Delicate Monsters

Finished Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn. I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.”

I am a huge fan of Stephanie Kuehn’s, and her first two books are two of my all-time favorites (especially Complicit).  Like those two, Delicate Monsters is a complete jumble until, all of a sudden, it isn’t anymore.

The characters in this aren’t particularly good people.  They’re all damaged in extensive ways, some of which aren’t apparent until the absolute end.  (And, as you may expect, the opposite is also true: some turn out to be nowhere near as horrible as they seem.)

I’m not sure this is a book you enjoy so much as a book that captivates you.  I knew something was going to happen and that the something would probably be horrible, but I was unable to stop reading until I knew absolutely everything.

I didn’t love this as much as the other two, but Stephanie Kuehn is definitely a must-read author for me.


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