Quote Whore: Invisible Monsters

I’ve grown this habit of underlining my favorite dialogues, sentences and phrases from a book. Now that I’m finished with Invisible Monsters, I can (maybe) let you in on the dramatic and exaggerated world of Brandy Alexander/Shane McFarland and Bubba-Joan/Shannon McFarland/Daisy St. Patience.

  • Another thing is no matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.
  • And married people always think love is the answer.
  • “Now,” those Plumbago lips say, “You are going to tell me your story like you just did. Write it all down. Tell that story over and over. Tell me your sad-assed story all night.” That Brandy queen points a long bony finger at me,
    “When you understand,” Brandy says, “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,” Brandy says, “then we’ll figure out who you’re going to be.”
  • And if you believe that we really have free will, then you know God can’t really control us.
  • When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?
  • Only when we eat up this planet will God give us another chance. We’ll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create.
  • When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves.
  • Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.
  • The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.
  • More and more, being beautiful took so much effort. Just the razor bumps would make you want to cry. The bikini waxes. Evie came out of her collagen lip injection saying she no longer had any fear of hell.
  • “Who you are moment to moment,” Brandy said, “is just a story.”
  • The thing about Valiums, the Brandy girl says, is they don’t kill the pain but at least you’re not pissed off about being hurt.
  • Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them. This only looks like love.
  • I’m an invisible monster, and I’m incapable of loving anybody. You don’t know which is worse.
  • Laughter is the only sound left I can make that people will understand.
  • If I can’t be beautiful, I want to be invisible.
  • These books on plastic surgery, the pamphlets and brochures all promised to help me live a more normal, happy life; but less and less, this looked like what I’d want. What I wanted to looked more and more like what I’d always been trained to want. What everybody wants.
  • Brandy says, “The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don’t be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger.”
  • She says, “Don’t do what you want.” She says, “Do what you don’t want. Do what you’re trained not to want.”
  • “You can’t be beautiful,” Brandy says about a thousand times, “until you feel beautiful.”
  • “Our real discoveries come from chaos,” Brandy yells, “from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”
  • Anything we want, we’re trained to want.
  • “I’m not straight, and I’m not gay,” she says. “I’m not bisexual. I want out of the labels. I don’t want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else unknowable, some place to be that’s ┬ánot on the map. A real adventure.”
  • You spend your entire life becoming God and then you die.
  • When you don’t share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.
  • Everybody here thinks the whole story is about them. Definitely that goes fro everybody in the world.
  • I’m giving you my life to prove to myself I can, I really can love somebody. Even when I’m not getting paid, I can give love and happiness and charm.

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