After finally reading the much-talked-about Fight Club, with which I was disappointed, I swore I’d never read another Chuck Palahniuk book. I’m glad I didn’t keep that promise. Damned is actually, well, damned good! This novel follows the exploits of 13-year-old Madison Spencer’s trip to hell after a Marijuana overdose, and all she encounters in that fiery region. The story is a Breakfast Club of sorts, as Maddy (the chubby outcast) meets Babette (the cheerleader,) Patterson (the jock,) Leonard (the nerd,) and Archer (the punk.) The story, told in first-person and alternating flashbacks to Maddy’s life with her current adventure, is satire at it’s best. At times funny, touching, and caustic, it’s a hell of a good read.

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No one wanted to stop their car for a dead man. They’d learned that lesson the hard way. After two hours of walking alongside Interstate 44 with their thumbs out, they were still only about ten miles outside of Mount Vernon, Illinois, the little town where Farris’ purple Le Sabre had dropped its engine block.

— Memories of a Ghost, chapter 20