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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  132,977 ratings  ·  5,857 reviews
She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from being a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by W. W. Norton Company (first published September 17th 1999)
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Mitchell Tyler No, not really, other than uncomfortably standing by a mirror to read the book. Also, it tells you to turn to certain chapters, so it uncovers the sto…moreNo, not really, other than uncomfortably standing by a mirror to read the book. Also, it tells you to turn to certain chapters, so it uncovers the story differently. If I could choose again I would definitely pick the standard edition but I'm lazy.(less)

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Quite possibly the most fucked up piece of literature I’ve ever read, this novel is a brilliantly executed train wreck from beginning to end.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It made me want to blow my own jaw off...but in a good way.
Check the shelf I put this on. Now you're ready: This book is insane. There's something on practically every page that makes you say, "What the *%$#!?" You'll keep reading anyway, though, and you'll love it. The book's like a really hard-core Swedish massage. It hurts SOOOOO good.
The story is essentially about beauty: who values it, what it means, how it can be good, and how it can be a horror. Not only do the characters suffer FOR beauty, they suffer BECAUSE of beauty, and that's a powerful co
B Haze
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B by: Tom from Vermont
I have a theory about Chuck Palahniuk books.
If somebody is starting to read Chuck Palahniuk for the first time...the first book they read of his will always be their favorite. I have found that to be the case with many people.
I really enjoyed Invisible Monsters and it was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read. It was such a new approach to writing that I had never seen before, and I found myself really engrossed and moved by the now-usual Palahniuk twisty ending. It was such a shocking book to
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm too old for this stuff. Shocking doesn't do it for me alone, and he works SO VERY HARD at being vulgar and violent and crass. Don't get me wrong; those are three things that can make for a great story. But it was so unrelenting and contrived, and not as funny as it was supposed to be. There were some clever turns of phrase, and it wasn't entirely unenjoyable, but I was not really impressed. ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It very seriously makes me sad that there are people that haven't read Invisible Monsters. Invisible Monsters is the most amazing work of art I have ever experienced and reading it for the 3rd time was the best decision I have made this summer. Of course, this is the remix version, so it was different than the original Invisible Monsters but mainly just in the formatting and some added chapters.
* If you haven't read Invisible Monsters before and you decide to read it, I would recommend the ori
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jump to me reviewing Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters. If mindfuck was a genre, this would be one of its most characteristic works. Palahniuk states at the introduction that it won't be linear, the story won't be in the form of and then and then and then. So what he does is at the end of each chapter he tells you to please, jump to this or that chapter. It was a first for me having only a vague idea of my progress in a book.

As for the plot, it's better to not know anything before reading it. Palah
Ashley Daviau
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, and always will be, one of my favourite Palahniuk books. Something about it just grabs me by the throat, punches me in the throat and leaves me breathless! I love how truly fucked up and twisted this story is, no one does fucked up and twisted quite like Chuck does! It’s been years since I’ve read this book so I had forgotten most of the story and it was like I was reading it again for the first time and it reminded me why I love Palahniuk’s writing.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads

We’ve all seen extended edition and director’s cuts of movies, but this is the first time I have ever come across an author’s cut of a book. With this hardcover release of Chuck Palahniuk’s third published novel (but his first in terms of writing), he took the opportunity to change the linear format that was originally published in 1999 and release it the way he initially envisioned it. The intention was to give the reader the feel of li
It was a long time ago I read the original version so I can't say for sure on what was added material.
Again I feel like I lost out on some of the experience by going audiobook instead of physical the audiobook it would have you switch to a different disc and track where I'm assuming the paper book would have had you go to a different page. I did like the almost wandering feeling of not knowing how far through the book I was.

As always with my #1 fav author, absolutely wild ride, never
Chaunceton Bird
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without question one of Chuck's best. ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, favorites
I listened to this book on audio. This was such a strange story, I am at a loss for words.

The narrators were fantastic, especially Anna Fields. (Chuck P. himself was one of them). This story jumps all over the place and it takes a while to get a feel for what's happening. This audio book came with a link to a pdf file explaining how there are
are 4 different loops to follow, and the instructions on how to do that. Or, you can just listen-after each portion, a narrator pops on and tells you where
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Palahnuik’s Invisible Monsters has many similarities to Fight Club and clear influences from Sartre and John Barth.

It’s disjointed, fragmented, almost incomplete, and yet, he raises complex questions and makes brilliant observations. I don’t think he is so much nihilistic as he is post-modern and just doesn’t believe in culture de jour, readily satirizing at what needs to be poked fun.

Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****DO NOT LOOK THIS UP IN WIKIPEDIA IT GIVES AWAY EVERYTHING I REPEAT DO NOT LOOK IT UP! In fact, don't even read the synopsis, I would just dive right in knowing nothing.****

So far it is pretty good. It says right from the start that you are going to read this book feeling like you are missing things and it's very true.

I am having a hard time holding on to any solid plot but am captivated from what I can grasp. It's the same author that wrote Fight Club and it kind of has that same
Nick Younker
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly, there’s a fine line between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit. Our boy Chuck knows his shit, and our girl, who remains unnamed until the final few pages, knows she’s shit.

It’s a critical satire about the population at large that envies the glam of modeling and the clueless models who run it. To be honest, at times, I started to get bored with the content. But Chucky-boy and his trademark style kept my eyes open and the pages turning.

