Diary of an Oxygen Thief Book Review

Written by an anonymous individual, the book, Diary of an Oxygen Thief is not one for the faint hearted. A 2016 fictional series with this being the first of three books, is an unforgettable read.


Sasha A. Murray, Editor

The book’s back cover description is bleak, only using the four words, “hurt people hurt people”, which, in reading this book the excerpt does not disappoint. This book is heavy, with the first line being, “ I liked hurting girls. Mentally, not physically, I never hit a girl in my life.” This first line catches the reader off guard, the book begins in such an unconventional way that the reader must continue on, though it is a dangerous path to take. 

   The author uses a first person point of view to describe a man’s day to day life. This statement may seem mellow but the main character is horrific. From his disgusting depictions of women to his work life, the character is pitiful. He complains about a job he excels in, while vindictively luring women only to destroy their hearts. 

    Due to the man’s own grief, sorrow, and resentment, what was once merely a broken heart is molded into a vicious man whose only goal is to mentally and emotionally break every woman he comes in contact with. This book summarizes the thoughts, mentality, and actions which parallel those of the stereotypical  “worst type of man” yet the book receives awards. One example is how Diary of an Oxygen Thief is a New York Times Bestseller. With the book being so unconventional, along with how explicit the content is, it is very surprising to discover that the author has gained this prestigious award or maybe that is the reason. 

    Though the book content is misogynistically omniscient, I would still recommend it; not because it is good but because of the takeaways  in how it rationalizes the obscure mind of a troubled man.