I’ve read this book many times over the years, and it is the book which sparked within me a lifelong, passionate love of everything the brutal and grotesque Palahniuk has published. The novel follows a former bombshell supermodel who, after an accident that leaves her mercilessly disfigured, recedes into the opposite spectrum of complete invisibility. And then there’s Brandy Alexander, a pill-popping, no-nonsense, larger-than-life diva of the utmost extreme. Together, they go on the ultimate journey to discover true beauty, what the value of beauty means, and how sometimes, you must tear yourself open to sew yourself shut. This novel is a brilliantly executed trainwreck from beginning to end. Also available as an eBook and audiobook.
-Recommended by Marissa— From August Staff Picks to Inspire and Delight
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 that 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.