My friend "A" and I are always talking about books. I know, I know, it's easy to do that working in a library and all, but with her, it's really fun because we love the same kind of books. We share, recommend, and trade books all the time. This week, she told me that she couldn't finish the book she was reading, because it just got "too weird." I was shocked, considering she can read through pretty much anything. "A" said it got too dark and was just too much so she started another book. So of course, I got a copy to read this weekend, just to see how weird this book really is.
This conversation got me thinking. How often have I ever stopped a book because it was just too weird, dark, or strange to my liking? I remember one specifically. When I first started at the Tracy Library, one of the first books I checked out was Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters. I knew that Palahniuk was known for edgy stuff and was famous for writing Fight Club, but this book was all sorts of different from what I was used to. The story follows what happens to a model after she is attacked, resulting in permanent disfigurement. Afterwards, she has a breakdown, understandably, and goes on to try to find out why she was attacked. However, she meets someone who takes her in, regardless of her disfigured face, and they unknowingly have a shared history.
I got about half way through this book when I just had to stop. Palahniuk is an excellent writer. So much so that the story stayed with me after I put it down and made me feel super creepy. It was a horror novel in it's truest form. So if you're curious about why I was freaked out by this book, I would definitely check it out.