Friday, February 20, 2009

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

First sentence:

"Where you're supposed to be is some big West Hills wedding reception in a big manor house with flower arrangements and stuffed mushrooms all over the house."


"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 is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to 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.

In this hilarious and daringly unpredictable novel, the narrator must exact revenge upon Evie, her best friend and fellow model; kidnap Manus, her two-timing ex-boyfriend; and hit the road with Brandy in search of a brand-new past, present, and future. Changing names and stories in every city, they catapult toward a final confrontation with a rifle-toting Evie--by which time we will have learned that loving and being loved are not mutually exclusive, and that nothing, on the surface, is every quite what it seems." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was an intriguing book about identity and perception. I liked how Shannon gradually learned about making assumptions based on appearances and how she learned the truth about herself and others.

Date read: 2/17/2009
Book #: 15
Challenges: 999 Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge 2008, Celebrate the Author Challenge 2009
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0393319296
ISBN-13: 9780393319293
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 1999
# of Pages: 297
Binding: Trade Paperback
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