Author: Gina Damico
Date Started: February 27
Date Finished: February 27
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Hellhole follows the tale of Max, a seventeen-year-old dinosaur geek, who works at the local gas station, is best friends with the chief of police’s daughter, and takes care of his mom who has a fucked up heart. He’s looking for a miracle, but what he gets instead isn’t exactly what he has in mind. He goes digging one night after stealing a porcelain cat from his job (you’ll see how they’re connected in a second) and digs a very big hole. Endless really. What comes out of it, is no angel. In fact, it’s Satan – or one of six hundred and sixty-six Satans – this one goes by the name of Burg and as Satan goes, he’s pretty laid back.
All he wants is to stay on earth for a little while, to do that, he asks Max to find him a house – preferably with a hot tub – and if he does this he’ll heal his mom. Max is pretty sure that he’s going insane, but the other option is letting Burg kill his mom. Enlisting the help of a classmate – Lore – he sets out to find Burg a house. But can he really trust a devil?
To be honest, this book was weird. Like acid trip weird. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it. A nerd trying to take care of his mom? Snore. But when Burg got introduced, the book got funny and it got funny fast. The banter was hilarious and had me laughing out loud at work. There was this one scene where Max is in his English class and Burg is giving him the answers to his teacher’s questions in his thoughts accidentally. The class is in awe of him, while the teacher doesn’t know what else to do and keeps asking him questions. Eventually, Burg goes to take a nap and Max is on his own and he guesses the answers to his teacher’s questions. Correctly. Those are the kind of moments that I wished I had when I was in school, just you know, without the devil in my head.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A rather slow start. I’m still not sure if I understand the theme of the crossword and the ending was kind of well…unspectacular. A cat defeated the devil. A CAT! I might have to re-evaluate my theory about cats being evil. And the epilogue was rather open with Max and Lore still defeating devils. So I’m not really sure if this book is it or not.
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