A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

At the beginning of this year I came across some reviews for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Once I saw the cover and read the blurb, I had to read it. My first rating was 4 stars because there was something I didn’t love about it. I picked up the book again and re-read it this past weekend. And so the story begins…

Blurb: An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.b60e5cc30bad66ac18051b255132004b

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. 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 monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous.

It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.


My Review:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book like no other and one that I’ll never forget.


My first rating in January on this book was 4 stars. I couldn’t figure out why, I just didn’t love the story. I re-read it this past weekend and I’ve revised my review.

*This review may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read the book…

I was very angry, then sad, then had mixed emotions in between. My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted more of an ending, or perhaps more before the ending. Maybe I wanted a different outcome because I was so hopeful for Conor. I don’t know, but after reading it again, without a doubt, I know I just can’t handle the truth. As a mom, my worst nightmare. With that said, I’ve pondered over it and feel this book deserves 5 stars.

It’s a book I’d still recommend to anyone and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the movie.

The illustrations by Jim Kay make the book feel so real. This is a book I want to keep forever and one I’d recommend to anyone.

5 stars to one powerful story…


I was so excited to find out that Monster Calls is now a major motion picture! here’s the trailer below:


I loved the movie, but not as much as the book. The movie had some subtle changes which was different. I’m going with:



About the Author:

370361.jpgFrom Goodreads: Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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5 thoughts on “A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  1. Just found this review. I haven’t yet read this book, and now am not sure I want to. Inferring from your review and spoiler, I am guessing something awful happens to the kid and I’m at the point where I really can’t read about horrible things happening to children or animals anymore. Have you ever read “Penpal” by Dathan Auerbach? That book reminds me of how you’re describing this one. I may change my mind about this book, though, because I trust your judgment on books. I appreciate the book review. And if you haven’t yet checked out “Penpal” you might enjoy it. It’s somewhat disjointed, but tells an eerie story from a young boy’s POV.

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    1. Hi Vanessa. Hmm, I would say try it. After reading my review, there really isn’t a spoiler, but my feelings say a good amount I think. It’s very much worth reading and doesn’t have abuse or anything.

      I’m going to check out Penpal right now. Thanks for that! Are you on goodreads? 😉

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