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My First Short Story! – The Pink Sweater

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Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

My Rating: 4 stars

Misty Wilmot was once a promising young artist. Now she drinks too much and works as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband is in a coma after a suicide attempt. He was a contractor, and now his clients are threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of mysterious and disturbing messages they’ve discovered on the walls of the houses he built and remodeled. When Misty’s inspiration and artistic talent finally returns, she finds herself a pawn of a large conspiracy that threatens many lives. Inspired and confused, Misty uses her artwork, her husband’s past and his weird messages to figure out exactly what’s going on.
I will admit: this was definitely not one of my favorite books by Chuck Palahniuk. There were points where I kind of get bored of what was going on and some parts where I honestly lost interest. The ending, as I expected, was confusing, but still made the novel better. The ending made up for all the parts in the middle that I didn’t like. It seems to me that Palahniuk likes repetitiveness. There were so many phrases and quotes used over and over. He used the phrase “Just for the record…” more times than I could count. I guess that’s one thing I like about him though; how he always makes connections with things in his books, even if it’s just simple phrases. While this is still an enjoyable novel, I’d definitely say it is not as good as Fight Club or Invisible Monsters.