A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Song For This Book: Slow Moving Millie – Beasts


There has been a lot of hype about this one. It’s being made into a movie in the coming months, and a lot of the book community seems to have a thing for it. It caught my eye a while back, but it was reading the overwhelming number of positive reviews that really pushed me towards checking it out.

I’m so glad that I did. I absolutely adored it. It’s a relatively short read, but it will really stick in your head. I finished it two days before writing this review, and different parts are still playing through my mind now and then.

The Good Points of A Monster Calls:

The writing for this is beautiful. Patrick Ness has a real gift for putting words to paper and creating something wonderful out of them.

There are a thousand and one books out there that deal with cancer these days, and this one does as well. Ness takes a new approach with this book, though, and I think it’s something that we’ve needed in society. This book should definitely be a part of the school curriculum if it’s not already, for it’s handling of a delicate situation.

Usually, I’m not much for major symbolism in stories. But it really worked in this particular book. The symbolism emphasizes the blur of reality and fantasy for Conor in this book, and turns it into a fascinating read as an adult who is able to figure all of it out with minor effort.

The illustrations are fantastic, and really adds to the story.

The Downsides of A Monster Calls:

This is a rather minor thing, but the format of the copy I have is awkward in your hands. It looks fantastic, but it’s not the most comfortable thing to balance.

Conor does not act like a typical thirteen year old, and it was easy to forget that he was supposed to be a teenager. Perhaps it would have worked better if he had been nine or ten rather than thirteen.

All in all, a fantastic book. You should definitely check this one out, and then we can all discuss the movie together when it comes out in theatres.


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