Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

I’ve had this book for the longest time. It only took me only seven years before finishing it and getting my mind blown.

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Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn’t stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they’ve found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America’s most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk’s most impressive work to date.

I couldn’t finish any of Chuck’s book previously because they all seemed a little too profound for me. However, I challenged myself this time around to finish Diary and gauge him as a writer. If I tried to finish this book earlier in my life, I know it wouldn’t have the same impact as it has on me now. I feel like Chuck slapped me in the face and completely blew my mind with this novel! It seems like you need to have a more mature mind to appreciate his writing and writing style.

The plot basically revolves around Misty Wilmot of Waytansea Island. She is married to Peter Wilmot, a local of the island. They live a happy and quiet life until her husband decides to commits suicide. Inexplicable events have then started happening which have urged her to start painting again. This is where the mystery begins.

The novel is written in the form of a diary for Misty’s husband. This writing style was a bit hard to process because sometimes it felt like Misty was talking to me instead of his husband. It wasn’t that disturbing or confusing but I had to reread some lines or sentences because of this. It certainly challenged my comprehension as a reader.

Without having to dig any deeper, this novel is amazing. It is a great thriller/suspense/mystery read. It starts off slow and a little dull but when the good part comes, you can’t put the book down. Each page piqued my curiosity of what’s going to happen next that I was able to finish the book in a day! The mystery that revolves around her sudden painting skills and the people and island of Waytansea Island got me hooked and made me want to figure it all out ASAP.

On a deeper level, this book definitely confused and challenged me. Lines like “You have endless ways you can commit suicide without dying dying” blew my mind in the sense that it is so real! It makes me question life. How many of us are really living? Another great line from the book was “We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” It’s so self-explanatory that there’s no other option but to nod your head in agreement.

This novel also gave me a lot to think about: death, dying and the legacy you leave behind, living and how lives are lived, and humanity and how far can humans go for safety and comfort. There’s so much to think about after reading this book! It rattled me and it’s making me reevaluate my life.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly urge you to do so and let’s talk about it! I have been moved and touched by dozens of books but after reading this novel, I feel all-over the place. I need someone to talk to, lol. I’m ending this review with another great line (and possibly the most famous line) in this book –



14 thoughts on “Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk”

  1. Palagi ko ‘to nakikita before sa NBS pero dedma akeli kasi parang ‘di ko trip ‘yung mga ganitong book. (Or judgmental lang talaga ako dahil ng cover. Hahahaha! Ayoko kasi nung feeling ko matatakot ako eh )

    Malalim ba ‘yung pagkaka-narrate ng story, Ate? Parang sasabog ako kapag ‘di light read ‘yung libro e. Nasstress ako minsan HAHAHA


  2. Okay, I have to read this!!! I love two of Palahniuk’s books that I’ve read and here’s to hoping that this wouldn’t disappoint!


      1. All-time favorites are:
        – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
        – Looking for Alaska by John Green
        – Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
        – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
        – Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
        – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
        – Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
        – I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
        – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

        Hahaha :p



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