I had actually re-read FRANKENSTEIN some years ago in preparation for writing a chapter for Joan Kaywell's series ADOLESCENT LITERATURE AS A COMPLEMENT TO THE CLASSICS. I read the book after too many years of creature features that had totally blurred the actual story. The novel is chilling but not in the B Movie way. I adored the re-reading and was able to write a chapter pulling in some YA novels that examine the theme of man's inhumanity to man.
But back to the book. ANGELMONSTER introduces us to the person who will pen FRANKENSTEIN as she is falling in love with Shelley, a love that is forbidden given the fact that Shelley is married already. However, Mary ignores her family and falls for Shelley. Banished from her home, Mary lives with Shelley. She bears him children, losing two in childbirth and two more before they had a chance to live beyond toddler years. Eventually, she loses Shelley as well. The details make Mary and all the other people in her life (including Lord Byron) come alive as the real people they were. Somehow it helps to explain how a young woman could come to write such a book as FRANKENSTEIN. The cover is certainly attention-getting as is the title. I do not know how many teens will read this book, however, without some introduction. I do think it would make for an excellent companion to a reading of FRANKENSTEIN in the high school English classroom,