Monster High

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.

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, 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 prom.

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?
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I found Monster High by Lisi Harrison to be one of the most charming books I've read in a long time. The characters were relatable and I found myself really caring about both Melody Carver and Frankie Stein. Their backgrounds are completely different, but the characters have so much in common.

If she'd let herself enjoy it, Melody could have lived the "ideal life." Living in beautiful California and having perfect features, thanks to her plastic surgeon father, fitting in and popularity were the number one goals of her family. But Melody is different. She'd rather people like her despite her old face than have the perfect nose.

Frankie Stein would not let the fact she's green get in the way of who she is. She is beautiful the way she is and if the world doesn't see things that way then the world is wrong. She is determined to prove, perhaps to herself, that there is nothing to be self-conscious about and at heart the world is grand enough to accept a green monster.

But Frankie and Melody both learn that in Salem, Oregon, the exterior is all that matters if you are a monster.

It was Frankie and Melody that truly brought this book to life. I often find in YA books that the main characters have overly done traits and bring nothing to the table. In the majority of books I've read, it was the secondary characters that kept my faith in writerly humanity going. In Monster High, though, these girls and their adventures and dramas were the reason I stayed up all night to read. Frankie's mission to be accepted for who she is admirable and heartbreaking. I just wanted to hug her and assure her she'd have my friendship forever. When Melody meets the boy of her dreams and can't understand why is he is constantly changing his personality, I wished that her future with him wasn't going to be as hard and full of danger as I knew it would be.

The writing is easy to read, fun to follow. The only complaint I'd have would be the author's intense interest in smell. I considered counting the number of times the characters were noticing different scents. It happened often enough to take the readers' attention off the storyline.

And then there is the whole "series" problem. Why is the next book not in my hands right now?

I encourage you to run out and buy this book. You won't regret it.