Pretty Monsters : Stories, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Weird, wicked, spooky and delicious, Pretty Monsters is a book of tall tales to keep you up all night.

Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where ghosts of girlfriends past rub up against Scrabble-loving grandmothers with terrifying magic handbags, wizards sit alongside morbid babsitters, and we encounter a people-eating monster with a sick sense of humour. This edition also features a Brand New story, 'The Cinderella Game'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781847677846



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This the 2nd book I read by Kelly Link (after Magic for Beginners). Basically, I noticed that several short stories that I had read in anthologies and really liked, coincidentally had the same author. Isn't it great when you discover something like that?Kelly Link is one of those authors that you either hate or you love, and I do love her stories. She just makes the impossible become real. As for the book itself it has some outstanding stories, some very good stories, and some good ones that just by being next to the outstanding ones seem not to be good enough (but they are).My favorites: The specialist hat,and Pretty Monsters. For 2 days after I had finished the book I kept opening it on Clementine's last sentence in Pretty Monsters (Did you ever have an idea of how your life was supposed to go, except that you were wrong about everything?). I can't recommend them highly enough.I was very surprised to see to discover that some reviewers consider it a novel for teens. Not that it is not appropriate for them, but I should think adults can appreciate it better, especially when the characters themselves are teenagers. A teenager may identify with Clementine and her eternal crush on Cabell Meadows, but the feeling is even more powerful when you are an adult and you realise that you never really forgot your own Cabell Meadows (or your time at summer camp, or...)

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