J.L. Lipp has presented us with an interesting group of children in The Monsters' Anonymous Club. In this book, a member of the club plays a prank on his mother. Unfortunately for Jeremy and his younger sister Kimmy, he finds that they were being watched. Now their mother has been inhabited by something and they need to help her, with the help of the rest of the club.
Each of the characters is very interesting. The author has included all sorts of back stories and personalities to them and I think that it makes them feel very natural. They have likeable aspects, but they also have a few flaws which make them seem realistic. I liked the introduction of supernatural abilities in several of the members; it was very helpful to the plot and the powers were useful to each member. I also like that the author has left room for future development of these abilities.
There are stereotypical aspects to the plot, such as an older man who shuts himself away and doesn't like children. However, I think the author has used the themes well, creating a very good story. The ending was very well done, I think; it's very sentimental and really makes me admire the kids, as well as the work they do. I think that readers will also find inspiration in the ending and take the moral to heart.
Overall, I really did enjoy the book. The author has clearly put a lot of work into developing each aspect of the plot and characters. There are highs, lows and even some freaky stuff going on. I think children will all find something to love about the book. Should there be a sequel, I would love to read it! I think it would make a great series.
I won a copy of this book via a First Reads giveaway and these are just my honest thoughts on it.