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Modern Monsters

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  496 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Entangled Teen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I’m detective Sherrigan and this is Detective Carter, Waverly Police Department,” the man says. “We came to ask you about a party you were seen at Friday night.”

This was an interesting mystery story about a boy accused of rape.

Vic was quite a shy boy, and he seemed to always have other people’s best interests at heart. It seemed quiet unfathomable that he co
“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 innocent teenager, and also threatens to snatch away his quiet yet successful future, thus it forces him to embark upon on a road where he can clear his name, but little did he knew that this road to truth c
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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, YA or otherwise. He is a loner, a shy, antisocial boy with a stutter. He only has one friend, the very popular Brett, whose future is vastly different from Vic’s. Vic is used to being dragged around ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
The author did choose a pretty serious topic to deal with and is is definitely one of a kind. I think it was pretty well done by there are definitely some flaws. I am really glad it was short because if it was any longer, it would have become boring. One complaint though is that nothing really happened in the book. At the beginning Vic is accused of rape and then he is badly treated and gossiped about. A girl stands up and tries to help him find out who really did it and a romance starts to
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) C.

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 "wrong side of town"; his best friend is Mr. Popular, star athlete - this relationship works for Vic. He can be his invisible self, but still spend time with his childhood friend without "fitting in". Vic
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 feel so bad for him, and whats worse, is knowing that things like this can happen in real life, and have happened.

What I also loved about this book was the fierce loyalty that the friends had for one
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 time just hanging out and getting closer than doing detective work. That wasn't necessarily bad, seeing as how she's integral to to the story and to the growth of Vic's character, but I thought it lesse
Jen La Duca
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 victim. This story is told from Vic’s POV; a shy, introverted teenage boy who is wrongly accused of raping Callie. It was this change in POV that made me want to read Modern Monsters, I had a feeling ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(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 really a surprise when it was revealed. It didn't make the story any less enjoyable though.

Overall, Predictable, but a decent read.
Max Baker
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 was coming back on the scene with another book, this one about rape, you bet your ass I wanted it.

York is a born storyteller. Everything I've read of hers is dripping in gorgeous prose and dark twists,
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 popular guys, but he is not. He has a stutter and, largely because of that, he is rather socially awkward. He isn't portrayed as the shy, socially awkward guy who is secretly a brilliant guy either. Instead
Nicole Edwards
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 wasn't. Kelley York handled this subject so incredibly well. We hear this story from the perspective of the boy who is accused of raping the girl, but he's innocent. So we see what happens to him as
It has taken me some time to process “Modern Monsters” and decide how best to review it, as I have very conflicting feelings on the book. I wish there were a 3 1/2 star option, but had to settle on 3 since it is not a full 4, in my opinion.

Kelley York needs to be commended on tackling such difficult subject matter and managing to do so from a seldom examined side. Without lessening the traumatic impact of the rape on the victim, she examines the side of the person accused of the rape. How does i
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, netgalley
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 shy, mouse of a guy with hardly anybody to protect him or take his side? Brilliant! York did a tremendous job of getting me right inside Vic's head, making me sympathize with him, and further, fully in
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given Modern Monsters from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning: Rape and Suicide.

I want to start off by saying this book will definitely stick with me for a while. The character development is great. From Vic to Brett I just thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written, at times it becomes pretty predictable and I figured it out before the end though I was hoping I was wrong! It's nice and refreshing to get a male protagonist in YA and I appreciated the fact tha
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 Characters of All Time, he would definitely be on it. I also loved Callie's character, and how strong she was after all that had happened to her. She kind of reminded me of Callie from The Fosters—insp
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
*** 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 whole story right on the 2nd chapter or so.

One think that this book made really feel was really mad. I'm just so mad and disgusted.

I have no words to describe how much I hate and despise Brett. That
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got a copy from YA Books Central for review.

*Vic has an involuntary stutter

Writing a novel from the point of view of a boy accused of rape is risky business. That hardly needs saying, but it is because the victim is who we should care more about in a rape case, not the alleged rapist. Still, I’m all for my dark contemporaries that could be great or be a disaster. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I needed to see how an author could take the point of
Sarika Patkotwar
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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, Kelley York is one of my most favourite and preferred contemporary writers of our time. So when I got the opportunity to read and review an e-arc of Modern Monsters, I was elated. Obviously, I had expectat
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, arc
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 fluffy, romantic contemporary novel but it will impact you. I really liked that she picked this topic. Teenage rape cases have risen and unfortunately, (a) not a lot cases are reported or solved, (b) doubl
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
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 book did leave me in a bit of a shock.

Vic Howard is the quiet guy at his high school, and also has a terrible speech problem. The only thing that prevents him from being bullied is because his best frien
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 for anyone, but I must mention that I enjoy a book that makes me contemplate, question, and reflect.

Modern Monsters is told soley from Vic Howard, a senior in high school's, point of view. Vic attend
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

A copy of the book was kindly provided to me by the publisher but it does not influence my review in any way!

THE WORLD: Well as it is a contemporary book it really is based in our world with no fancies.

CHARACTERS: Vic is the main character and a narrator of the story. He is rather simple, has problems with his speech and in all in all is a loner. However, his best friend Brett is a party soul and has been on Vic's side since they were little kids. Now, one da
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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 mother. Everyone except Brett and maybe Callie's best friend Autumn. Together they try of find the real rapist before Vic is thrown into jail for a crime he didn't commit.

MODERN MONSTERS is a topical stor
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

Crystal | decorating.reader
DNF AT 35% I've been struggling since the beginning with this one. I'm finding to be pretty predictable and it isn't holding my attention at all. I skipped to the end and I was right on what happened. I think there will be some who enjoy it, but it just isn't working for me. ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paige  Bookdragon
Jun 08, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paige by: Aditi
Ooh. I love the blurb!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, It is tough to believe this comes from the writer who has given me the Suicide Watch, Hushed and Made of Stars. Modern Monsters is not that dark, not that gripping, and certainly not that Kelley York. Kelley York is one of my favourite authors, I consider her as an underrated writer, and I always recommend her to my friends.

But this is all forgiven to the women who have written Made of Stars.

This book is not that as the other book of Kelley York. The story is not tight. Boy rape a girl, and
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Kelley resides off the coast of Northern California with her wife, teenager, a German Shepherd, a handful of cats and rats. In addition to writing, she has her A.S. in Anthropology, and is a graphic designer with a specialty in book cover design. She spends her spare time playing video games and tabletop games like the nerd she is. Her specialty is LGBT+ fiction, usually with a dark twist.

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