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Peek Inside Modern Monsters

Last night, something terrible happened to a girl at a party. And now she’s told the police that quiet Vic Howard did it. Suddenly Vic’s gone from being invisible to being a major target. He’s determined to find out what really happened, even if it means an uneasy alliance with the girl’s best friend, Autumn Dixon. But while the truth can set Vic free, some truths can destroy a life forever...

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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…


"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 evocative narrative style and the way the dialogues are kept closer to reality kept me engaged till the very end." --Aditi, Goodreads

"Modern Monsters was a very pleasant surprise for me, a fairly short and exciting novel that can be read in one sitting. " --Maja, Goodreads

"I am speechless(wordless)...I cannot gather my thoughts enough to tell you how much I loved this book. Modern Monsters needs to be in every high school library, classroom. In my opinion it should be mandatory reading for English. " --Pixie, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750043
Release Date: Jun 2, 2015
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, fish out of water, overcoming odds

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By Aditi June 03, 2015

“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 innocen ...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 hero, ...more

By Demi March 20, 2016

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

By Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) August 14, 2015

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 "wro ...more

By Ideally.Portia May 25, 2015

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 really f ...more

By mith June 06, 2015

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 ti ...more

By Jen April 03, 2016

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 the ...more

By Abbie May 31, 2015

(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 reall ...more

By Max May 25, 2015

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 she w ...more

By Kim May 29, 2015

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 popula ...more

By Nicole August 02, 2015

*Review also on*

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 there ...more

By Roxanne June 05, 2015

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 a s ...more

By Britt July 22, 2017

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book??? Like I wanna go on and on and on about how much I love it, but where the hell do I begin?
First off, I love Vic's character. I absolutely love him. I think he's extremely well written, quirky, and very realistic. If I made a list of Favorite Book C ...more

By Joana January 09, 2016

*** SPOILERS ***

3.5 Stars!

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 who ...more

By Camille of the court of stars October 14, 2017

I KNEW IT! ...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!

1 (minor character named Amjad from the Middle East)
Disability: 1 (Vic has an involuntary stutter)
Intersectionality: 2 (Vic comes from a struggling single-

By Sarika June 07, 2015

*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, Kelle ...more

By Anjie May 29, 2015

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 fluff ...more

By Blessie (Mischievous Reads) June 10, 2015

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 boo ...more

By Lindy June 06, 2015

My Thoughts:

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 story ...more

Grade: B+

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 moth ...more

By Lire-une-passion October 17, 2016

"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'in ...more

By Jordan May 30, 2015


Modern Monsters is a thought-provoking glimpse into the life of the accused. Kelley York succinctly delves into the psyche of the accused and the reactions of those around him. Hurt, confusion, trauma, and fierce determination reign in this unexpected and extremely relevant story.

https://youngadu ...more

By Siham November 10, 2016

un roman qui m'a beaucoup plu avec de beaux personnages, un héros qui m'a touchée et dont j'ai aimé voir évoluer, un romance mignonne et une intrigue qui m'a tenu en haleine.
d'ailleurs la fin m'a beaucoup surprise ! (mais je ne vois presque jamais rien venir en même temps ^^) ...more

By Lulai January 05, 2017

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

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Kelley York

About the author

Kelley York

Kelley York is the author of HUSHED and SUICIDE WATCH. She was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid. Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

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