Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher/Year: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999
She’s a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway “accident” leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you’ll ever want to look.
What I thought
This was, without a doubt, the wildest book I have ever read. I’m still not sure how to put my feelings about this book into words. All I can say is that I enjoyed this trip/train wreck immensely.
If you need to have a linear plot when you read a book, you will not enjoy this. The plot was all over the place, back and forth, and it takes a while to get some idea of what’s happening. And I know that doesn’t make this book sound good, but it really was awesome. I loved that it was all over the place. As soon as you think you know what’s going on, you don’t…I promise.
Then, there’s the shock factor. Some people like it, others don’t. Especially in the second half, I felt like at least once a chapter, I would loudly gasp and exclaim some variation of “WTF.” At times, it was shocking, surprising, vulgar, gory, and hilarious. It was weird, and it was different from anything I’ve read. I loved this book!
I will say, I think I could only read a book like this once in a while. I’m really glad I finally gave Chuck Palahniuk a try. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, and now I know that, given I’m in the right mood, he is an author I’d like to read more of.