Review: Monster High, Lisi Harrison

| 30 October , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

Fitting in is out.

Take two teenage girls. Make one a ‘RAD\’ aka Monster, and the other a ‘Normie\’ aka human. Then put them in a new school together, and now you have Lisi Harrison\’s exciting new novel, Monster High!

Where to start? Well, let me just start by saying that this book practically screams girly fun! Monsters, High School, Boys, Friends& It\’s all there. Told through the perspectives of the two new girls in school, we follow Frankie and Melody, as they try to make friends, find new crushes and learn what it means to really stand out.

Frankie and Melody are like two sides of the same coin. It\’s fun to follow their stories, as they are told from the opposing friendship groups. The whole concept is an interesting take on monsters living among us, though I would have liked a bit more background, I\’m sure this will happen through the rest of the series.

My favourite characters were DJ and Candace. They were the most amusing, and their comments always made me smile. The idea behind Frankie and Melody\’s love interests was original, though you\’ll have to read the book to find out why.

The only thing that made me cringe a little was Blue. Perhaps it\’s because I\’m an Aussie, and the stereotypical language was a little too predictable of an Australian character. Writers don\’t even have to put in G\’day, Mate or Sheila anymore. Just say Dingo and I know they\’re trying for an Aussie.

On the other hand, it was distinctive of her character, and I could easier follow her throughout the story. So it becomes only a minor drawback. The rest of the characters all had very strong personalities, and it\’s hard not to like them all, especially the RADS.

Monster High is perfect for teen girls. Though probably better suited for 10-16 yr olds, but who knows. If in doubt, head into your local bookstore and give it a go. It\’s a light, fun, fresh and easy read. There is plenty of promise in this series, and will no doubt be gobbled up by the teen masses.

One last thing& This read is voltage!

Available now: Hachette RRP$16.99

– Tina out.

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