Book: Monster High
Author: Lisi Harrison
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown & Co.
ISBN/ASIN: 9780316098533 (arc)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: Sept 1, 2010
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In a perfect world…in Frankie Stein’s world, it’s little more than wishful thinking that monsters and normies get along. Barely fifteen days old, and birthed in her father’s lab (aka Fab) with the Glitterati (her pet white mice) looking out for her wardrobe selections, Frankie could be just like any teen. With the exception of the bolts in her neck, her minty green complexion, and the seams that are holding her appendages together that could rival Sally’s in Nightmare Before Christmas.
See..the thing about Frankie is that she’s totally fine with the way that she looks. She doesn’t want to go in hiding like her parents…and the other RAD’s that are terrified of a witch-hunt against their kind.
Even at Merston High, Frankie believes in who she is, likes who she is, and hiding her green skin under mounds of makeup is simply not in her bag of tricks. But she’s forced to do so. The most liberating thing for her is to meet other monster kids in hiding like: Claudine (Clawdeen), Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, Deuce, D.J./Jackson Hyde, and Cleo.
And when the opportunity presents itself to conduct their own “unveiling” at the September Semi whose theme is aptly entitled “Monster Mash’, the poop really hits the fan. Are they willing to jeopardize the entire monster community in Salem, Oregon simply because they believe in outing themselves?
Lisi Harrison has two stories intersecting in Monster High…that of normie, Melody Carver who is fresh off the boat from Beverly Hills, rhinoplasty intact, and the story of Frankie Stein, a monster who is just trying to adjust….well to being a monster in hiding. I would have been just fine with the story about Frankie’s adventures alone, and have Melody end up on the chopping room floor. I’m not quite sure how Melody serves a purpose other than a mirror for Frankie in some ways. Her role has little if no heft to the plot, and Frankie is clearly the superstar of Harrison’s tale.
Monster High is adorabalicious in many ways, pom-pom cute if in fact a bit disjointed, as well as hip and crafty and was fun to read. Frankie Stein is a genuine character that sings out. The entire time I was devouring it, I kept thinking of what would happen if Living Dead Dolls ever became subjected to going to high school. If so, then Merston High would be their school of choice!
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