Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Walker Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
Where to even begin on a novel like A Monster Calls? This book was beautiful and took me on such an emotional ride that I really was not prepared for.
When this was released, a lot of people went into readingA Monster Calls thinking it was a horror novel. The title and dark images certainly suggest it and I guess there are some parts in the book that are on the creepy side. What is truly scary about this book; however, is how real to life and heartbreaking this novel is. This book is essentially about grief, illness and letting go.
I honestly hadn’t read a ton on what this book was about when I picked it up. I had heard lots of great things online about it, but I wasn’t sure what the main themes or anything were. I guess you could say I really went into this one blind. I’m not sure if I would have read this book if I had known what is was about. I have people that are very close to me that are going through similar things and I try to avoid reading about what I feel like I’m living currently. As you can imagine, I related to this boy more than I would have liked and even though this was an especially difficult read for me, I do not regret having read it.
Yes, this was a tearjerker. I think it would be impressive to get through this one without curling up in the fetal position and bawling your eyes out at the end. You really need to be in the right mood for A Monster Calls though, don’t pick this one up if you are looking for something light and cheery. The only people who would find this book cheery are likely psychopaths!
The illustrations are haunting and beautiful. They add a little more atmosphere to the story. Overall, I would recommend this novel. I will read it in the future again for sure, someday.