May 20, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Stephanie Kuehn and Delicate Monsters,

Oh boy, oh boy. Delicate Monsters sounds amazingly messed up.

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.Goodreads

Here are my reasons why I want to read this book:

  • Stephanie Kuehn can write twisted characters beautifully. Just look at the characters in Charm & Strange and Complicit. I hope I’d enjoy reading about these characters as much as Kuehn’s other characters.
  • This book is uncomfortable. That is the word that most readers use to refer to the story, and that just makes me intrigued. I’m excited to figure out what exactly makes readers uncomfortable, which I can gather from the synopsis. It seems really fucked up, and I want it.

  • These characters have history with each other! I always love reading books with characters who were childhood friends. Even better when you throw in blackmail and deep dark secrets! It makes a very juicy dynamic.

  • A character has visions. Clairoyance, yes?! One of the characters can see the future, which is very cool, and I wonder how that will play out in the grand scheme of things.

Who else is excited about this book?






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