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Damned by Chuck Palahniuk.. Hell is truly hell for one teenager, and I'm not sure this is the just the beginning of a great friendship. This book is not dressing up for Halloween as Great Lit, but in a crackpot way, it kinda works.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Every chapter of “Damned” begins with a satirical spin on Ms. Blume’s best known young adult novel, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” But the “Damned” version is “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison.” And Madison is a Hollywood brat who sees Satan as a really big star."

The New York Times

"Move over, Dante, there's a new tour guide to hell: Madison Spencer, the 13-year-old narrator of Palahniuk's cliché-ridden latest bulletin of phoned-in outrage. After self-asphyxiating, Madison wakes up in hell and quickly finds, as she's put to work prank-calling people at dinnertime, that her new home is not much different from Saturday detention in The Breakfast Club."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: Chuck’s work has always been infused with personal experience, and his next novel, Lullaby, was no exception. Chuck credits writing Lullaby with helping him cope with the tragic death of his father, who was murdered in 1999 by the jealous ex of a woman met through a personal ad. A major theme of the book is power, and Chuck has gone on record as saying it was inspired by sitting in the court room, in judgment of the man who killed his father. That man was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2001. More information can be found here: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/author/bio

Book Details: General Fiction; (247 pp. Ghouligans: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/201599/damned-by-chuck-palahniuk

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