Monsters Among Us

Written by Monica Rodden

Monsters Among Us has some heavy topics for students. I don’t know if there are trigger warnings on books in our district, but this book has language, violence, rape, murder, abuse, and suicidal thoughts. I know some of our kids have been touched by these topics, but this was a hard read for me.

I liked the idea of having two timelines in the book, but struggled with the reality of Catherine’s flashbacks. I didn’t fully understand how a person who has gone through something as traumatic as Catherine has could just jump back into the real world.

I personally would not recommend this book for our libraries at school. I think there are other books that would fit our students better than this one.

Reviewed by Melodie Garcia, Teacher, Eisenhower Jr. High
Review shared in June 2023
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: High School 11-12 grade

Monsters Among Us
Written by Monica Rodden
392 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2021
ISBN: 9780593125878 (hardcover) / 9780593125892 (paperback)
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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