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Although this is only my second Palahniuk experience, I can already see a pattern emerging with his books. The writing style and general progression of invisible Monsters were very similar to Lullaby, but I have to say that this book seemed a bit more all over the place and disjointed. Also, I do not feel the characters in this novel were very well-developed, and it bothered me at how "perfectly" (I use this term lightly, and if you've read this book, or end up reading it, you'll see why) everything came together in the end. That, and I'm not sure Palahniuk really knows much about women, and any women who reads this book all the way through and sees what happens toward the end would probably agree. Therefore, I give Invisible Monsters 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I do have to say that Palahniuk was certainly able to surprise me with some of his revelations toward the end of the book, and I do enjoy his writing style, but this one simply didn't live up to Lullaby.

As always, some good quotes:

"...it happens fast for some people and slow for some, accidents or gravity, but we all end up mutilated. Most women know this feeling of being more and more invisible everyday."

"Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly."

"'Your perception is all fucked up...All you can talk about is trash that's already happened...You can't base your life on the past or the present...You have to tell me about your future.'"

"This is how I found the strength not to get on with my former life. This is how I found the courage not to pick up the same old pieces."

"'When you understand...that what you're telling is just a story. It isn't happening anymore. When you realize the story you're telling is just words, when you can just crumble it up and throw your past in the trashcan...then we'll figure out who you're going to be.'"

"...it's so easy to be honest with a big enough audience. You can say anything if enough people will listen."

"Jump to how life was when you were a baby...You'd stagger over to the coffee table. You're up on your feet and you have to keep waddling along on those Vienna sausage legs or fall down. Then you get to the coffee table and bounce your big soft baby head on the sharp corner.
You're down, and man, oh man, it  hurts. Still it isn't anything tragic until Mom and Dad run over.
Oh, you poor, brave thing.
Only then do you cry."

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known."

"'You can go anywhere in the world'...You just can't let peopel know who you really are. 'You can live a completely normal, regular life'...You just can't let anybody get close enough to you to learn the truth."

"All these thousands of miles later, all these different people I've been, and it's still the same story. Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying? How is it you can keep mutating and still be the same deadly virus?"

"Things are still all messy and up in the air, but I'm not ready to settle them. My comfort zone was getting bigger by the minute. My threshold for drama was bumping out. It was time to keep pushing the envelope. It felt like I could do anything, and I was only getting started."

"...your being born makes your parents God. You owe them your life, and they can control you.
'Then puberty makes you Satan...just because you want something better.'"

"...you only ask people about themselves so you can tell them about yourself."

"Almost all the time, you tell yourself you're loving somebody when you're just using them."

"'Don't do what you want...Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want.'
It's the opposite of following your bliss.
'Do the things that scare you the most.'"
~I like this one, but I disagree with the fact that doing what you're trained not to want is ALWAYS the opposite of following your bliss. For instance, we're trained to WANT to MAKE a marriage work. We're trained to NOT want a divorce. And yet sometimes that's the best thing for everyone. Capiche?~

"'Don't you see?...we're so trained to do life the right way. To make mistakes...I figure, the bigger the mistake looks, the better chance I'll have to break out and live a real life.'"

"'Our real discoveries come from chaos...from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.'"

"That's what I love about fire, how it would kill me as quick as anybody else. How it can't know I'm its mother. It's so beautiful and powerful and beyond feeling anything for anybody, that's what I love about fire."



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