A Monster Calls / Patrick Ness

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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing from Conor.

It wants the truth.”

 


Review: *SPOILERS*

There are so many things I loved about reading this book, so I’m going to break them down.

  1. The actual writing. I cannot BELIEVE how easy this book was to read. (I actually got through it all in one sitting). The dialogue flows naturally and the descriptions are gorgeous.
  2. The artwork. The copy that I own is filled with artwork by Jim Kay. His art 100% captures the moments in the book that I felt are the most important, the saddest, or just parts that I would want a visual for. The style of art is amazing. He uses the contrast of dark and light to create these pages and it really brings another dimension to the book that would not have been there without it.
  3. The storyline. This book actually broke my heart. As someone who has lost a parent, I could identify with the grief that Conor was holding in him throughout the entire book, even though his mother doesn’t actually pass away until the end. The whole idea of this novel, of Conor’s truth, is something that I’ve always found fascinating and it’s something not a lot of people talk about. It’s almost taboo, the idea of wanting someone who is sick to die. Conor wants to end both of their pain and let her pass on, but he can’t come to terms with himself, and that’s why I think this book is so powerful.

I loved this book, and I know I say that about a lot of the books I review, but I truly loved this book. If any of you guys are friends with me on Goodreads, you’ll know that I only have four books in my favorites shelf, and this is one of them. I highly recommend anyone read this book, as long as you’re up for a good cry at the end.

 

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