Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lucas' Debut Review On BTC

Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club and Survivor.

The fashion-model protagonist of Invisible Monsters has just about everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But one day she's driving along the freeway when a sudden "accident" leaves her with half her face, no ability to speak, and next to no self-esteem. From being the beautiful center of attention she becomes 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; Brandy will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing the 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 the narrator will have learned that loving and being loved are not mutually exclusive, and that nothing, on the surface, is ever quite what it seems.By turns witty, poignant, and exhilarating, Invisible Monsters will take you on a ride you'll never forget.

Lucas says:
"I recently listened to an audio recording of Invisible Monsters by Palahniuk.


Invisible Monsters asks the big question, what really matters? Looks? Money? Love? While you don't ever get a satisfying answer to the question (besides that it is not looks, money, or love), you do get a bizarre tale with gender, sex, drug, and family issues that become increasingly disturbing as the story progresses. Some of my favorite things about this book were the literary devices used by Palahniuk (as far as I can tell, some of these are completely unique to him) and the climax of the book (so intense!).

This is definitely not a book to recommend to young readers, but if you are looking for an intense and well-written narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is one book I would definitely recommend. As long as you are okay with shifting gender identities, major drug abuse, blown off faces, house fires, and bisexual cops (private investigators) with STDs."

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