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Monster High: 10/27/15

Monster High by Lisi Harrison: Melody Carver has to adjust to the less than Hip Master High.

Monster High by Lisi Harrison is the first of the Monster High series. The Carver family has moved to Salem, Oregon from Los Angeles, California. Melody Carver has to adjust to the less than Hip Master High. Meanwhile, Frankie (a modern day Frankenstein's monster) is eager to start high school, if she can just hide the fact she's RAD (regular attribute dodger).

I was hoping to love this book and read the series to its conclusion. But there were just too many things that irked me. First and foremost, there's Melody and her sister, Candace who are portrayed as shallow, brand obsessed wealthy teens. The VAST majority of people living in and around Los Angeles can't afford the stuff they were wining about. Next: for suburb of Salem that was supposedly built to protect monsters, they sure continue to live in fear of "normi"s.

There's a better version of this sort of story, and frankly, I'm shocked to be posting this. But here it is: Casper's Scare School, a 3D animated cartoon that ran for two seasons about Casper the friendly ghost being sent to boarding school to learn how to be scary, and realizing that most of the other monster kids are just as friendly with "fleshies" as he is.

Two stars

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