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Delicate Monsters

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  272 reviews
When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy li
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Caitlin C Not really. I liked We Were Liars, this was "How Obvious Can We Say We're Lying But We're Trying to be Good People, But Really Bad at That"

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Emily May
Seriously, the inside of Ms Kuehn's head must be a scary place to live. Here is yet another completely disturbing and engrossing psychological thriller.

Kuehn really isn't afraid to "go there". Her characters are twisted, her endings remind me of Courtney Summers books in that she refuses to tie them up neatly, and her exploration of the darkest parts of teenager's minds is both unsettling and addictive. She embraces diversity and she's edgy as fuck... so, when is her next book released again?

Cristina Monica
3 1/2 stars.

Well, I honestly did not expect this result. Which can certainly be viewed as a good thing. But, really, did someone tear off the last few pages of my copy? How could it end like that? I'm still in a state of bewilderment.

Nevertheless, Delicate Monsters was a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat! The chapters were short, there were many of them and none missed to end in a note that will make you want to read the next chapter right away. I swear, there were so many things I ne
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
:::3 Stars, I think?:::

Compelling, but bizarre.

This book is not an easy one to rate, nor was it an easy one to read. Labeling this as “edgy” is too delicate a description. This goes beyond that. The content of this story is so disturbing, I cringed through most of it and felt flat out uncomfortable with the rest.

That’s not to say discomfort is a bad thing. I find great value in any story powerful enough to ignite intense emotions even if my gut is twisting. In fact, I’ve read many deranged book
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Nothing’s wrong with being bad. It’s like being honest or crying at the end of a sad movie. Sometimes it just happens.”

I was attempting to avoid human contact yesterday by reading this on the elevator on the way to work when a co-worker (one of the few I don’t want to punch in the throat and one who is an avid reader as well) asked what was I reading. Of course, the title wasn’t enough info for her and I found myself stumped at wh
C.G. Drews
These books are SO MESSED UP. But this is the last Kuehn book I had left to read and fjakdslfd I'm sad. I mean everyone in her books are extremely messed up, unhinged, and half the time actually the most unlikeable creatures -- but they're so FREAKING ADDICTIVE AND EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN. (Pls write more.)

So I finished Complicit like 2 days ago and immediately borrowed this from the online library and then immediately started reading it. This is so wild. I usually let books moulder on my TBR for, u
Faye, la Patata
Have you ever read something that was mindfucking your brain - but not realizing that it was actually mindfucking your brain - and then when you get to the end, you realized you have just been epically mindfucked, and you're like, "DID THIS BOOK JUST MINDFUCKED ME?" And then you say, "YES. IT. DID."

And you wouldn't even mind.

Because this is Khuen's book in a nutshell. If there's a Master who is so good at toying with our minds in the subtlest and explosive way possible, I have no doubt that Kueh
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Oh how I disliked this.

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Be good. Be patient.
It whispered,
You're going to shine.
It whispered,
Just you wait and see.

If not for the fact that this was an ARC I would have left my review from above, but since it is in fact an ARC, I feel I owe everyone an explanation. I think there were multiple reasons I didn't like this book. For starters, one of our main characters, Sadie, had no sense of remorse. And, while that's fine in a a lot of stories with me, for some reason it rubbed me the wrong w
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
"Being strong doesn't necessarily mean not being scared."

Stephanie Kuehn, dear readers, is crazy--in an awesome crazy-brilliant kind of way. She doesn't shy away from all the nitty gritty scenes--on the contrary, she even dives into them further. She'll make you feel squeamish about the book's graphic details in the way that she isn't at all squeamish to write about as an author. That takes serious skill, my friends.

If I had to describe this book in just a single word, it would definitely be mad
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
I have loved every book by Stephanie Kuehn so far, and this one is no exception. Her books are so… bizarre and unique and wonderfully compelling. You feel as if you're being played with, as if the book is making sure you're never quite certain of what's happening, except for the fact that it's terrible and disturbing and wholly messed up!

