Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a wonderful yet tough read…

I’ve been trying to review this for a week now…and I cry every single time.

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a scary story. In a way, it is, but not how I originally imagined it would be. In some ways, it was worse…

Conor is a kid dealing with bullies and teachers at school who barely acknowledge his existence, except for when he’s getting into trouble. At home, life is getting worse. His mom is sick again and the treatments aren’t helping. As if life wasn’t bad enough, he’s started having nightmares.

But are they really nightmares? Or life lessons in disguise?

What I never expected from this story, was a kid who was dealing with the c-word and the possible loss of his mum. I never expected the familial turmoil. I never expected a monster who told such reandom and nonsensical fables that could apply to life.

I never expected to break down and cry…

Which made this one so tough to read. My own personal remembrances of the last days of a parent were brought back to the forefront…almost mirrored in the story. I had to stop reading here and there… because it is still tough…even after the years that has passed.

But that is beside the point. Just saying it is tough to read in that way…

The story was told beautifully and artfully. My edition (which I know there are a few different ones out there) was that one pictured above. The illustrations of black and white and a lot of scribbles added to the story more than detracted from it. They fit so very well and even took on one of the smaller details in the tale making it more forefront in case you missed something.

I’m still sitting here with hope that Conor will wake up from the book, mom well, dad back in his life, and grandmother long gone in her own world. Still with hope things can change.

I rec this book, but seriously be warned…it will make you grab for a box of tissues. (Unless you have a heart of stone and a soul of ice.) I’m weepy just thinking about this story as I type this review…and I’ve been letting it sit for a week so I wouldn’t cry.

Definitely a great tale…MG is where I’d put this on the scale of child to adult books.


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2 responses to “Review: A Monster Calls

  1. Laura Fineberg Cooper

    That sounds incredible. I look forward to reading it (tissue box at the ready).


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