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Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk

Give me drama.
Flash.
Give me all the emotions.
Flash.
Give me twists.
Flash.

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‘Invisible Monsters’ is the second book I have read this year towards my goal of 30 in 2016 that I set for myself. Follow my progress here.

There are so many twists and turns, I gasped out loud several times whilst reading it. Every time you think you know the characters and have all the information, something else springs up and hits you in the face. It is definitely a roller coaster of a book with new discoveries at every turn.

Themes include love, lust, betrayal, gender, society, sexuality, drugs… it has everything you might expect from the author of ‘Fight Club.’ It follows the narrative of a model who loses her good looks and starts life again as being ‘invisible,’ no beauty to hide behind. The reader gets warned that the narrative is jumpy which it definitely is. Thankfully though, this does not make it too difficult to follow.

“I’m not straight, and I’m not gay. I’m not bisexual. I want out of the labels. I don’t want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that’s not on the map. A real adventure.”

Shannon narrates us through events in her childhood, her relationship with her parents and how it was impacted by her gay brother. We learn about the modelling world which she shared with her best friend, Evie and her relationships with men. While in hospital, Shannon meets Brandy. Brandy is going through transition surgery and takes Shannon under her wing.

A complex story unfolds as we find out how Shannon lost her beauty and what led her to wanting her brother dead. This book is one that I feel I could go back to again. It tells the reader a lot about human nature, life and love in a very bleak and slightly tragic way.

“She says, “Don’t do what you want.” She says, “Do what you don’t want. Do what you’re trained not to want.” It’s the opposite of following your bliss. Brandy tells me, “Do the things that scare you the most.”

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