Books & Writing

Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk: Book Review

Make Something Up

Obtained: Penguin Random House, ARC
Pages: 336
Publish date: May 26, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

When I realized I’ve never actually read a book by Palahniuk, I knew that Make Something Up would be a great opportunity for me to read some of his work. This collection of short stories covers a wide range of topics, and does so in what I understand to be classic Palahniuk-style.

Make Something Up is not a book for the easily squeamish. The subtitle of this book is “Stories You Can’t Unread”, and it lives up to this title. Palahniuk writes about explicit sexual encounters that will leave a bad taste in your mouth. He writes about straight-A students who get addicted to drugs to avoid being bullied. He writes about anything that people don’t want to talk about. Things that get swept under the rug in society that no one confronts – topics and ideas you won’t be able to unread.

I’ve rated this 3-stars on Goodreads, but have decided to bump it up to four because looking back on my time reading it, I did enjoy this book quite a bit. As many stories that I found really great, I found boring. That’s the thing about a collection: not everything is guaranteed to be up your alley. But the things that I did find good, I found really good.

As I said before, this book is not for those who are easily disgusted. If you’ve been desensitized by movies and the internet like me, you’re probably fine. But there are lots of very disturbing stories in this book, and if you’re not into that kind of thing, you probably shouldn’t read it. But if you aren’t bothered by Disturbing, you’ll find at least a handful of stories in this collection that make you think.

Make Something Up is available online at Chapters Indigo and Kobo.

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