Made for Each Other (My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series #2)

Made for Each Other (My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series #2)

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by Paul D. Storrie, Eldon Cowgur
     
 

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Tom Stone stepped into Seward High and into Maria McBride's life like a bolt of lightning. He's the perfect guy for Maria—nice, smart, and well-built. There's just one problem: his family. Tom's father is the town's new funeral director, and business is booming. The bodies are piling up thick and fast in Persephone Falls, Alaska, so Dr. Stone keeps Tom up

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Tom Stone stepped into Seward High and into Maria McBride's life like a bolt of lightning. He's the perfect guy for Maria—nice, smart, and well-built. There's just one problem: his family. Tom's father is the town's new funeral director, and business is booming. The bodies are piling up thick and fast in Persephone Falls, Alaska, so Dr. Stone keeps Tom up late at night working in the funeral home. And it's clear that Dr. Stone and his creepy assistant, Graves, don't want Maria around. Maria knows Tom was made for her. She's determined to find out what Dr. Stone has against her. When Tom refuses to stand up to his father, Maria begins to stitch together the clues...and finds out that the Stones are into recycling in ways she never could have imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
When violinist Maria McBride and hunky new guy Tom Stone run into each other—literally—it is love at first sight. But Tom's job at his father's funeral home keeps him so busy that he and Maria rarely see each other. And it seems like every day another fatal accident claims yet another member of town, keeping Tom at the funeral home day and night helping his father and his father's creepy assistant, Graves. As a result, Tom's and Maria's relationship isn't getting very far. When Maria decides to take matters into her own hands and visit Tom at his father's funeral home, she discovers that Tom isn't a typical teenage boy. In fact, he's not a boy at all: he's a monster. Tom's father is Frankenstein's monster, and Tom himself is an amalgam of other people's parts. Maria tells Tom that she doesn't care about his strange background, and the two are as happy together as a girl and her monster boyfriend can be—until Maria realizes that Tom's "sister," Hedy, is killing people in town to make new monster friends. Hedy is consumed with jealousy over Tom's and Maria's relationship, and kidnaps Tom with the intent of recycling him into a new boyfriend just for her. Maria and her friends enlist the help of Dr. Stone, storm the lab, and destroy Hedy and a posse of body-part monsters. This graphic novel is written in the spirit of pulp horror, and the author does a good job keeping the plot moving. The illustrations are typical of pulp comics, with well-differentiated main characters and sound effects played out in words. The characters, however, are extraordinarily flat and the relationship between Maria and Tom is hard to swallow. For example, Maria doesn't bat an eye when Tom tells her he's really just made up of parts from dead people. Rather, Maria tells him that her parents were organ donors and she views Tom as simply the recipient of lots and lots of organ donations. This is the second book in the "My Boyfriend is a Monster" series, with more to come, and should appeal to readers who enjoy their horror and romance intertwined. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761370772
Publisher:
Graphic Universe
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Series:
My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series , #2
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
841,680
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

D. Storrie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and despite time spent in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Los Angeles, has returned to Metro-Detroit time and again. He attended Grand Valley State University and received a B.A. in English Language and Literature, knowing that he wanted to tell stories for a living. His first published work was the comic book series Robyn of Sherwood in 1998. Since then he has written for numerous publishers, including a story for Marvel's Captain America: Red, White & Blue anthology, the mini-series Gotham Girls for DC Comics, Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Andorians for IDW, and several tales for Graphic Universe, including Junior Library Guild selection Hercules: The Twelve Labors with artist Steve Kurth and Children's Choice Book Awards finalist Beowulf: Monster Slayer with artist Ron Randall.

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Made for Each Other 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Huh, love at first sight then? So, you have violin chick (Maria) and hunk of a dude (Tom) and well Maria finds there's something going on with the new guy. AS well as the funeral where his dad and assistant work at. This was interesting, weird but has its moments. Couldn't help but think, well that happened a little too early. Still this series is fun, weird but fun. Art was cool. The couple were kind of adorable, so there. Ending got dark, actually this one was a little dark, but had its cute moments. Yay?
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
ALERT: Spolier included! Tom, the new guy at Maria's high school, has all the girls drooling but he and Maria are drawn together. Tom is often busy working at his dad's funeral home, particularly now that several townspeople have died. Turns out Tom's dad is Frankenstein's monster; he has been taking body parts from deceased members of the community to create new humans, Tom being one of them. The main issue I had with the story is how unrealistic it was in terms of the relationship between Tom and Maria. They see each other, then meet, and very soon afterwards are kissing and totally committed to each other. Granted, this is a story of fiction but this fact stuck with me through my reading. The illustrations go nicely with the story. Teens girls will like this book.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Tom Stone is the new student at Seward High School and is turning all the girl's eyes, but it's Maria McBride who catches his. They have fun together, when they can, but Tom's father keeps him too busy for much of anything outside of work. Maria tries to visit Tom at home but the creepy assistant Mr. Graves makes it clear to Maria she is not wanted. Not around the funeral home and not around Tom. Tom won't help Maria; he refuses to stand up to his father. Maria knows she and Tom are meant for each other, and becomes determined to find out why Dr. Stone, who now runs the local funeral home, does not want her around. Dr Stone keeps his son busy in the funeral home's basement, late at night. Meanwhile, people in Persephone Falls, Alaska are dying in quick succession, keeping Dr. Stone's funeral home exceptionally busy for a small Alaskan town. Soon, Maria puts the clues she has gathered together. What she finds is a family who are busy recycling . . . in a way Maria has never before seen. This is the second graphic novel in the My Boyfriend is a Monster series. Once again the story is told in a way that will keep you wondering for most of the tale. . The illustrations, in black and white, are excellent, rendering the characters in a way the shows their personalities. Tom, a sophomore, has the build of Hulk and a stature that nearly matches Michael Jordon (though I doubt Tom knows who either of these guys are). When Tom defends Maria and her three friends, the bullies backs away from Tom, reverting to their true characters: cowards. Maria is rather strong for a young girl who recently lost her parents in a car accident and then three friends in the same manner, prior to the start of school. She accepts Tom without question, even after he tells her his version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This is one of the best scenes of the book and the illustrations enhance Tom's tale beautifully. The writing is well paced and authentic, just as the first novel was, and can easily be read in one sitting. When Dr. Stone threatens Maria and her aunt, the action becomes the kids versus . . . well, I'll let the reader find out on his or her own. I just hate spoilers. Made for Each Other will please graphic novel loving teens as well as the first, I Love Him to Pieces, surely did. Any parent wanting to introduce their youngster to graphic novels, this series is a perfect venue. Strong writing, odd stories with twists unexpected and fine illustrations that will have you looking as well as reading are beginning to be the hallmarks of the My Boyfriend is a Monster series. Made for Each Other and its series are highly recommended.