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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The weather in Toronto during April was always unpredictable. Sometimes it snowed, sometimes it rained, sometimes it was scorching hot, and sometimes—like today—the weather was perfect. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and it was a cool 22° Celsius, all of which made for a pleasant walk from the University of Toronto to The Queen and Beaver Public House less than a mile away, where Colin Spencer was meeting his girlfriend Natsumi Hashimoto for lunch.

— A Pattern of Shadows, chapter 13