When Esther comes back at dawn on a school night, she’s expecting an argument with her parents at breakfast. Instead, the police arrest her father for molesting girls in their neighborhood. As her father awaits trial and her mother wastes away with grief, Esther seeks comfort in the things that make her numb: parties, boys and her secret relationship.
She is fine.
Everything is fine until Esther meets Matthew, who refuses to be just another notch in her bedpost. Forced to confront her feelings, Esther has to decide whether to stay comfortably wild and numb or if it’s time to start dealing with the painful reality of her shattered life.
Written in verse, He is the Monster tells the heartbreaking story of loss and desire after learning that your loved ones aren’t always who you think they are.
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Amy Ellis works in publishing in London and occasionally writes poems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Longwood University and a Masters in Digital Publishing from Oxford Brookes University.
You can find her online at amy-ellis.com or embarrassing herself on social media @amesplaza.
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