The story offers a loose plot that he comes back to as he analyzes each timeframe of a night out. He begins with how and why people go clubbing on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday night. He discusses the concept of pre-gaming — where you go and why. Then the getting in, what him and his guys spend most of their nights doing, and who they meet. Then the dancing, the women… — as I write this I realize how boring it sounds.
The plot takes you through one night — or many written out to feel as one — that he uses to support his analysis. I think I’d have personally enjoyed the story more if the plot was more consistent. I tend to like books for their abstract view, this included, but a little less would have helped balance it. There is only so many ways you can talk about how the dancing crowd taking on a life of its own, or the impact of a beautiful women passing by.
His analysis also ends inconclusive. He never offers an opinion on whether his affair with nightlife was worthwhile, enlightening, prohibitive, etc. I like that it allows you to develop your own opinion, but not being familiar with the lifestyle, I wanted a bit less objectivity.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves to analyze the reasons people do the things they do. I’ve never given much thought to the motivating factors for clubbing; it’s brilliantly intriguing in that sense. And beautifully; you feel like he’s talking to you. But if you are looking for a funny story about nightlife antics then you are looking in the wrong place.