In Delicate Monsters we've get ourselves 3 perspectives, and while I fear this would be a bit much - multiple perspectives can be so tricky - it ended up being
Steph Sinclair
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book yet. I'll have to think on it.
Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely no problem with reading dark and twisted things, nor do I condone censorship. Please keep that in mind as you read my review of “Delicate Monsters”.

I would have given “Delicate Monsters” one star, as opposed to two, had it not been a story with potential. It didn’t live up to it, but I reserve the ones that are a mess from the start.

The book’s downfall is the misleading description. Yes, everything in the description is accurate, but considering the
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato



A couple days later, I am no longer as much of a mess. I feel slightly more normal and am more capable of putting together my thoughts regarding this piece of work.


This was my first novel by Kuehn and I KNOW I am coming back for more.

I think what re
Rachel Hartman
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is out today! I'm not usually a big fan of realistic fiction, but Kuehn dives unflinchingly into the minds of her characters in a way I really admire. I read a draft of this (and I'm told the final book isn't that different), so it's been a while and the details are blurry. But I remember being utterly enthralled and horrified. Wonderful and disturbing. I would follow Kuehn's prose anywhere, even off a cliff, and she brings us very close to the edge here.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
“They had it all wrong, of course. Bravery wasn't required to conquer fear. Indifference was.”

Actual Rating: It’s more of a 3.5 to 3.8

I should’ve taken the title as a literal expectation for this book. Delicate Monsters is filled with characters you’re not supposed to like. They are those people who doesn’t deserve redemption. They are not good, not a necessary evil, but they are evil nonetheless.

Compared to Kuehn’s previous works, her third novel is certainly a mature follow up. It focuses on
Gray Cox
This book tried so hard to be edgy and dark and failed and instead just came off as really problematic.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here's a completely messed up and gritty psychological thriller.

Reading this book was a rather weird experience because the first half of the book didn't particularly pique my attention or interest at all but then something happened and before I knew it I couldn't put the book down.

The story mainly revolves around the interactions of the three main characters, Sadie, Emerson and his younger brother Miles, and they each have their own disturbances. They're self-destructive and twisted in their o
Hannah (jellicoereads)
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-fic
Sarcastic as all hell, with bitterness masking some very real truths. From the very opening pages, I knew this was going to be a mindfuck, pardon my French. (We really need a classier word for mindfuck, my friends, but it perfectly encapsulates what I’m trying to express, so for now, mindfuck it is.)

According to the pamphlets the park owners handed out – only after admission was paid, of course – a volcanic explosion was the cause of petrification, a great magma burst freezing the giants like g
*This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.*

The things that we love tell us what we are. – St. Thomas Aquinas

This book is weird as fuck. There’s no other way of putting it. Psychological thriller at its finest. Honestly, I’m not even sure what is this that I’d read, how to categorize it. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Is it for teens? Honestly, I don’t know. Just because characters are teens, does not make a book YA. Yes, sure things are not that graphically described, but sometimes t
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't think I entirely "get" Kuehn's books. Charm & Strange was too weird for me, and though I liked Delicate Monsters better, it was still pretty bizarre.

This book is about three messed up teens who are different kinds of monsters, and I don't use that word lightly. I mean, these characters were awful - borderline sociopathic and just nasty in the way that they thought:

She puffed harder on her cigarette, enjoying the burn on her windpipe and the hope that she was giving someone somewhere c
Liz Barnsley
Oh where to begin.

I'm sat here with my mouth open wondering what the heck just happened.

Yep this one has that power.

I'm not sure how to describe the central plot so I won't bother trying - but never, ever in my life have I met such a bunch of completely screwed up characters. For different reasons, for a myriad of choices they have made, for whatever reasons come to light during the reading of this one, these guys are SCREWED.

In "Delicate Monsters" Stephanie Kuehn once more takes on mental illne
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Delicate Monsters is a psychological thriller that does not tiptoe around the perversion of human nature. On the contrary, Delicate Monsters is a psychological thriller that stares into the darkness face-on with wide, curious eyes, takes it and explores it layer by layer. There are some authors that imply the wickedness of their characters leaving you to imagine the extent of their depravity. And then there are some, like Stephanie Kuehn, who bare it all - mind, thoughts, intentions, behaviours, ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via NetGalley.

