A Girl Called Monster
by Paige Lavoie Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Where she came from there were no windows. The sounds of buzzing equipment and the doctor's shouting rang through her ears daily. It was too uncomfortable to call home and too familiar not to be. Like it or not, she was an experiment.
Filled with childlike wonder and innocence, she took pleasure in stories, imagining what it would be like to live in those pages. A longing growing deep inside her.
She knew she'd never have that life... Not in the lab. Not with them studying her every move. So she decided to do something terrifying.
I couldn’t do anything right when it came to him. Sit here. Eat this. Do it again. Try harder. Speak louder. I thought about the words he’d just said—You still have so much to learn—and wondered if I’d ever be finished.
“If I learn more, can I go outside that door?”
“What do you think is on the other side?” he asked, the darkness in his voice sending chills up my spine. I expected him to be scrambling around, looking for a pen or paper, but instead, he held that small recording device in his hand.
“A-a-answer me first,” I insisted. The stammering gave away my nerves, but I held a firm gaze on the doctor, which seemed to amuse him. He shook his head, a smirk now on his lips.
“No, I don’t think so.” I closed my mouth tightly, my thoughts drifting to the stories I’d been told. The towns and people, the bright blue sky, and the trees, with birds in them. Creatures like that poor, sweet thing that I’d tried to bring back to life.
“Birds…sky…” I trailed off as I looked around the room, my nerves building, but my eyes met his as I uttered my last thought.
“And you believe such a world that you’ve read about in stories exists?” I hesitated, but nodded, then shook my head. Try as I might, I couldn’t be sure. I couldn’t picture or imagine anything other than the walls around me. In my dreams, little flecks of what the world could be would spark up, then fade away, and I’d be left with this, just this, unable to tell if I was out of my mind. His expression didn’t change as he watched me intently.
“Ah, you’re unsure. Well, when you make up your mind, do tell me. I’d be curious to hear what you come up with in that marvelous brain of yours. And for goodness’ sake, sit in a chair.”
Paige Lavoie is a writer, comic artist and self-proclaimed queen of silly faces, with a passion for bring her characters to life with the power of storytelling (including the undead ones) Paige spends her days hiding underneath a parasol in sunny Orlando FL. and frolicking through bustling convention centers, theme parks and farmers markets with her husband and their fluffy dog named Oliver.
In “A GIRL CALLED MONSTER” author Paige Lavoie tells us that it’s okay to walk away from unhealthy relationships. You don’t owe them your life, even if they created yours. This is the case for her main character, who remains nameless in the first few chapters. Created in a dark laboratory, she’s expected to accept her life as an experiment with no sign of purpose or a life outside the walls she was ‘born’ in.
She’s curious, a little rebellious, and begins to find her escape in books, wondering if the outside world will be the same as what's described in the pages. When she finally makes her escape, she’s both awed and taken aback by the bright colors and loud noises as well as the kindness and cruelty of strangers.
Bumbling around a new town, it’s clear to all who see her that she’s an outsider. Lost and covered in scars, she struggles at first. Unsure of how to handle social situations and money, she begins to feel unwelcome until she meets a delightful crew of punky stylists. She finds happiness and acceptance with every step she takes away from the doctor. Until, as most proponents of unhealthy relationships, he reappears when she least expects it.
Our Monster is now left with a choice of who to trust, and wonders if her friends will truly accept her even if they learn the truth about her past .
“At first, I thought maybe I’d write it as a romance, but realized towards the end that was wrong. My protagonist deserved so much more than that ending. I wanted her to find true happiness and she just wouldn’t have it at his side."
In her writing, Lavoie drives home the point that you decide what you’re “made for”. The choice on how you want to live your life and the goals you achieve are up to you. No matter how big or small those goals may seem, they’re yours. Life is all about chasing after them and finding little joys in the short time we’re given.
A Girl Called Monster is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and taking control of your destiny.
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