Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Genre: Young Adult, Satire, Fantasy, Humor
My Rating: 4 Stars
"From the author of Fight Club, comes a dark, irreverent, hilarious, and brilliant satire about adolescence, Hell, and the Devil. Madison is the thirteen-year-old daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire. Abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, she dies over the holiday, presumably of a marijuana overdose. The last thing she remembers is getting into a town car and falling asleep. Then she's waking up in Hell. Literally. Madison soon finds that she shares a cell with a motley crew of young sinners: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by their doomed fate, like an afterschool detention for the damned. Together they form an odd coalition and march across the unspeakable landscape of Hell--full of used diapers, dandruff, WiFi blackout spots, evil historical figures, and one horrific call center--to confront the Devil himself."
This book was a riot! Constantly spouting hilarious yet intelligent remarks that will keep you flipping the pages!
“The only thing that makes earth feel like Hell, or Hell feel like Hell, is our expectation that it ought to feel like Heaven. Earth is earth. Dead is dead.” (Damned, page 247.)
I found Palahniuk’s vision of Hell completely obscene and disgusting, but also very perfect and funny in regards to Maddie’s point of view! I loved the characters, especially the references to The Breakfast Club! Maddie was not your typical thirteen year old, yet she goes through many of the typical dramatics that any young girl does. She’s witty, smart, and I very much enjoyed her perspective!
For Maddie, Hell is nothing short of an adventure, one that she, for the most part, enjoys. As a thirteen year old corrupted by ideals and questionable practices of her mother and father, both famous in the Hollywood scene, Maddie’s voice is unique, and for lack of a better word, weird. Deciding to make the best of her experience in Hell, Maddie comes to conquer her fellow ‘damned’ and becomes something of a celebrity in Hell, often at times encouraging others to join her. The people she meets in Hell, some newly recruited by none other than herself, become the family and friends she wishes she had when she was living!
Overall: While this book was a little on the edgy side (quite far, actually) I did find it to be greatly entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh and a refreshing prepubescent outlook on life, or really, the afterlife.
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