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My First Short Story! – The Pink Sweater

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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

My Rating 3 stars

Just when it seemed impossible….I actually dislike a Chuck Palahniuk book. The book is about a song, the “culling” song and when this song is read aloud, whoever hears it dies. The main character is a journalism who is researching cases in which babies and young children have died because their parents read them the song before they went to bed. No one knows about the song besides a few people. Eventually, the main character starts using the song without purpose. He was basically killing people left and right: anyone who ticked him off or just got in his way. That’s basically as far as I got in the book. I just couldn’t go any further. It was so boring I didn’t even want to finish reading. It was also so confusing and it mentioned things – like ‘haunted’ houses and a retail business – I wasn’t even sure how those things fit in with the main plot (or what the main plot was, for that matter). I know, I say that ever Palahniuk book is confusing in the beginning, but for some reason I just couldn’t finish reading this one. This past month was really busy and I think what I needed was a book that was easy to read when I actually had time to read, and this just wasn’t doing it for me. I actually was intrigued by the plot, so I think I’ll eventually go back and read it again someday.