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Monster High (Monster High #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  5,487 ratings  ·  642 reviews
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.

They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enrol

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Hardcover, 255 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Poppy (first published October 4th 2005)
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Drucilla
Dec 14, 2011 Drucilla rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I decided to read this book because I liked the Monster High animated shorts online. If you decide the same thing, be forewarned that the book is nothing like the shorts. I knew this going in, but I still kept trying to force what I knew about the shorts into this book. Having said that, I really liked this book. It does a great job of standing on its own. I liked going back and forth between Frankie and Melody's p.o.v. I also liked most of the characters. Some were annoying as heck, though. I w...more
Wicked Walker
The Quick and the Dirty...a new and cutsie take on monsters

Why I was tempted to read this...I thought it sounded good and you gotta love the name Frankie Stein

Cover thoughts...Somewhat plain, but I like it simple like that, eye catching

Romance Meter...There was some, but there wasn't as much as I had hoped for. A lot of one girl liking a guy that likes someone else.

Character and Plot...I think I was expecting something dark and creepy with all the monsters walking around the high school, but the...more
Jaye
Hmm a book based on girly monster dolls? Yup this book turned out exactly how I thought it'd be. Extremely shallow but still rather cute.

So this book starts out with Melody Carver and her family moving from California to Salem, Oregon because of her terrible asthma. She had also just gotten a nose job that apparently made her uber pretty, and yet she feels like a fraud.

Switch to Frankie Stein. She is also a new student at Merston High, and only 15 days old. I guess being the granddaughter of Fra...more
Elii Vela
Primero quiero decir que la edición del libro es muy bonita. Cada capítulo nos muestra un figurita que representa a Frankie o a Melody, de ese modo podemos saber sobre quién tratará el capítulo en cuestión.

La historia está enfocada en Frankie, bisnieta de Frankenstein ni más ni menos (esta chica sí que tiene buen linaje), y en Melody, la “normi”. Es decir, todos los humanos somos normis y Mel lo es también. Ella viene desde Beverly Hills!! Una chica un tanto insegura por su aspecto anterior que...more
Saviourofmusic
Awful perfectly describes this story. My best friend loves these books and told me to read them. At first I turned them down, but she finally coaxed me-- I was intrigued. When I got the books, I was excited and started reading right away. When I finished I tried starting the second but gave up. I couldn't do it. First of all, the plot is kinda boring. Just boring. Not much to say for it. But the worst is the characters. Melody's an annoying and naïve idiot. She constantly goes on these useless l...more
Lisa
Cover:

Monster High, just proves that not all books with monsters or creatures, you would "think" don't really exist, have to be scary, or horror books.

From the cute diamond skull with the big pink bow, to the leather background, with pink stitching, this cover just screams cute.

I've seen the other two Monster High books, that are so far out, and I think this cover would have to be my favorite...I think it's because of all of the pink(:

Story Line:

I've recently joined together with Belinda over...more
Yamini Johnson
In the book Monster high by Lisa Harrison, this story is about all the descendants of famous monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The werewolf, etc. Mainly its about a monster named Frankie stein and she's only 15 days old since her parents brought her to life 15 days ago. Her parents dont like the fact that she's into things that the normies like a.k.a humans. Her parents reassure to her that not very many people treat monsters like them very kindly because of their skin and the way they lo...more
Pandanemone
ODIO, odio este libro.

No se que le vi cuando lo compre.. me arrepiento de haberlo hecho y de haberlo leído. Creo que lo deje por las primeras paginas y después se lo regale a mi hermanastra de 10 años.
Courtney
Monster High is about a 10th grade girl named Melody who moves with her family to Oregon in the hopes that it will alleviate the asthma that has plagued much of her life.

A few houses down the street, newly-born Frankie Stein is learning about the world she was so recently born into... And how to hide herself from it.

The two girls' lives parallel the first day of high school, as they make friends, crushes, and enemies, with only minor intersections.
Trouble is brewing, however, as an overly-optimi...more
Fiendishly Bookish
3.5 Stars

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....more
Stephanie
This review originally appeared at Black Mamba Boy and The Life and Times of Michael K, I was perfectly happy to while away a few hours with a light and fluffy book, and a tongue-in-cheek read offering a more humorous take on the recent spate of paranormal teen novels sounded right up my alley. But while I wasn't expecting Proustian exposition or Dostoyevskian characterisation, I was expecting something a little more well-rounded and with a stronger internal logic, and certainly something with a...more
Traci
This is a cute book and it made me laugh quite a few times, and despite the few flaws that I found (more on that in a minute) it definitely warrants more than a 3-star rating. It's getting a 3-star rating because I listened to an audiobook version where large chunks of the book are just... gone. There were definite sync issues throughout, where I'd magically skip back several chapters mid-sentence, but two instances where the chapters were missing altogether. This was during the important parts...more
Jacqueline Glz
Pues...bien. Si no mal recuerdo este libro estaba basado en una caricatura, o la caricatura en los libros. Sea como sea leí el libro primero, y después vi el primer capitulo de la caricatura. NADA QUE VER. La caricatura y todas esas muñecas que giran en torno al libro son meras superficialidades, el libro es completamente diferente. Vemos a una Frankie que no termina de adaptarse al mundo de los "Normis" (Y de verdad odio ese nombrecito que nos dieron a las personas comunes ¬¬) Y bueno, te sient...more
Charlene
This book is thrilling and awesome book and I love I just got it Yesterday and I love and have not put it down yet
Kelly Oram
This would make for a great Halloween Disney Original Movie.

