Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Lisa Helmick

Monty and the MonsterMonty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amazingly adorable story! The story…the characters are all great! I love how this reads! I really feel like I am in the head of a thirteen year old. And the interactions between Kyle and even his Dad are so spot on! Name calling, wrestling, frustration with the parent, mad scientists even the bullies at school..Perfect!

I loved Monty! He is what I think of when I think of a thirteen year old. Magic, skateboarding, pushing boundaries and a smart mouth. He struggles making friends after moving for the sixth time, now he is in a new town, old house with no friends. Then he decides to make one. Enter Houdini! Scary at first but they become best friends. I love all of the cool things that Houdini can do. He is a monster anyone could love.

All of the secondary characters were crazy good! From the mad scientist to his brother and even their dog. They did well adding to the story but not overstepping. I loved them all!

This is a wonderful story of family, dealing with your past, bullies and new friends. I really *felt* for Monty and even Houdini and let’s not forget Watson. This is a first time author for me. This caught my attention from the beginning. I devoured it pretty quickly. It brought me chuckles, smiles and frustration. It is easy to read and flows very nicely. I don’t want to forget the cute little “adds” at the beginning of every chapter! Loved them!

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