Hellhole by Gina Damico
Read by Macleod Andrews
From the author’s website:
Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.
With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?
I love this video, and I love it when authors are willing to poke a little fun at their own books.
This book made me laugh out loud so many times, that it got to be quite embarrassing. I listen to audiobooks when I work out, it’s one of my motivators. But it is really hard to focus on your workout when you are laughing and when people are staring at you for laughing. There are so many things about this book that I loved. First off, I will say once again that Macleod Andrews has the perfect voice for that slightly geeky, yet snarky teenage boy. His narration really makes the book come alive. Max is a sweet, awkward teen who gets himself in way over his head. All he wants to do one night is dig for fossils, because he feels guilty about stealing a glitter covered bobble-head cat from work to cheer up his sick mom. And that hole and Max’s guilt is what makes Burg, the demon, able to enter our world and make Max’s life miserable for a week. Burg is an interesting demon, he is evil, no doubt, but he has a weak spot when it comes to humans, and he seems to develop a little bit of sympathy and affection for Max in the end. He even helps him out with a little bit of Shakespeare in Max’s english class. Lore, the girl who ends up helping Max, is a great character too. She offers a steady hand when things start to get rough and she is a perfect straight woman to his attempts at humor. The friendship and slight romance that develops between the two is lovely and awkward at the same time. The first half of the book is full of humor and laugh out loud moments, but the second half gets a little dark, as Max struggles to meet Burg’s demands. The ending is a bit of a surprise, but for those paying attention to some of the more subtle plot lines, it makes purrfect sense.