A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

November 6, 2014

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Book Cover

RATING: Six Blazing Stars
A Monster Calls
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.


"Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both."
I cried throughout the last chapters of this book. And why I chose to finish this book in the middle of the night, when I'm most emotional I have no clue. It only took a few hours to read but I immediately had to brave the feels.

This book rocked, and every emotion that Connor went through I felt I was going through with him. My mother had breast cancer, which is currently in remission, and  those emotions I faced while she went through chemo rang very true. The sadness throughout the book never let up, but in the best way.

The tales in this book, should strike a chord with all, because we all have to deal with the a range of  emotions, that's part of life. Until we all learn to face our truth's and let go of what we need to, we will not be healed. That is what this book left me with. With puffy eyes and drifting thoughts I write this review, trying to process how prose can make you feel so included, as if you were having your own personal conversation. 
This book does what all books should, it makes you feel and it makes you think, and it makes you want to be better and be better. I was hesitant to read this book, but I think it's right that it's the first book  that I've read in 2013.  You have to learn and grow with every breath, and this book reminded me to do just that. I give this book a standing, sobbing ovation and I thank the authors for such a healing and memorable experience.


Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

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