Saturday, November 7, 2009

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:
 Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk is INSANE. This is one of my favorite books just because I was like 'wow.' Then I would turn the page and say 'wow' again. Over and over. I read this book probably 10 years ago, when I was in high school and it first hit the shelves. Even though there may be something on every page that will make you shake your head saying 'wow' or 'what the hell?' you WILL keep reading. You won't be able to stop and you will love it. It is like a bad car accident and you can't look away. You're too damn interested in the outcome- and you will love the outcome. The ending is fantastic! 

The majority of the story is about beauty- what does beauty mean? Who values it? How can it be good? How can it be a nightmare? The characters will suffer for and because of beauty. Palahniuk is making a very powerful statement with this novel. He flaunts his brilliant writing techniques all the way through the end and I think most people will love it or hate it. (I obviously love it- are you over my gushing yet?) 

The narrator of this book used to be a gorgeous super model, but is now left grossly disfigured after a messy shooting incident. Her jaw was shot right off, thus leaving just her tongue and top row of teeth. Everything she once had (such as a career and fiance) disappears. This is when we meet the brilliant Brandy Alexander. She is a beautiful, sassy transgender woman. Brandy likes pushing our narrator to do whatever scares her the most and tries to force her to forget the past. Now enters their male mutual friend... 

The three amigos go on a long road trip. The purpose of the road trip is so that they can find themselves, forget about the past and move on with their lives... not to mention have one hell of a good time. They visit mansions that are up for sale when they have Open Houses for potential buyers. With absolutely no intent to buy they steal the current occupant's prescription medications and use/deal it. Throughout the road trip they figure out some secrets they've been keeping from themselves and one another and form amazing friendships. 

There are ridiculous plot twists in this novel that you don't want to miss. In fact, I had to reread some of the paragraphs to make sure I read them right. Haha- and the more you read this author's work the more you love it. (I have read this book a million times.) 

I hope that anyone who reads this novel has a firm grip on reality and a good sense of humor ;o)

Book Details:
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393319296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393319293

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