Friday, November 2, 2012

Monster High- Lisi Harrison

Title: Monster High
Author: Lisi Harrison
Souce: Gifted
Series: Yes
Rating: 4/5

From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the horrors of trying to fit in.
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?
I have to be totally honest, when I see the book was pink under the dust jacket I really did not have high hopes for it. I thought it was going to be completely girly and complete fluff. I am glad that it proved me wrong, sure it was super sweet and a little fluffy at times but it did touch on some real issues that people have in high school so I give it huge kudos and I regret judging the book by it's cover.
Frankie Stein is only fifteen days old, her father created her in his lab.  She is told she will be able to go to "normie" high school but when a rumour is spread that there could be a monster walking the halls Frankie starts to understand why her parents were so protective of her. She meets Melody Carver and thinks she might be the friend she needs to tell her big secret.
The point of view was divided between Frankie and Melody. Frankie thinks that life is just like in the glossy gossip magazines she reads and hopes that everyone will accept her for her. She soon finds that this is not the case and starts to rebel against her parents. Frankie was a little frustrating at times but once I put it into perspective that she only knows the outside world from teen movies and magazines I started to understand her character a lot better. She wants to tell the world what she is and hopes that the "normies" will accept the monsters. Melody has just moved from Beverly Hills with her family. She got a nose job from her plastic surgeon father but feels like everyone is only seeing her for her beauty and not the person she is on the inside. She wants to start over in Ohio. Her sister is a little flaky at times but underneath she is actually really sweet and tries to help Melody feel comfortable. 
 The plot was a little fluffy but it had a serious underlining message to it that I could relate to and I hope others can too.  The entire plot was really sweet which made it a quick read. If I had the time I could have read this book in an afternoon. The pages flew by.
I hope to continue with this series, I really enjoyed it and even though I expected something a little more spooky I was really impressed with this book overall. 

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