Yeah, I've read a handful of books in first person. The Kushiel's books by Jacqueline Carey, for example. I think it's the present tense that really throws me off. And the combination of the two gives it a really strange feel. : /
Chuck Palahniuk writes in the first person, present tense style quite a lot.
It's supposed to mimic on-the-field/interview/entourage journalism, where this style used to be in vogue. Almost a gimmick, like found footage movies (Cloverfield, Blair Witch Project). Just like everything else, if it's done well it can be excellent. If not, well, you get Fifty Shades of Douche.
Fifty bucks say she read all those writing articles on Chuck's website and took them to heart. Tampon scenes and all.
No kidding! It's inspirational, really.
Is it? Good writers aren't all that hard to find. Mediocre writers who get published and sell so many copies do a lot of things that a lot of good writers either don't, or can't. And writing tripe is one of those things.