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Vic Howard didn’t really want to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy in school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend as is as popular as he’s persona-non-grata, Vic went…and wished he didn’t.
Something happened that night. A girl was raped. Worst of all, she’s told the police that Vic did it. Suddenly Vic is painfully visible, walking through halls filled with hostility and pending violence. Even his mom thinks he’s guilty. Now Vic is determined to find out what really happened that night, even if it means an uneasy alliance with the girl’s best friend, Autumn Dixon.
But while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…
"Readers who come into this looking for a hard-hitter like I did will likely find themselves in for an even tougher read than they think. All I can say is that the damage of rape is a few degrees closer to each of us than we’d like to think and Vic is no exception. Fans of dark contemporary novels will likely love York’s latest novel and want to check out her backlist. Between my experience with Modern Monsters and some good word one of my friends put in while I was reading, I know I plan to!"- The YA Kitten
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
---- Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist
Kelley York, pens her new young adult contemporary novel, Modern Monsters that revolves around a dangerous crime destroying the life of an inno... ...more
Modern Monsters was a very pleasant surprise for me, a fairly short and exciting novel that can be read in one sitting. It’s very tightly written and compulsively readable and it gives us a convincing male voice, something we don’t get nearly often enough in YA fiction. Vic is not your average he... ...more
Rating: 3.5 - I was excepting more from this book, to be honest. I did enjoy the plot and characters (except for a few certain ones...), but it was overall really predictable in my opinion. ...more
If I had to use one word to describe Modern Monsters it would be gut-wrenching; it broke my heart over and over. What happens when you do the right thing and it backfires? That is the basis for Modern Monsters.
Our main character Vic is shy, a bit weird, reclusive, respectable young man from the "... ...more
I received this ARC from Entangled Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book faces a really tough, sensitive subject.
I really, really loved Vic's character. He really grew so much through the course of the story, while facing incredibly hard to deal with issues. You reall... ...more
I liked the book, and I loved the characters, but I thought it was a bit predictable. For the most part, the plot was pretty good, but again, kinda predictable. I think what bothered me the most was that, despite Vic wanting to find out who the real crook—rapist—was, he and Autumn spent more... ...more
Modern Monsters is the story of Callie, a high school senior who was raped one night while at a lake house party for both college and high school kids. What makes this story so utterly different and unique compared to any other with this subject matter is that it’s not told from Callie’s POV as t... ...more
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)
Actual rating - 3.5
I felt sorry for both Callie and Vic in this. What happened to Callie was awful, but what Vic had to go through wasn't very nice either.
I had a feeling that I knew who the rapist was early on, so it wasn't re... ...more
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review
I have been a fan of Kelley York ever since I read and loved Hushed. After that book, I was instantly in love. Her writing was so dark and her characters so twisted, I couldn't help myself. And when I heard sh... ...more
One of the first things that struck me about Modern Montsers was the voice, that of a teenage male and something that there is not enough of in YA literature. And that voice was convincing and empathetic.
Vic is not the stereotypical YA hero and I LOVED that. His best friend is one of the more pop... ...more
*Review also on AwesomeBookNuts.blogspot.com.*
I was really wary about this book. It's about rape. The book starts out at a party and shortly after that we learn that a girl was raped. So I was expecting some graphic details and disturbing imagery and lots of drinking and drugs and cursing. But th... ...more
Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
Did I like this book?
There were quite a few aspects of this book that make it unique, things that I absolutely loved! For example, writing the book from a suspect's point of view? Genius! Having that suspect be... ...more
*** SPOILERS ***
I confess that I was expecting more of this book. Having read the majority of Kelley York's books I was expecting something more dark and that would made me cry like a baby. That didn't happened.
I enjoyed the book but it was totally predictable. I guessed the... ...more
It was intense but so well done. I'm always affraid when a book talk about rape because it could been done in such a wrong way but here it was so well done. I like the character, I like how the author decide to use the point of view of a suspect. It was great ...more
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got a copy from YA Books Central for review.
Diversity: 2 – It’s a Start!...more
Racial-Ethnic: 1 (minor character named Amjad from the Middle East)
Disability: 1 (Vic has an involuntary stutter)
Intersectionality: 2 (Vic comes from a struggling single-...
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book!
Sheer excitement started running through me when I got to know that Kelley York was writing a new book. An auto-read author for me, Ke... ...more
This review was originally posted on my blog: Love thy Shelf. It was provided to me by the publishing company through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first book by Kelley York and I am so impressed. It was such a powerful read. I’ll warn you though, it’s not exactly the fl... ...more
Review originally posted on my blog: Mischievous Reads
Modern Monsters isn't the usual type of novel I'm accustomed to. It's controversial, and somewhat sickening, but hey, it happens every day in real life. Thus, I was intrigued by the topic promoted by the synopsis and I would have to say, this... ...more
Modern Monsters was a thought-provoking read. There are certain circumstances that are revealed during the story that had me questioning how I would feel and what I would do if I was placed in a similar situation. I cannot reveal these situations, because I do not want to spoil the st... ...more
Vic lives in the shadow of his popular best friend and protector Brett. His mother barely acknowledges his existence and girls, well he's never actually talked to one. After helping Callie, a drunk a classmate, at a party, she accuses him of rape. Everyone assumes he's guilty, even his m... ...more
"En résumé, c'est le second tome de l'auteure, et c'est une seconde fois une très bonne lecture ! J'ai accroché immédiatement à Vic, qui m'a énormément touchée pour sa façon de voir les choses, qui ne se laisse pas aller et qui tente malgré tout de prouver son innocence coûte que coûte. Quant à l... ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review also at Pinker Than Fiction Reviews.
Modern Monsters is one of those books you're not likely to forget anytime soon.
I'm not sure where to even begin with this review. Modern Monsters is the type of book that is fantastic, and I want to rave about it, emphasise that I quite... ...more
This review was originally posted at Paperback Princess
"Flabbergast (verb used with object) to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound" Dictionary.com
This is the word that came to mind as I read the last page of Modern Monsters. Themes within these pages are confronting, real, emotional... ...more
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I received an e-copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York from Entangled teen via Netgalley for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts on the book.
Modern Monsters isn’t like something that I have read before. It’s hard to rea... ...more