Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn. Pub. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015.
If you have ever done something really bad that has deeply hurt or affected others, and you have kept it a secret and carried the guilt of it all around with you, then this is a novel for you.
The teenage years can be wonderful and they can be mixed up. Many teens struggle to find out who they are and worry what others think of them. The three main characters in this novel have a lot of these feelings in them.
Sadie Vu is from a wealthy family who live in the wine growing area of California. She has been expelled from many boarding schools, cares about nothing and sees herself as pathological. She does things because they are bad and she has been responsible for the near death of Roman, a boy who really liked her.
Emerson is a 6ft 4 inch basketball player whose father committed suicide in his ’64 ford mustang, a car Emerson still drives. He is sadistic in behaviour and carries around secrets that he needs to resolve. His brother is a sickly soul called Miles, a boy who has allergies, who is often sick , has visions that appear to come true and is bullied mercilessly.
Mix these characters together and you have a stunning story that will keep you reading and wondering where it is going. It is disturbing, chilling and disconcerting but you must finish.
This aptly named novel is splendidly written in four parts by an author with a degree in sport psychology who is working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology. She doesn’t miss a trick with the ending being open and powerful.
Definitely for mature students and young adults. Those who have read All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven will love this novel
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