Book Review: Modern Monsters

Modern Monsters from Entangled Teen was an emotional read. It was a heart wrenching book that I couldn’t keep my nose out of, and despite my busy schedule I finished it in less than two days. Modern Monsters sucks you in and doesn’t let you go, even after the last page. This is a book that I will be recommending for years to come.

Modern Monsters
by Kelley York
Release Date: June 2015
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Summary from Goodreads:

Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went…
And wished he hadn’t.
Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie’s best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon.
But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…

There are many great YA books out there that speak about social issues like rape, consent and suicide. What makes Modern Monsters so different is that it was written from the point of view of a different kind of victim – a boy who is wrongly accused.

It goes in deep, layer by layer from the beginning. Every page leads to a new twist, a new suspect and a new set of boundaries to be broken. This is a hard book to talk about, because every little part of the plot was completely interwoven and delivered at precisely the right time. Kelly is a master storyteller, and I’d hate to give anything away.

Modern Monsters was a novel that spoke about the darker side of our society. Not only acts of assault but the things that come after: victim blaming, the judicial system (and how it often fails us), cover ups, anger, violence and the aftermath that will live on forever in the hearts of everyone affected.

As I tweeted to the world, I am a Kelly York fan for life now. In her author bio, it says: “Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.” And I can only agree.

The way that Kelly builds up these characters and lets the reader interact with them is amazing. Despite the fact that this is a YA novel set in a high school, there was not a trope to be found. I loved the characters. I when I say that, I mean it – I even loved the characters who were antagonists in the plot.  I love Callie’s amazing courage and Autumn’s fierce loyalty. And Vic, well I just love Vic – if he were a real person I’d probably have a crush on him.

Reading through my latest reviews, I realized I haven’t been talking much about covers lately, because they all seemed to be “just ok”. However, I loved the cover for Modern Monsters. It creates emotions with its washed out colours and anonymous people. The girls face, layered with images, creates the feeling of hazy memories, only knowing snippets of what happened and waiting for the puzzle pieces to fall into place – pretty much exactly what happens in the book.

In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good heart-wrenching story. It will stay with you for days after the last page.

*disclaimer* – I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. 
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