Monday, December 2, 2013

Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Monster High by Lisi Harrison
2010, Poppy
Series: Book 1 of Monster High

Synopsis: They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enroll at Master High School, and the town will never be the same.

Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and cheerleading. But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters who might be stalking the halls, Frankie finds that life in the "normi" world can be rough for a chic freak like her.

She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver--but can a normi be trusted with her big secret?

The Good: This book has an awesome premise and carries it out very well. It's got a decent message hidden underneath its classic horror character story line.

The Bad: Cutesy words like "Normies" quickly drove me insane. The "kids" do a version of basic teen rebellion, thinking they know better than their parents. It's standard fare that will likely delight a middle grade to early young adult crowd, and immediately turn older readers off.

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