From the archive: Invisible Monsters book review.

First published: 23/12/2012

Invisible Monsters was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read about 4 years ago. I instantly fell in love with it after reading the first chapter and I loved how it begun at the end of the plot line, then rewinds back to the beginning of the narrators story, telling the events that lead up to where we left the first chapter behind.

The novel is about a catwalk model, whose name is unknown to the reader at first, who was living the dream. She had it all: the job, the friend, the boyfriend. However, a sudden car “accident” occurs leaving the supreme model disfigured and loses the ability to speak, becoming a living monster. A so called angel descends from above in the form of Brandy Alexander meets our narrator and gives her the ability to reinvent herself into the new women she wants to be, removing the past. Brandy helps the unknown narrator to seek revenge on her best friend and ex-boyfriend and live her new life blissfully.

Similar to her previous model life, the book itself is set out like a fashion magazine, “what happens here will have more of that fashion magazine feel, a Vogue or Glamour magazine chaos with page numbers on every second or fifth or third page.” Although the reader does not receive information in chronological order, the plot pieces together incredibly.

People may be surprised that they know quotes from the book without previously knowing it’s existence. For example, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known” is a quote that appears in the book.

Also, Invisible Monsters has had a huge influence on pop culture with bands such as Panic! At The Disco and Motion City Soundtrack dedicating songs on the novel.

Invisible Monsters is a highly recommended read, but I advise it is not for the faint hearted.

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