Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

Book - 1999
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She's a fashion model who has everything--until a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech. 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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999
ISBN: 9780393319293
0393319296
Branch Call Number: PAL
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 21 cm

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starsinthe_sky
Apr 09, 2014

Wow! What a book! Another intelligent and twisted story from Palahniuk that I literally couldn't put down. The beginning was slightly confusing since it starts at the end of the story, but it didn't take me long to figure it out and really get into it despite the timeline constantly jumping around. I don't think I fully understood or really liked the book until the last 50 pages since so much of the good stuff is at the end. I can see why Palahniuk's writing isn't for everyone, and why some people might find this book crude, but I loved it. Several chapters were so powerful that I feel like I could take them out of the book and just read them as a stand alone story. My one dislike - if you're going to write something that takes place in Seattle make sure you do your research better first, as there was several specific details that aren't true at all. (IE, the space needle observation deck is not open until midnight, nor is there a store in the top part, or a safety set in case you fall... and if you're coming from the north you wouldn't be passing any "warehouses" to get there.)

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spookydonkey
Jan 08, 2013

This was such a fun read! Though it is entirely unconvincing as a story, if you allow yourself to suspend your disbelief as you read it, the book takes you on one of the best rides money can buy. Chock full of sex, drugs and gender reassignment, this book is a winner.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
May 03, 2012

Invisible Monsters tells a rather confusing story of a once beautiful super-model who loses her looks and how she responds to it. Palahniuk continues exploring the themes of mental disorders and self-destruction that we first enjoyed in the book Fight Club. The writing style is intentionally confusing as the narrator continually jumps around in time telling the reader bits and pieces as she feels. This is definitely worth the read, but I think Fight Club is better. Recommended (if you have some comfort with LGBT issues).

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misscatastrophe
Sep 24, 2011

Amazing book.
Palahniuk's style of writing is absolutely gripping. I found it very hard to put this book down!

Despite the fact that the story jumps around a lot, it was easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Apr 25, 2018

CLuS thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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