“Invisible Monsters: Remix” by Chuck Palahniuk (2013)


Invisible Monsters: Remix is exactly how Chuck Palahniuk wanted his original book Invisible Monsters to be written in the first place. The entire novel is based on someone who cared about their looks, until she was transformed into a monster. Initially, Palahniuk thought it was a great idea to create the vibe around the gossipy, tabloid-esque storyline by turning his novel into a magazine. So, at the end of each chapter in the bottom corner, it tells you to go to a new page. Instead of reading the book straight through, you have to jump around and find the chapter you have to read next. In order to keep track of it while I was reading, I added sticky notes to each chapter when I started it. So, by the end of the book, I ended up finding all of Palahniuk’s author notes as well.

Needless to say, re-publishing the book made it out to be a lot better than initially expected. When Palahniuk brought the idea to his agents, they thought that the readers wouldn’t want to keep reading it that way which led to the main publication of Invisible Monsters in 1999. Finally, 13 years later, Palahniuk got his vision produced in 2012 and he didn’t regret it. Invisible Monsters Remix brought new light to the novel at hand and he added even more content to it.

When reading the novel, I was intrigued from the start, not only from the way the book was set up, but by the way it was written. While I might be a little biased when it comes to Palahniuk, I’m not blindly following him – I can still rate his book accordingly. So, with that being said, I completely stand by giving this book five stars. Not because it was written by Palahniuk, but because of just how well he developed it. His books aren’t for the light-hearted. The very genre they’re set in is based around going against societal norms. So, while most might think Palahniuk is going for shock factor, everything that comes off as factual in his novels are backed by several methods of research that Palahniuk uses. From interviews, to checking the books, to scrolling for the internet, Palahniuk makes sure that he doesn’t speak on anything he doesn’t know about

Summary from the back of the book: 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 goes from being the beautiful center 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 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.

Elongated Plot: From the start this book draws you in on a story that’s completely fucked up. The book is based around someone who used to be a model until she became horribly disfigured. Throughout the book, she never has a set name, but she goes by multiple: Daisy St. Patience or Bubba Joan (these were given to her by a trans woman named Brandy Alexander). While she doesn’t have a set identity, she does have a rather intense storyline – which is recorded throughout the book in scattered chapters.

Family: The narrator has a brother who was kicked out after he revealed that he was gay. Although, shortly after he was reported dead from AIDS. So, his parents became active supporters of gay rights, even though they were the one’s who kicked him out in the first place. Throughout the entire novel, it’s clear that her brother was in the spotlight when it came to her parents – which builds up a massive feeling of resentment throughout the whole novel.

Friends: The narrator also follows her best friend Evelyn Cottrell for the majority of the book while also telling her about her life. However, eventually Evie’s true character comes to light. The narrator finds out that she’s been sleeping with her boyfriend Manus Kelley, and that she wasn’t exactly a true friend to her.

Then with the loss of her jaw, she starts speech therapy and meets Brandy Alexander who helps her create an entirely new life for herself. Brandy quickly becomes a staple in the narrators life, and she soon meets the Rhea sisters – Brandy’s roommates. Now, it’s not long before Brandy’s real identity is revealed towards the end of the book, but it brings the book to its biggest round of twists.


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