Monster High felt like the B-flick monster movie of the book world. It had more cheesy one-liners than a James Bond film and more fashion/pop culture references than a Teen Vogue magazine. But those elements came together to make a lighthearted enjoyable read that I believe younger teens will really enjoy.

I liked that the book didn’t try to be more than what it was. With all the dark/intense paranormal romance that are so popular in th...more
Rosa
This was a fun light read. At first I was afraid to read it because it was by Lisi Harrison and the whole concept of the Clique series annoys me and makes me a little bit sad. But I loved the cover and concept so much that I finally caved and I am so glad I did.

The story is told from two points of view, Frankie Stein the fifteen day old grandaughter of Frankenstein's monster, and Melody a transplant from Los Angeles who has always felt like an outcast because she wasn't perfect (although her pl...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
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Andrea
2.5 out of 5 rating

This book was too cheesy and corny for me. But maybe the younger YA crowd will like it more.

I thought the plot was original. Monsters hiding in plain sight of the "normies". And while I don't think we were supposed to figure out just who was a monster and who wasn't, I had the monsters pegged from the very beginning.

I did like the two main characters--Melody and Frankie. They were definitely true to themselves and wanted to be liked for who they were and not what they looked...more
kelley
My granddaughter turned nine this past week and her newest rage is "Monster High". She wanted a birthday party with a Monster High theme so my daughter asked me to help her come up with some ideas. Well, I didn't have a clue what Monster High was except that my granddaughter talked about it all the time and went around with her nose crammed into the spine of a pretty pink book. That's right these characters are not based on a cartoon or any other type of media. They are based on a book and if an...more
Valerie
My almost ten year old step-daughter loves the monster high dolls and videos; on a trip to the library she saw the first book and begged me to let her read it. Since it is marketed as a YA novel, I wasn't comfortable just saying yes, so I decided to read it and figure out if it would be a good fit for her.

Upon reading the first book, I was able to create a lists of thing I liked and things I despised from this book.

Likes:

I enjoyed the fact that the author used the original stories of the monst...more
Book Bazaar
There are two reviews here - I read this with Miss 8 - who liked it considerably more than I did!

Miss 8 - Monster High #1 was good but not great, I think the 2nd one is better but I really liked the dance at the end. Especially when Brett is kissing Frankie and scratching her stitches and then her head falls off!!!! LOLO :)

I love the Monster High Series. I have 9 dolls (Mum - I am not typing out the names of all of them!) and really want Operetta for Christmas!!!!

Mum's review - Oh dear! The prem...more
Nely
Frankie Stein is thrilled when her parents tell her that she is ready to go to school. Frankie has high hopes for high school - she can't wait to make friends and to finally have the chance to wear her amazing wardrobe out in public. She's spent her whole life (all 15 days of it) inside her father's lab (a/k/a the Fab) and her only friends are the Glitterati (her pet mice) and her parents. Aside from her mint green skin, the thick bolts in her neck and the seams that are holding her appendages t...more
Jillyn
May 04, 2013 Jillyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: junior high girls
Melody needs to get away from Beverly Hills and start over. An ex-dork, she's looking forward to being in the fresh air of Salem, Oregon (to help her asthma) and where people don't know her nerdy past. This is Frankie Stein's first year attending school in Salem too, only for way different reasons. She was only just created in a lab by her parents a few weeks ago, and they now deem her ready for the world. All is well until monster sightings start popping up around town, making the paranormal fa...more
Mary (BookHounds)
This is going to be one hot book! I didn't know anything about this book and only signed up to read about it when I saw that one of the characters was named Frankie Stein. How could you not love a character named that? I wasn't disappointed at all. This is one of those books I am going to recommend to all of my mom friends for their younger teens. The story has lots of important lessons, is extremely cute and of course a marketing blitz to go along with it.

I started to Google the title to find o...more
Shelli
Listening to this one on audio book. Would most likely rather listen to anything else. My daughter is obsessed with Monster High dolls. We nurture this obsession because of how she incorporates art with her "doll play." Each room in her Monster High House is decorated very extravagantly to match the monster that resides there. Much of the decorations are from her own making or tweeking from items collected at thrift stores and yard sales. She also does imaginative photography with her dolls. Som...more
Eden
Frankie Stein was created 15 days ago and she is very excited when she learns she will be going to school. Now she can make friends! But she is a little less thrilled when her parents tell her she has to wear make up to hide her green skin. They tell her that this is what they have to do to fit in.

Melody Carver and her family move because she has asthma and the air in Salem is much better for her. Melody has always felt like she has never fitted in and here in Salem, things are different. People...more
Gecky Boz
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Kaajol
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Y
It was kind of cute and fairly humorous in places, but (and there's always a but), although I know the book is based off a series of fashion dolls, you can't deny that the book is filled with ridiculously shallow (and in many cases, extremely obnoxious) characters. The fact that the extremely naive newcomer gets it in her head to then tackle heavy themes like bigotry just feels embarrassing since it really just doesn't mesh with the constant teen pop-culture references (a girl who places a Biebe...more
Countrygirl_TN
The story takes place in Salem; not Mass but Oregon. Melody Carver is a normie and Frankie Stein is a monster, well not really, but that is what the normies would call her if they knew her true identity. Frankie dreams of the day that she can walk in public as herself and not have to disguise her neck seams, bolts, and her green skin with scarves and loads of makeup. Melody meets her new neighbor, Jackson, who has a secret of his own. When Melody learns of his secret and of the "monsters" at Mer...more
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique". Lisi was born in Canada, and lived in NYC for a while at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA.



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