Book Review: A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

All of the opinions on this book are my own. I am not trying to force a certain thought on people, just expressing how I feel about it.

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“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.

When a book makes me emotional and makes me cry, it’s a good book. And this book made me. Conor’s mother is sick, really sick. Which makes the whole family a part of trying to handle the situation in their way. We notice that Conor has a lot of frustrations at school, with his grandma, and with his dad. A lot of the situations are understandably making Conor angry and frustrated. The way Conor is pushed aside and away from his mum is very frustrating for him. He isn’t getting a lot of attention and isn’t being told what exactly is going on, which makes him even more angry. Besides all the frustrations, it tells a story that a lot of people are going through or have been gone through. If you haven’t been in this situation before (you are so lucky) this is a great book to show how others are experiencing it. It represents very well the situation everyone is put in and the shields we put up to act normal and show as little emotion as possible to the world outside.

The monster is supposed to be scary, but isn’t really. He is there to deliver an important lesson that Conor is going to need to get on with life in the right way. I thought the way the message was brought was really nice and well done. Sort of a Christmas Carol way, where Scrooge gets to meet multiple ghosts to get the message across, but Conor gets to hear stories that each have a certain message which leads to the truth that the monster wants to have. I found this a beautiful book with pretty illustrations that added to the story. I don’t think anyone else could have made a better book out of the idea of Siobhan Dowd. Absolutely wonderful book.

I gave this book 5 stars.

Have fun reading!

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