I thought that The Loch Ness Monster was a great, fast-paced book. In fact, reading this book made me interested in reading the other two books by the same author (The Chupacabra and The Pacific Giants). There was a lot about Vanessa’s conflicted feelings about her mom’s death and her father’s new girlfriend, Lee. This does make the story more girl-oriented, though boys could read it, too. I would personally recommend this book for girls 12 and up. One of the things I especially liked about The Loch Ness Monster was that each chapter provided interesting facts about Loch Ness and the legend of Nessie (the Loch monster).