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In Monster Exchange Program, a short story collection written and illustrated by the creative duo, the reader is transported to a high school in the near future where witches, robots, sirens and werewolves mingle in the school hallways. The result? Equal parts humor, ...
In Monster Exchange Program, a short story collection written and illustrated by the creative duo, the reader is transported to a high school in the near future where witches, robots, sirens and werewolves mingle in the school hallways. The result? Equal parts humor, horror, hormones and high school.
This collection contains 16 stories:
Banshee v. Maniac: 1-2-3 Debate!
Homeschooling Doesn’t Suit Witches
Never Skinny-dip With Mermaids
For A Good Time Call Unicorn
Werewolf Stays True To Herself
Andi Bogard presents: How To Win Friends and Influence People
With Your Interdimensional Powers
Blob Fits In
Who’s Been Pranking The Undead?
Bigfoot Gets Noticed
But Ogres Don’t Play Chess!
Hope Sullivan McMickle presents: How the Invisible Boy Stopped Worrying
and Learned to Love the ‘Bomb
Robot Goes To Prom
Melody Joseph presents: Long Lie The Queen
Detention of the Bodysnatchers
Mad Scientist: Candidate for Student Body President
Vampire Hangs Around
Posted December 19, 2012
The Complete Monster Exchange Program by Terri Bogard is a collection of humorous stories about monsters in an average, human high school. There are sixteen tales in total, ranging from two serial killers debating which one of them should have the rights to a popular teen spot, the lament of the invisible boy or Bigfoot desperately wanting people to notice him, these stories are quirky and full of comedic moments. Terri Bogard seems to especially enjoy turning our views on their sides. An example would be with a witches' mother, whose worried her daughter doesn't dress enough like a "whore of Satan" and that she'll be uncorrupted at a normal high school. Something we can all relate to, right?
There are a lot of sexual references in pretty much every one of these stories, so if that's not for you I'm giving due warning. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I got a little laugh out of the creative names for characters, such as Johnny Heartthrob and Darla Sweetheart- the generic prom king and queen couple, Cleats Longshot as the quarterback or Snaps Viewfinder- the captain of the yearbook committee.
Some of the stories intertwine, while still being consistent and it's fun to see how some of the characters from previous stories turn out in later ones or are viewed by other people. Each tale has its own cover illustration (courtesy of Andi Bogard) and a few stories are written by guest writers (including one by Andi Bogard himself).
This collection is funny, has some interesting alternate takes on reality and goes out of its way to be so stereotypically "high school" that you can't help but enjoy it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh, likes "slice of life" stories or supernatural/paranormal tales. There are some interesting takes on urban legends that are not to be missed.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100%my own.