Mini Book Review: A Monster Calls

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (based on an idea from Siobhan Dowd)


Short synopsis:
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.

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This is not a perfect book. It didn't hook me immediately or teach a lesson on every page. However, it is one of the more important books I've ever read. In just 200 short, simple pages, this book offers so much knowledge about life and loss and love and grief. It took my breath away and left me crying in the middle of a family party. This book broke my heart and healed it at the same time.

No, the monster isn't cancer itself. No, it's not what you expect. No, it's not totally depressing. Yes, it ends with hope. Yes, it will teach you something. Yes, everyone should read this.

Seriously, it will take you a couple hours to read and you'll gain something so profound from this book. It's remarkable.

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