Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Poppy (September 1, 2010)
Received From: Book It Forward Tours
But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?
I really had high hopes for this book, and honestly, I was a little let down. It just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. I loved the plot, monsters exist in this town, hiding in plain sight, dressing as "normies". Frankie (the granddaughter of the Frankenstein monster himself) is newly made, and wants to make some changes. She doesn't think that monsters should have to hide who they are.
Melody is also a new girl in school, recently transplanted from LA, she's hoping for a new start in this new town. Melody is a great character, she really believes that we should get to know the person inside, not just what we see on the surface. She finally makes a few friends in this new town (but only after making a few enemies) and also finds a possible love interest in Jackson. But Jackson acts very strange sometimes, and she's not sure what to think of him.
My problems with this book started with the over done teen speak. I understand that a teen book should try to speak like a teen should, but after finding these cheesy made up words spattered over every page I started to get really annoyed with it. There were times that the "teen-speak" was so thick that I couldn't even understand the dialogue. I hang out with a few teens, and the ones I know definitely don't talk like this on a regular basis.
My other problem was that the book would drag on in places, and once it got to the big finale it ended with way too many loose threads. I understand wanting to leave it open for a sequel, but some of the plot lines really should have been wrapped up in this book.
Overall, this book was a quick fluffy read, with an underlying message to except people for who they really are. While I wish I had enjoyed it more than I did, I ended up coming away from this one feeling lukewarm. Hopefully the next book in the series will work out a little better for me when it comes out.
Where to find Lisi Harrison
Website Blog Facebook Twitter