This review contains quotes from the book.
*Special thanks to G. P. Putnam’s Sons for allowing us to read Liz Kay’s Monsters.
Liz Kay‘s unusual love story, Monsters, will make everyone who reads it believe in love again.
This story starts off with Stacey Lane, a widow whose just lost her husband and is all alone to raise her two boys. To say she is a mess is an understatement. Stacey feels lost because she is still living in her husband’s hometown, and on top of that she has no idea how to escape it. She feels like a monster because she cannot seem to write any poems and feels as if she is not being a good mother to her children. But one day she gets an e-mail that changes everything.
“They’re buying a six-month option, whatever that means, but they’re sending me a check for fifteen grand and flying me out to work on the script.” I don’t really need the money, but I like the thought of making it. And more importantly, they’re flying me somewhere. More important, I get to leave.
-excerpt from Liz Kay’s Monsters
The email is about a producer wanting the film rights to her novel called Monsters in the Afterlife. After this, she packs up everything and moves to Hollywood to work on the screenplay. And while she is working on it, she becomes close with an A-list actor, Tommy DeMarco. Tommy is the ultimate bad-boy, who has a lot of charm and was also the one who discovered Monsters, a feminist re-imagining of Frankenstein. Since then, he’s wanted to star and co-produce the adaptation from the start.
This film seems to have given Stacey purpose again; she finds herself traveling back to Omaha, her hometown, and then to the City of Lights. Over time, Stacey and Tommy form an unlikely bond, one that inspires a sense of true love.
I loved Stacey’s character because she has suffered through so much and finally gets the break she’d been waiting for. I also ended up liking Tommy’s character because of how he pushes Stacey in ways that allowed her to reach her full creative potential. He also brings out a fun side to Stacey which I enjoyed, as she wasn’t as stressed about her life anymore. Tommy and Stacey are an unlikely pair, but they somehow make it work.
Overall, I would recommend Monsters to anyone who loves a good romcom. This book has all the elements of it: woman loses husband, feels the need to escape life, woman meets bad-boy, bad-boy falls in love with her…you know, how all great love stories are told.