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Monster High

(Monster High #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  8,697 ratings  ·  844 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

Hardcover, 255 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Poppy (first published October 4th 2005)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monster High (Monster High #1) by Lisi Harrison is a cute story about a group of teens. Some of these teens are not like the ! There is a group on real life monsters living in this town but keep their real identity hidden. Well, that's before the Steins let their newly made daughter go to high school. ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h
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
Jaye Berry
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2012, mg
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
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, re-read
My favorite book 7 years ago. Re-read it and I still love it.

You could give me a list of all the bad things about this book, and I’d probably agree, but I’d still love it. I’ve read this book more times than I can count, don’t ask me why because I don’t really know. All I know is that I fell in love with this book when I was 10 and since then it has had a special place in my heart.

Yes the characters have no personality and yes the plot is stupid, but this book is my childhood and I’ll forever l
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Links to my other Monster High by Lisi Harrison reviews: [2] [3] [4]

This series is so hard for me to review. I'm not even sure where to start. It's baffling, because Lisi Harrison is not a bad writer. I know she isn't. I've read a fair bit of her other work, and I enjoyed it. She just somehow manages to take Monster High, something that's really close to my heart, and completely bastardize it in four books.

The first installment is my second favorite out of the four; it's a nice little standalone
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
it’s so bad it’s almost good
Kai (CuriousCompass)
Cute. That's about it. A lot you could do with monsters and the likes, but the premise is largely wasted on a typical cutesy high school contemporary. ...more
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
Yamini Johnson
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lisi Harrison's Monster High is a great fiction read. I would recommend it to teenage readers. However, if you are into teenage fiction, by all means, read it! This book is about a young woman named Melody who moved from her fancy life in California. You can say she was living the "90210" lifestyle. However, despite her rich living, she wasn't the most popular person in her school...nor the prettiest. But, once she moves to Salem, Oregon she meets a few girls who hide a secret bigger than ever. ...more
Dorian Jandreau
I gave 4 stars because of common teens' love story.
First I got interested in these dolls. Now I cannot stop buying new ones. Next, I watched all cartoons, and now decided to read books.
So, I noticed that people who read these books wrote that they are full of sexual content. Well, yes, but not that much. Actually this serie is marked as YOUNG ADULTS FICTION, so I don't understand why moms read these books to little girls... It is obviously for teens and young adults, about boys, dating, love an
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and cute. A little too girlie for me in the start, with all the name dropping and product placements and such. Eye rolling for a lot of it, but once it got into the actual story, I did enjoy it more. Will read more.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, borrow
This is nothing like the show.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a "I have remotely enjoyed watching the movies based on this and am in need of a cleanse" kind of book. I enjoyed the character Melody, who isn't in the movies at all, but she also was my least favorite character which is strange. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good
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.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
OMG!!! I love monster high the show. Yes I am 13 whatever. Is that to old? Well i read the book and I don't like monster high because the book was so dirty. My older sister read it and she told me I was to young for it and there is a lot of kissing. I was like whatever I read books with kissing. But i meant one or two. But HOLY MOLY, I read the book and I stopped because i thought I was to young for this book. My young sister tried to read it but i said no way but I didn't want Monster high to g ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
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
Elvedina k
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Ani jsem nečekala, že to bude tak zábavné. Takové Mean Girls pro slečny 10+. Sice nejsem úplně cílovka, ale MH miluju, a tak jsem byla zvědavá, jak se s tím autorka popere. Úplně se mi nepáčila Melody coby necannon postava, ale ok, přežila bych. Horší už to bylo s cannon holkama jako je Draculaura a spol., které se až na Cleo a Clawdeen jmenovali pro normíky jinak (Lala? Jako vážně?). A nepochopila jsem, proč Lagooně pořád říkaj Blue, i když ji pozdějc odhalili. Nicméně... žiju pro Deuce a Cleo, ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.
At first I felt it was far more shallow than I'd want my daughter reading in the future, which disappointed me as I love the idea of Monster High Dolls instead of Barbie. (I grew up with Barbie, but I am so a creepy and cooky Addams Family type person), hell I want the dolls for myself before I even had a child.
But back to the novel. It is short and all about figuring out who you are and accepting yourself and your friends for their quirks.
I was genuinely mildly annoyed at the
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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
Wolf Girl
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book it is fun to dad and I love monster high so much so you should read it plz and thx for read my note lol
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
these books are fucking wild and Violently dated. i love it
Tiffany Spencer
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Monster High
Plot: (Frankie’s Story)
Frankie Stein is the 15-year-old creation of Viktor Stein. As her completion nears, he and his wife Viveka look down at their daughter in joy. Viveka though worries about the kind of challenges she’ll face and what kind of world they’re bringing her into. One day they tell her that they can no longer home school her and after filling her in on the origins of the normies and the RAD’s (Regular Attribute Dodgers) they give her makeup and wool clothes to cover up
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique", "Alphas", "Monster High," Pretenders," and her first adult novel: "The Dirty Book Club" out 10.10.17. Lisi was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived in NYC for 15 years while she worked at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA and is a member or her own Dirty Book Club.


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