The dictionary would defines beauty as, “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” Catwalk model, Shannon McFarland, might give beauty new meaning.

“Invisible Monsters” by Chuck Palahniuk, follows the story of Shannon, who once was the epitome of the dictionary definition of beauty. Shannon while driving down the highway ‘accidentally’ shoots herself, completely losing her jaw. She becomes hideously disfigured, and not able to speak.

On her path to find a way to gain back her beauty, she meets Brandy and Seth. The two help Shannon exact vengeance on her one time model friend, Evie, and cheater ex-boyfriend, Manus.

The story is in no real chronological order, making the read a roller coaster of confusion and revelation. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an interesting read, with an over arching theme of beauty and the unattractive nature of humanity.

This book is packed with life lessons, applicable the second you set down the book, and many quotes that with scratch at the corners of your mind.

The not so clear path the protagonist follows is everything but invisible as a reader interprets what they will. With concentration, an open mind, and a disregard for vulgar language and content, you will find clarity amongst the wild ride of “Invisible Monsters.”


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