“Just what the hell is he going to say next?
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

If I told you that Invisible Monsters was supposed to be Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel, before Fight Club were to ever happen, but was rejected by publishers for being too disturbing, would you believe me? Countless people have found themselves falling head over heals in love with this novel to the point of calling it Palahniuk’s best work of fiction and their own favourite book of all time. While Fight Club became a world-wide classic piece of
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
“If I can't be beautiful, then I just want to be invisible.”

Chuck Palahniuk is a truly unique and twisted individual. He also seems to be a bit hit or miss with me. I have come to the conclusion that timing may be everything for a Palahniuk read.

Invisible Monsters has it all. Pretzel plotting, biting wit, uber-bizarre characterizations, scathing sarcasms, all wrapped up in a non-linear format that was either going to suck balls or be utterly brilliant. I’m going with brilliant.

Geesh piercing,
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Palahniuk is the hugely popular author of modern, edgy books like Fight Club (also a movie with Brad Pitt--go ahead, act surprised) and Choke. For this reason I did not expect to like Invisible Monsters, originally published in 1999.

The story is told by a nameless narrator: a young woman who used to be beautiful. After a series of bizarre, haunting events involving a freeway, birds and a few other things those days are gone forever. Her face disfigured, her voice gone, the narrator is invi
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory07-08
Pages: 200+

So, it's safe to say that Chuck Palahniuk owns my soul. Not even a little bit of it. The whole thing.
Invisible Monsters blew my mind. I spent a good chunk of the book stuck in confusion and my mind felt like it had just been exposed to the trippiest thing ever. But, as I like to think, what is a Chuck Palahniuk story without mental mind trips and without confusion? It is not a Chuck Palahniuk story at all!

Right off the bat Palahniuk leaves his print by introducing a set of character
Megs ♥

The main character in this book is nameless, and disfigured. She was once a beautiful model, and now feels invisible. She hides under a veil after being called a monster. When she lost her face she saw the true colors of everyone in her life. Her fiance leaves, and her best friend constantly steals her clothes while she's in the hospital. In speech therapy our main character meets Brandy Alexander, and the story unfolds.

This is probably my least favorite book so far by Palahniuk, but it was stil
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beautiful people, people who think critically about happiness
"it's an old woman who owns this house, i figure. ignored and aging and drugged out old women, older and more invisible to the world every minute, they must not wear a lot of make-up. not go out to fun hot spots. not boogie to a party froth. my breath smells hot and sour inside my veils, inside the damp layers of silk and mesh and cotton georgette i lift for the first time all day; and in the mirrors, i look at the pink reflection of what's left of my face.
mirror mirror on the wall, who's the
Jeannette Nikolova
This is possibly my last book for 2013. It's worth it.

I have many problems with Palahniuk's writing. Forget about it being vulgar, it's sometimes too repetitive. I've written in other reviews about his passion for themes: Joe's ...stuff, the periodic table, the "Give me this and give me that" in this book("Give me love. Give me passion. Give me utter disappointment..."), and what I think about it, so I'm not going to go into that again.

But I want to point something out. I might have rated this
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I didn't see that coming and I didn't see that coming and I didn't see that coming either and I certainly didn't see that coming and no way I ever saw that coming. That's how the whole book is. Every other page was blowing me away. Crazy book, really good. Recommended only for the slightly insane. ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


I admire what Palahniuk was trying to do here structurally. Dislocating the reader by organizing the chapters so they don't give you an exact idea, a hint, when the book will end is novel (it did kinda remind me, in some ways of those cheap "choose your own adventure" books I used to buy from Scholastic books when I was a kid). Having the words in some chapters written
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
There's a favorite device used by Pomo f#ckboys--DFW, Nick Holdstock, Chuck here--wherein they take a woman, give her no discernible personality traits other than a tragic shallowness, and then f#ck up her face. To these men, the inner and outer lives of these women--all women--are driven solely by their level of physical attractiveness. They can't for the life of them imagine say, a woman obsessed with particle physics, or philosophy, or even where to get the best coffee beans(The hipster male ...more
Reading Invisible Monsters is what I imagine a moderately unpleasant acid trip feels like.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
2/5stars 1/5stars

Jan 7 edit: I've dropped it from 2 to 1 star cause I legit can't think of anything I liked in this book or anything that didn't make me angry or go "what the fuck"

I don't... GET it.

This is my second of Palahniuk's novels and with both i've come away being like "wtf was that" and not in a "wow this author is brilliant and smart and i'm too lowly to understand their meaning" but more of an actual "what the FUCK was that?"

I'm a big fan of the weird and wacky; I love magical r

3.5 stars rated down.

This one was pretty strange, not gonna lie. Someone I used to know always raved about this book as not only being their favourite Chuck Palahniuk book of all time, but their favourite book in general of all time. I didn't really research much before I finally decided to pick it up and I'm kind of glad that I didn't.

This books was weird. It was written in a weird way and I liked that...I think? Part of me enjoyed this book and then another part of me is just really confused a
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
WARNING: I might be an asshole in this review...and there will be few spoilers here and there, as well as a lot of profanity

First of all, I don't give a slightest shit about any of the characters in this book, especially Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, AKA Princess Princess. She is a pill popping, surgery obsessed, not giving a crap about anybody else kind of a bitch. She goes around judging people, showing them catalogs that have different plastic surgeries that she can get, even vaginoplasty
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
A great introduction to Chuck's written style (yes of course I have seen Fight Club, but I haven't read anything by him until now). I love his sarcasm and wit. His characters are not characters we normally see but character we all know. I have a few more of his works on my TBR and look forward to it! ...more
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