Review: Modern Monsters by Kelley York
Title: Modern Monsters
Author: Kelley York
Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Review: Ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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 police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie's best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon.
But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
First let me say I am not giving this book a solid 5 rating because one of the characters has my name even though I think that is AMAZING!!! I am giving this book a solid 5 because it was good and I loved the mystery (even though it wasn't a big one) on who committed the crime.
This story does talk of rape so be warned it is not really graphic but I know with rape being mentioned some people need a trigger warning just in case.
Vic is a quiet and lonely boy his only friend is his best friend Brett. Brett watches out for him and since Brett is popular Vic is considered tolerable. When Brett gets invited to a party one night Vic is coming along even though he is okay with not going. This is where he meets Callie, the last thing Callie remembers is that Vic was there.
When the police come by to question Vic he has no clue as to what happened after he left and his own mother doesn't believe him. How crappy is that right? Well we get an answer to that which was heartbreaking on its own. As the story goes on we meet a girl named Autumn she is Callie's best friend and she is determined to find out who raped her friend, with the help of Vic they finally get the answers they seek but what will happen when the truth is revealed? Even though Vic keeps his head down and isn't looking for trouble and stands by his innocence those in school don't believe him. They figured something like this would happen being as he is a loner and because of his dad.
The plot is a good one the story pace is not super slow but it is in the middle of just going on along. We don't find out who did anything until towards the end and I could not believe I didn't think of this person. There is some romance that comes out in the book nothing that is too much it is like normal teenage things.
The characters are well developed and you get to know them through how others perceive them and how they act.
I want to read more by this author as I like her writing style and how she can draw you into a book.
Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.