This week I tried to read Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. He also wrote Fight Club, and I thought the movie was interesting, so I'd try this book. The main character is a 13-yr-old girl named Madison who ends up in Hell supposedly for smoking marijuana.
This book was so bad, I couldn't even finish it. I read the the beginning and then skipped to the end to see if it ever got better. It didn't.
It wasn't the concept of Hell that was portrayed, or the language, or the sometimes graphic images that I minded so much. I can deal with that if the book is good. No, it was Madison's really, really annoying internal dialogue that made me put this book down.
It was kind of whinny and just had a "Why do you think I'm stupid because I'm 13? I'm smarter than you" attitude. She uses big words, and then says things like, "I may be dead, but I know what X means!" Yeah, I never thought she was ignorant just because she was 13, and the author's constant use of this device got old, fast.
I do not recommend this book to anyone.