->"''Give me attention. Flash.''"

''Invisible Monsters'' is a 1999 novel by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk about a beautiful fashion model. Despite her awful past and family difficulties, [[SueDonym "Daisy St. Patience"]] continues to be widely successful, and even holds down a relationship with a handsome detective. That is, until [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell]] ''and her entire lower jaw is blown off in a drive-by shooting.''

Save for her mangled jaw and [[TheVoiceless inability to talk]], she is left perfectly intact and carefully drives herself to hospital, only to soon suffer a [[HeroicBSOD massive breakdown]] when she learns birds flew into her car and [[NightmareFuel ate the remains of her face]]. Soon switching to baby food and starting ventriloquism lessons to learn how to talk again, Daisy quickly [[TheFaceless adopts a few veils]] when she meets Brandy Alexander, the large-handed drag queen supreme who is one surgery away from being a "real" woman. Taking Daisy under her wing, Brandy gives her a new identity and starts teaching her how to let go of her past and live again.

Interestingly, the book was originally denied by publishers for being too dark, and ''Invisible Monsters'' was supposed to be Palahniuk's first novel; after responding by making an [[TakeThatCritics even more offensive]] novel (which turned out to be his most famous book -- ''Literature/FightClub''), the eventual success of ''Fight Club'' meant Palahniuk's ''Invisible Monsters'' was given another chance and published.

Not to be confused with the other InvisibleMonsters.

!!Tropes found in this work:
* AnachronicOrder: The first book jumps around frequently, but the ''[[UpdatedRerelease Remix]]'' version jumps around [[UpToEleven even more]] through a "choose your own adventure" type guidance you can optionally follow.[[note]]At the end of each chapter, the book notes "Now, please turn to chapter X" for if you want an alternative reading experience closer to what Palahniuk originally wanted (but was talked out of to prevent over-complicating the plot).[[/note]]
* AndIMustScream: An interesting variant, as the narrator instead copes with her suicidal temptations and lack of mouth by laughing manically (as it's all people can understand from her).
-->What the doctors told me was unless they rebuilt me some kind of jaw [...] I could die any time I fell asleep. I could just stop breathing and not wake up. A quick, painless death.\\
On my pad with my pen, I wrote:\\
''don't tease''
* ArcWords
** Sorry, Mom. Sorry, God.
** Give me X. Flash.
** Jump to…
* BittersweetEnding
* TheBlank: "''Birds ate my face.''"
* BodyHorror
* [[spoiler:DeathFakedForYou: The Rhea sisters fake Brandy Alexander's death so they can start her transition.]]
* DragQueen: Rhea sisters.
* EvilFeelsGood
* FaceStealer: [[spoiler: It turns out Brandy looks exactly like the narrator.]]
* FirstPersonSmartass
* GagBoobs: Brandy Alexander
* HowWeGotHere: Being one of Chuck's favorite tropes. The book starts with Evie dressed in the remains of a burned dress, having just shot Brandy while the two of them and the narrator are in a burning mansion. And it goes downhill from there.
* NightmareFace: This is so bad that the narrator can steal a turkey without being caught.
** [[http://chuckpalahniuk.net/files/images/news/invisible-monsters-xander-lg.jpg Yup.]] (this might be considered NSFW)
* NoNameGiven: The narrator, until the very end. [[spoiler: It's Shannon [=MacFarland=], if you're curious.]]
* TheReveal: -deep breath- Brandy Alexander is [[spoiler: Shane, the narrator's brother]]. And Shane [[spoiler: never died from AIDS]]. Also, Brandy [[spoiler: isn't actually a transsexual]] because [[spoiler: she doesn't want to be a woman. She just wants to destroy herself]]. And Manus [[spoiler: is Seth, who is actually gay and only likes the narrator because she looks exactly like Shane]]. Oh and speaking of Shane, [[spoiler: Seth was the one who molested him and gave him an STD]]. And Evie is actually [[spoiler: a transsexual and the whole shooting in the opening chapter was set up by her and Brandy. They knew each other through a transgender support group]]. And Brandy has known all of this from the beginning. Yeah, and the narrator, [[spoiler: Shannon [=MacFarland=]]]? [[spoiler: She shot herself in the face. It's all her fault]]. -exhale-
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: Brandy Alexander
* SueDonym: The "Brandy Alexander Relocation Program" means the protagonists have to constantly change ridiculous identities (such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewlett-Packard "Hewlett Packard"]], among others.)
* ThemeNaming: [[spoiler: Shane and Shannon.]]
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Brandy Alexander and Evie.]] Although technically, the former doesn't count because [[spoiler: for her it's just a form of self-mutilation.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: The narrator confesses she just hates everyone and that in fact nobody behaves worse than she does.
* UpdatedRerelease: In 2012, the book was republished as ''Invisible Monsters Remix'', with the AnachronicOrder even ''more'' mixed up and structured like a ChooseYourOwnAdventure book.