall, as Caish does It s a truly sad story, and evensad when you realize it was based on someone s actual life But it s also a reminder to maybe not wish for that fairytale, because sometimes we don t know whether we actually need something we re asking for, and whether we re actually up for handling it.Triggers a lot view spoiler Losing money through a scam, losing friends and family, drugs, alcohol, HIV Being homeless and being on trial and probation hide spoiler Basically this whole book is a trigger because it s about the fast, quick fix kind of life.I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange to my honest review This has not affected my opinion.Book Blog Bookstagram Bookish Twitter


  10. Batman Batman says:

    Haunting look at America s crippling drug and consumption problems The book s got enough grit to fit into a Gotham library Thanks for the recommendation, Alfred