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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