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Monster High [Kindle Edition]

Lisi Harrison
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the "horrors" of trying to fit in.

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.

But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?

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About the Author

Lisi Harrison is the author of The Clique, Alphas and Monster High series. She was the Senior Director of Production Development at MTV and Head Writer for MTV Production. Lisi is currently pretending to write her next novel.

Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2467 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHXG8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teeny-bopper fun October 6, 2010
Frankie Stein is not your average teenager. Aside from the fact that she's only 15 days old (having been created in a Fab Lab by her parents) she has bolts in her neck and a green tinge to her skin. As if life isn't already hard, right?
In an effort to fit into society, Frankie's parents send her off to `normie' school (for regular, normal teenagers) in an attempt to help her assimilate. But Salem, Oregon is a monster safe-haven, and Frankie soon finds fellow monster classmates, or RADs (Regular Attribute Disorder). There's Lagoona Blue, Draculaura, Deuce Gorgon, D.J./Jackson Hyde, Cleo(patra) and Claudine (CLAWdeen, get it?).

Lisi Harrison's novel is definitely aimed at the younger end of the teen market. `Monster High' is a bit of unabashed pop-culture fun for tweens. And to be honest, Harrison has done a really good job of appealing to this teeny bopper market.

The monster kids rock out to Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. They have freaky fabulous wardrobes and say things like `that's VOLTAGE!' But if you read beyond the glossy sheen and bubblegum flavouring, `Monster High' actually has a lot to offer.

For one thing, Lisi Harrison has taken monster mythology and translated it to teen-speak while also writing subtext about fitting in. I know, that sounds like a lot of philosophizing about a book that has rhinestones on the cover, but give me a second...

I really liked the character of Frankie Stein. She looks different, she thinks differently to her peers and she desperately wants to fit in. But she never sacrifices who she is for how other's will see her. It's a hard lesson she has to learn, but Frankie has a great sense of self, bolts, green skin and all!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous Human, Marvelous Monster September 29, 2010
*some spoilers included, nothing big though

This book was checked out from the library, which I'm glad I did instead of buying it. This book definitely begrudgingly gets a 3 out of 5 gnomes because one character of the two main characters is much more likable then the other. This book went from a 2 up to a 3 just because of the character Frankie Stein.

Melody and Frankie alternate chapters. Melody is human, had a nose job and recently moved from Beverly Hills to Oregon. Frankie is a monster, Frankenstein's granddaughter and has mint green skin.

I really wish that the book only had Frankie or the other monster's point of view the whole time. Melody makes it extremely hard to care about her. She feels sorry for herself a lot and has zero confidence. Melody's nickname used to be Smellody but then her plastic surgeon dad fixed her nose. The supposed reason for fixing her nose is well, ludicrous. I'm pretty sure that having asthma would not prevent you from singing but that is the reason she says she wants her nose fixed. Also have to wonder how getting a nose job would help you at all if you had asthma. She supposedly doesn't like being pretty because she's not sure people like her for her or just her new nose.

Another astonishingly weird choice is Melody's decision to become best friends with Bekka. Bekka has Melody sign a contract saying that she won't go after her boyfriend Brett and will beat up anyone that does. After hearing about and seeing the contract Melody actually signs it which really made me question her mental faculties. Bekka is followed around by Haylee who writes down everything Bekka does to turn it into a cell phone novel.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you could give "negative" stars... December 1, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
then I would have given this book a negative number. The book itself is cute and has nice message. Harrison, however, ruins it by peppering the book with graphic sexuality. This line is aimed at "tweens" - I hardly think tweens need to read a hot and heavy make out scene. What shocked me the most was a line when the monsters were at a costume party. One character showed up as the Hunchback and, when asked by a girl what he was doing there, he replied, "I thought you might wanna hump." I get that this is a sarcastic remark because of the "hump" on his back but ... REALLY? I don't need my tween asking me what that is - I wouldn't want my TEEN asking what it is! I will return this. My daughter can play with the dolls and watch the (much more tame) movies.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate for the target age October 16, 2012
These books are for kids who love the dolls, and the dolls appeal to the 8-10 crowd at most. There was more than a little age-inappropriate material, including several references (with examples) to "making out" and several ill advised sexual innuendos ("you wanna hump?" stood out more than others). Also, I don't think the word "sexy" should have had such a star role in books intended for a 9 year old.
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57 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted A Golden Opportunity September 22, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found the "Monster High" web cartoons online to be quite cute, with vivid & distinct characters and a fun setting. When I heard about this book, I was excited to see this world explored in the depths that only prose can really reach.

Boy, was I disappointed.

Lisi Harrison apparently took her notes for an unpublished "Clique" novel and forced them into the Monster High concept. The fun, vivid characters from the web cartoons are replaced with flat characters who do everything possible to hide what makes them visually interesting, including whiteface (which is all sorts of wrong). The only new additions Harrison brings are more castaways from the "Clique", and we get our requisite love triangle, since any book series aimed at women MUST force in a romance by law. The love triangle is the only place where Harrison shows any sort of creativity, since it's a twist on Jekyll & Hyde, but other than that, she seems more concerned with dropping as many designer & brand names as possible than actually writing an interesting story. In the hands of a writer whose imagination isn't limited to whatever fashion rag she most recently read, this couldn've been a good book, but Harrison apparently can only write what she sees on Style Network, not actual characters.

Mattel gave Harrison a wonderful, imaginative world to work with, and she threw all that away for a whitewashed pretty-people festival, just like all of her own series. Why an author so devoid of any true imagination was given this series, let alone is popular, is beyond me. Avoid this if you have any respect for writing as a craft or even just for using your imagination beyond picturing yourself in the latest issue of "Seventeen".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Read to my daughter
Not too bad. Actually helped me understand what my daughter talks about. Good way to bond. Agree that there are some themes for an older audience. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars my niece really liked the
my niece really liked the book
Published 1 month ago by 907arlas907
4.0 out of 5 stars Second time reading it
Absolutely love this series. My 8 year old niece and I love reading it together. Ready to buy the second book!
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Dyan Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for fans of MH
More like my daughter loves it. She received this for Christmas and was so excited!
Published 1 month ago by Someone Else's Genius
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good
I have both the 2nd and the 3rd monster high book after this and I can't wait to read them now.
Published 1 month ago by mindy mcnutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The best book I've read in a long time the zips of romance and adventure are great it was so so so so so so so good
Published 2 months ago by ananab1
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This book was off the chain maybe because l have sean the movie already and the movie was so cool but this book really good
Published 2 months ago by Renee Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars cool but it's kinda inappropriate for little kids
Published 3 months ago by Cuty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Totally worth it.
Published 3 months ago by Frank Gadison
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Loved it. Can't wait to read the next one. Monster high rules the world. See you later and good reading
Published 3 months ago by Rick
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the Clique, Alphas, and Monster High series. She was senior director of Development at MTV and also served as head writer for MTV Productions. She is currently pretending to work on her next novel.
Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California.

She posts a new blog every Wednesday at

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