Vic Howard is used to being an outsider, invited to
parties only because his best friend, Brett Mason, is
popular. When Aaron Biggs extends an invitation to a
party at a rented lake cabin, Vic has no desire to go but
Brett refuses to attend without him. Unfortunately,
something unthinkable happens that night and now Vic
finds himself the suspect in a police investigation.
Kelley York offers readers a different perspective on
rape. Typically, books focus on the rape victim but
Kelley York shows us the pain, isolation, and even the
attacks that a person falsely accused of rape suffers. My
heart still aches for Vic as he loses everything he
thought he knew about his life, even as he searches for
the truth of what happened at the party.
Kelley York does a phenomenal job at addressing the
sensitive issue of rape. I love how Kelley York weaves in
the various reactions of those around a rape victim -
whether it's the best friend, mother, or a casual school
acquaintance - to show us just how devastating to an
entire community of people this one crime can be. Kelley
York doesn't shy away from hitting the issues head-on and
the emotional impact of MODERN MONSTERS lingers long
after the last page is turned.
MODERN MONSTERS is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss,
and guilt. MODERN MONSTERS is a book I highly
recommend for young adult readers as Callie's scenario is
all too realistic. MODERN MONSTERS is a beautifully
written cautionary tale and one that will haunt this
reader for a long time.
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
painfullyvisible, 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...