Diversity Rating: 3 – Closer to Reality

4 (Sadie is half-Chinese, Emerson’s crush May is unspecified POC)
QUILTBAG: 0 (may be someone, but not a main character; my memory is fuzzy)
Disability: 1 (off-screen character has Tourette’s, two characters are sociopaths)
Intersectionality: 3 (Emerson and Miles’s family is not too well off)

MAJOR WARNING for anyone triggered by cat death/anim
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read more reviews at Inspiring Insomnia.

I don’t usually pay much attention to titles, but “Delicate Monsters” intrigued me. What exactly is a “delicate monster?” After reading Stephanie Kuehn’s latest novel, I did some Googling and expected to find that the phrase is from a song or a poem or another book, and I wanted to see how it was originally used to get some additional insight into Kuehn’s ideas about her story. But it looks like it’s an original phrase that she created, so I will try t
What happens when you take three self-destructive, morally grey people and force them to interact with each other? A high stakes psychological thriller from Stephanie Kuehn, potentially her best work yet.

What I enjoy the most about turning to a Stephanie Kuehn novel is that I'm always given the sense that she is in control of this story. It's a strange thing to mention over and over; but there are some books with extraneous details, some books when I'm crossing things out in my head as I'm readi
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
3.5 stars

I was given a copy of Delicate Monsters in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to St Martins Griffin and Netgalley. A copy of this review is also on my blog:

This was not a comfortable read. Bizarre and compelling, but definitely not comfortable.

Delicate Monsters is written from three perspectives: those of Sadie, Emerson and Miles, three disturbed teenagers whose lives intersect and whose fates seem intertwined. Sadie Su has just been kicked out of boa
Miranda Lynn
Um...what the fuck was that?!

Weird book, guys. Weird weird book.

At first, I was very much captivated by it. It was gritty and edgy and I love those things. But once I got further into it, the less and less I liked it. There was too much graphic violence, especially the kind concerning animals (which is usually an instant deal-breaker and DNF for me, but for some reason, I decided to plow on in this case).

The whole thing just felt like the author was trying too hard. It seemed purposefully stran
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
DELICATE MONSTERS is a singular experience. It's dark as hell, a look into some very twisted minds. Sadie Su has just come back to town. She's a vicious girl who likes people who do bad things, who seriously injured a boy to make him not like her. Emerson Tate, her much poorer neighbor, dislikes that she has come back since she knows that he's a psychopath. Meanwhile, his younger brother Miles is suffering homophobic bullying and the effects of an idiopathic illness. All three exchange narration ...more
Kirsten Hubbard
my dear friend & author crush stephanie kuehn isn't afraid to venture into the darkest, most psychologically twisted places -- and DELICATE MONSTERS goes farther than ever. three characters, each equally compelling. I am so excited for june. ...more
Jen La Duca

Delicate Monsters was the first of Stephanie Kuehn’s books that I received in the form of an ARC from NetGalley but it turned out to be the last of her books that I read. When I decide to read a book by a new (to me) author I always go back and look at their other books too. When I read the synopsis of Complicit and Charm and Strange I just knew I had to read them! I ended up buying all three books in print, even though I already had a digital galley of this one. This is what happens when I have

Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The things that we love tell us what we are.
-St. Thomas Aquinas

Rating: 4.5/5 STARS

I think that I can safely say that I'm in shock over Delicate Monsters; I literally have no idea what to say. I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised that Stephanie Kuehn wrote another stunningly prodigious novel that managed to leave me speechless, an occurrence that rarely happens. However, I will try my best to form coherent sentences as I attempt to describe Kuehn's gripping new release.

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I'm a YA writer who grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. My very first job was working in one of those bookstores.

Passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. I currently live in Northern California with my family and our wild menagerie of pets. CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT are out now.

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